ProvenceTristram

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  1. ProvenceTristram

    [MOC] Southern Pacific/Western Pacific GS-6 4-8-4 "Warbaby"

    The rungs are actually just stand-ins. On the model, I would use something like 93609, which would look a whole lot narrower. I just couldn't do it in LDD (well, I didn't even try, knowing the behavior of the tubes). As an aside, I ran one high-detail POV of it last night:
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    Chances of an Emerald Night re-release?

    I also thought the Hogwarts express was a slight improvement, if sadly having reverted to 6w.
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    [MOC] ATSF 3450-Class 4-6-4 Hudson #3451

    I'd worry people would see me as conceited. I mean... I am... but it seems kind of risky to advertise it >.> Thank you, though. This is also my favorite locomotive (although it's only by like a hair over the 0-8-0).
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    [MOC] Indiana Harbor Belt 0-8-0

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    [MOC] ATSF 3450-Class 4-6-4 Hudson #3451

    I modernized the heck out of it, to bring it in line with the preserved 3450.
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    [MOC] ATSF Pullman Coach

    I'm not sure what else I could do with the sides. Because it's an older car, the sides aren't fluted (like they might be with a theoretical 1940s streamliner) - they're riveted. And there really isn't a good way to mimic that in Lego. Ultimately, I think it's just going to have to have stickers.
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    [MOC] ATSF Pullman Coach

    I figured I should start doing cars. Since heavyweight trainsets by Pullman were (almost) interchangeable between roads, all that should be required to switch from railroad to railroad is a livery change. Just four more to go (baggage, sleeper, obs/lounge and diner). Proto: Model: The roof lifts off and there is an interior (although given that it's a coach, it's kind of boring - like 25ish seats and a bathroom at one end).
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    [MOC] Southern Pacific/Western Pacific GS-6 4-8-4 "Warbaby"

    Unlikely. I'm unemployed and destitute. I am in large part doing these to try to distract myself from crippling depression.
  9. These are the slightly-less-well-known younger sister to the world famous 4449 - and an engine I'd love to one day see run again (the lone survivor is at the St. Louis Transportation Museum). The build itself was less difficult than I thought it would be, though widening/narrowing of the boiler was annoying, and I was exhausted by the time I got to the tender, so that took longer than it should have. Big Ben XL or Shupp XL are probably a bit too small to represent 72" drivers, but I feel like Shupp's XXL are closer to the 80" mark... so XL it is. Proto: Model:
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    [MOC] Indiana Harbor Belt 0-8-0

    Thanks. I'll look into it. The firebox may be in the way, however. *Edit* Fixed. The firebox was in the way, but - mercifully - the fix wasn't that involved. I also extended the front pilot to better match the prototype. There should be nothing to preclude it running. It has the motor, the gearing (powering 3/4 axles), and space for all the wiring. I even left conduits running the length of the boiler that would allow for future LED wires if someone wanted to light the thing.
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    Chances of an Emerald Night re-release?

    1) Nice ad hominem. I don't give a wet fig about your opinions of me, and I stand by my take: it's a weak product. 2) Moreover, you cannot play both sides of the same coin - either the Emerald Night is beautiful, and a strong effort by Lego, or it's a "mass produced children's toy," in which case you are conceding the point on whether its aesthetically acceptable given its high dollar command and ridiculous after-market price. 3) Lego Creator sets are, by the way, marketed almost exclusively towards adults. Their city sets are of a very high quality... but we're just supposed to accept mediocrity because it's a train?
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    [MOC] Indiana Harbor Belt 0-8-0

    I had no connection-to or affinity-for this locomotive until I started designing it this morning - it is, rather, yet another case of "wow, this is so weird looking that I need to build it." These 3-cylinder engines were designed for drag transfer freights in the Chicago area, and were among the most powerful 0-8-0s ever assembled. I think the "beefy" quality of the prototype came across in the model. Un-fun fact - the tender on this thing was more difficult than the engine :/. Proto: Model:
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    [MOC] ATSF 3450-Class 4-6-4 Hudson #3451

    Thanks!
  14. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway didn't boast the world's most powerful 4-6-4s... or, arguably, the most comely. But they were, IMO, the most balanced in design, with a kind of compressed appearance (shared by the road's 4-6-2's) that left them looking sleek, rather than big and burly (this was likely in large part due to the fact that they were originally equipped with 75-inch driving wheels, but later upgraded to 79" - thus leaving them with a somewhat 'wearing shoes too large for their feet' appearance). I went back and forth on whether or not to build this loco last night, and I am glad that I decided to, because I think it turned out wonderfully. As with my previous engines sporting drivers around 80ish inches, this engine features stand-ins intended to replaced by Shupp's. Proto: Model: