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    Hello, and welcome to my profile page. I have a room full of LEGO town, railway, space, Doctor Who & other assorted sets / MOCs / MODs. I built my town featuring these MODs of sets: Medieval Market Village, Town Plan, Diagon Alley, World City / CITY, and Trains.
    This are all my buildings I own:

    -Old Blacksmiths, now my house with finished bottom floor and staircase.
    -The Tavern / Pub / Bar from has an inside staircase.
    -Ollivander Wand shop is used as Bob's Adventure Supplies.
    -Gringott's is now First Imperial Bank.
    -Borgin & Burkes is my fictional local Ironwood Lego Users Group (Iron-LUG) meeting spot, featuring a Micro-LEGO layout.
    -There is a custom two story Post Office.
    -Town Hall borrowed from the 2008 Town Plan remake.
    -Triple 32x32 base-plate long World City-style train shed

    This all goes along with 61 trains (rolling stock and locomotives) and 6 structures (such as the above station and shed, but with bridges, a water tower, and several other objects)

    Thanks for viewing!!

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  1. Murdoch17

    Nexus Force - real life LEGO Universe builds

    I am working on adding these train cars (hopefully) by Christmas. We will see which projects get built and which get pushed back, as their is only so much budget to go around! Welcome aboard the Astro-train! This futuristic stream-liner was a mix of the 1950's Earth train called the "Aerotrain" but redesigned specifically for use by Nexus Force personnel as a high-speed, high-security ground transport between the northern-most city of St. Nicklaus and north-pole-hugging outpost of Ice Station Odyssey, around 590 miles away. (this all takes places on the ice-bound planet of Beta Polaris, which orbits what we here call the North Star, far away from Earth.) Thus this makes it a space train! Unlike the original Earth version, the Astro-train is super-streamlined, and can go up to speeds of up to 230 MPH on special track, with super-elevated curves and long straight-away's of hundreds of miles, all while using Positive Train Control (PTC) on the the mostly double-track mainline, where all vehicle crossings are flyovers and switches virtually non-existent once out of St. Nicklaus city limits. This train runs along with Seven identical versions of itself on the route with up to five in running order on the route and at least one in the maintenance shed at any one time. Also, please NOTE: The train is authorized to make 15 minute stops in the icy wastelands at native villages as requested before continuing on to it's destination. Signal boxes are provided at certain spots to stop the train at the correct spot to en-train, with only village elders having the keys. To de-train, you must pull the cord at least full 10 minutes before you wish to disembark to allow the train to slow down. Only five stops are marked on the route, but several unmarked villages are springing up, so the schedule has gone out the airlock recently. (In actuality, this is a heavily modified version of 2018 Star Wars set 75217 (Imperial Conveyex Transport) mashed up into an 8-wide version of my 1950's Aerotrain model. The model also features inside details and Jacobs bogies besides the lift away side panels of 75217 and removable cab roof.) This loco is missing five printed pieces: (1) slope of this type for the front of the nose, right below the third headlight. It is the Nexus Force's logo. (4) of this round tile for the roof engine exhaust vents. Fold up the walls so you can look underneath at the powerful diesel engine. The roof of the engineer's cab comes off to place a figure at the controls. Each of the four cars can hold four seats each behind the two fold-up side walls. These are the four passenger cars, which are linked together in pairs of two by Jacobs bogies. They can have more two-car sets dropped in or out, but the rear-most car set is the minimum. (as the last car carriers the four tail markers) I thought about adding another two cars, but the price was too prohibitive right now.
  2. Welcome to Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry! The whole castle up to fall 2019, including set numbers: 75954 (Great Hall) 75953 (Hogwarts Whomping Willow) 75948 (Hogwarts Clock Tower) and a majorly customized version of set 4867 (Battle for Hogwarts) This model was originally inspired by 2011's Battle for Hogwarts set, to which I added a basement layer to bring it up to 2018 set height. I also redid the roof peaks from sand green to dark bluish gray, and added more inside details. On the left is the Slytherin common room, and above that is the astronomy tower. The dungeon is empty, as it is no longer used, much to Argus Flich's dismay. On the right side on the bottom level is the micro-scale Chamber of Secrets with it's large face in the rear and stone snakes statues. Up a level is the entrance to the chamber, the sink in the girl's lavatory that Moaning Myrtle haunts. Up one more level is a generic classroom. Bridging the two towers (literally) is the stone viaduct is one of the three or so entrance's into the school.... unless you count the seven secret passages! The Great hall, with the dock used by first years to get into the castle proper from across the lake and the train station. Four tables, four houses to be sorted into. Hufflepuff in the top left, Slytherin on the top right, Ravenclaw bottom left, and Gryffindor bottom right. The teacher's sit at the head of the room. Looks like one of the Slytherin kids ordered lobster! Through this courtyard archway Harry Potter and Ron Weasley saw the flying ford Anglia disappear into the Forbidden Forest after it had hit the Whomping Willow. It was not the last time they would see the car however.... The potions classroom (bottom level) and Gryffindor common room (middle level) with the owlery on top. The clock tower set has had it's Yule ball parts removed. I didn't like them, and they dated the set to later point in time than I wanted. Upstairs is the hospital wing, while the middle floor features the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom and the Headmaster's office, while the ground floor features the prefect's bathroom and another exit onto the school grounds. From left to right in the upper row: Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Prof. McGonagall, Prof. Lockhart, Prof. Snape, Prof Flitwick, Rubeus Hagrid, Argus Filch, and a custom random Professor. The students are mostly all as they are in the sets, with the addition of one custom Dean Thomas. More could be added in the future, depending on what Lego releases for the required castle expansion. Until then, this is it, and I hope you enjoyed it. Comments, Questions and Complaints are always welcome!
  3. Slight bump! I've designed a better Hogsmeade station (as seen in the updated first post), and hopefully it will be built next month... I also have finally taken the pictures of the Hogwarts Castle, and plan to upload them at around the same time as the station. Keep your eyes peeled for more pictures in the mean time!
  4. Murdoch17

