Glenn Holland

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  1. Glenn Holland

    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    All, thank you for the compliments on the model. I did put a lot of effort into achieving the correct details. @SteamSewnEmpire, I appreciate your comment on the Hudson being perhaps the more iconic of NYC steam between that and the L-2a, and I agree. In my decision making this time around, "NYC" wasn't as much of a reason for choice in locomotive; instead it was "1920's and 1930's" and "freight", if that makes sense. The L-2a fit those criteria, along with being a personal favorite. Regarding the price, I do admit the price of the kit version was not what I was expecting, but maybe I can offer some more information to this point. This model does use more parts than the T-1 4-8-4, and includes some extra features in the box, such as the display base (thanks @neonic, I was going for simple but attractive there), lights, custom printed minifigures, knuckle couplers, wheels from Big Ben Bricks and Bricktracks, custom 3D-printed wheels from Brickmania, custom 3D-printed rods and valve gear, and some custom electronics (and the work that goes into fitting those components to work with Power Functions). I'm not writing this in attempt to change anyone's opinions, but rather offer some reason. Again, thanks for the compliments on the model.
  2. Glenn Holland

    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    I chose the L-2a over the surviving models for a few reasons. The primary reason is that it was the most well liked class of L-2 according to crews, and remembered fondly. Also these were produced earlier in the 1920's and better represent NYC fast freight power of the time, namely with the Elesco feedwater heater on the top front of the smokebox. I think this feature is THE classic look of NYC freight. Lastly, the L-2a has been on my long list of locomotive projects for many years. I'm very glad it worked out for this project.
  3. Glenn Holland

    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    Thank you for posting this here @coaster. I'm very happy with the result.
  4. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] 4-8-2 Mountain Type

    Awesome!
  5. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] BR05-001 with 7 coaches

    This is a fantastic looking passenger train. Excellent job on it.
  6. Glenn Holland

    What Happened to SHUPP

    I talked to him not too long ago. He's around, just busy with the rest of life.
  7. Glenn Holland

    Steam Loco Drivetrain

    I have had success with powering only one blind axle and using traction tires on the flanged wheels. The connecting rods keep everything in sync.
  8. Glenn Holland

    71044 Disney Train and Station

    It’s worth noting the width of the open air car and locomotive cab (8 studs!!) I'm very excited about the set. Setting aside the new inferior wheel design, all around it does look like it’ll be a winner. I’m also very glad they designed a true 4-4-0 rather than resorting to a more fantasy, Winter Village Train-styled easy locomotive. It’s definitely an immediate want-list set. I can’t wait to get one.
  9. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 #13

    @Sérgio - For some reason I have a glitch where I cannot click to quote your post here. Thank you all!
  10. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 #13

    Thanks! I used a silver Sharpie paint pen for that. I mounted the wheel facing up using some scrap plates and an axle. Then I just spun the plate around and held the pen to the tire. The tire is slightly raised from the spokes, so it was easy to only paint the tire. Just takes a steady hand and some patience. Paint thinner can't hurt to have on hand, though.
  11. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 #13

    Thanks all of you for the compliments! Thank you! Regarding the cheese slopes, the definitely seem to touch the top of the rail in the photos I posted. I can assure you that they do not. Like the rest of the locomotives and rolling stock I've built, they sit about one plate above the rail. This is a common truck design that I have to thank Cale Leiphart for. Glenn
  12. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 #13

    What a surprise! Thank you!
  13. Glenn Holland

    Side rod/ valve gear advice.

    Help me better understand: why do you feel the motor needs to have the freedom to rotate? Casey Jr., as shown in your reference, is a 2-4-0, which is nearly the smallest wheelbase possible for a steam locomotive. You could almost get away with all six wheels being fixed to a rigid frame, but for the sake of ease, I think you'll want to allow the pilot wheels to move. As @M_slug357 mentioned above, you'll want your cylinders to be rigidly attached to your train motor, and leave room for the pilot wheels to swing around/beneath them. This will save you the headache of having to articulate your connecting rods. Once you arrive at a solution you're happy with, you'll want to measure the distances between your two driving wheels and then from the main driver to your cylinder. You should need a 7-stud long rod to connect the wheels together. The distance to the cylinder depends on which axle you want to have as your main; the front or the rear. Keep in mind you'll need at least three studs worth of travel built in, so your main rod doesn't collide with your cylinder, or fall off, and drag along the ground. It will depend on your design. Zephyr1934 can help you out once you know what you need.
  14. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 #13

    Thanks! I put a lot of effort into research. To me what really makes a locomotive identifiable is the details - in this case, things like the dual air pumps, three air tanks, offset rear driving axle - they all are subtle nuances but have a huge effect on the final model. What a compliment! Thank you! I tried to go for the "United States Shortline" style when I was choosing what cars to put behind this engine for the video. It looks great, although several more hoppers would be more appropriate! The locomotive is indeed very smooth. It's well balanced and doesn't tear itself apart. Thanks! Having a good starting point always helps. The difference is in the details. I use the Hi-Line Steam sound card from Dallee Electronics. This is my second time using it, the first being my reading 4-6-2 "Crusader". I wrote an article about it for Brickjournal #46. The packaging is a little different but the setup is the same. To summarize: - Sound card. This particular card has 10 whistles and 6 bells from Eastern US railroads. - Speaker. Dallee sells different size speakers that plug into the sound card. - Chuff sync. Dallee has two options: magnetic and optical. I use magnetic. Two magnets are glue on opposite sides of a technic axle and the sensor is mounted nearby on the fourth driving axle. - LEGO interface. It will require some soldering, but you'll be able to operate the whistle and bell off of LEGO IR if you use the interface. Power for the card comes from the interface as well. The prototype of this product is actually what's powering the system in my Crusader. Much appreciated! It seems the connecting rods are what people enjoy the most, which is very gratifying to hear. This is the first time I've designed a full set of running gear by myself. I opted for more detail rather than keeping the "LEGO" look to them. It's a little unconventional but I don't think it distracts the viewer from the rest of the model. They are indeed 3D printed. I used Shapeway's Fine Detail Plastic and used Tamaiya TS-100 paint for the gunmetal color. The only modification I had to do to these parts is ream out the main crank pin hole a little so it would run more smoothly.
  15. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 #13

    Thank you, If there's a PennLUG meeting I can make, I'll bring it along.