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  1. Smaller Steam Locomotive Boilers

    You might find the boiler on my Single Fairlie and Lombard Log Hauler of interest:
  2. Thanks! Bonus: I've made instructions and uploaded them to Brickshelf! I welcome any feedback on those, as well.
  3. Because of the tiny wheelbase and generous tolerances in the small wheels, it works fine. I suppose there could be issues if I connected it to a car where the coupler was very far from the wheelbase...
  4. [moc] GWR 1442 engine

    Nicely done. The model is charming and you've really captured the spirit of the 1400 class. I also like the little jalopy waiting at the crossing in the video. In the video it looks like the train struggles a bit in turns. Are the tires on your motors worn, or perhaps you're getting extra friction from the long wheelbase of the locomotive?
  5. Finally, I built something too small to motorize: This is a Breuer Lokomotor, or shunting tractor. This tiny vehicle was made for moving rolling stock around stations that for economic or logistical reasons could not have a full-sized shunting locomotive. They were powered by inline petrol (and in later models, diesel) engines mounted transversely in the body, connected to a manual transmission and powering the wheels through a chain drive (!). The tractors themselves don't weigh much; to get enough working weight, each end of the tractor has a screw jack that lifts the wagon it's attached to, thereby "stealing" some of its weight for traction. The Type 3 Lokomotor differs from the Type 4 in that it doesn't have an enclosed cab (hard to build at this scale...). The Type 4 is also rated for higher pulling power. At the scale of this model I didn't have room to include magnets, but it's possible to connect the screw jacks on the model to the "new" buffers with a few plates: The short wheelbase of the Lokomotor means that this arrangement will traverse switches and curves, despite the fact that, properly, there should be another joint in the connecting link. Unfortunately, it's not powered. Full Brickshelf gallery here, and instruction gallery here. Thanks for reading!
  6. [MOC] 4-Stud Wide G.W.R. 47xx

    Welcome to Eurobricks, @Sir Nigel Gresley (The?). My personal preference is to enable the "Outlines on Bricks" option in the preferences -- this draws the seams between bricks, which gives a better representation of what the model will look like in real life. For the front of the boiler, you can use some bricks with studs on the side rather than a Technic brick, which will allow you to attach the smokebox without having visible holes in the pannier tanks.
  7. Updated the PDF (now borderless! Does that make it hard to print?), and fixed the font size on the submodel steps.
  8. Ah, looks like that's because the step is in a sub-submodel (the underframe in the truck). I'll fix the font size. Maybe a different background color for submodels would help?
  9. I've updated the instructions with a photo! Unfortunately for some reason LPub wouldn't insert JPGs, so I had to collect all the images into a pdf using Preview, which left a border around everything. I'll work on fixing that in the next iteration. However, I did figure out buffer exchanges, which makes some pages a lot cleaner:
  10. Thank you all for the feedback. Is there anything you would change, or that you didn't like about the instructions? Or parts that were confusing?
  11. Those of you with good memories may remember this gondola: It first appeared in the thread for @Commander Wolf's T18, and has since appeared in various videos of our locomotives. The gondola is a relatively straightforward design, being a modernized version of the body from 4543 Railroad Tractor Flatbed mated to trucks from the My Own Train series of cars (10013, 10015, 10016, 10017). Besides being pleasantly "official" in style, the design is fairly international; we liked it because it looked decent when paired with locomotives from various parts of the world. I've gone ahead and made instructions for this model: You can get them in PDF form below: International Gondola (PDF) In exchange, would you mind giving me some feedback on the instructions themselves? For example, are they easy to follow? What don't you like about them? etc. Enjoy! P.S. If you prefer images to a pdf, there is a Brickshelf gallery here (pending moderation).
  12. BBB Medium wheel question

    He's modified the wheels by cutting them in half.
  13. Here's some footage I took of the locomotive moving some gondolas and pulling two Umbauwagen, to give you a sense of what it can do. Does anyone know how to embed video with the new posting tools?
  14. BBB Medium wheel question

    If you aren't pulling very heavy loads, you can use this technique to apply "painted-on" traction tires. I used that technique on my Glaskasten, and it ran multiple days at a show pulling a pair of two-axle cars. Also, beware the crank holes! They are sqrt(2)/2 studs away from the axle, rather than a whole or fractional number.