TF Twitch

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    [MOC] USA-001GX Liberty Gundam ver. Kai

    The main wings are held to the body by ratchet joints. These pictures have them folded outward, whereas they can easily be folded in. Most of my digital work I design to be buildable with real bricks.
  2. I think the windows and pistons are not available in those colors, but a more dressed down and not as flashy version would be completely possible. The base colors of the dressed down version are grays and black with red and gold accents. Thank you for the compliment, though. It was my entry into the 2014 Railbricks contest, but it did not win anything even though it got lots of positive reviews.
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    [MOC] USA-001GX Liberty Gundam ver. Kai

    Thank you! 'Murca!
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    Possible battery issues and PF query

    I have two AAA battery boxes and have had no problems with either of them for the few years that I have owned them.
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    [MOC] Emerald Night class locomotives

    I do appreciate the feedback! I think that the wheel setup that I will go for my current 4-6-2 Emerald Night and the future 4-8-4 Emerald Northern (no plans yet to build the 4-6-4 Emerald Baltic) are to use BBB wheels on the pilot and trailing trucks and use the LEGO wheels with rubber bands for the driving wheels. Using the rubber bands for the 4-8-4 makes sense since they will be powered by the L-Motors and need the extra traction. I think that I will continue to use rubber bands on the Emerald Night's driving wheels because I have found them to sometimes slip, not rotate properly, and not grip the rails without the rubber bands. Does anyone know how reliable the BBB Large wheels are? Perhaps the issue is that the LEGO wheels are made to be used with the rubber bands (hence the groove in the flanged wheels) whereas the BBB wheels are made without said grove. Also, I do like the idea of covering the trailing truck wheels since it would appear more "North American" influenced (since I like to mix North American and European styles together), however I am hesitant to do so since I feel that it will not mesh well with the rest of the locomotive. The locomotives of the Emerald Night "class" are meant to pay homage to their origin and resemble the original set. I feel that changing the style of the trailing truck will detract from that. Unless anyone has a viable solution that looks good and meshes well with the locomotive(s)?
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    [MOC] Emerald Night class locomotives

    The 9V wheelsets are used on the tender of all three locomotives (in conjunction with the PF Train Motor on two of them, no Train Motor with the Northern). I think using that technique for the two trucks on the locomotive will take away from the overall look. The spoked wheel look of the LEGO and BBB wheels adds that small level of detail to the locomotive.
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    [MOC] Emerald Night class locomotives

    I wonder if anyone has any additional thoughts on using BBB wheels for the small wheels on the pilot and trailing trucks on the locomotives to reduce friction so the motor(s) would not have to work as hard.
  8. I made a 4-4-0 American steam locomotive that is completely Power Functions powered. It features a PF Train Motor powering the driving wheels. I understand that this setup will not haul lots of train cars at any great speed, but it is not intended to. This locomotive would look great pulling three smaller passenger and/or freight cars.
  9. This looks great and I look forward to seeing how the dyeing process works for you. My only concern with the locomotive is the pilot truck. It looks like it only has one pivot point. In my experience a pilot/trailing truck on a steam locomotive with two axles needs to have two pivot points.
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    [MOC] Emerald Night class locomotives

    Thank you! I thought about that, but how accurate would that be to real locomotives? I personally have not seen any driving rods that are like that.
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    [MOC] Emerald Night class locomotives

    My Emerald Night currently uses zephyr's driving rods, and if I ever build the Emerald Baltic it will have them as well. I like the black driving rods on the Emerald Northern since gray clashes too much, but I know that gray rods are the correct color. Any thoughts on this?
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    [MOC] Emerald Night class locomotives

    Thank you. Keeping it simple and able to actually work has been the culmination of lots of trial and error. Something that I forgot to mention in the initial post concerns the 4-8-4 Emerald Northern. I have thought about using Big Ben Bricks small wheels for the pilot and trailing trucks of the locomotive since they would have less friction than the LEGO small train wheels that have the o-rings. I figured that less friction would be ideal and is less that the L-Motors have to work against. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
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    PF Train Motor vs L-Motor

    Thank you for that information, that really does make a difference. I also considered the technic plate option, but yes the vertical drive shaft is offset thanks to the "C" bracket. I also considered using the piece that you have shown, but that requires some extensive modification underneath the front L-Motor. It could be done, but it may compromise the original integrity of the frame. The red parts are connected together with an axle, not a pin, so they are not going to rotate at all.
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    PF Train Motor vs L-Motor

