Glenn Holland

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  1. Glenn Holland

    OcTRAINber 2018: The Foreign Challenge is go!

    Indeed, and thus I must say congratulations! The bus was surely a favorite of all four judges. Excellent work, and to the rest of the winners and participants!
  2. Glenn Holland

    OcTRAINber 2018: The Foreign Challenge is go!

    Hi everyone, @raised has posted the results of this year’s competition. The final article is now available on the Brick Model Railroader website: https://brickmodelrailroader.com/index.php/2018/12/09/octrainber-2018-the-results/ Thank you again to all of this years participants. We hope you enjoyed the challenge this year, and we’ll be thinking about new challenges for next year. Glenn
  3. Glenn Holland

    OcTRAINber 2018: The Foreign Challenge is go!

    Absolutely no worries on my end. We all certainly wish we could have posted the results weeks ago. We were pretty quick last year, by comparison. Thanks for understanding our position. It’s obviously a labor of love and of course this is something we genuinely want to put together for you all, and we seriously love doing it. Just one of the ways BMR can move this hobby forward. As a side note, we should have the results posted within the next week. @raised is getting things wrapped up on his end, being the “main coordinator” if you will, and he’s also probably the busiest outside the hobby. I hope this delay isn’t sitting too badly with anyone. OcTRAINber is definitely something we would like to do every year and we don’t want to turn participants away.
  4. Glenn Holland

    OcTRAINber 2018: The Foreign Challenge is go!

    Hey guys, we've all been really busy during November (holidays, personal lives, one of us started a new job, etc.). We're on the home stretch now. I extend my apologies that we haven't posted the results yet. Rest assured, they are coming, and we will be sending out prizes shortly thereafter. And yes, it was a bit difficult, at least for me, to sort through these awesome builds. Excellent job everyone, it was definitely a good OcTRAINber.
  5. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] PRR 4-4-6-4 Q2 Duplex

    I understand your reasoning now, thanks for clarifying. Admittedly I would probably do the same thing and keep my own model rigid frame as well, and relegate it to only be used on grand curve layouts. The real Q's were pretty restricted on Pennsy's track anyway, so in a way that would be prototypical as well! In reference to your point about shuddering, that pertains mainly to the way the track is constructed (until we have viable replacements). You may be familiar with the idea of a "grand curve", but in a nutshell, it's a way of building a curve where several straight sections are laid together and offset on the outside by a half a stud (or something) while keeping the inside tight, creating a curve. The small outside gap in the track is what causes the wobble, but I would say most of the time it is not as bad as what you see in that video. We do have greater radius curves available than what we had several years ago, but the turns are still quite tight, relatively speaking. I know PennLUG would like to have custom track (perhaps 3D printed) that would be a drop-in replacement for the grand curves we have now. That would eliminate the potential for the shuddering. The locomotive speed settings can be solved with a product like the PFx brick. It can be tuned to your locomotive and allow up to 250 (I think) speed steps instead of 7 like a normal remote, and has an option for setting inertia to a locomotive and train. Just a basic response, point by point. No offense taken to your comment at all- this hobby is about finding what best suits your style, which is the best thing! You can tailor your efforts to get exactly what you want, while I do the same for myself, and we're still using the same bricks to do it with. If you want to build generally more static models, by all means, go for it. Again, very nice engine. Maybe one day I'll build one that doesn't look bad in a curve. ;)
  6. Glenn Holland

    [MOC] PRR 4-4-6-4 Q2 Duplex

    I think this looks pretty nice. You managed to capture some key details of this locomotive in a nicely proportioned package. It's been on my long list for some time, I just knew someone was going to get to it before I could. As a friendly word of caution, you may need to find you need to do some reworking. The clearances for some the wheels look pretty small, particularly the pilot truck and between the first engine and second cylinders and tender trucks. Obviously the Q2 is a big locomotive with a big tender and the duplexes were rigid frame locomotives. I'm interested in seeing how you went about solving the "articulation" problem. I'm also curious about what part you used for the headlight, that looks pretty nice.
  7. Glenn Holland

    Building BMR Freight cars

    Thanks for that nice review, Scott. Your N&W blue version did turn out pretty well, I think that's the only version of that scheme I've seen built. I'm also glad you liked the wide vision. We tried pretty hard to make that a very nice exclusive kit, and I hope we succeeded. I know it continues to be Cale's favorite that we've done so far. I definitely swung for the fences on the detail in it. And yes, I am working on a regular release for the wide vision, coming early 2019 assuming no setbacks. I've found that the International Car Co. wide visions were so drastically different that an instruction kit warrants three separate models, so that's what were doing. Basically, it'll be three separate models in one book, which will exemplify each cupola position ICC offered on this design: centered, semi-offset, and offset. For reference, the Mopac shown above is the offset design. The three cars will each be from different railroads and have very different floorplans. Beyond these three cars, we'll offer extra decals for more railroads, they just won't be 100% accurate, given the prototypes likely has several different options in the floorplans and such. I'd love to release even more than three designs, but we have to start being practical somewhere :)
  8. Glenn Holland

    [WIP] Hungarian Railways Lencse-005

    Starting the WIP off right ;) Looking forward to the rest.
  9. Glenn Holland

    OcTRAINber 2018: The Foreign Challenge is go!

    Thanks for mentioning this actually. I forgot to put it in the original rules post. We are limiting entries to those based in reality. I.E., an entry should be a model of a prototype. The reason for this is, and @raised put it, is that otherwise it would break the idea of the challenge being "out of your comfort zone."
  10. Glenn Holland

    Thomas the Tank Engine and The Lego Group

    Terry... lol! I did read somewhere that Thomas was once represented as a Jinty but haven't seen anything about a terrier. I guess a better way of asking my question would be the following: Is there enough interest for a Sodor-esque line of products that could be sold under a name like Brick Model Railroader? I have a few things I'd like to achieve for myself along these lines but if there is enough interest I would be willing to look into selling something, obviously with generic naming.
  11. Glenn Holland

    Thomas the Tank Engine and The Lego Group

    I've been reading this thread since the start, being a fan of the classic TV series and having a huge respect for the original style/setting of the Thomas universe. Allow me to pose this question: if there were to be a line of "Thomas" INSPIRED merchandise, which could be produced and sold under a third party with generic names to avoid copyright strikes, what would the community expect, what would they want to see available, and anything else?
  12. Glenn Holland

    Powered Up FAQ and Community Wishes

    Are there plans in progress/being implemented for reverse compatibility to PF? A conversion wire? ETC? Will we have components like M, L, and XL motors for the new system?
  13. Glenn Holland

    Train MOCs and Builders - Who/What is Your Inspiration?

    Hey! I got mentioned! I'm happy to serve as an inspiration for you guys, and thank you for appreciating my work! :) -Glenn (StreamlinedBricks)
  14. Glenn Holland

    Building BMR Freight cars

    That was done pretty deliberately. On the real ACF type 27, and most other tank cars, those cross members are pretty thin, as are the running boards. But, if you like a little more structural security, you've presented some good alternatives. :)
  15. Glenn Holland

    Building BMR Freight cars

    We're planning to have more next year, hopefully very soon. This was my initial idea for a replacement. Door rails are far more plentiful, I just haven't gotten around to making a brown boxcar (I actually don't have a boxcar of my own at all) with the door rails instead of the old part. My guess is that it will only look odd because up until now we've ONLY used the handles as ladders. Time for me to build a boxcar I guess