Beck

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  1. Beck

    Effe's MOC Corner

    Great work @efferman! Having previously tried to build a self erecting tower crane, I can understand how difficult this project must have been. Pretty sure that's a liebherr mk140/110/100. The company appears to be mediaco from France.
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    [WIP] Fuori Muro Vectron

    Thank you! I am too! It's taken me quite some time to be able to finally build it IRL, but I'm really pleased with the result.
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    Axle Collection Thread

    The 7x11 frame is the wrong dimension; I would need a 9x10 frame minimum.
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    [WIP] Fuori Muro Vectron

    It's complete! Only one change was made from the digital model; the cheese slopes along the side of the windscreen was lengthened by 1 stud to cover the side of the red curved slopes. I'm really pleased with the performance and appearance. If anyone has any ideas regarding the possible decals on the side, please let me know. I've ran it for at least a total of three hours now and an hour continuously without any mechanical issues whatsoever. I'll get to posting a video sometime in the near future. Possible Reference for the decal: https://www.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/article_data/images/97/264116_b.jpg
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    Axle Collection Thread

    While working on a new project I created an axle for 1:16-17 scale trucks that places the motor directly inside of the axle. The design creates more space below the chassis that would otherwise be occupied by the motor, driveshaft, and transfer case. LXF: https://bricksafe.com/pages/Beck/technic_mocs/miscellaneous
  6. Update 8: After an entire year, it's about time that I updated this thread. I mounted the rear steered axle and the rear wheel arches. Next I tested the central outrigger system and decided that I couldn't make the assembly sturdy enough without enlarging it beyond scale. So I scrapped the motorized piston rotation mechanism and designed a more compact and robust outrigger assembly. After examining some reference photos, I noticed that the crane was mounted slightly off center from the chassis. This presented an issue; the turntable had to be secured to the chassis without considerably increasing its height or unbalancing the chassis. Many hours later I found a solution of which I will render later. Then I completed the crane's first stage and began work on the second; however, I'm unsure whether I want to have the second stage extension be driven mechanically or pneumatically. Lastly I adapted the central outrigger assembly for the rear and mounted it on the chassis. Up next: - finish the second stage and design the third stage - connect the pneumatics - build the loading box on the rear. - probably some other stuff I'm forgetting at the moment
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    [MOC] SBB LRZ

    Thank you! Hilarious idea! Although I am not really apart of any LUG, I'd be happy to share the LXF if someone else wants to take this to a show. I'm well aware of this problem; pretty much everything I make has some sort of issue with R40s.
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    [MOC] SBB LRZ

    For this year's OcTRAINtober challenge I decided to build a single unit of SBB’s firefighting train. Given the time constraints of the challenge, I knew that I would only be able to complete one unit of the LRZ consist. Therefore, I chose the largest unit with a water cannon. I would need the space to house, the battery/receiver, pump, water tank, drive motor, and cannon rotation mechanism. I began the design in LDD and quickly drafted the frame, cab and container. This gave me a rough idea of the space I had to work with. I tried to position the pump motor as low as possible to allow for the maximum amount of height for the cylinder. Since there was only one option for the drive motor placement and cabin space was already limited, the placement of the cannon rotation mechanism and drive motor had to be placed in the container. Due to the vertical distances between the cannon rotation motor and cabin, I opted to use a pulley system because the string could be guided through a series of holes to account for the vertical displacement. When I eventually started building the model IRL, I encountered some unexpected setbacks; namely two parts I had used did not exist in the colors I had used in LDD. This required some time to redesign. In addition to a bricklink kerfuffle, I had lost valuable time to complete the model. Again, due to the limited time, I prioritized functionality over aesthetics and realism. Although the model is less detailed than I would like it to be, pleased with the progress I made in just over one month. Note: The train is not specifically based on either the Xtmas 99 or Xtmas 80, rather a blend of the two. Information/Scale Drawing: https://company.sbb.ch/en/the-company/responsibility-society-environment/customers/sbb-and-safety/intervention.html VIDEO: https://www.flickr.com/photos/152818020@N02/49058471766/in/photostream/
  9. Although I digitally finalized the design over two weeks ago, my bricklink orders just arrived a couple days ago. Extending the time limit to Nov 4 would likely allow me to complete the model IRL.
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    [MOC] TRAXX AC3 3.0

