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  • Birthday 08/07/76

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    Oberhausen, NRW
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    railway (esp. steam locomotives), aviation, industrial history, music


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  1. Trains from pavlo.

    Magnificent!!! Of all those details, the sliding doors for the compartment are my favourite ones. Incredible. Are there plans to build this beauty in real bricks? I'm asking because I fear it would then be necessary to reinforce the wagon's bottom, as it might bend under its own weight. Btw - I always thought that all Russian railway vehicles had only a single centre buffer coupling (like the locomotive in the photo). I'm amazed to see that the wagon actually has side buffers, too.
  2. Lettering (fonts) for German locomotives

    Hi @Younge, of course you can save your labels and print them again later. The software uses its own file format ".label". And yes, you can import graphics. For example, the logos on my passenger wagons were printed using png files:
  3. Lettering (fonts) for German locomotives

    There seems to be some interest in the Dymo label printers, so I'll write a few more words... I once bought the wireless version, but as the printer's battery seems to have quite a low capacity, it turned out that you have to charge it frequently (via USB). So you have to connect it to the computer anyway. Therefore, the non-wireless version should do just as well, but at only half the price. Another drawback beside the low battery capacity is an inconsistent printing quality when making labels with very small letters (less than ca. 2 mm high). You'll sometimes have to print five or six labels to get one where all letters are printed correctly and without missing sections. Black-on-transparent labels seem to be less prone to that problem than white-on-transparent ones. The transparent labels themselves are made of a comparably stiff plastic foil which seems quite durable and scratch-resistant. However, the material's stiffness might cause some trouble when you want to apply it to convex surfaces. The labels can be easily cut into the needed shape with a scalpel. All in all, I'm quite pleased with the thing. Yes, there are others with higher resolution or perhaps more consistent printing quality, but they cost several times as much...
  4. Lettering (fonts) for German locomotives

    I don't know which model you have; most of Dymo's products should work with their labelling program (Dymo Label Software v.8.7) which can use all the fonts you have installed on your computer. This software is available on their website (click "support"): http://www.dymo.com/de-DE/labelmanager-wireless-pnp-label-maker#tab
  5. Lettering (fonts) for German locomotives

    Hi @Duq, raised's proposal is exactly what I would recommend, too. I use a Dymo "LabelManager Wireless PnP" with D1 labelling tape "white on transparent".
  6. Lettering (fonts) for German locomotives

    A modified Futura, to be precise - not only for station names, but also for kilometre markings alongside the rails. The ttf is also downloadable via the link in my original post.
  7. Lettering (fonts) for German locomotives

    There you have me... Seriously: I see so many people building after German prototypes, and I'd be happy if the ttf's could be helpful for anyone.
  8. DB 200 116

    To be honest, it's not me who took this photo... I just googled it. Here's one I took myself, but unfortunately, in full resolution it's a bit blurry at the front: Very clever! Thanks for sharing - I'll have to remember this solution, I think... Phew!!!
  9. Dear trainheads, I often notice that models of German locomotives, even ones from well-known manufacturers, are lettered with incorrect fonts – sometimes quite freely invented, sometimes close to the prototype. Either way, in my opinion, even the best-looking models are unpleasantly affected by such practice, while using correct prototypical lettering adds a great touch of realism to every model. So I thought I’d add my two cents to that topic: German (state) railway vehicles were (and are) normally lettered with variants of the DIN 1451 standard font. The narrow version is used for technical information like brake weight, length, but also for naming the home depot; locomotive numbers are set in normal type (DB and DR). DRG brass number plates from before WW II, however, used a font similar to old Prussian types, while so-called "Klein-Ziffern“, named after their inventor, were used for locomotive numbers from 1939 to 1947 (West Germany) or 1966 (GDR). Free Windows fonts, DB logos and more information are available here: http://www.heliweb.de/enkel/eisenbahn/ (click "Download" on the left side to go to the ttf files) Have a try – it’s worth it! Best regards, Sven
  10. DB 200 116

    Seems I can only confirm what others already wrote – a very clean and well thought out model! It really puzzles me how you built that grey side vents. I wonder if you would mind to tell your secrets? As with some others of your MOCs, I have a special relationship to this locomotive, as it was stationed in my home town Oberhausen during its museum career (until last year, when the museum society – the same that operated 41 360 – went bankrupt. Don’t know where the two engines are now.). So I couldn’t help noticing that it’s lettered with „Yverdon“… The correct lettering can be seen here: http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/9585309.jpg Sorry for nitpicking… Good luck with your steamer in OcTRAINber! (And I hope that little word „last“ sneaked in there erroneously…)
  11. LNER Class A4 4468 - MALLARD

    Very nice MOC! It must have been very hard to model these complex, rounded shapes, but you did it very well. Some inspiring building techniques, too!
  12. [moc] GWR 1442 engine

    What a neat little engine! And, despite of its simple appearance at first sight, so many fine details. You even modeled the sanding gear! Is that a sausage you used for the brake hose? Clever idea! (One issue that is constantly annoying me with my own MOCs is visible in the daylight photos in the garden: Why is LEGO seemingly unable to produce a constant colour quality? At least four different shades of dark green there... but that's not your fault, of course.)
  13. Train towing ball alternatives needed

    As I build models of European trains, they have side buffers, so there needs to be some distance between the hooks. But of course, with shorter or no buffers, it should work with shorter liftarms, too. However, the shortest liftarm with round holes at the end seems to be this one.
  14. Train towing ball alternatives needed

    I simply use plates with hook, connected by thin liftarms (the grey half pin is only necessary when you want a very rigid coupling): This solution works great even for heavy trains, and I think it will also work on slight grades. Only disadvantage is, vehicles don't couple automatically.
  15. Oh, you’re flattering me! Thank you very, very much for your kind words! But don’t put your own light under a bushel, your trains are so amazing in design, imagination, diversity and number!