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#1 TJJohn12

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:18 AM

This model has been long in progress.  From a sketch to the finished piece, it's been a few years in the making.


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The Pacific Electric Railway operated in the streets of Los Angeles between 1901 and 1961.  The Hollywood Cars first hit the rails in the 1920s.  The largest stock in the fleet, Pacific Electric operated 160 of the Hollywood Cars at the height of their service.

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A real Hollywood Car in operation (photo from Metro Transportation Library and Archive)

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More images of the model, as well as LDD screenshots and photos of the original sketch model can be found on Flickr.
EDIT: The link doesn't seem to have worked.  The Flickr set is at

I have submitted the model to LEGO Cuusoo.  If you like the model, you can vote for it at:
http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/40


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Edited by TJJohn12, 26 December 2011 - 05:25 AM.


#2 Captain Zuloo

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:41 AM

What an outstanding model TJJohn12, the time spent working on it was certainly worth it! Difficult to find something not to like on here. The SNOT windows look great, they have that real "vintage" look about them, which suits the model brilliantly. The curves are just right, as is the general feel of the trolley. Excellent work, I look forward to seeing more of it!

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#3 TJJohn12

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:28 AM

View PostCaptain Zuloo, on 26 December 2011 - 03:41 AM, said:

What an outstanding model TJJohn12, the time spent working on it was certainly worth it! Difficult to find something not to like on here. The SNOT windows look great, they have that real "vintage" look about them, which suits the model brilliantly. The curves are just right, as is the general feel of the trolley. Excellent work, I look forward to seeing more of it!

Thanks for the kind words, Captain!  I've edited the post to include the link to the set on Flickr.  The link seems not to have formatted well the first time.

-John

#4 LEGO Train 12 Volts

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 08:19 AM

Beautiful MOC!  :thumbup:
Great building technique and fantastic use of those small train wheels!  :wub:
The lego model looks like the real one!  :thumbup:
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#5 Murdoch17

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 12:41 AM


Awesome trolley MOC! But I have one question: your Flickr pages says you have a LDD file. Can you please upload this to Brickshelf or MOCpages for donwload? Thanks!

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#6 TJJohn12

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:07 AM

View PostMurdoch17, on 27 December 2011 - 12:41 AM, said:


Awesome trolley MOC! But I have one question: your Flickr pages says you have a LDD file. Can you please upload this to Brickshelf or MOCpages for donwload? Thanks!

Murdoch,

Ask and ye shall receive:
http://www.brickshel...ed-Car/perr.lxf

This is an older LDD version of the model and differs a slight bit from the built model. It still should give you a fair idea as to how the car is held together.  Your mileage may vary, build at your own risk, etc., etc.

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#7 lightningtiger

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:10 AM

I read the title.....then pop in my head 'Hey, Eddie !', 'Come on, Valiant we going want the rabbit.', come now guess the film which the Red Car is featured ?
A wonderful Lego recreation ' TJJohn12 ', perfect detailing ! :thumbup:
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#8 Murdoch17

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:47 PM

Sorry for bumping this old topic, but I have a question about the design.
I'm planning on making two of this sreetcar, but I can't figure out if it will go round curves & switches without a problem. Can someone please tell me if if this will work? Here are the pictures of the connector and streetcar:
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the connector is in this pic...
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and the whole streetcar is in this one. The file is below.
LDD Streetcar model file
If anyone can help, it would be appreciated.
Once again I'm sorry for bumping this old topic.

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#9 spzero

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:50 PM

If the axles / boogies are on turntables or technic pins then it should go round bends, if there fixed then probably not. the coupling may cause problems if it is being pushed rather than pulled, you could try a friction pin at one end to see if that would work,

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#10 Murdoch17

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:26 PM

Thank you for your help spzero! The boogies are on turntables, and I will not be putting a motor in it. (I will probably just have it sit in my yard or hand push it around my track.) Once again, thank you for the help.

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#11 Rail Co

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:06 PM

This is very cool and detailed Trolley I love it! :wub:  I have a suggestion for the top stripe on the front maybe make it 2 studs longer,But remember just a suggestion :wink:

#12 Behind the Camera

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:10 AM

Great model! It really captures the likeness of the original red cars, especially with the side patterns and windows. It also reminds me of the red cars that are coming to Disney California Adventure this summer!
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#13 Brickstarrunner

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:03 AM

Thanks for the LDD link! I liked it so much, I had to create a poster  :tongue:

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