    I am working on a 4-8-4 steam locomotive and have been wondering how to power it. Through some simple modifications it can either use two 88002 Train Motors under the tender or two 88003 L-Motors inside the boiler. It will use a 1:1 ratio using 12-tooth bevel gears. My question is which setup would be ideal? I personally like the L-Motor setup since it drives the actual driving wheels and I can use more realistic looking trucks for the tender. Using tender power would be more reliable since I do not have to worry about gears slipping or becoming unaligned. Any information and advice is welcome.
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    [MOC] Emerald Night class locomotives

    I own two Emerald Night sets. One is built and the second is used as a concept testbed for ideas.
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    [MOC] Emerald Night class locomotives

    I always appreciate your feedback, Murdoch. I have thought about changing the "Emerald" in the names, but I decided to keep it to relate it to the original Emerald Night and show that they come from the Emerald Night class of locomotives. I do realize that being of the same locomotive class means that they are the same wheel arrangement, style, etc., but I took artistic liberties. Renaming them has crossed my mind, but I have called them Emerald [whatever] for so long that is has stuck and grown on me.
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    Need some help on a new Layout

    That is a very fine job. I can hardly tell that it was modified.
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    PF Train Motor vs L-Motor

    I appreciate the feedback! I was able to move the lower bevel gear downward on the vertical drive shaft and insert a half-bushing. Thank you for the idea, that makes it more snug!
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    PF Train Motor vs L-Motor

    To those that answered, thank you. So from what I gather that the twin L-Motor setup is superior unless I want to go crazy fast? But at moderate to semi-fast the L-Motors are the way to go, and crazy fast go for the Train Motors? Here is my proposal for a twin L-Motor configuration: By learning from a previous failed attempt at putting an M-Motor inside the Emerald Night, I realized that I need to stabilize the vertical drive shaft. In an earlier attempt, the vertical drive shaft slipped off of the singular horizontal drive shaft (which then drove the driving wheels). The earlier design only had the single M-Motor with the "C" bracket. Here I added a drive shaft stabilizer of sorts. The pieces that are highlighted in red are connected by an axle peg ( + the entire length) to prevent the stabilizing piece from shifting. I hope that this surgically inserted assembly solves any issues that I have with the vertical drive shaft slip.
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    PF Train Motor vs L-Motor

    I currently use one PF Train Motor with my Emerald Night locomotive, and it pulls a rake of five coaches just fine. Based on that I know that two motors will be okay, even with the additional weight of a larger locomotive. I bring up using L-Motors inside the boiler since it would power the driving wheels and be more realistic. With the Train Motor setup all of the Power Function elements are in the tender to add weight for traction.
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    MOC/WIP: Classic Space Train

    I appreciate the feedback. In the locomotive's description it states that it is aerodynamic so that it can easily pass through the space atmosphere. So it is based on Classic Space logic.
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    MOC/WIP: Classic Space Train

    I have been working on a train that fits and feels Classic Space. I have completed the locomotive, but I am having a difficult time coming up with a train car design that I like. I want to do something modular/intermodal like yet it does not look like a regular official set intermodal car. Link to the completed locomotive: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/381712 My vision for the train cars is that they are not only compatible with existing containers (like from the Maersk train set), but to also have their own modular components. I want to do modular since it feels more "spacey" instead of having dedicated train cars for a specific purpose. I was thinking of having a passenger module (to transport the Classic Space astronauts to and from the work site), an open-top container for putting any mined minerals into, a rover platform, and something else. Maybe a satellite rocket launcher pad that can be used while the train is in motion, I do not know. I can work out how to get the modules/containers off of the train cars after they are built. So any ideas are most appreciated. Any tips, suggestions, and comments are welcome!
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    MOC/WIP: Classic Space Train

    The "set" is finished and can be viewed here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/383318 I have two more Classic Space train sets in the works.
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    NEWS 2014 trains!

    Both of the trains sets, in my opinion, look too much like older sets, especially the passenger train. The locomotive of the cargo train looks too much like the Maersk locomotive. I am disappointed with this year's release. My idea is to have both the freight and passenger trains be steam locomotives with at least two train cars each (TLG needs to learn from the mistake made with the Emerald Night). Additional train cars could be purchased separately, just like how they did it in years past. The passenger steam locomotive could resemble something European since they were always more sleek in design, and the freight locomotive would be more American to give the rugged feel.
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    Upcoming Classic Space Reboot?

    Space polar bears would be epic!