Phil B

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  1. Phil B

    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    EBay ... managed to get a few incomplete copies of the previous 2 versions of the Hogwarts Express for under $30 shipped each. Not only did this provide me with the windows, it also gave me a ton of other useful bricks for this build. Regarding build files - I am still far away from having a final build, and only once that is done will I go back and update the digital files. Still lots of work needed to make the build strong enough.
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Getting closer to completing the first carriage! Doors will be of the non-opening but hinged version (I can always remove the roof and manually open the door if needed for display purposes). IMG_0834 by Phil B, on Flickr
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Alright @Roadmonkeytj :) You asked, we deliver: Presenting a BR Mk1 SO (Second Open) carriage to accompany my First Class and Brake/Luggage carriage from before. I switched back to closed doors with hinges (to create the suggestion of opening doors - the roof will be removable on all my carriages to get access to the interior, so even though opening doors would have been nice, it is not a must. And ..... featuring a bathroom, with toilet, sink and mirror. The toilet bowl placement shows as not being a collision in Stud.io, so I think it'll work, but if it does not, I have some ideas on alternatives. As usual, comments welcome and most appreciated. Hogwarts Express Carriage 7-Second_Class_20191005_4 by Phil B, on Flickr
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    More WIP stuff. Here is a "technology tester" for the luggage/brake carriage. To allow the double doors to be opened, I offset part of the sidewall by half a stud. Unfortunately, that leaves quite the gap, although a plate (later tile) solution seems to help close this gap up. Not sure if I like this version though .... perhaps once the full carriage is built the gap won't be so obvious, but if it stays this obvious I will switch to the non-opening door version, with the hinge plates. Some more shots - note that I used whatever bricks were available, and ran out of 1x1 plates in red so I used modified plates instead.
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Alright, I did some work on a "Technology Tester" version of the passenger carriage using real bricks. Here are the results: This shows 3 versions of the door: Fixed, Fixed with Hinge, Opening with Hinge. The opening door. It only barely snags when you try to close the door (opening goes smoothly) but I like the look very much. Interior compartment with seated minifig. Seems to work ok. Ignore the rainbow of colors. Doors between carriages. These will either be reddish brown or black in the final model (black would be more prototypical, reddish brown might add more interest). Inside view of the doors. I had to use plates with clips as I ran out of 1x1 plates. IMG_0823 by Phil B, on Flickr Thoughts? Which door version do you prefer? Do you like the change from clear panel (as in the renders) to porthole windows for the doors?
  6. Fantastic job replicating a real modern train platform. The sheer size of it is impressive.
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    Cars for Trains! (6w to 8wide)

    I think this is very clever and thought-provoking. I like it a lot. Personally, I think there are 3 main options for how to scale cars (and vehicles in general) in LEGO: 1. Single figure seating - this gives 4w-6w cars, and is what TLG has been doing traditionally. Fits minifigs, but cars tend to be high and narrow. 2. Scale to human proportions - your solution above, which looks fantastic, but doesnt fit full minifigs 3. Reimagine how vehicles would look like if designed by minifigs themselves, to the same constraints as human vehicles. You get vehicles like the Ghostbusters cars - way too big compared with buildings, but full figs can sit inside, side-by-side. i am definitely going to try your cars out ... thanks!
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    You definitely deserve a ton of credit for your info! Awesome! The white blind is indeed only used on lavatory windows - perhaps I'll remove that as I continue to tweak my model. I will not add extra doors for the guard's compartment, but adding periscopes is an interesting touch (and who doesn't want to add 2 LBG cheese slopes to a model?). I could theoretically move the break wheel more to the center of the carriage, but then I will not have a lot of space to put the little trunks and other luggage .... perhaps I just leave it where it is and pretend. I don't think I will build an SO, simply because it doesn't seem to feature in the Potter movies and books. I will double up on the CK instead, maybe label one as 2nd class .. I've got the tiles ready for that :)
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Alright, here is the carriage with the luggage compartment. As I do not have any reference material as to how this should look like inside, I combined some generic wizard luggage with part of an English brake van. Hopefully @ColletArrow has some more insights on how to model this properly :). The double doors will likely not open. The white panels will either be stickered to look like a window, or will become red panels with a white oval sticker on it to turn it into a window. The white is supposed to be a blind. Again, I have both a non-opening and an opening doors version of the carriage - the Real Life build will determine which option I will use. Comment as always MOST appreciated! And here is the full set of carriages: Hogwarts Express Carriages Combined by Phil B, on Flickr
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Thanks! Is this better? Hogwarts Express Carriage 7-wide_17 by Phil B, on Flickr
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Yes, engine will be done too. There have been many attempts (by others) documented here, so I should be good doing this "in the brick" first. Will share the full consist once built. Plan is to go 3-axle on the tender (2 for the PF train bogey, plus an extra). Will likely increase the width of the engine, and extend the boiler. I have 3 75955's standing ready (still sealed in box) to use as parts. Also building a larger station. This Christmas will be HP themed - will get a snowy Hogwarts castle (using the official Clock Tower and Great Hall sets) and then this train running round the tree. At least, that's the plan.
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Couldn't wait until the evening. Apart from deciding which sidewall version to use (without opening doors but looking the best, or with opening doors but looks to be validated IRL and after some stickers), this is THE final digital version of this coach. Major change is regarding the compartments: they are now 4.5 studs wide (previously 4 studs). I have also changed the bottom of the compartment doors to make it look more like a closed wall. Tonight: Brake van and a different coach. Enjoy and please share your comments! Hogwarts Express Final - option 1 - Opening Doors by Phil B, on Flickr Hogwarts Express Final - option 2 - Fixed Doors by Phil B, on Flickr Hogwarts Express Final - Interior by Phil B, on Flickr **EDIT Sep/19/2019** Fixed the last image which now correctly shows the updated interior.
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Alright, after tonight's modifications: - Doors in the corridor. They even open. I added a closeup of the build. This shows a red version, but I am also considering doing these doors in Reddish Brown or Black (from what I've seen, Black would be prototypical, but rather boring. There are also no windows the door in the prototype version). - Modifications to the carriage doors. I believe they will now open. This would need a bit of stickering to continue the line across the vertical section. I have looked at Stud.io's Part Designer, but haven't used it yet, so you need your imagination. I think that IRL the dark shadows around the vertical SNOT section will not be as prominent as in my render, and hence not as noticeable. I'm pretty close to calling this done. As the change between door styles is fairly easy, I will probably build both versions to see which looks best (and to validate that my modification allows the door to open). Tomorrow's exercise: Building 2 different coach styles - a guard's van and a 1st class car :) Hogwarts Express Carriage 7-wide_opening_doors_20190917_3 by Phil B, on Flickr
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    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Awesome, I thought about doing a curved lower section as well but couldn't integrate it easily, which is why I stuck with my rendition. Here is the current WIP state of mine. Improvements made: - Elongated the body by 2 studs, total length over the cushions now 36 studs. This allows the bogies to rotate freely. - Changed some of the bogie details to DBG to have some visual contrast - Added another undermount "greeble" (used a Caterham printed tile to get some texture, might become a sticker later). - Added compartment class numbers (although I might drop these and go to number decals on the doors) - Went for a brick-built corridor cushion section Still to be worked on: - I still need to fix the doors - as someone correctly pointed out, in their current state they cannot be opened. - There need to be doors in the corridor opening to other carriages. Was thinking bi-fold, but might have issues with that. WIP. Hogwarts Express Carriage 7-wide_10 by Phil B, on Flickr
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