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  1. Dufflefan

    Motor Specifications for 9V Train Motor (#530)

    Thank you very much @davidzq; that's great information. I appreciate the help.
  2. Dufflefan

    Motor Specifications for 9V Train Motor (#530)

    Thank you very much @HoMa, @XG BC, and @dr_spock. This is fantastic information. Aside from my apprehension about possibly breaking the plastic of the original part in some way, it seems there is definitely a way to fix the part with the above information. I appreciate the help.
  3. Dufflefan

    Motor Specifications for 9V Train Motor (#530)

    Thanks CaL. I've read the page, and while it's very helpful, it doesn't provide the full specifications needed to find the correct replacement motor. The motor actually looks like a very standard unit used in a lot of toys, but while size and physical design are helpful, more information is needed about specifications to ensure I find exactly the right unit. I could be using too much caution, but I don't wish to damage anything! I think it's better to be too careful than too cavalier with these things! I did thanks. I agree that the behavior of the motor would indicate another issue, but having gone through a process of elimination with all other things - cleaning, speed regulator testing, etc., - it now seems the issue is likely internal to the part. Therefore I suspect it is either the PTC or the motor. I'm thinking I might purchase two replacement parts: an inexpensive one to practice opening the unit, and a second in excellent condition as a potential replacement. I then might be brave enough to open the original! I'm just apprehensive about the old plastic being somewhat brittle as despite the good quality it's 28 years old! Thanks again for the help!
  4. Thanks for the information. It hadn't crossed my mind that LEGOLAND builders were/are a completely separate category of certified builders, but that makes a lot of sense. It seems there are quite a number of avenues for such parts to end up on Bricklink. All the above certainly helps explain how some parts are available in colors in which they aren't known to exist (at least not in commercially available sets).
  5. Does anyone please know the specification for the motor housed in the 9V train motor (This part: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=590#T=C)? I have recently rebuilt my Freight Rail Runner (Set #4564) which I have had since my childhood. While I hugely enjoyed getting the set out of the box again, the motor has very weak performance. The motor will run perfectly by itself, but when built and pulling the wagons it will complete about half a circuit of the track before slowing to a complete stop after about one full circuit. I am fortunate that having kept it stored in the original box, everything is in excellent condition - the only exception is the weak performance of the motor. I have cleaned all the track to ensure good conductivity, and I have read other threads about repairing the unit. However, while I could (and am willing to if necessary) purchase a replacement part, I would like to try replacing the actual motor. I have been able to find some excellent information online (including this site which looks to have some very thorough analysis of the motor: https://www.philohome.com/motors/motorcomp.htm), but I cannot find the full specifications of the motor itself. Does anyone please know what the specifications are? Or perhaps know where I can find an exact replacement motor? Thanks!
  6. Dufflefan

