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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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: 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...
  12. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Yes ... it seems they fixed the issue ...
  13. 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
  14. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi @LegoMonorailFan! Thanks for your kind feedback! Hi @Capparezza, thanks for your kind feedback to! Yes the 45° angled pond looks different, but it is/was more unintentional the planned. The reason why the water is in 45° against the waterfall itself is, that the baseplates where the pond is built upon are also 45° aligned against the baseplates from where the waterfall originates. This comes from the 45° angled middle level. This is an image where you can see the 45° angle of the baseplates on the middle layer. The real deal, why the baseplates are angled, can also be seen on this image: on these baseplates also the track ballast was built, and it was way easier to angle the baseplates and built the ballast straight then keep the baseplates straight and build the ballast in 45°. And as you already said, this gives the thing a special touch. Yes this will become very crowded, but i prefer dense environments prior to more "sterile" layouts. BR, Guenther
  15. Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hy Guys, here is short update on the progress on my layout: I have now finished the waterfall refining and it is now ready to be built with real bricks. The preview rendering looks as follows: The yellow parts are the "interface" to the modified Tower Bridge shown before in this thread. So the yellow parts are parts already built in the bridge and the tunnel, walls and waterfall has to connect to. Currently I am in process of ordering all the parts (again approximately 5000 pieces, mostly due to the rigid building and strong back structure. The whole stuff is separated in five independent modules: the ground with the pond and grass, the tunnel, the stonewalls left and right of the waterfall, and the waterfall itself. So it is fairly easy to build the modules offsite and then just put them into position on the layout. There is another topic I am currently thinking about: incorporating the two new, sort of water based, buildings into the layout: the Ninjago city and the old fishing store. My first plan is to put them on the upper level (tan baseplates)of layout in the right corner just behind the street with a small surrounding water surface. And I have also found a place for my Haunted House ... it will be placed on the middle level (green baseplates) on a small rock (perhaps 5-7 Studs high) with a small path to it (and possibly the path will go all up to the upper level and the town itself...) Another thing I am currently thinking about, is the conversion of the tram of 60097: City Square to become a monorail compatible version. So this is it so far. I'll post an update as soon as I have some brick built version of the waterfall section. Please feel free to leave some comments on what you think about it so far. BR, Guenther