mouseketeer

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  1. mouseketeer

    [MOC] Halloween Village Train

    Seen as the Winter Village goes in this forum, I figured a Halloween version would too! The Winter Village has had its train for a while, so I thought that now it's time for Autumn to have one. LEGO Halloween Village Train by inklingbricks, on Flickr Along with the locomotive (fully compatible with Power Functions), tender, and caBOOse, are five cars: - a Frankenstein Car, with SPINNING lightning rods to spark life into the monster on the slab. - a Man-Eating Plant Car, covered in vines and mushrooms with SNAPPING jaws as the train rattles along. - a Skeleton Stock Car, which two skeletal horses. - a Pumpkin Car, filled with varying sizes of pumpkins and watched over by a scarecrow. - a Toxic Tanker Car, with two SWIRLING cauldrons filled with acid. Close-up images are on my Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/146006635@N03/albums/72157710827146152/with/48727354816/
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    [MOC] Modular Red Car Trolley Station

    Here's my newest custom Modular design - a Modular Red Car Trolley Station! Inspired by the pueblo deco architecture of 1920s Los Angeles, this Red Car Trolley Station brings a new form of transportation to the LEGO Modulars! The first floor lobby includes a busy ticket office, luggage storage, telephones, and lockers, with an external staircase heading up to the platform. There, passengers can head through the glass doors to a waiting room, with a coffee bar and times board. The Red Car Trolley runs on LEGO train track, and includes opening double doors on each side. Back at ground level, there's also a street-accessible newsagents underneath the viaduct. More photos are available on my Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/146006635@N03/albums/72157709617526541 Modular Red Car Trolley Station by inklingbricks, on Flickr Modular Red Car Trolley Station by inklingbricks, on Flickr Modular Red Car Trolley Station by inklingbricks, on Flickr Modular Red Car Trolley Station by inklingbricks, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Modular Baker Street of London

    I've just finished designing this new MOC - a Modular Baker Street of London! Based on the iconic home of the world's greatest detective, this modular comprises Sherlock Holmes's 221B Baker Street house and a mysterious Antiques Store next-door. Sherlock's home includes an ornate Victorian living room and bedroom, a rooftop terrace (with a greenhouse, telescope, and table for afternoon tea), and Sherlock's laboratory filled with equipment and apparatus for solving his latest whodunnit. The two-level Antiques Store contains all manner of antique minibuilds, along with an old-fashioned elevator, and Sherlock's biggest secret - a moving bookcase that creates a secret passageway into Holmes's house! Outside, the streets of London are iconified with a 'pillarbox' mailbox and classic red telephone box. :) The full album is at https://www.flickr.com/photos/146006635@N03/albums/72157708746456688/with/47926318176/ Baker Street 1 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Baker Street 2 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Baker Street 3 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Baker Street 5 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Baker Street 9 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Twelve Custom Cars for the 10254 Winter Holiday Train

    Nothing especially expensive now, haha. I'm a lot more aware of things like that since I first did my early sets! (Like going back over and redesigning my original six cars to be a lot cheaper while still keeping the same look). With the Chocolate Factory, I'd recommend switching those gold tanks out for black tanks, and just putting one 2x2 gold round plate as a 'stripe' on each. Much cheaper than all gold, but the look still works :)
  5. Two Christmases ago, I designed my first six custom cars for the Winter Holiday Train, and this year I doubled it in size with six brand new Christmas cars PLUS a rebuild of the locomotive itself to better fit the scale of the expanded train! My initial six cars were: - A Passenger Car - A Christmas Tree Car - A Hot Cocoa Tanker - A Gingerbread Car - A Present Car - A Reindeer Car Now I've added: - A Snow Globe Car with sugar plum fairy, that rotates as the train moves along! - A Christmas Dinner Dining Car with a full spread of food, hanging chandelier, and kitchen! - A Toy Machine Car with working conveyor belt that moves doohickeys from the machine to the packing crate as the train moves along! - A Sleigh Flatbed to transport Santa's sleigh when he's riding aboard his locomotive! - A Christmas Lights Car with reels of Christmas lights ready to decorate any station Santa pulls into! - A Mail Car to transport all of the letters to the North Pole! A full album for the first six cars can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146006635@N03/albums/72157674354338110 And a full album for the six new cars (including a VIDEO of the full train in motion) can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146006635@N03/sets/72157703037145161
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    [MOC] Winter Village Ski Slope

    Thanks Klaus! I actually sell the instructions for my models, which disqualifies me from entering it on Lego Ideas unfortunately. I would like to do a model to submit specifically for Ideas one day though!
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    EB Xmas Raffle 2018 - Your Santa MOC entry thread