    [MOC] Union Pacific Gas Turbine Locomotive

    @bogieman This is a wonderful rendition of the real locomotive; my father loves trains so I've sent him the link to this post - I'm sure he'll be impressed!
  7. @Mylenium Thanks for the reply and information. I completely understand how some Bricklink sellers might innocently mistake a color (and that some are less diligent in how they describe/list the parts they're selling). I was a little skeptical about the part I purchased, but given the very minimal cost and it's potential to make my project possible, I figured it was worth buying. It sounds like I got lucky with the seller and that they were careful about checking the color, but I understand how others have and might mistakenly purchase parts in incorrectly listed colors. I didn't think about the color mixing/dyeing issue. While I've recently learned more about the quality control issues of TLG, I've always considered their quality control to be generally excellent. I was lucky that my parents kindly (though prudently) indulged my childhood Lego enthusiasm and I cannot remember a single instance of a missing or incorrect piece. I do remember one set of instructions which had an errata sheet included (which I still have!), but that was the only occurrence I recall of incorrect instructions. I guess with a vastly expanded range of elements and colors TLG has today, the potential for such errors is higher (though given the money that TLG make, I would expect them to have the resources to match the quality control demands such expansion brings). Thanks for the information on certified builders too; that's interesting. I know that when TLG struggled in the early 2000s - almost to the point of bankruptcy - one cause was that the set designers had too much power regarding what colors and new elements they could request and that related costs spiraled out of control. It therefore makes sense that those outside, though still affiliated, with TLG would not have that same degree of latitude with regard to parts and colors. That said, I would imagine that TLG has done a seriously detailed cost benefit analysis on what value, and potential value, certified builders add to their brand and sales opportunities. Thanks again for the information!
  8. I've just been able to obtain a part in a color which it is not known to exist. I was just wondering if anyone knew how these parts get produced and how they end up on Bricklink? I understand that some colors can be innocently mistaken for others; especially when one is obsolete and has an effective replacement color in production. That said, the part I obtained is in a color not close to any of the known colors for that part. Fortunately, it wasn't expensive, so I was prepared that it might not be as described, but I was pleasantly surprised. I compared it (in various lights) to parts I have in the same color and they were exactly as the Bricklink seller described. I've noticed that quite a few parts are listed in colors that they are not known to have been produced, and while some sellers state those parts are a rare color, others don't. Just out of curiosity, does anyone please have any knowledge about how these parts get produced and how they end up on Bricklink? Are some Lego master builders/artists allowed to order such parts and sell their unwanted ones? Could they be production mistakes that erroneously end up in sets that are sold? Are they perhaps from employee-only sets that get broken up for sale on Bricklink? Or maybe just TLG experiments or general production errors that somehow make their way to Bricklink via a network of people? (I searched the forums but the results were rather generalized due to the search terms, so apologies if this has been asked before!) Thanks!
  9. Thanks very much @supertruper1988. I appreciate the help. I'll contact both of them tomorrow and see what happens. @natesroom I would do so, but I'm not sure I have much to offer regarding minifigs; sorry! (I did make vector files of the four torso prints from The Beatles Yellow Submarine set #21306, though they were done very quickly). So far, my focus has been on designing prints for tiles and bricks. Below is an image of some example prints I designed and which I'm hoping to have printed (among some others). I don't know if this is the sort of thing you're looking for?
  10. Could anyone please recommend somewhere to have Lego pieces custom printed? I’m interested in getting a few tiles and bricks printed, but only need very small quantities for personal projects. I've read lots of threads about the different types of printing (pad, UV, etc.) and whether it is better to do it yourself, but that's not something that's really practical for my situation. Also, I have no interest in custom minifigures (only tiles and bricks at this stage) and it seems like most places are mainly, if not exclusively, interested in custom minifigures. I understand that requesting small numbers will mean the printing is more expensive, will probably take longer, and may even preclude some printing companies from accepting an order. The prints are only simple icons and some text and I've contacted four places so far but only one responded (the terms were $600 minimum and a four-month lead time). Could anyone recommend a good custom printing service which will do small quantities? I have completed all the Adobe Illustrator files, and have the parts to send, so any suggestions would be really helpful. Thanks!
  11. Dufflefan

    [MOC] The Diamond Theatre

    Thanks for the reply and compliment; I appreciate it. The pieces in the chandelier are not actually the rounded 1x2 plates (35480), but are minifigure neck brackets (Part 18986 / 28656) - https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=18986#T=A. I used the right-angle shape to create the join to the central technic axle which is the core element of the chandelier. I hope that explanation made sense! Regarding the modular inserts, I would very much like to design more. Maybe a classic space set and some famous musical sets or something similar (Disney perhaps? Lots of options!). Thanks again!
  12. Dufflefan

