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  1. (MOC) - The 60163 - Tornado

    Many thanks - and thanks for the help promoting! Thanks and wow! I hope to visit the real loco soon, at least as soon as the weather warms up Many thanks!
  2. [MOC] Cavity Corner

    Saw in on instagram and thought it was amazing, bigger pictures make it look even more impressive! The contrast is brilliant, and I never would have thought of combining those two colours. Great job. Building techniques are superb as is the attention to detail. The only point I would change, I wouldn't include the tree. Maybe a small fountain instead. The colour and the tree distracts rather than complements (in my humble opinion) - Small point because overall it's brilliant
  3. (MOC) - The 60163 - Tornado

    "In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if...." No wait, that's not what I meant!! In 1990 a group of people came together to share an extraordinary ambition – to construct a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific. They formed The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and after nineteen years of incredible effort that locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, moved under its own power for the first time in 2008. - https://www.a1steam.com Having created my first MOC (link), I was keen to improve. Mostly the running performance (the pistons never worked that well), the look of the engine, the carriage, its ability through switches and the playability.... so, basically everything. Looking for inspiration on the 'net I came across 60163 in her blue livery and loved it. I had found my Emerald nights' partner steam train. 3 years later, I'm very happy to present my Blue Tornado! Full Flickr album here - Link The dual axles for the smooth running of the pistons isn't very realistic compared to the original, but this was a trade off between usability (kid proofing), smooth running and accuracy. 7 Wide for the train and carriage allows for so much more detail and usable space, but presents some tricky issues. The white lines are thin modelling stickers the rest is all genuine lego, with no modifications. Only two parts aren't in current production (in the right colours) the 6L grey axle and 'Roof tile 2x1x2' in blue. I liked the challenge of production parts only, and the lower BL cost, even though the proportions are now off. Design details: The driver wheels are inset by about 1/2 a plate into the body to make them appear bigger than they are. It also allows for a lower centre of gravity to make sure it doesn't derail at full speed around corners! The second picture also shows how I kept the top 'rail' stable whilst maintaining the colour scheme. The two single black studs on the left side are '1x1 with hole' with a 'Technic, Axle Pin 3L with Friction Ridges Lengthwise and 1L Axle' through the whole section. 3 3x2 black tiles were removed, along with the whole 'boiler' and roof of the cab (it's all one assembly). Front and rear bogies have vertical and lateral movement for non flat lego track. Couple of Youtube videos: (Part 1 (below) and Part 2) Finally I've added it to LEGO ideas. More in the hope of trying to get another Creator Expert train out of LEGO or to show that there is still love for trains in general. It'd be great to get your support :) https://ideas.lego.com/projects/fc675426-9e80-4c8b-bab3-b99be6983312
  4. 2018 Lego Trains

    I smiled when I read this as I don’t think LEGO could ever win.. Sets in the past we have criticised due to having only one carriage, multiple times, and now putting two in, again they face criticism! 😂 (I really like this forum where we can discuss and have different opinions and it never gets nasty! Good job everyone!) Personally I think they have it correct. As the majority of the ‘normal’ day to day passenger trains don’t have a front and rear engine, they have front and 6+ carriages. Agreed, the cross country or epically fast trains have the sleek nose and rear to match, (ie TVG), but this to me, looks more like a train that 80% of kids would recognise, taking them to school, beach etc
  5. Best Lego Ideas projects

    Thanks @Digger of Bricks!!
  6. Train Projects on Lego Ideas

    Thrown my hat into the ring! https://ideas.lego.com/projects/fc675426-9e80-4c8b-bab3-b99be6983312 Will do a proper post with its own tread soon cheers all
  7. Brick Tracks free sample review

    Many thanks!
  8. Brick Tracks free sample review

    same q. Any idea Coaster?
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  10. 2018 Lego Trains

    Going to have to agree Did some reading on Bluetooth low energy (BLE) vs WiFI Direct and vs Bluetooth. BLE sounds like the obvious choice, especially with Boost using BLE as well. For backwards compatibility, does the new controller also have IR, or maybe you just use the old controller... Fingers crossed for an app, or at least the ability to code our own.
  11. 2018 Lego Trains

    Interesting thought. Agree that it could be RF based on the Batmobile rumour that someone else mentioned. I don't know enough about RF, are you limited to only a few channels? Also, (completely guessing here) I would have thought WiFi components are now cheaper due to everything connecting to wifi these days. If WiFi I hope we get some tools, apps to program the trains.
  12. 2018 Lego Trains

    Like them both! No stickers yet - The timetable / train network sticker is missing in the middle of the picture of 60197, so I wonder how many other stickers are missing? 60197 looks like a clever mechanism between carriages to narrow the gap (could be just good photography / angle though...) Both do include lots of track (straights included), as you can see from 60198's picture, you can just see the top of the box of both sets. Bit small, and odd that only one junction is included in 60198? There is a word under +PowerFunctions. Can anyone make it out? @JEB314 (James) any idea? Also, based on the symbol, it looks like WiFi not Bluetooth or IR? I think the circular dot symbolises wifi, because it's quite different to the current logo. I like that the new controller looks like a 2x1 brick, at least the prototype does. Quoting myself? I'm sure that against some rules :) Can't see any IR receiver 'humps' / domes in either picture.........
  13. 2018 Lego Trains

    Thank you so much!
  14. 2018 Lego Trains

    Thanks James! Is the controller new? Is it Bluetooth or something else? Backwards compatible? On the trains - do they look similar to the Reddit pictures?
  15. 2018 Lego Trains