    MOC: Flying Scotsman (with free instructions)

    I have it in my downloads folder on my computer. Let me see if Bricksafe can take it. Hold on.... EDIT: Success @SD100 @JochemvdMeulen! Here you go, the original PDF over on Bricksafe: https://bricksafe.com/pages/Murdoch17/flying-scotsman-build-instructions
  5. Murdoch17

    Random ideas for improved Space bases

    My brother did something really similar with his Darth Vader's castle set, as seen on his Flickr feed. (I helped with some picture taking on these early shots) He turned it Blacktron III with trans-bright green windows and lime accents.... among other BT3 stuff such as 2x light-cycles, an Emperor's shuttle and so on.... As for you, @hagridshut, I would say the list you have is awesome so far, so stick with that for now.... don't want to bite off more than you can chew at one time! But for the long term: give the SPIII someone to fight: maybe the Black Hole Gang needs a hideout? What about a dilapidated version of the Lockwood manor set from Jurassic World? Wooden (brown or dark tan) planks across broken windows, the big dinosaur being one of the crew's "pet's" (maybe Brickdaddy?) and the inside featuring areas for their treasures to sit and be counted.... along with their prisoners / dino snacks!!
  6. BUMP: It's taken me a couple years (2, actually) from start of design to this late stage of tweaking, but the main fuel depot model's parts were ordered on 9/30/19, and should be built in real life soon. However, the tanker truck (or something like it) will be a later addition.... I couldn't order It right now as I'm not too sold on it's looks. That portion may change by the time this is finally 100% done. Any suggestions, questions, or comments about all this? i just updated the main post with new pictures of the final depot design and sort-of final truck model.
  7. (slight bump) Look out everybody, Diesel 10 is back and he means business!! Here we see him chasing Lady and Thomas on the Magic Railroad... check out the first post for more details on this devious diesel (and I added Thomas too)! Oh, and @Sérgio, thanks for commenting. Sorry it took so long to get back to you.
  8. I plan on placing a custom US civil war-era flag above the main gate.... I just have to order it, plus a Confederate flag for the wandering band of renegade troops who decided not to surrender in 1865, and a cavalry battle flag or two for my Union commander. I really wasn't sure what to put inside the fort as when I scaled it up, the blank spaces just became bigger.... I need to work on making those area less obvious. (I'm looking at you, 100% blank wall!) \ Side note: I'm hopefully going to have 16 of these cacti sitting on the Western layout come November. The design is an old LEGO Club one from the Lone Ranger era that I reverse engineered and strengthened with a rod going through it.
  9. I can't wait either @KotZ! I hope you like my latest teaser of what I've been up to: This is an updated and vastly enlarged form of sets 6769 / 6762, (Fort Legoredo) with new parts and some modifications to the original set. These new parts include two cannons which oddly are missing in the original sets. (You will note the battle damage to one of them, as I ran out of brown 1 x 2 log parts and fell in love with the look.) I have heavily modified this model from it's original set state by adding Technic pins to hold the sections together, and by filling in the gaps in the wooden walls. The jail cell has also been enlarged and opened up for play-ability, plus a train platform had been placed at the secondary gate (opposite the main one) for loading and unloading soldiers and equipment. What do you guys think?
  10. Murdoch17

