JopieK, on 08 August 2012 - 09:16 PM, said:
Well, I just used a standard (new) Emerald set and built that into a black/red version, ignoring all green parts etc. Luckily the door sliding rail 1x2 is now also in a set available, when I did it, they were officially not there (although some bricklink seller had them at a reasonable price, interesting that the price didn't drop b.t.w.).
Darceasar also used them in the tender as you can see.
Yes, the train is pretty much built according to the instructions for the Emerald Night. I went through the instructions step by step and noted which parts I wanted in red and which in black. As you can see s few parts were not available in those colors or they were from a set in the 1980s and so I went with gray. I've thought about making the wheel axles in red but would have to modify the design. I could do that, but I do like to current contrast.
I'll also let you guys in on a little secret about expensive parts on bricklink (such as the red sliding rail 1x2). When I run into those issues I contact LEGO's missing parts department. I was able to get 30 of those pieces for $4.42 total (which is less than 15 cents each). The model needed 18 of them and currently the cheapest price on bricklink for at least 18 of them from one seller is over $1.00 each plus shipping. I know this may not be an option for everyone, but I've lucked out in getting certain parts for a lot less through LEGO at times. I did the same for several other parts. LEGO, however, has not been willing to sell me any train wheels (the big steam ones). The black ones were unavailable last I checked and the red ones came from a licensed set only. Anyway, that's another way to get parts. I use bricklink and LEGO's missing parts department.