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#1 TheBrickster

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 05:03 PM

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For those that know me on Eurobricks also know that I'm a big fan of "spooky things" and really enjoy this time of year (Fall, October, Halloween  :wub: ).  While we don't have a Fall/Halloween banner here on Train Tech, that's not to say we can't enjoy some Fall festivities.

With the recent Train Tech Building Contest coming to an end, some of you might be asking; well, what's next?

I present to you a building challenge in the spirit of the Fall Season and Halloween quickly approaching.  Break out those cobwebs, Studio monsters, ghosts, and goblins, for we are about to embark on a train ride aboard a ghoulishly delightful Train Tech event.  

The challenge... simply, to Build a Ghost Train.

No rules to get in the way, this is just a frightfully fun little building challenge for those of you who have pondered about building a Ghost Train.
But please, post your Ghost Train as a separate post, I will take care of the rest... Bah...ha...ha...ha...ha! :devil:

EDIT: You may add a "GTE" (for Ghost Train Entry) as part of the title of your post.  If not, I will do it for you.  Example: GTE: My Own Ghost Train.  Have fun!

The Haunting Entries

Posted Image My Own Ghost Train: TheBrickster

Posted Image Ghost Train Carnival Ride: pe668

Posted Image Death Train: Eskallon

Posted Image Bricktober Transport: TheBrickster

Posted Image Dead Man's Mine: Deanc

Posted Image Morsmordre Express: Robuko

Posted Image Werewolf Wagon: TheBrickster

Posted Image Jack 'O Lantern Locomotive: Bricknave

#2 SavaTheAggie

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 09:48 PM

Fun contest, not sure if I'll be able to enter (what with everything else I'm building) but who knows.  :)

I built a haunted train of sorts a while back, even got the ghost on film...

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#3 gcarstensen

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 10:42 PM

this should be a fun contest!
i'll definitely enter

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 11:11 PM

A speeding, sprectral locomotive would be fun !

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 11:42 PM

View PostBMW, on Oct 12 2009, 04:11 PM, said:

A speeding, sprectral locomotive would be fun !
I've actually been considering something like this--once I have the diagrams I need to finish designing a 1920's heavyweight 20th Century Limited, if I can ever get the parts needed to build it, I figured a total overcoat of glow-in-the-dark paint aside from the windows and shooting under low-light conditions would do very nicely for creating a "supernatural" effect. Al Staufer wrote a short-fiction about a similar spectral train appearing at a grade-crossing in Thoroughbreds, his superlative book on the NYC Hudsons. (Tony, if you don't have a copy, I'd suggest you pick one up.)

#6 TheBrickster

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:22 AM

View PostSavaTheAggie, on Oct 12 2009, 02:48 PM, said:

I built a haunted train of sorts a while back, even got the ghost on film...
Excellent!  - love the ghost (and the train).  I hope to see another spooky steam train from you Tony.

View Postgcarstensen, on Oct 12 2009, 03:42 PM, said:

i'll definitely enter
Good to hear.  It's just for fun, and we'll call it a building challenge rather than a contest.

View PostBMW, on Oct 12 2009, 04:11 PM, said:

A speeding, sprectral locomotive would be fun !
Definately.

View PostDiamondback, on Oct 12 2009, 04:42 PM, said:

I figured a total overcoat of glow-in-the-dark paint aside from the windows and shooting under low-light conditions would do very nicely for creating a "supernatural" effect.
This sounds very interesting.  I would really look forward to seeing a spectral paint job. :wub:

It sounds like some of you are interested  -can't wait to see your Ghost trains!

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 05:36 AM

Great idea TheBrickster!

I don't know if I will get a chance to enter, I'd like to build a steam loco, but I'll need parts for that and I can't pay for them. But if I can bring myself to take parts off my 10194, I might enter. :laugh: When does this challenge run to?

And will we be expecting another fantastic creation from you?

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 06:31 AM

Brickster, I wouldn't expect it to happen anytime soon--LEGO doesn't even make some of the parts I need anymore, and some were never made in black (locomotive) or dark-green (cars). Besides, any parts so treated would be ruined for future reuse. And then there's the cost factor: each single lightweight car (I only work in 10-wide, easier to work from prototype blueprints that way: 1 stud=1') takes as many pieces as the UCS Imperial Star Destroyer or more, and Old School heavyweight Pullmans would take even more--which means a complete 11-car heavyweight train, even if LEGO were willing to do a custom-run of all the required parts as a "special batch", would be insanely expensive. And then there's the matter of storage, as each car's an easy 80 studs long...