    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & discussion

    Sorry if this is slightly off topic, but it though this would be the best place for it! So is it just me, or does the new Gingerbread house look like it could be heavily modified (I.E. remove the candy features and introduce tan tiles over windows, renovate the exterior fireplace, and such) into the Shrieking Shack? (not my picture, it;'s from Brickset's review of the set) The white piping con the walls ould stay, as could the rooftop snow and brown framework, but what about the rest? What would be good for windows, for example? I was thinking about trying it out in LDD once the instructions get released...
  11. Thank you @Man with a hat @XG BC, I really like to do retro + modern mash-ups, it makes it challenging to the old style using modern parts. I just added a few new revised touches and a new train (seen above), so I hope everybody doesn't mind the small bump...
  12. This new train station was inspired by set 71044, Disney train and Station. It now has a new chimney flue featuring two fireplaces, freight area with dual sliding doors, and a longer loading platform of five tracks in length. The clock on the tower is gone, replaced by a double sided clock above the center door and where the word LEGOREDO should be spelled out in printed 1 x 1 tiles. Now, I know this is a pretty fancy station for a frontier Fort town of the American Wild-Western period, but I'm going to say that since the town is in the middle of a twenty-year silver rush boom (circa 1873 - 1894), they splurged a bit and made their new train station one for the ages. (Their old wooden one burned down in The Great Prairie Fire of August 1884. The town was largely unscathed by the fire, but the original station was in ruins. See my many other models in their dedicated topic here.) This the rear of the station with everything all closed up. The four exposed studs in the middle of the wall should have the year 1885 in 1 x 1 printed tiles on top of them. (They are not in LDD so they are left off, same as the LEGOREDO ones from the track side of the building.) The inside is accessible via three opening wall flaps and a single lift-away roof section. To get them to open you do as follows: Pull on the two wall lamps to get those sections to open, while the upper left panel is is open-able via the tan brick one the far right side. Also, The middle roof section pops up and off easily, as it is held on by only eight studs. The interior is kinda bare compared to the heavily detailed set it's based off of, but it does feature some basic furniture. The lower floor features the fireplace, desk with old-fashioned cash register, plus three chairs in the passenger depot, next to the door to the freight section. Upstairs is bare for now except for the fireplace. BUILDER'S NOTES: I might not be able to get this new station done in time for the Christmas-time Lego show I am putting those other Western models in, but the new station will be able to built with this one without using any of the old brown one's parts... so it's not like I'll be missing a station or anything in the display. I've already got most of the blue wall bricks and dark red roof parts pulled out, I just need to order the rest of the nearly 1,900 bricks. Hopefully, I can get it done by November, with real world pictures uploaded by Dec 1st, or maybe sooner, if I'm lucky. Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for updates, they may come sooner than you think!
  13. Welcome aboard the Astro-train! This futuristic stream-liner was a mix of the 1950's Earth train called the "Aerotrain" but redesigned specifically for use by Nexus Force personnel as a high-speed, high-security ground transport between the northern-most city of St. Nicklaus and north-pole-hugging outpost of Ice Station Odyssey, around 590 miles away. (this all takes places on the ice-bound planet of Beta Polaris, which orbits what we here call the North Star, far away from Earth.) Thus this makes it a space train! Unlike the original Earth version, the Astro-train is super-streamlined, and can go up to speeds of up to 230 MPH on special track, with super-elevated curves and long straight-away's of hundreds of miles, all while using Positive Train Control (PTC) on the the mostly double-track mainline, where all vehicle crossings are flyovers and switches virtually non-existent once out of St. Nicklaus city limits. This train runs along with Seven identical versions of itself on the route with up to five in running order on the route and at least one in the maintenance shed at any one time. Also, please