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    Trains, Realistic train MOC's, railroad landscapes

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  1. Great! 1. List the requirements you have (i.e. Big Ben's wheels, etc. Any thing else?) 2. Find as many photos as possible of the first one you want to build 3. Study those photos and start scaling those down to a grid of plates per @ColletArrow's recommendation. That should help you get started.
  2. That is a pretty vague request there sir. We cannot do it for you, but can offer advice when you get stuck...If you can explain how you are stuck. Probably the best place to start is to pick out a prototype you would like to build, then find as many photos of it you can. That will help guide you on the adventure of building a MOC from a real thing.
  3. Wow! What a project! I'm not quite sure I followed you entirely, your depth of detail is quite overwhelming. Very interesting ideas though. I recently inherited an almost complete advanced MindStorms set that is 20± years old. Missing the software CD so I'm not sure how to get into all that... Thanks for sharing this incredible project and resource!
  4. Track Ballast - Ideas needed

    There are some great resources out there for this question. Just about every LUG has their own standard for track ballast. While I am not a part of any LUG...yet. I think the track ballast by PennLUG is some of the best I have encountered. It is both realistic, and seems quite sturdy. Very rich in detail. Depending on the scope of your project you might want to check out their layouts. I know you can find them on Flickr... Unfortunately I do not have a link right off hand. They use a standard close to the MILS discussed on Also, Brick Model Railroader will probably have good resources on this too.
  5. So THAT is where it went!!! Wow! Thank you!! I was so mad when I saw they redesigned the site and I looked all over but could not find the private MOC's I had uploaded. This is great!
  6. I had a good method of doing this before was redone. You used to be able to upload LDD files and alter the colors and parts and save them as private MOC's. Now they have done away with all of that do I have to find a new method. I have not had the chance to try yet, so that is a good idea.
  7. These are the style couplers I had in mind. This solution looks promising, but how do you account for the polarity of the magnets and the orientation of the car? I would think the magnets have to be able to figure out each other's polarity especially if you design it to work regardless of the orientation of the car.
  8. Now if only there was a solution for the old magnet couplers... If one were using them for American trains without buffers....
  9. MOC: BR 60103 Class A3 Flying Scotsman

    Nice build! I think it is very interesting how you have both a 9v motor in the tender and another motor in the locomotive. How did you figure out how to match the speeds of both motors so one is not pulling and the other is not dragging?
  10. Locomotives never built in lego

    For me, the fun part is building them with Lego! Most of the locomotives I have built are only in LDD though. I do have plans to build more of them but that is down the road at this point.
  11. Now that is a great solution for power! I just might have to play with that... And look into the IR emitters and receivers I found on Amazon coupled with an Arduino board on each car.
  12. Need some steam locomotive tips

    Building steamers are probably some of the most challenging MOC trains to build. Wheel arrangement all depends on what you are building and what you feel works best for you and what your skill is. In my experience, I started with the Emerald Night. I learned a lot about building steamers with that set. If you don't have one you can download the instructions and build it in LDD because it is really expensive. After building the EN I built a 4-4-0 American. Pretty simple but I found it was helpful to start small before going on to something bigger. As for what parts to use, well, whatever works and looks good. I find it to be fun and challenging to find creative ways to use different parts. For example, the dynamo on my Big Boy has a barbell part in it, I use minifig hands in the hands rails, battle droid arms for step rungs....the list goes on. Also, I build everything in LDD first that way I can play with all sorts of different parts to see how they work. Hope that helps.
  13. Lego train random controlled by Arduino 2.0

    Wow! That is cool!
  14. I have been thinking about this for a while... While I have not come up with any solutions for providing power, I have been devising a solution for the data side of this topic using these infrared components. An emitter on the right side of both ends of a car and a receiver on the left side of both ends of a car. That way when you have cars coupled together the emitters and receivers of the two cars are lined up. My evil plan to save the world included using Arduinos (sp?) In each car so that each car has a unique ID. That way you could know exactly which car is in your manifest and in what position. You would also be able to operate unique features that are on each car. This is really delving into the theory of my scheme. However we com back to the Power issue unless you pack batteries on each car but that would greatly increase the weight. Boy, if someone could figure out the Power issue... That would be amazing! I cannot seem to be able to paste a link to the IR components on Amazon but the emitters are 5mm and the receivers are 3mm so they would work great with Lego!
  15. Shunting Layout at SBS (now with pics!)

    Very nice! That is really cool and well done! Not sure if this qualifies for an inglenook but it's nice and small and compact!