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  1. ritztoys

    1815 Steam Elephant Locomotive

    @zephyr1934 I wanted to thank-you for your assistance on your "Coal Wagons", I have them coupled to a Studly Locomotive.
  2. @ KevinMD You could just eliminate the servo motor(used for steering) and replace(along motor's rotation center) with a Tech axle to a 90* gearbox inside cab, then vertical to HOG steering on roof. Just an idea for HOG use, these trucks are what Ingmar wanted.....'Building Experience Kits'.....and that is exactly what building these trucks is all about.............take your time & enjoy!
  3. @Polarlicht Great review of some incredible building kits, Ingmar would be proud. Glad I provoked you to purchase these great creations, nothing like them available anywhere!
  4. Mack Granite Dump Truck T17 Fellow builders and collectors this post and creation came about with my extra time home during the Covid19 pandemic. I've been playing/creating LEGO for over 45 years and have enjoyed every minute. I began assembling kits and getting familiar with all the LEGO pieces and eventually got bored with kits and thus began my creative talents. From my experience of using LEGO they're of a predictable size, so as they say; "A picture is worth a thousand words". This statement was my challenge to be able to build(sort of in the beginning) LEGO creations from pictures. One of my early "reverse engineering" models was of Jennifer Clark's Excavator and Skid Steer Loader, they were huge challenges for me but I stuck to it, you know the drill; assemble...ck function....take apart....assemble again.....take apart....check looks....dang, somethings in the way.....take apart....assemble! This method of construction madness was how this model came about. Ingmar Spijkhoven was a good friend of mine, we conversed on a few projects together and I was honored to assist and 'beta build' his Polar Trailer before he released instructions. Now we all know Ingmar produced some of the most beautiful LEGO Semi-Trucks and Trailers ever designed, I think all builders can agree on the looks and (not including the playability) are the best. I was very excited in 2014 of his 'teaser photo' of a new and upcoming truck soon to be available, unfortunately Ingmar passed before he was able to release the instructions for this truck. So with the extra time at home I took up the challenge to build this truck in Ingmar's honor, I hope he approves..... (I've included some photos of some details I had to guess at, as the photo I had showed no internal parts) These two photos show some details of the drive train to the lift box and some clearance issues builders will face with the truck's drive-line and all the other moving liftarm links. ** Some more photos @ my bricksafe for further details **
  5. Hooray for you!! I'm glad you "pulled the trigger" and ordered a Semi & Trailer. Now your 'future project' should be, what kind of load can I put on the Trailer?
  6. I'm going to guess here, knowing how Ingmar thought.(I never purchased any kits from him, only BI) The Kits with RC contain the proper parts for remote control ie.(motors, receivers, battery box etc.) The Non-RC models kits don't contain those parts, so you might say these kits(w/o RC parts) will be static models. In my book these types of models are "shelf Queens", only to look and appreciate them. Both of those models have dual drive shafts, that start 'splitting' under the cab of the truck though a small gearbox, as does this model I built. Nothing wrong with that, I like my creations to move and do stuff! Again "Full KIt" would only mean, only parts for a shelf model (like LEGO kits are, except Technic, which almost always does stuff!) I think for you to really appreciate any LEGO model, you need to change your second name! lol! (just kidding, I was like that early on) Don't rush the experience of building, for me it's kind of a meditative thing, always calming and a great focus to let all things in life just become secondary.........
  7. No, as I mentioned I was building when Ingmar released BI for his Red, White, & Blue Semi (T2) Kids seeing this truck gave it a name at my display as........." Optimus Prime " because it resembled that character. Purchasing the Mack Granite BI or the kit, you will thoroughly enjoy as the suspension is a newer version, compared to Optimus Prime with an older type of suspension.(works just fine too) Yes, LEGO can be pretty expensive, just purchase a little at a time, don't be impatient..........it's all about the enjoyment of collecting everything then building....... I can't comment on shipping times in the EU, although Ingmar shipped to me in the USA very quickly. just be patient, you'll be really happy!
  8. @Coolusername When I started building these trucks, maybe around 10-15 years ago, Ingmar only had Building Instructions on a now canceled website. Then he 'branched out' and started adding the Chrome parts for his trucks and soon after that he began offering full kits to his followers. Well......having 1/2 the parts for any of his trucks is a positive thing (for you) just keep gathering and look forward to begin building. Heck.....maybe only build the chassis and suspension with the motor. You could even build a "static model" and enjoy it's beauty before saving up for the bodywork. It's all your choice how you approach building these trucks and having a beautiful collection some day! I display nine of his designs and three of my own MOC's based on his creations every year @ Brickworld Indy, which are great to see all together! (all the folks attending the show seeing these really love 'em)
  9. @Coolusername I can only suggest that you save up your $$ to purchase ANY of Ingmar's kits, with all the parts included. The best part is you will have everything needed to build a complete truck. Or only purchase Ingmar's building instructions, either way you will really enjoy building your own Semi-Truck ( & trailer too) I've built almost every one of his trucks from mostly my own brick supplies, this will save lots of $$. So you will have only a few elements to purchase that you might not own.
  10. ritztoys