NOTE: The train is authorized to make 15 minute stops in the icy wastelands at native villages as requested before continuing on to it's destination. Signal boxes are provided at certain spots to stop the train at the correct spot to en-train, with only village elders having the keys. To de-train, you must pull the cord at least full 10 minutes before you wish to disembark to allow the train to slow down. Only five stops are marked on the route, but several unmarked villages are springing up, so the schedule has gone out the airlock recently. (In actuality, this is a heavily modified version of 2018 Star Wars set 75217 (Imperial Conveyex Transport) mashed up into an 8-wide version of my 1950's Aerotrain model. The model also features inside details and Jacobs bogies besides the lift away side panels of 75217 and removable cab roof.) This loco is missing five printed pieces: (1) slope of this type for the front of the nose, right below the third headlight. It is the Nexus Force's logo. (4) of this round tile for the roof engine exhaust vents. Fold up the walls so you can look underneath at the powerful diesel engine. The roof of the engineer's cab comes off to place a figure at the controls. Each of the four cars can hold four seats each behind the two fold-up side walls. These are the four passenger cars, which are linked together in pairs of two by Jacobs bogies. They can have more two-car sets dropped in or out, but the rear-most car set is the minimum. (as the last car carriers the four tail markers) I thought about adding another two cars, but the price was too prohibitive right now. Anyway, I think this might become a real brick built model sometime around Christmas to go with my Nexus Force space base... as seen in this horribly out-of-date picture from January 5th, 2019 and this topic here. We will just have to see what the future holds!
  14. This new train station was inspired by set 71044, Disney train and Station. It now has a new chimney flue featuring two fireplaces, freight area with dual sliding doors, and a longer loading platform of five tracks in length. The clock on the tower is gone, replaced by a double sided clock above the center door and where the word LEGOREDO should be spelled out in printed 1 x 1 tiles. Now, I know this is a pretty fancy station for a frontier Fort town of the American Wild-Western period, but I'm going to say that since the town is in the middle of a twenty-year silver rush boom (circa 1873 - 1894), they splurged a bit and made their new train station one for the ages. (Their old wooden one burned down in The Great Prairie Fire of August 1884. The town was largely unscathed by the fire, but the original station was in ruins. See my many other models in their dedicated topic here.) This the rear of the station with everything all closed up. The four exposed studs in the middle of the wall should have the year 1885 in 1 x 1 printed tiles on top of them. (They are not in LDD so they are left off, same as the LEGOREDO ones from the track side of the building.) The inside is accessible via three opening wall flaps and a single lift-away roof section. To get them to open you do as follows: Pull on the two wall lamps to get those sections to open, while the upper left panel is is open-able via the tan brick one the far right side. Also, The middle roof section pops up and off easily, as it is held on by only eight studs. The interior is kinda bare compared to the heavily detailed set it's based off of, but it does feature some basic furniture. The lower floor features the fireplace, desk with old-fashioned cash register, plus three chairs in the passenger depot, next to the door to the freight section. Upstairs is bare for now except for the fireplace. BUILDER'S NOTES: I might not be able to get this new station done in time for the Christmas-time Lego show I am putting those other Western models in, but the new station will be able to built with this one without using any of the old brown one's parts... so it's not like I'll be missing a station or anything in the display. I've already got most of the blue wall bricks and dark red roof parts pulled out, I just need to order the rest of the nearly 1,900 bricks. Hopefully, I can get it done by November, with real world pictures uploaded by Dec 1st, or maybe sooner, if I'm lucky.
  15. Thanks for commenting, and great minds think alike I guess! Thank you. They are a little outside my comfort zone... this took at least a year to design and then a week to build. (with some structural tweaks / two BrickLink orders after it was supposed to be finished design-wise of course!).