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 06:58 AM

View PostCaptain Zuloo, on Oct 12 2009, 10:36 PM, said:

And will we be expecting another fantastic creation from you?
I started building this evening. :wink:

View PostDiamondback, on Oct 12 2009, 11:31 PM, said:

Brickster, I wouldn't expect it to happen anytime soon
What ever happened to building with what you have? - perhaps I'm just "old school". :laugh:

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 07:55 AM

And when does the challenge end?

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:48 PM

View PostCaptain Zuloo, on Oct 13 2009, 12:55 AM, said:

And when does the challenge end?
End of the month. :blush:

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 10:26 PM

View PostDiamondback, on Oct 13 2009, 01:31 AM, said:

Brickster, I wouldn't expect it to happen anytime soon--LEGO doesn't even make some of the parts I need anymore, and some were never made in black (locomotive) or dark-green (cars). Besides, any parts so treated would be ruined for future reuse. And then there's the cost factor: each single lightweight car (I only work in 10-wide, easier to work from prototype blueprints that way: 1 stud=1') takes as many pieces as the UCS Imperial Star Destroyer or more, and Old School heavyweight Pullmans would take even more--which means a complete 11-car heavyweight train, even if LEGO were willing to do a custom-run of all the required parts as a "special batch", would be insanely expensive. And then there's the matter of storage, as each car's an easy 80 studs long...


dude, thats some serious building
i can just imagine what one of those pullmans would cost
you could always build a "microscale" locomotive (but that would be about the same scale i build in i guess)  :sweet:

#13 TheBrickster

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 02:17 AM

I think we have our first Build a Ghost Train Building Contest entry.

Now how about some more frightfully fun creations?

EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot to mention, this building challenge is for staff as well.

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 05:29 PM

Im gonna make my first train I think. Though a warning, if it is bad then don't complain and I have never owned a train set so I will be using brick built track.

Anyway this should be fun.

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 05:31 PM

View PostEskallon, on Oct 24 2009, 10:29 AM, said:

Im gonna make my first train I think. Though a warning, if it is bad then don't complain and I have never owned a train set so I will be using brick built track.
That's the spirit Eskallon!  We're all beginners from time-to-time.  I look forward to seeing your entry. :thumbup:

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:38 AM

I never built a train before, but I will have a go for this.  When is the close?
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#17 TheBrickster

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:53 PM

The poll will be created October 31, so you have until Friday the 30th.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:22 AM

GTE - The Morsmordre Express

Apologies to everyone if i am doing this wrong, this is my first attempt to link. Also my first attempt at a train
Here is my entry



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It is Halloween.   Voldemort, Malfoy, Nott and Fenrir are hunting for the boy wizard Harry Potter.  Brooms are too slow, it must be tonight!  Only Nagini, transfigured into the Morsdmordre Express, can give them the speed they require.  But maybe, in his blind desire, Voldemort has overreached.  Is the train itself a horcrux?

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:57 PM

Hi Robuko:

I've created a new post for your entry.

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 06:58 AM

Question: do entries have to be physical, or could I create an LDraw model if this contest repeats next year? (I'm still working on finding blueprints, so there ain't no way I'm gonna be ready in two days--heck, I've had most of my train projects in design since 2001 and none are finished yet!)

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 01:23 PM

View PostTheBrickster, on Oct 27 2009, 10:57 PM, said:

Hi Robuko:

I've created a new post for your entry.

Thanks Brickster. Sorry I didn't work out how to do it.  Thankyou very much for embedding the image too
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Posted 30 October 2009 - 05:49 AM

View PostDiamondback, on Oct 28 2009, 10:58 PM, said:

Question: do entries have to be physical, or could I create an LDraw model if this contest repeats next year? (I'm still working on finding blueprints, so there ain't no way I'm gonna be ready in two days--heck, I've had most of my train projects in design since 2001 and none are finished yet!)
Brick and mortar (well, not the mortar part, but definately the brick :grin: ).  This challenge is for actual built MOCs.

View Postrobuko, on Oct 29 2009, 05:23 AM, said:

Thanks Brickster. Sorry I didn't work out how to do it.  Thankyou very much for embedding the image too
No problem at all.  I can't change my name as the person who posted the creation though (but I think by the title and post, they'll know it's not from me).  Love that snake!




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