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  1. tmctiger

    Train ramp?

    Hi @Feng-huang0296, yes the inclines are way too steep for a PF/PU train (even a new one). You absolutely have to stick with one plate per straight track. You maybe can expand this to 2 plates per straight track for very light weight trains, but steeper inclines won't work (except for 12V trains and tracks). You have also take another point into consideration: The transition from flat tracks to inclined tracks. This have to be very subtle and gradual to prevent trains with a huge nose overhang to get stuck (espcially steam locomotives with a pilot). So long story short: to get up 7 to eight bricks in just 5 straight track pieces won't work. Here can you see how I have done it: I have a little over one plate per straight track on the steepest incline in my layout, and this works fine with my trains, although I had to use two motors for my extremely heavy Horizon Express. I also had to adjust the gradual incline during the transition from straight track to inclined track for my Emerald Night. But now it works like a charm for all of my trains. BR, Guenther P.s.: Thanks @Chiaroscuro for mentioning my layout ... [Edit]Added some additional things[/Edit]
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    Modular 2.0

    Hi all, this solution seems to bit quite over engineered and uses a lot of bricks. As @peedeejay remarked, why is this system over 2 bricks high? For my town I have invented a SNOT road system which is only one brick + tile high and which is fully modular compatible. It is a combination of the Lego road baseplates and a SNOT road laid on top of the road baseplates. You can find the images with higher resolution in my bricksafe folder. This system works quite well for me. It is still parts-consuming, but far more efficient than the "MultiRoad Roadway System". A clear disadvantage is: it is not compatible with any used standard for exhibitions, but that’s anyway not my intention. I just came up with this system for my stationary layout. BR, Guenther
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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    Actually 1800 points are >10€. You can get 2x 5€ discount, you can use multiple discounts on one order. Anyway I got 3750 points which is worth >20€ ... So at first I do think this this is a very generous gift, for just a damaged inside-box. At second, the VIP points return of investment is the same as before, just the scaling of the points is different (And of course, the ease of use, thats the only negative point I see so far).
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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    Hi Folks, I got mail from Lego regarding my issue with the packaging of the 42100 (see above). The told me, that tey will look into the issue and try to prevent this in the future (and thanked me for the photos). So far so good, but now the real surprise happend: they granted me a whole bunch of VIP points to compensate for my inconvenience! That is really a great service! It was my concern to tell this story in a time where it looks like everybody (at least in germany, due to some events) kicks against Lego. I am not sure if any arbitrary clone brand would react the same in such a case ... BR, Guenther
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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    Why should I, nothing was damaged. Ok the box, but I am quite shure they won't send me an empty replacement box. I agree, requesting replacements when you actually do not need one, is quite a dumb idea and makes the stuff more expansive for all of us - or the worst: they stop the quite relexed replacement part handling ... Anyway, I wrote an email to Lego informing them of the issue. I am curious what they will reply to me.
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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    Hi Folks, today finally my R 9800 arraived, but I was quite surprised as I noticed that my Excavator started excavating already in the box. It seems that Lego is heading towards a packaging problem again (remember the Porsche, another premium set) : At least nothing except the box was damaged. But for a 450€ Set, this is unaccaptable! Imagine the bucket got another oriantation in the box: it would be definitly be bent or worse... BR, Guenther
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    Beginnings of my modular city

