weeble1688

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    current - Modulars, as a kid - (Classic) Space!

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    Classic Space, Trains & Town/City, Star Wars, Modulars ... nearly all Lego themes have merit!

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  1. weeble1688

    Beginner questions

    LXF files are Lego Digital Designer (LDD) files and LDR files are LDraw files. Both are Lego-specific CAD (computer-aided design) programs for making virtual Lego creations. LDD is The Lego Group's official program, which is fairly easy to use but not well-supported or -updated anymore, and the native directions are a nightmare. LDraw is fan-run, which means part updates get done when people have time to design them (not a slam - people have busy lives!) and may be slightly more challenging to learn, but has an entire host of related programs to assist with making directions, etc. As to buying Technic pieces, my guess is probably either Pick-A-Brick on shop.lego.com or Bricklink.com, depending on what pieces you would need. Not playing much with Technic parts, I am not the best person for this question. I can say that most Lego Brand Retail Stores probably will not have Technic pieces on the Pick-A-Brick wall. Hope this info helps you!
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    A Bunch of Digital ACL-Themed Things

    I like your steamers and your alteration of the BMR boxcar - well done! I am wondering about the yellow clips on your caboose though - I am assuming that the typical curved |_ & _| handrails are supposed to attach to them, but the clip positions seem reversed to my eyes. I do love the well-appointed interior of it, though I hope your conductors get to use the restrooms at various station stops en route!
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    LEGO 497 Galaxy Explorer

    The original colors of the #497 include light gray, blue, yellow, black, translucent-yellow, trans-red & trans-green. If one puts medium stone grey next to light gray, light gray tends to look slightly yellowish in comparison to medium stone grey. Medium stone grey only began started occurring around 2004, which is when light gray died a slow death. Nowadays, light gray is no longer manufactured as far as I am aware. To accurately complete the set, you should look for the original pieces in light gray, not medium stone grey. And if you are truly looking to recreate the set, you should also ascertain the original mold variations of certain pieces as needed - i.e. #3597 light gray antenna 1x4 (with rounded top) vs. #3597b, which has a flat top & only comes in medium stone grey. It is a fantastic set, one of my first childhood wonders - you have a worthy (if potentially expensive) task ahead of you to collect the original parts to complete the Galaxy Explorer! Best of luck in your search for the best parts at the best prices!!
  4. weeble1688

    Brick separators

    Well, I have a few around the house for use without having to search for one. The rest I collect in a baggie and when I have enough, I give them away at shows at which my LUG exhibits. That way, I'm not overrun with them and they act as little goodwill gestures for younger fans, especially if they like our MOCs
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    BrickTracks: R104 Switch Kickstarter is LIVE!

    I like the concept of a hybrid 9V/PF system, since I've been playing with both systems since my dark ages ended. If it is possible to add in PUP once more has become available (components available separately, more information & innovation from TLG & others willing to experiment), then all the better. With the exception of Duplo track, Lego has used the same gauge track for over 50 years, regardless of which system runs on it - 4.5V, 12V, 9V, PF, PUP. I know I'm beyond optimistic, but in theory isn't it possible for all those systems to work together, track-wise at least? Then let interested parties develop things that tie into the tracks, like 12V center rails (if desire is strong enough), 9V power pickup wheels/wheelsets (coaster), etc. Just my thoughts ... but I am definitely interested in larger radius curves & switches as well as power pickup wheels/wheelsets. Keep it up, coaster!
  6. weeble1688

    7777 meets 6000

    I suspect that replies will depend on whether one grew up in the "4-wide cars" era or afterward. I personally love the juxtaposition of Bill & Mary meeting up with the handcar operator! I remember being continually enthralled with my copy of #6000, wishing I had the amount of bricks to set up displays like that when I was young. True, it doesn't compare to today's more complex trains, cars, etc. - but really, should it? I see it as a celebration of 1980s building and nostalgia for the simpler stuff back then, which I wholeheartedly appreciate having grown up in that era. I say bravo for building this scene - let it spark imaginations today like the books did nearly 40 years ago!
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    2018 Lego Trains

    I really hope so! Originally I used #88000 AAA battery boxes in my PF locos because I could use rechargeable AAA batteries (& keep a few disposables around for emergencies). Then I got a #8878 rechargeable battery and I was hooked - no going slower as the batteries weakened, just build the box into the loco & plug in to recharge ... loved it! (It helped that I got it & the cord for less-than-retail though.) Now I have 3 locos set up with #8878 and when I build a fourth I'll be building it into that one too, assuming I can still get it then. I still have the #88000 boxes, so I could use that in a pinch - but I've been spoiled by the convenience of just plugging in a loco when it depletes its charge at a show & swapping for another. Much easier than having to take pieces off, pull out the battery box, take out old batteries, put in fresh batteries, reassemble the loco and return it to service - all while kids are waiting & saying "Where's the train?". So I really hope that TLG decides to make a PUP rechargeable battery box!
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    BrickTracks: R104 Switch Kickstarter is LIVE!

