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  1. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @LegoMonorailFan, thanks for your kind words! Especially Interesting for you : I have started experimenting with my Tram-Monorail conversion I presented earlier. To be precise, with the track layout. Currently I still have some issues to solve, but I am confident to have some material to show off in the next major WIP update. BR, Guenther
  2. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi Guys, I am back with a small update on my WIP Layout. I have done some minor changes and one major change. The first minor change is the shortened road to the small pond. It looked quite odd when the road directly ends only 3 studs beside the water. I reduced the length of the street about 16 studs and fitted a small park/forrest area in the free spot so that the road did not end as close to the water as before: The second minor change is related to the Model Town House 4954: as I showed earlier, I have moved the garage directly inside the house and therefore I had to shift some windows, which resulted in a misalignment btween the windows in the roof and the windows in the first floor. This is now corrected, I moved the windows in the roof also two studs to the left: The third minor change, was the placement of the Ninjago City: The area in front of the Ninjago City is reserved to the Old Fishing Store. The whole left area in this corner will become a water area and both, the Ninjago City and the Old Fishing Store, will be surrounded by water more or less. The fourth minor change was the temporal placement of the Haunted House. It will stay at this spot more or less, but I am not sure about the exact alignment. I have also improved the stone wall with fence and entrance door, so that it now looks more weathered then before and it is now integrated in the building itself: The main change to my previous update however was the creation of a small modern city train station with three platforms. This station will be the smaller one of two stations I planned for the layout (the main station will be placed on the lower level). As you can see, the station is quite strongly architectural linked to two train station released by Lego some time ago: "Train Station" 7937 "Train Station" 60050 A major issue, when building the station, were the switches in the station area. I had to narrow the platform there, to make it possible for trains who need a extremely wide clearance to travel to all switch directions. Last but not least, I have also created a new update video, where I explain the layout in detail, give some insights in my MOCs and MODs, show you some trains moving along the layout and at last I'll give you some outlook what I have planned for the layout in the future. Therefore the video is rather long: If you would like to see the images shown in their original resolution, follow this link to my Bricksafe-Folder: click me. As always, I would like to hear your comments, suggestions and critics about my layout. BR, Guenther
  3. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @ElectroDiva, I am glad that you like my layout. Tanks for your kind words. It is indeed fun to figure out how to place and do stuff with limited space available, though sometimes quite time consuming ... BR, Guenther
  4. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @bricksnator, I am very glad that you like the conversion of the tram. The conversion though, was quite simple. It took me just an evening to figure it out. For me it nearly seemed that the designer had such a conversion in mind ... I can strongly encourage you to do your own conversion - it is really fun, but a monorail with overhang below the tracks unfortunately wont work. The reason are the start/stop rails and the points. BR, Guenther
  5. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @patje, thanks for your kind feedback! It is nice to hear that you like my layout. Yes you are right, you'll always find great things built (not only layouts) with Lego. I think this is the magic behind Lego. BR, Guenther
  6. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi Christian, thanks for your kind feedback! It is nice to hear that you like my layout. Yes the dead end is indeed an issue, and was also addressed already in a German speaking forum. But I already have a solution: the road will get shortened of about 8 to 10 studs and replaced by some green and a wider pavement. The road itself becomes a precinct more or less like the one I did beside the town hall. Perhaps with some small green lane separation. Unfortunately there is no space for a turning area. I consider the water leaves the pond in a hidden cave behind the waterfall. So the drainage of the pond is invisible without scuba diving ... BR, Günther
  7. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @Brickviller V2, thanks for your nice feedback! I hope the Minifigs are happy, I try my best that they are ... Hi @M_slug357, thank you too for your nice feedback! I am now curious on your home layout. Do you like to share it (or did you have it shared already and I missed it?!). I always like watching others layouts, you can find new and interesting things every time on every layout. Hi @Man with a hat, thank you too for your nice feedback! The most important thing to consider prior starting a layout is: do I have enough space. This question nearly killed my layout project, but fortunately with some furniture shifting around the house I found a place. I hope you can start your layout soon and of course I am looking forward to see pictures of it ... BR, Guenther