    [MOC] The Diamond Theatre

    Hi Everyone, I’ve been a member here for a while, but this is my first post. I thought I would share my first MOC modular building: The Diamond Theatre. I’ve always loved the modular buildings, and I started to create one when I discovered Lego Digital Designer a while back (this project has taken quite a few years!). I wanted to try to build something a little different, but which also kept the nature and character of the modular buildings, so I decided on three rules to try to follow. First, I’ve seen loads of amazing MOC modular buildings here on the forum with great colour schemes, but that skill level is rather beyond my capabilities, so I decided to try a building with a colour scheme similar to real life structures. I remember visiting Legoland (Billund) as a kid and seeing the London section, so I wanted my modular building to loosely replicate the Legoland large-scale “landmark” replica buildings. Second, I wanted to use a 48x48 baseplate as I felt it would provide more space and scope for details to capture the architectural features of a typical old London theatre; grandiose exteriors, cramped staff spaces, (very!) outdated toilets, and a dimensionally (vertically) imposing auditorium. Having a larger footprint also meant a better chance to avoid some of the building experience criticisms of some modular buildings (such as the first and second floors of the Grand Emporium being very similar/repetitive). Third, I wanted to find a way to include all the Lego themes I loved in my childhood. I came up with the idea of a “modular insert” section inside the modular building which could be used to recreate any past (or current!) Lego theme which interested any potential builder. In part, this led me towards building a theatre as the stage would be the ideal modular section to achieve this. I designed a classic castle stage set, a classic pirates stage set, and a stage where The Beatles are performing (as a nod to the Yellow Submarine set, although I understand this is artistic license given the live performance history of The Beatles!). Of course, other modular stage sets such as classic space, or perhaps a set replicating a famous real-life musical could also be designed as the “modular insert”. A sort of model-within-a-model. I really have no idea whether I made the most of these three ideas, but it was really fun to try (albeit completely digitally). I’ve put some captions about each of the images below, but any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks for looking, and thanks very much to all those who build, maintain, and develop Bricklink Studio – it’s a great free program and given this project started in the old Lego Digital Designer, I’m grateful I was able to continue it after support for Lego Digital Designer was ended. Anyway, enough talking!... (Please click for larger photos) THE COMPLETE BUILDING: The design is loosely based on London’s Piccadilly Theatre, which I focused on as I wanted to see if I could create a curved façade. I also used the building’s colours as a reference. Also, I tried to make the street furniture as “Londonesque” as possible – the bollards, signpost, postbox, and bicycle: THE GROUND FLOOR: The gap behind the stage area is for the “modular insert” section(s). I’m not experienced enough with Bricklink Studio to know how to show the inside details, so I simply hid some of the bricks and rendered the model again to show areas of the inside. Above is the ticket desk/booths, the stall to purchase programmes, entrance to the auditorium, and the stairs. Below is a close up of the ticket desk/booths. The above image is the dressing room and the rear access to the ticket desk/booths. Below is the view of the auditorium and the stage (with the rear wall “blank” installed, rather than a “modular insert” stage set). THE FIRST FLOOR: The first floor features a brick-built advertisement, the upper circle (though not really a "circle"!), box seats, the patron’s bar, toilet, catwalk/bridge, spotlight platform, some old promotional posters (a nod to the Palace Cinema), a chandelier (a nod to the Grand Emporium), and an award display. The above view shows the walkway, upper “circle”, spotlight platform, box seats, and patron’s bar. Below is a view of the catwalk/bridge from underneath also showing the stage lights. The above view is from the front just above the stairs on the ground floor showing the entrance to the upper "circle", the bar tables, and the award display. Below is the area in front of the bar showing the old promotional posters (the nod to the Palace Cinema). Another image below of the patron’s bar, this time from the side above the stairs, showing the position of the chandelier (a nod to the Grand Emporium) and the entrance to the box seats. The two below images show the details of the patron’s bar and the chandelier: Below is the old-fashioned toilet in the front corner of the first floor: THE ROOF: The access doors on the left in the above image don’t lead anywhere, it just seemed to be a feature on the rooves of a lot of older London buildings, so I included them as an additional detail to make the roof a little more interesting to look at and build. There is also space for a 2x6 counterweight brick to be added should it be required if I ever do build the model in real bricks. THE “MODULAR INSERTS”: The first image below shows the ground and first floors stacked together, the gap in the rear wall into which the “modular inserts” can be switched in and out, and some exposed detail of the catwalk/bridge of the first floor. The second image is of the very basic wall “blank” which can be installed to create an empty stage. Each of the modular inserts is built upon a 10x16 stud base. First is the classic pirates insert/stage: I also made a classic castle modular insert/stage (my apologies if I have a mix of shields here!): There is also a Beatles modular insert (a nod to the Yellow Submarine set). I took a little bit of artistic license here of course as obviously The Beatles hardly performed live in their later years, and I also had to swap George’s hair as I couldn’t find the 18858 part used in the Yellow Submarine set: Below is the detail of the piano. Again, there’s some artistic license here as this piano design is from more recent shows Paul has done, but I liked the art design on the piano, so I thought including it would make for a nice detail: THE MINIFIGURES: Below are the minifigures which I would include if this were a real set. The first image is of the theatre staff. Two ticket sales/bar managers and a stage technician: Next are the patrons (these aren’t chosen specifically for any reason): Then the actors from each of the sets; classic castle and classic pirates: And, of course, Ringo George, Paul, and John (sorry for the render not being the best): CUSTOM PRINTED PARTS: At first, I didn’t want to create a modular building which would need any custom parts – be it shape, colour, or printing. I planned this as I believed it would be best should I ever get the chance to actually make the building from real bricks. However, as I developed it, I thought some custom printed tiles would actually add a lot to the character of the whole project, so I changed my rule. I did however make sure I would only use tiles and only the known colours in which those tiles have been produced (I guess these could be stickers if needed, but I figured printings would be better). I used Adobe Illustrator and the Part Designer in Bricklink Studio to create the custom prints/tiles. Below is the complete set of custom printed tiles that would be required: Finally, an image of the whole building from above: I guess the only other things to mention are that all the bricks and parts are available in the colours used (with the only exceptions being the custom printed tiles mentioned above), and that all connections are “legal” Lego building techniques. All moving parts are completely functional, and I ran a stability check in Bricklink Studio which showed it was very solid. Excluding the minifigures, the total parts count is 5227. There are of course a few details which I’m sure better and more experienced builders could improve, and there are a few untidy areas here and there. Anyway, any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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