    Well this gave me an excuse to do a model I've been wanting to do since last Christmas! This is my Santa Claus megafig / maxifig (?) - with Quidditch hoops I stole from my wife's Harry Potter set for his spectacles, haha. Thank you CopMike for doing this again! Santa Megafig / Maxifig by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Winter Village Gingerbread House

    My obsession with the Winter Village continues with my latest Winter Village MOC - a Gingerbread House! I've included gingerbread walls, icing borders, a candy cane roof-line, gumdrop roof tiles, hard candy windows, and licorice decorations. The interior is fully detailed as a candy shop, with a gumball machine, cotton candy maker, chocolate display stand, old fashioned cash register, display counter for cookies and pastries, a shelf filled with candy jars, and a model train running around the top of the room! Winter Village Gingerbread House 1 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Winter Village Gingerbread House 3 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Gingerbread House 6 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Winter Village Ski Slope

    I've been eager to keep expanding my Winter Village for this Christmas, and this is my latest model - a Winter Village Ski Slope! As with all my Winter Village models, I try to make them as accurate to what could be a genuine Lego Winter Village set as possible (both in terms of design style, and with a reasonable piece count - hence the use of 16x16 plates for the slope and BURPs to build up the mass of the mountain). It comprises a mountainside with working ski lift, a mountaintop cafe, a cliff-face for mountain climbing, a ski slope (with moguls, slalom flags, rail, and ski jump) and an equipment chalet and locker room at the foot of the slope with a ski rack and fire pit for marshmallows. The ski lift can be powered either by hand with a rear handle or connected up to Lego Power Functions to automate it. To see a video of the the ski lift in action please click https://www.flickr.com/photos/146006635@N03/44500514585/in/album-72157672480255207/ And to see the full album please go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/146006635@N03/albums/72157672480255207/with/30475179737/ Ski Slope 2 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Ski Slope 5 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Ski Slope 6 by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr
  10. I built this set to match with the official LEGO Simpsons sets 71006 The Simpsons House and 71016 Kwik-E-Mart. I've included the pool table, jukebox, Laramie cigarette machine, love tester, television, and fully stocked bar (with hidden shotgun!) - all with a detachable roof and opening back wall. I also did custom graphics which are printed onto genuine Lego pieces for the wall-mountain photos and advertisements (including The B Sharps, Playdude, Duff Beer, Mount Lushmore, and Flaming Moe's - look at the final image to see them all). Full gallery at https://www.flickr.com/photos/146006635@N03/albums/72157695243615170 Moe's Tavern by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Moe's Tavern by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr Moe's Tavern by mouseketeer 111, on Flickr
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    "Real" Steam?

    Hi, I have a Hogwarts Express model I designed which sits on a base, and I'm wondering whether it would be possible to get something akin to smoke coming out of the chimney. I've done some googling for this already, but almost all of the advice I've seen is in relation to *moving* trains, not ones confined to a stationary base. Because of that, I think I might have some more leeway in how to achieve the effect, as I can hide whatever contraption I use for the steam behind or within the base, and then just put a pipe up through the model, without having to worry about it moving with the model. The options I've come across seem to be smoke machines and water vaporisers (I've even seen people suggest the vapour that comes from e-cigarettes) - real steam can't be used because it certainly damages the bricks. I was just wondering if anyone had any knowledge or experience they could share about using either of these methods (or if there's any other way of achieving this that I'm missing)? The main consideration is that I don't want to damage the Lego. Is there a way this can be done?
  12. Hey everyone, I'm planning on doing quite a large scale MOC (though how big I'm not sure yet), and I've read before how people keep them modular etc. so that they can transport them to shows. I was just wondering if there were any resources, articles and things like that which people have written before I start planning it. I'm thinking things like reinforcing the base, deciding on the area and heights of the modular sections, things like that. If I can learn a bit now that saves a preventable headache later on down the road it would be really helpful!
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    What's going wrong with my Lego geometry?

    Ohh, I get what you mean! So I redid it with the vertical section on three 1x4 plates (which were then on two 1x4 plates to secure them), and while the gap isn't as pronounced, it is still there, which then gets magnified because of the 1x1 column. It does seem to be a combination of bending 1x plates and the tolerances.
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    What's going wrong with my Lego geometry?

    Bit of trouble parsing that, haha - I mean that I've taken the sideways-studs section (with the crenellations) and placed it alongside the 7-plates-hide vertical-studs section (with the castle), to exclude both the 1x10 white plates and the 1x12 brown plates which can be subject to warping, but even without them the sideways-studs section is longer than the vertical-studs section. I'm going to put this down to something that works in theory, but in practice goes a bit wonky!
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    What's going wrong with my Lego geometry?

    Hmm that's really interesting - I'm having trouble replicating it though with my pieces. I've taken off the brown border completely, stood the two sections on their edges against the table and the bricks are still overhanging.