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LDD MOC: Cable Car

Just like in San Francisco :p

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#1 Anio

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

Hello,


Here is my first train MOC. It is a 1480 part cable car. I did it yesterday.
Well, I won't be able to make it with actual bricks. Because some the parts may not exist in the color I need.

These pics are LDD screenshots. But renders would be better.
If someone is ok to make nice renders, I can supply the LDD file. Email me at setechnic@gmail.com

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What do you think about it ?

Any suggestion regarding the color scheme is welcome.

Edited by Anio, 11 December 2012 - 10:59 PM.


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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:34 PM

What can we say! Should be a great model for one or all LEGO park(s)!

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#3 Man with a hat

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:27 PM

Nice model! A pity indeed that some parts are unavailable in the right colours.
Th cable car has some very nice lines. The window with top arches are a great detail!
And I think the dark red with gold windows is the best colour combination although dark blue is also not that bad.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:38 AM

I really like that.  What parts aren't available in the right colours?
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#5 BrixKix

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:37 AM

Wow, this looks great, such an excellent attention to detail.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

So how does this actually work? You have made a wonderful model with lots of details on it which looks fantastic, but have called it a cable car? I always think of cable cars as things that transfer people up and down mountains which this is obviously not. I am wondering, near where I live we have some ferry boats that run on chains. These chains span the whole distance of where they run and the boats somehow pull themselves along on them. I am guessing your cable car does something similar but I cannot see where the cables come in and go out? As I said it is a good model and very detailed, but I would like to know how they work in the real world?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:02 PM

These run in San Francisco. The cable that pulls it along runs under the road surface and the cable car grips the cable through a groove that runs through the street.

This page gives a good description that isn't too technical; http://wiki.answers...._mechanism_work


Also, I must say that the MOC is awesome. Looks spot on!

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#8 Luke_likes_Lego

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:20 AM


Just fantastic....great detail.

i think your first colour scheme of dk red, tan and gold is great.

Look forward to seeing more of your work!!

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#9 Anticyclone

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:38 AM

Nice work! I'd love it if LEGO made this a set.

#10 Anio

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:00 AM

Thank you for your comments guys. :)

Regarding the parts not available, I did not check.
But I would say more or less all the golden parts, some dark blue/red/green parts, and many dark tan parts.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 03:59 AM

I think the correct term is a trolly... but could also be called a street car.... nice detailed look.

I love the dark red, but the blue is also nice
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:19 AM

View Postmedib, on 14 December 2012 - 03:59 AM, said:

I think the correct term is a trolly... but could also be called a street car.... nice detailed look.

Nope, it is indeed a cable car (though it might be viewed as a subset of streetcars). For a quick history see here. They pre-date electric streetcars by a few decades. First came horse drawn omnibuses, then came horse cars, then came cable cars, then came electric trollies. The cars are unpowered and grip a cable that runs in a slot under the street. You can imagine how much of a pain it is to keep all of that mechanics working. Cable cars survived for a few decades in some cities after electric trollies became dominant because of their ability to climb hills, and only remain in San Francisco today. While it might look hokey and touristy, I highly recommend riding them if you are ever in San Francisco (though go in the evening to avoid the 1 hr wait in line during the day), Powell-Hyde is the best of the lines.

As another bit of useless trivia, the Washington DC streetcar system used a similar slot in the street only they put the "overhead power line" under the pavement.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:45 AM

Fantastic and huge! :wub:
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