  8. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi Guys, I am back with an update on my WIP-Layout. I have now managed to build the previously shown digital LDD waterfall and added it to my layout. the layout currently looks like follows: The landscape around the pond in detail: You can see that I have fitted a slightly modified "5766 Log Cabin" and a "31048 Lakeside Lodge" beside the pond. The 31048 though was more unintentional, I though it fits well there. Beside the pond I have removed the GB HG and replaced it with a way better fitting modified "4954 Model Town House". The GB HQ was anyway to tall to be placed in on a lower level and so close to the viewer. It would have obstructed to much of the scene on trhe third level when it stayed in this position. I have also made some changes to the street-tunnel-portal: the gap between "10251 Brick Bank" and the tunnel on the right side is now closed, and I have also covered the plywood plate from the third level. I have also started closing the gap behind the town house, but ran out of bricks unfortunately ... so time for the next brick link order ... I have also some impressions of the layout changes from the minifig view and also a video: Please feel free to leave some comments on what you think about it so far. BR, Guenther
  9. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @LegoMonorailFan, the current (original) cord is around 8cm. But the shortest PF extension cord you can by from S&H (at least here in Europe) is 20cm. So I had to deal with 12 additional cm's of quite a thick cord. I have now tried a little with the PF extension cord and I run into the foreseen problems. The cable is to stiff and would lead to derailment in certain situations. So for now I stick to the original cable. Hi @ColletArrow, yes this would be a solution, but see my answer above to @LegoMonorailFan: The cables are to stiff and won't work quite well in my case. Hi @kieran, thanks for your kind feedback. Hi @brickmasterben11, thank you too for your your kind feedback. Time is not so the issue, since this is a hobby and has no need to be finished in a short term. For me, this is a project over years. As you can see, my first post about this topic was on April 11. 2016, so more then a year ago. Money is a slight bigger problem, but since the slow pace, I have enough time to save money up in between. Space though could be indeed a problem, Lego consumes quite allot of space ... BR, Guenther P.s.: Now I have all the Parts ordered (a little over 5000) for the waterfall part (+tunnel portal, pond and stone walls) below the modified Tower Bridge. So I hope I could post an real life update soon... so stay tuned.
  10. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @LegoMonorailFan, I meant that I currently have no idea on how to hide the cable inside the transparent tram. The short original cable is barely visible, but a 20cm (shortest version) long thick PF-cable would be seen from far away... BR, Guenther
  11. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @LegoMonorailFan, thanks for digging into this and uncovering the picture. I'll give it a try. I just have to find out how to cover the 20cm long cable. BR, Guenther
  12. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @LegoMonorailFan, Thanks for your kind feedback! Ah that is a great idea with the PF parts. But, I have a little concern: the PF cables tend to be quite stiff, and it may happen that they are to stiff and push the train out of the track in curves and on the ramp. Is this a real problem or not, I can't imagine. Did you already use such a configuration? If yes, did it work well? I mentioned this, because I had (still have though) such a problem with my Horizon Express and the cables running through it for powering the motors and the lights on both ends. Cheers, Guenther
  13. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hy Guys, there is a new small update from my side. This time it is not a landscape/building update (but stay tuned for the next, I am currently ordering the parts for the waterfall and rock area) but a rolling stock. It is my version of a monorail modification of the tram of the set 60097. I bought this already with the intention to modify it towards the monorail track system. It took me some time to figure out how to do it. So here is the outcome (don't mind the tan and white slopes they will be replaced with gray ones): I have also done some pictures to enable you on recreating my version of the tram (since I didn't found a decent How To). You can find mine here: http://www.bricksafe.com/pages/tmctiger/mods/lego-60097-tram---monorail-modification-how-to The next task regarding the monorail is: find a solution on how the track should go through the town ... there I currently have no plan, but I promise you, the monorail will come to my town ... As always please leave me a comment what you like or dislike or what I could improve. Thanks and BR, Guenther P.s.: Brickshelf finally forced me to use another site. Suddenly it isn't possible anymore to upload a bunch of files with a zip-upload ... --> I am now using Bricksafe...
  14. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Yes ... it seems they fixed the issue ...
  15. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @ColletArrow, Thanks for your kind feedback! Yes you're right @ locating the old fishing store, this is the reason that I try to create a remote like beach there. I know, the transition from the china town like Ninjago City, to the beach for the old fishing store might be quite "steep" but due to space constraints that's the only possible way. I have to test it in RL if it works at all. BR, Guenther