    I'm backer 99 for eight each of left & right switches, though I fear I am "too little, too late". But I'm in whether the Kickstarter succeeds or not - just let me know what the alternate means to purchase/preorder these would be, should the Kickstarter fail. I am hoping for the best, and poking my LUG forum to try and help the cause!
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    NEW MEMBERS TRAIN TECH Registry

    "Hi, my name is weeble1688 and I play with Lego trains" ... Wow, I don't know how I missed introducing myself here - I've only been on EB for 8 years or so! I am in my 40s and I work at a school as well as working part-time at my local Lego Brand Retail Store. I am a confirmed town & train maniac (train-iac?), although I'll raid freely from nearly every theme Lego has ever made. I modify existing sets to my liking especially the Modular buildings, have many more ideas than time to make them all , and usually build MOCs very slowly (though I once created a modular building in less than 8 hours while at an event - we needed 1 more for the display!). Usually my train cars are way too heavy and/or need more accuracy the first time I build them, but hopefully I will get over these bumps one day. I grew up playing with Classic Space and some Town sets - my dad had the train thing cornered with O-gauge. I didn't get into Lego trains until I was an AFOL; my first set was #4561 which I picked up on clearance - wonder why? But it gave me the starter stuff I needed to start making other train cars, etc. Now I am part of a LUG and contribute buildings, 9V & PF trains, vehicles and other stuff to the group displays at exhibitions & conventions. I also play with the Star Wars theme, including making stuff for the LUG's SW collaborative work too. I love all the inspiration and innovation I find here in this forum - so many wonderful MOCs, new ideas for continuing 9V track, expanding radii & switches, and motorization/lighting of trackside stuff. Thank you all for these great ideas and techniques!
  10. weeble1688

    Old/New Train compatability

    One more obvious thing to state, but as an employee of a Lego Store I have found that I must belabor this point on occasion. Duplo train track is NOT compatible with regular Lego System train track. I have had purchasers return Duplo or Lego track saying they "weren't told that the two types are incompatible". Just FYI ...
  11. weeble1688

    Please help to get these bricks in red :-)

    Well, Bricklink lists the parts as #29119 Slope Curved 2x1 with No Studs with Stud Notch Right and #24151 Vehicle, Mudguard 4x4x1-1/3 Double, respectively. Each is available in red, either by buying on BL or by finding the sets from which those parts come. Buying from Bricklink is probably your best bet, as the second piece is from a 2016 set. Best of luck in finding your elements!
  12. weeble1688

    When Should City be Cancelled?

    Though I've learned "never say never", I highly doubt that The Lego Group would outright cancel the Town/World City/City theme as TLG regards it as an 'evergreen' theme, meaning it will continue onward. The name of the theme may change at some point in the future (as has happened in the past), but the idea of a kid-friendly theme related to life around them is the 'evergreen' part. Just my two cents!
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    [MOC] "Steam Orange" Express

    I have to ask - is the front headlight a trans-yellow "ingot" piece? It sure looks like, but Bricklink doesn't show any translucent colors having been produced for that element AFAIK. Looks beautiful by the way - like what would have pulled the Tropicana juice train if that existed when streamlined steam engines did!
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    My city layout: Dark Brick City

    I too used to call my feline friend "Catzilla" for traipsing through my town setup in a former apartment, toppling traffic lights and trampling trucks. Hang on to that video though ... I wish I had more than memories of my cat romping through my Lego MOCs. Eventually I'll get another cat (possibly to be named Catzilla) depending on her/his propensity for wandering through Lego builds! - weeble
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    [MOC] Ă˜sterlars Church

    What, no grave site for Galidor?!?All kidding aside, this is a wonderful creation - very true to the original church, and all that cylindrical building - beautiful! (deepens voice) "Impressive. Most impressive."