Hod Carrier

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  1. Hod Carrier

    [OcTRAINber MOC - WIP] Dodge Ferrobus

    @Laura Takayama Thank you. That's most kind. I'm actually feeling pretty pleased with it too and agree that it looks better in brick than as a digital render. @ColletArrow I've just tried your suggested parts in LDD, but sadly there is an issue. As you can tell, both the motor and the drive axle are attached directly to the floor using stud-matched parts. Both of the parts you suggest create a half-stud offset between the end of the motor and the vertical shaft which makes attaching the motor less straightforward. Granted, it's not an insurmountable problem and could be remedied, but it's a slightly bigger job than it appears at first glance. I'm inclined to leave it be on the basis that it's not a hugely heavy model that will never have to contend with a tail load and that the current design does capture the shafts and bevel gears acceptably well. The only real threats are if the motor comes adrift from the floor or the gear on the top of the vertical shaft slips down (although there's really only a tiny space for it to do so and it may still remain meshed). But I will keep your suggestions in mind as I may implement them on a future model. Thank you.
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    [OcTRAINber MOC - WIP] Dodge Ferrobus

    Thanks for the tip. I did consider using something similar to the parts you recommended, but by that time I had already ordered the parts you see here. When the performance proved to be acceptable I decided to put the idea on the back burner for a while, but I may come back to it. It will need to redesign the floor slightly, but I think the number of parts necessary to make such a modification will be small, so I may tack them onto another order the next time I'm on Bricklink. I think that the interior will be limited to a driver figure and not much more. I have a suitable character on order at the moment who is winging his way to my front door as I speak. Watch this space. I've had another push on building and got the shape and structure of the body pretty much complete. There are still one or two things that still need to be done before I'm ready to submit my entry, but the finish line is now in sight. The PP3 battery in it's little hidey hole. Putting it under the hinged roof rack helps to hold it in place while making access easy. It's also clear of the windows so isn't visible when in place. There are a few more photos on my Flickr page.
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    [OcTRAINber MOC - WIP] Dodge Ferrobus

    I hope no-one is getting bored of my updates on this little project. I promise that it won't go on much longer (well, not past 31 October anyway ). I've progressed far enough to be able to show a cutaway of the interior, displaying the internal configuration. Once I'd decided that I was going to hide the battery in the roof, it became clear that there would be more than enough space to install the motor and SBrick. I'm not sure, however, that I'm going to be able to put much (if any) internal details. Staging this shot did highlight a problem with the power lead. I've had to cut back the heat-shrink sheathing to give the cable enough flexibility so that the battery would lay flat in it's recess. One more push and I should have the bus finished.
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    [OcTRAINber MOC - WIP] Dodge Ferrobus

    Now that I'm happy with the performance of the chassis it's time to do a little building. I was able to grab a few minutes before work today to make a start. The first part to be completed is the front bogie. It took a few goes to come up with a design that was narrow enough but still had the correct look, but this one not only looks the best but actually uses the fewest parts. Win!! I've also attempted to represent the leaf springs inside the wheel arches. When these buses were converted to rail use it appears that the Bolivians simply ripped out the front axle and steering and fitted a small bogie directly onto the leaf springs where the road axle had been. This leaves a huge gap on the real Ferrobuses which I have been unable to replicate. I also had time to make a start on the body, so I've got the front end done ready to go on the chassis. I thought I would do something a little special and anticipate the question that I knew everyone would be asking. "Does it have chrome?" But asking this is like questioning the Pope's religious convictions, wondering if Luxembourg is small and pondering on whether or not bears take their ease in the woods. It's a 1950s Dodge!! What do you think? And the chrome won't end there. There's still more to come.
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    [OcTRAINber MOC - WIP] Dodge Ferrobus

    That seems like a fairly unequivocal vote in favour of the axle. Thanks for the feedback.
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    [OcTRAINber MOC - WIP] Dodge Ferrobus

    Thanks guys. I think I’d favour the more prototypically accurate fixed axle also. It has the added advantage of being more sturdy than the bogie too. The only problem I found with the bogie was not actually to do with being weak in construction or any issues with the gears meshing, but that it kept falling out if I picked the model up. The vertical shaft that runs through the floor into the bogie is held in place only by the bevel gears themselves, and the grip was fairly tenuous. I think I may have slightly contaminated it with the silicon grease I’ve used on the small wheels which didn’t help, but once I’d cleaned it up it held well enough if I was very careful with it. I’m hoping to start building the body on to the chassis as the week goes on. There’s something a little special to come.
  7. Hod Carrier

    Narrow Gauge 0-4-0

    She does look good in black. But she’s such a looker that I think she could easily wear any colour and wouldn’t look out of place on any narrow gauge line, whether industrial, mining, agricultural or passenger.
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    [OcTRAINber MOC - WIP] Dodge Ferrobus

    The postman has brought the last of my Bricklink orders and I think I have everything that I need to assemble the Ferrobus. I love the smell of LEGO in the morning. It smells like creativity. I thought that I would at least assemble the chassis and give it a little spin to see how it performs. I'm keen to try out the lightweight power bogie design and see how it performs. I also want to know how well the chassis would perform with only a fixed rear axle, as per the prototype. Here's what happened. (Click for video.) I can't say how pleased I am with the results. I genuinely expected the model to struggle on 4-wide gauge curves, especially with the fixed rear axle, but it seemed to breeze it. I'd even laid an outer oval of dual-gauge track with R40 curves in the full expectation that it wouldn't cope at all, but as things turned out this extra track was only needed briefly, and then only to check if the model accelerated on straight track (it didn't). So now I'm facing decision. I like the power bogie because it is a purer engineering solution, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how well the chassis works with a fixed rear axle. But does the small advantage of the power bogie justify it's use when the prototype does not use one? Thoughts...?
  9. Hod Carrier

    Switching Puzzles

    @Roadmonkeytj Most welcome. Give me a shout if you have any questions with it.
  10. Hod Carrier

    Switching Puzzles

    @Roadmonkeytj I've lost patience with Brickshelf and put the file onto Bricksafe instead. Click.
  11. Hod Carrier

    Switching Puzzles

    I have to be honest and say that I don’t know. It’s been a while since I last used Brickshelf, but it does seem to be unusually slow.
  12. Hod Carrier

    WW1 Light Track Laying Train WDLR [MOC]

    I'm really enjoying your models. You've really taken care to find out about your prototypes and to portray them accurately, so I salute your efforts. With the Centenary of the Armistice just around the corner, it's a fitting tribute to a vital, but largely forgotten, side of the war effort.
  13. Hod Carrier

    Switching Puzzles

    You're most welcome. I need to take a couple of additional photos to show some of the hidden parts, but the .lxf file is now available here. (Or at least, it will be once it’s passed Brickshelf’s moderation.)
  14. Hod Carrier

    [OcTRAINber MOC - WIP] Dodge Ferrobus

    Please do help yourself. As I missed out showing the internal structures during the design stage, I will be posting some photos of the build phase. But there's nothing terribly complicated going on under the bonnet (hood...?) that can't be guessed at.
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    Switching Puzzles

    It's quite an old thread so I suspect that Eurobricks must have purged the file. I'll try and see if I can resurrect my Brickshelf account and upload it there. I'll add a link just as soon as I've done so, but I'm just waiting for the admin e-mail to reset my password. I'm more than happy for you to build this for your show. I'm not sure if it's going to be robust enough to withstand use by show-goers, but you can have a look at the design and decide that yourself.