    1815 Steam Elephant Locomotive

    Beautiful Historical Engine MOC! Love the mechanics, almost hypnotizing to watch. (pm sent)
  11. Thank-you for the compliment. Unfortunately @mnpumar I won't be making any instructions and Ingmar wasn't able to get any completed before he passed. If you have instructions for Ingmar's Mack Truck, that's a good starting point. You will have to lengthen the chassis by a 1x6 Tech Brick long and change the 'pivot' support @ the rear of the suspension, so there will be clearance for the 'Dump Body Lift Arms' to fold on top of this change.(very tight in there!). The Linear Actuator is the shorter one combined with the aforementioned Lift Arms and the location of a lower pivot helps this whole mechanism work much better in lifting the Dump Body.
  12. ritztoys

    [MOC] Barber

    As @ toastie remarked.........I agree completely! @viracocha My situation is a little different, my Brother-in Law is a full time barber of many, many years. I would like to gift this creation of yours to his Barber shop?
  13. @Asper Thank-you for posting this great information and sharing with the Train community..............now where did I put my Black elements?
  14. @Asper Thank-you so much for this and sharing with the community!
  15. @Asper Thank-you for your reply. Now where can I/should I build a layout? hint:........ ask wife first! @Asper Can you share any details of the bogie, maybe picture or half dis-assembled or upside down? TIA
  16. Hello @Asper where did you find the 'narrow gauge track' in your video? (and those points too!)
  17. Built in honor of Ingmar Spijkhoven My contribution for this forum..........T17 Mack Dump Truck
  18. Thank-you for the compliment. This was one truck I didn't have in my Semi-Truck collection and with Ingmar's spirit looking over me, I continued building until I(we) were satisfied!
  19. So happy, received my switches today, quality is excellent (just like the samples you let me borrow) The only trouble I had was the bogies (parts on very bottom) on my 2-10-4 Steamer were built at the same height as the rails. When crossing over the switches this 1x5 plate hung up on the wheel guides, so I had to rebuild a little. The switches are perfect, I just had an 'interference with parts too low'.........Thank-you @coaster the switches are quality elements!
  20. What @rasmus said! I'd be interested in these files too, it would fit perfectly in my rail-yard display. I made one myself, looks awful compared to your creation!
  21. Great News @coaster I'm excited for both of us! I currently have a display set-up and it is ready for an extra loop when I receive your switches to be added........Bring It! I usually set-up my display for Brickworld Indy every March, but Covid has cancelled two years of this LEGO Convention and I was having 'display withdrawals', so a local Co. allowed me to use their huge conference room use for free!
  22. Thank-you fellow builders, was a lot of fun figuring everything out and am pleased how the truck turned out.
  23. @coaster Thanks so much for bringing these to the rest of my R104 tracks! Pre-ordered today.......Hooray!!
  24. Woohoo! I'm ready....looking forward to your new switches. The wife says I can re-arrange the living room to "test size" my new layout....(with your new switches of course)
  25. @coaster Any updates on these? Did you get my return samples? TIA