    Hi Dave, nice to see one starting with his own Lego City / Lego Layout. I am curious how your city will turn out at the end. However, to make a complete train-track turn (with standard LEGO curves, R40) you need at least 88 Studs from one side to the other, this is more than 70cm, and it did not account to the additinoal space you need to prevent trains hitting the wall when running through the curve - so to be save you need to add an additional 4cm on each side. So your table is to small with just only 60cm in depth. I think R24 is a too harsh turn, and I think not all trains can handle such a turn - so I would not consider R24 a way to go. But it would of course fit you space constraints. I recommend to drop the idea with the train and instead focus on a row of modulars with a street in front of them. BR, Guenther
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    Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @Chiaroscuro, yes creating a Lego city layout is somwhat time consuming, but I think rewarding and actually the process of building it, is what makes the most fun! So hopefully we all have a long way until we are really finished. I am now quite curious about your city - let me know when you have something to show. BR, Guenther
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    Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hello guys, some time passed by since my last WIP Lego Layout update. But better later then never ... so here you go: The updates in all details can be found here in this Video: And here is a short an quick descriptin in text: I moved the Haunted House from its former position to a new elevated position behind the Town Hall, Grand Emporium and Fire Brigade. For this, I built a small wooden table which I can place behind the other buildings. This table will later be covered by a Lego rock wall to reasamble a mountain region: On the old spot of the Haunted House I placed my new set addition - the new Ideas set "Tree House" 21318. I think it fits alot better there than the Haunted House: I not only added and moved some sets, I also added a new MOC - a tunnel portal (again - but I need alot of them in my layout configuration): You can find all images in higher original resolution in my bricksafe folder. I hope you enjoied my newest update and what I had done on the layout. I would be quite happy to get some feedback from you guys! BR, Guenther
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    Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hello, again some time passed since my last update, but in the meanwhile I managed to add some little things to the layout. Mainly the new 2019 Modular, the Corner Garage (10264) and an additional light kit from Brickloot for the Town Hall (10224) set. Finding a spot to put the garage was quit easy. As shown in an previous post, I already had a section for the motorists in my town: the car dealer ship (from the City Square set (60097)), with the Octan gas station (60132) and the Lady Liberty 21042). So I just reworked this area, meaning rebuilding the car dealer into a "half" modular with the statue of liberty on top. I was quite pleased with the outcome and I think it fits really well beside the Corner Garage. The service station moved nearly unmodified to the back of the garage. I just added some additional parking lots (as there are always to few for my citizens). The reworked area now looks like this: (Images in better resolution can be found in my bricksafe folder) The newly lit Town Hall now looks like this in darkness: (image in original resolution and uncut) (image in original resolution and uncut) And as always, I have also created a youtube video, showing the and discussing the latest WIP update to my city. So I hope you enjoied my latest update and additions to my city. As always I am curious to hear what you think about it. BR, Guenther
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    To light or not to light up your layout?

    Hi, Actually I think you do not have any chioce here, lighting up your city makes it so much more immersive! So I recommend to go with lighting. I made this decission also some month ago: (look at the second half of the video, showcasing my current state of lighting my city) BR, Guenther
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    Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @Vilhelm22, thanks for your feedback! I am glad that you like my layout. Indeed, lighting up the modulars adds alot to a layout. Thanks for the suggestion of 70751, but this one is definitly way to large to fit in the availiable corner. I am searching for a set (or MOC) with a footprint not bigger than 16x16 studs. BR, Guenther
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    Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @ElectroDiva, thanks for your suggestions! Both sets are really interesting an nice, but quite big I think. I have to check on the layout what amount of space is really availiable. I am often out in my estimations in this regard . I'll keep both sets in mind, the would aesthetically fit really well with the scenery. Thanks and BR, Guenther
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    Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @ElectroDiva, first of all thanks for your kind feedback. I am glad that you like my solution for the Ninjago City and City Docks and the Layout in general. Your idea with continuing the path is great! Thre is really some space (not much though) but perhaps enough. I have to think in detail about this. One question (not only to @ElectroDiva but also to all others): What set can I use as temple/shrine on top? I am not so into Ninjago at all, or do anyone have an idea for a small MOC? The amount of space is limited and I think should not exeed 16x16 studs. Next time working on the layout I have to measure in detail... BR, Guenther
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    My city layout: Dark Brick City

    Hi @antp, a very nice city you have built here. And with 12V - what a joy! I wish I had a 12V train back in the days, but I had "only" the 4,5V train (my most favourite set I own is 7720). BUt back to your city: you also built some really nice MOCs with blend great into the city. I also like the Ninjago district with its rock shore and brigde over the lake. Very funny: I have also the set 21110 and coverted it into a museum: but I didn't built a MOC for it, my city museum is placed in the upper stories of the Green Grocer. The astronomer however can get a great night sky view from the Grand Emporium in my city. Sop keep up the great work and I am now curious how your city grow ... BR, Guenther