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  1. Yes. I am 35 miles away and won't be driving there unless I know what I want is available. We had a local person who kept our store relatively up to date.
  2. Is this site Kaput? I keep getting "Contact Support" message.
  3. I have not been back from the dark ages ( only 3 years back) but one significant 'style' change was one of trying to fit my concepts within a club environment ,and it's included 'customs ', to one of building what and how I like to and aiming more for independent MOC's. Believe it or not that gives me a greater appreciation of the club's collaborative and integrated builds. They have a greater imagination and skill level than I'll ever get, since I like to build using pictures and plans of equipment and buildings rather than imagination.
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    Nice article
  5. I have no trouble finding parts since I usually have a part number. HOWEVER I need to organize my parts and I would like to do it by item number rather than part number which includes color. The reason is that when I build a prototype I could care less if I have a certain color, I just need the element. Is there any downloadable list bu design element ID? Thanx
  6. knotian

    Multiple Scales

    Cheers, I've a situation that I would like some feed back on. I am about 2/3 way through a display of several models concerning an industrial iron blast furnace, and associated air heaters, blowing engine, filters, coke plant, bessimer furnace, etc. They are all about 1:40 so that minifigs don't look too bad. I have one new structure I would like to add (A Hulett ore unloader) that won't fit in my space requirements ( 72 Base plates) at 1:40. How would you handle this? Rebuilding all at 1:50 would be a lot of work, and due to motors and operational features, the models may not look good. I am thinking that my only options are:- 1- Do the unloader at 1:50 and only use minifigs that are absolutely needed or keep minifigs away. 2-I have old patent drawings and could use an earlier version at 1:40. (Not age appropriate nor completely operationally similar) 3-Take some 'poetic justice' and remove a secondary feature that is not 100% necessary to model the basic operations. Which might allow me to do it at 1:40. Opinions? alternates? Thanx, Ed Update-Found earlier patent drawings that will do exactly what I need. Last version serviced mega ore carriers, had room for 6 lanes of trains, as well as an overflow surge pit. Earlier one had two lanes of rails and no overflow with smaller (1900 era) bulk carriers. In process of scaling now and may fit at 1:40.
  7. I like to build industrial themes. Buildings with operating functions like a blast furnace and skip hoist. When I am designing I think Lego, not technic or studded. My only 'complaint' is a lack of transitional pieces to allow usage of both old and newer( technic) elements. I can do what I need to do but find myself using a large number of offset and regular plates to match up heights. All in all the ability to use ALL the Lego pieces available is the best bet. I like the larger Technic sets and usually buy two, one for a gift and one for parts
  8. knotian

    LEGO table advice needed

    Kibosh, Lots of variability. Fasteners are a big part and going on-line will reduce your cost. I've found 3/8 is as good as 1/2 but adjust legs accordingly. GLUE,GLUE, GLUE (Good carpenter's) and nail all connections. The glue is where the strength is. Having or borrowing a brad-nailer (elec/air) will be an advantage. Ply quality does not have to have two good sides. Home Depot / Lowes / etc will usually do the cuts for you. The last batch I built cost about $% each for four since I had not discovered you could make a fifth with no more plywood. Ed
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    LEGO table advice needed

    Kibosh. Take a look at our club's table drawings and instructions at They are modular, breakdown-able, and a standard for displays. I've found a mechanics rool about stool the greatest for working at this height, which is by no means a standard table height. If you intend on building some ( 4 - 30x60 out of two sheets ply) let me know and I'll show you how to get a 5th one out of the 2 sheets. Ed
  10. I have found two schools of thought in my area. One thinks that all mechanisms should be hidden so the overall model is what is focused on. The other one, of which I am a minority, wants to show all the mechanisms so the viewer can see how things work. So I think making the mechanisms visible with highlighted color is a good thing. That is also a reason I do not like to use panels, except to hide 'kludges'.
  11. Perish the thought, but does power up work with s-brick? They are both Bluetppth.
  12. I started this here because it is not a drawing tool question. Does any one know of a relatively inexpensive (free) program that will allow you to test a design's linkages , clearances and movement. It does not have o accept lego parts but merely structural representations and their linkages. It does not have to handle catenary curves . As an example two beams fastened by a rotating pin with one end attached to the floor. What would be the motions when the free end of the connected element was moved. If there is none, do most of you just build a prototype and work things out from there? Thanx
  13. As a quick check I'd do a full diagnostic on that flash drive. Sounds like a corrupted file or linkage.
  14. pageicence I did more research a while back and found that massive yes, but complex no. It is basically a trapezoidal figure with hinges and one longer side. It's hard to tell and only showed up in one video, but the operator has a cab, inside the arm, just a bit above the shovel. To change operators they stop the arm at deck height and the operators climb in and out of a large window. Ed
  15. Void_s is right on. The second one carries molten slag, from a blast furnace, out to the dumping area. The slag is, in an Eco-friendly mill, cooled and then broken up for fill, aggregate, or sand. A newer slag utilization machine taps the slag into one of several machines to either make spun rock wool insulation or granulate it immediately for sand. There are several manufacturers, Kamag comes to mind. I believe Cat had one also. From a model stand point I like the Kamag ones as they share (pretty much ) the same design. pagicence Want to do an unusual machine? Look up Hulett Ore unloaders . I was toying at one time with a diorama with a loading dock with overhead coal hoppers and rails, a great lakes steamer outline in the middle and some of those unloaders on the other side.