    Thank you. It's good to hear that I was able to "capture the surface" of the locomotive. I, too, am quite pleased with the sides. I really spent waaaay too much time on the front, but the result was realistic. Yeah, I had quite a difficult time finding reference images of the top of the train. Eventually, I settled for a couple of photos of an H0 model of the same train. https://vasutmodell-szemle.blog.hu/2019/06/25/traxx_3_az_a_c_m_e_-tol (pictures near the bottom of the page)
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    [WIP] Fuori Muro Vectron

    Thank you! I really tried to model the "aggressive" stance of the locomotive. No worries!
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    [MOC] TRAXX AC3 3.0

    Hello Everyone, After about two years of design, my third prototype of the TRAXX AC3 is finally complete. I built my first version in 2015 which was my first Lego train I had ever attempted to model. I wasn’t aware of any technical drawings as I had just begun the hobby, so I just eyeballed it and did my best. It was powered by two lego train motors and the technic AA battery box. After about a year, I slowly began to notice it wasn’t quite as proportional as I had wanted it to be, so I redesigned it in 2016. Since I had designed my first version entirely in LDD I had used the battery box as as structural member, which made it very difficult to replace. I was also disappointed with the performance of the train motor, so I used 2 XL motors in my second version; however, this meant that I could not accurately model the ribbing on the side that I had modeled in my first version. I made a couple of visual improvements to the cab of the locomotive including the addition of the footplates below the front lights and rescaled the windscreen. To my surprise, the XL motors did not significantly improve the locomotive’s performance; Lego battery boxes just wouldn’t cut it. I also improved the battery box accessibility and overall rigidity of the model. Although I was pleased with the improvements in my second revision, I still wanted to improve the aesthetics without compromising the performance. Up until now, I had used the standard lego PF train wheels, but after a suggestion from @jtlan, I considered using a more larger and more realistic wheel. To me, the large wheels were one of the defining features of the TRAXX, so I knew that I had to include them in my third version. I also wanted to improve the sloping on either side of the windscreen to more accurately represent the curves. I replaced the 4x1 curved slopes with angled 1x2 cheese slopes connected to a 1x1 tile with clip in conjunction with part #25893. The livery was also changed from the rather bland Railpool livery to the eye-catching SwissRail livery. Regarding the motorization, I downgraded from the XL motors to the L motors and replaced the standard lego battery box with a BuWizz. When I tested it on the rails, it was able to pull my nine 8-wide wagons with ease. The video will have to wait because my ME models track came apart due to the unevenly distributed load combined with lateral forces on the rails. Photos of older versions: https://bricksafe.com/pages/Beck/train_mocs I think this is my final version... for now. Thank you for reading.
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    [WIP] Fuori Muro Vectron

    I haven't forgotten about the pantographs. It's just that my pantograph design requires minifig hands to be inserted into cut 3mm tubing, which cannot be built digitally.
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    [WIP] Fuori Muro Vectron

    Yes it was the handrails. Honestly I have no experience with decals and am not sure what I would do when I do eventually build this model.
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    [WIP] Fuori Muro Vectron

    Well, it's been over two years and I haven't updated this thread. I sort of forgot about the model as I hit a roadblock with regards to its design. Well during those two years I redesigned my TRAXX AC3 (which I will be sharing soon) using larger wheels. After finishing my TRAXX, I decided to redesign the Vectron using the new techniques I had learned with the TRAXX. About the Design: Although the larger wheels are more proportional, they did create several challenges. Unlike many North American locomotives, I have noticed that many European locomotives' bogies are mounted in such a way that the wheels protrude upwards into the main frame of the locomotive (Ex: Re420, Re460, TRAXX, Vectron, etc). In reality this is not really a problem because the minimum curve radius is so large and the frame's sides can be made very thin; however in lego it is very difficult to design a bogie and frame with sufficient rotational clearance to navigate even the largest of curves. I had to sacrifice a couple of details on the locomotive (ie: the recessed step below the door and the various holes along the side) to accommodate the thin side frame. I also chose to use thinner 3D printed wheels to allow for more clearance. Although I have not built the model IRL yet, I have tested a similar bogie and frame on my TRAXX with great success. Consequently the locomotive can only navigate R104 and R120 curves. It might be able to negotiate R88 curves, but I cannot test this as I do not own R88 curves. The second obstacle was the compromised structural rigidity of the frame. I ended up using the two L motors as structural members to compensate. I missed something in the second render. Can you spot it? I really have to thank @jtlan for suggesting to use larger wheels.