coaster

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  1. coaster

    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    I think legonerd's comment was directed more at SteamSewnEmpire. I don't know how they came up with that price, as it did indeed strike me as higher than I had expected, but I can say that no one making custom kits with actual LEGO elements can do it for anywhere close to LEGO's costs. One, they don't have the economy of scale of producing thousands upon thousands of sets, and two, they don't control the manufacturing of the elements either. They have to be sourced from 3rd party resellers on Bricklink, and we've all built MOCs and know that can be pretty hit-and-miss. BlueBrixx, on the other hand, has the advantage that they can get exactly what they need from their Chinese suppliers, not only with a much lower cost but also without having to deal with multiple vendors and re-sorting and counting out the brick. As was said though, I'm just sharing it here. I had no involvement in its design or development.
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    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    Say what you will about the price, but they're already sold out. I think the justification for it is: because they can.
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    1225 North Pole Railroad

    I quite likely have far more track designs than either of them, but I can only have so many molds made at once. This really didn't take anything away from that, as there is a lot of waiting around as molds get cut. It was a nice change of pace.
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    1225 North Pole Railroad

    First batch of pre-orders ship out tomorrow, the rest will ship out on Monday (I can only do so much in a day). I'll have some sets available after next week. This has been fun, but boy am I sick of sorting parts!
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    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    If you haven't seen the announcement, Brickmania has launched a pretty sweet looking Mohawk, designed by @Glenn Holland. You can check it out here: https://www.brickmania.com/new-york-central-mohawk-l-2a-4-8-2-steam-locomotive/ Go get yourself one. And buy me one too while you're at it.
  6. Lots of options. The turntable piece has an axle hole that goes all the way through it, so you could motorize it from above or below. Alternatively, the throw are has a bar end fitting and uses exactly a 1-stud stroke, so you could make your own mechanism to drive it if you like. What the actual best way is, I don't know! But seeing what you guys come up with will be fun!
  7. Probably early next year. Design work is all done. I just need money for tooling. :) We're still on schedule at the moment to ship by 12/15. If I get the parts in sooner, I'll certain send them out. We did find a small bug on one part that needed to be reworked, but that shouldn't really slow us down much, if at all. COVID, on the other hand, could easily start wrecking havoc on us. If something should change though, I'll post it here and on Facebook. I'll send an email blast out too.
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    Power Pick-up Wheelset

    Some 9V plates were used in the creation of this prototype, yes.
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    Power Pick-up Wheelset

    Haven't decided about production yet. I for sure need to let the dust settle on everything else first. Unfortunately, these prototypes cost me about $100 apiece to build and take 2 hours to assemble. Production would certainly be better, and would only take a few seconds to assemble, but making the prototype involves scavenging ports from various LEGO elements, including a 9V motor. Its sacrifice will not be in forgotten.
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    Power Pick-up Wheelset

    As it's almost Halloween, a little project (and subsequent thread) necromancy seems in order. I've had time while waiting for switches and other things to come in, so I made some new prototypes utilizing ball bearings and made the cover facades removable. I've minimized the footprint to the best of my ability. No idea on what it would cost to mass produce, and frankly I'm not sure I want to deal with another production project yet either. But here it is nonetheless.
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    Rechargeable battery alternatives

    They do hold a design patent for the look of the PF connector, but seeing as how it is a functional element (much like the stud arrangement), it's likely not very enforceable.
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    "intermediate" radius turnouts

    Yes. We'll be releasing one in conjunction with OKBrickworks late this year. Can't say more than that just yet though.
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    New 9v motor

    Different power systems, but not track. The 9V track system was introduced in '91 or so, and the "downgrade," if you will, to battery powered trains didn't force anyone to move to the plastic track as well. The track changeover occured organically as LUGs expanded or rebuilt layouts and simply sold off the more expensive 9V track, but while that occurred the PF trains ran happily over the 9V rails. Going the other way though would be a much greater burden, as now it is imperative you change the tracks too. Would I use 9V tracks? Absolutely, and still do. I'm in the #9V4eva camp. When you hear about LUGs dumping their 9V stuff, it's often me buying it. I can't even use the tracks I make! 9V isn't dead, but it is on life support. It could be revived, but would require capital for tooling and patience. From a passion for the hobby standpoint, no problem. As a business decision though where you need to consider the return on investment, it's not very appealing. If you can get 100 people to commit $5k, I can make it happen within maybe 2 years. Heck, I'm in for it, so just need 99 more people.
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    New 9v motor

    It is a new system because it would require everyone to replace all of their PF track. Granted, some LUGs may still have a few ballasted 9V track sections, but overall you'd be asking for them to rip it all up and relay their tracks. Unfortunately, we're all about 20 years too late to this party. The time to get this done would have been before 9V was discontinued and still ubiquitous in the field. I'm not trying to be a downer or discourage anyone from pursuing it. It's a phenomenal idea and exactly what the community needs. There just aren't enough of us. I'm really not kidding when I say you are talking about a quarter-million dollar project, if not half-million. If 9V tracks do come online, then there is a chance. If it does, I will restart my power pickups project, which, if you haven't seen it, looks like this: Old version, but illustrates the point.
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    New 9v motor

    Considering how many builders don't use the normal train motor, this would be a poor venture. A better approach would be a power pickup wheelset that could feed directly to a motor, an IR reciever, or a DCC node. We made prototypes of a power pick up wheelset, but it would be costly to tool. We would also need Fx Bricks to come through on 9V tracks. I hope they do, but we abandoned making them as we just couldn't justify the cost. It's a fine idea overall, but there aren't enough of us to make it viable. You're talking about a huge capital investment without enough of us LEGO train nerds to warrant it. Not to mention, it'd be an entirely new system, so you'd have to convince everyone to effectively start over, which will be a tough sell.