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  1. ColletArrow

    [MOC] Borkumer Kleinbahn - narrow gauge train

    Fantastically cute little loco and train! I love the greebling on the chassis of the loco, it looks perfect. I'm impressed at it's pulling power, especially given the heavy battery box is essentially dead weight - located in an unpowered wagon, it doesn't help traction at all. But nevertheless it trundles around your little circuit perfectly - well done!
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    LEGO SSN 01 1075.

    Fantastic work! The custom wheels and rods make the loco look so elegant, and the details all over the boiler, cab and tender are impressive. The sounds, and now the lighting, just give so much more life to the model. Well done!
  3. ColletArrow

    WIP PS 54` 4740 cu ft Hopper

    That underside shot of the hoppers shows you've got some really nifty building going on here, there's a lot that doesn't show at first glance. It sounds like you've got all of your planned worked sorted out too. I hope you can sort the ends out soon, it should look fantastic!
  4. ColletArrow

    LMS Ivatt 2MT

    Thanks! I do remember your standard tank, and being impressed at the level of PF-stuffing inside! Interesting you point to the detail-priority idea, I agree it is always interesting to see the same prototypes approached differently. My model was mainly dictated by the parts I have available, although I probably could have upped the detailing furhter, e.g. along the running boards. There's definitely room for a V3 someday!
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    Narrow gauge goodnes

    I agree with you on that one, doing my 3rd year uni exams online is an... interesting experience. Oh, the uni says "they won't be any harder than normal exams", but then lecturers go and add extra questions, release the paper 40 minutes late, and give you practice questions that are full of typos, missing vital information or on topics they missed out this year... all sorts of fun. Anyway; I think you've chosen a subtly difficult loco to model here! At first glance it looks relatively easy, but then you notice the gently curved nose, the full skirting and the integrated plow... given all of these challenges, I think you've managed to construct a very neat little loco with a good level of detail from the real things. The coach, too, is full of cute little details, and it looks fantastic in dark green. I'm looking forward to seeing a full train of these! Keep up the good work!
  6. Another jaw-droppingly gorgeous train from you - the loco is beautiful, but I think the van wagons stand out most with their wealth of little details. Beautiful colours and excellent parts usage all around - very well done!
  7. ColletArrow

    Western Maryland J-1 Potomac

    No personal connection, but I've always used Bricksafe ( and find it very easy to upload photos and copy the URL for the size of image you want. It also looks like you're trying to share screenshots from LDD. To get neater images, I would recommend either using a rendering software such as, or taking a screenshot in LDD itself using ctrl+k; make sure to turn on "brick outlines" on the preferences menu first, it makes black models so much easier to see. I look forward to seeing your model!
  8. ColletArrow

    LMS Ivatt 2MT

    Thank you all! @Pdaitabird - thanks. It's just one set of PF LEDs, but it looks perfect trundling around the tree. @zephyr1934 - thank you! As a student with very limited LEGO budget, I'm very used to dismantling things to build other things! The collection is slowly growing though, I think l'lI need some more track soon too. @Brickwolf - thanks, it's good to hear! I usually stick to 7 wide for British prototypes, but excluding the cylinders the entire train remained 6 wide this time.
  9. ColletArrow

    LMS Ivatt 2MT

    I think it's about time I built another steam engine! (Prototype picture sourced from: This is the second time I've attempted a model of the LMS Ivatt 2MT in LEGO bricks; the previous version was my first attempt at building a steam loco, from 5 years ago. But I'd like to think I've improved since then, so it was time to give it another go! This model has a long history of evolution - the first version was based on the 79111 Constitution Train Chase. Since that original MOC the engine has been refined over a number of digital models, up until last week when I came hoe from Uni, sat down and built it in real bricks. There then followed several days of fine tuning to the wheelbase, motion, drive and general aesthetics. The final product is a fairly simple 6-wide 2-6-0 tender engine, with PF motor, IR receiver and rechargeable 9V PP3 cell all held in the 3-axle tender. Overall it's a bit rough, but I think I've done the best I can with my ever-limited parts collection. The loco's boiler still retains it's 79111 heritage, but the rest of the model is pretty different to my older MOC - with the exception of the cabside numbers, which are the same home-printed labels from 5 years ago! The rear of the tender is only held on by 2 studs, in order to allow easy access to unclip and swap the 9V PP3 cell. I'm now using dad's old rechargeables, which don't give fantastic performance but are far better than eating stacks of AAAs. Inside the tender things get pretty tight with all the cables, but it seems to work well. As you've probably already spotted, the loco features some working lighting. 1x1 headlight bricks can positioned in any of the 4 spaces required to display the correct lamp code, although PF LEDs can only be used in the three spots along the bufferbeam. However, given the loco is destined to haul short freights, only one headlamp is required - so I put the other LED behind the firebox in the cab. The boiler backhead isn't particularly accurate (there's no regulator for a start), but it gives a good ambience - especially in the dark. Finally, 46447 seen with her 'train'. It's pretty short for 2 reasons - 1, I only have 8 wheelsets, and one had to be used under the tender thus limiting the number of wagons I can build. Two, with the motor in the light tender pushing a heavy loco, and especially when powered by old rechargeables, she's pretty weak. The less strain I put on her, the longer she'll run for on one charge. As usual, there's a bricksafe folder with a handful more photos and a LDD file: I can't promise any accuracy of the LDD file this time, especially in the region where the cylinders connect to the chassis, but it will certainly give anyone interested a better idea what's going on. There's also an older version in the background coloured in Dark Green, just for comparison! But why did I rebuild this model now? For the last 4 years or so now, I've come home from Univeristy for Christmas, and set up a LEGO train around the tree. This year I finally decided it was time for something different to the pannier tank I've had for the last 3 - and so this whole scene was developed. Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a good Christmas!
  10. That's an impressive portfolio you've built up, especially in such a short space of time! I don't think I could pick a favourite clip from this, there's just so many...
  11. ColletArrow

    [MOD] train station 2150 + 7937

    Fantastic! I think it looks very good - the original station building on one side, a modern shelter on the other, and the footbridge spanning everything. The only thing that feels off to me is I'm not used to a platform on both sides of every track - but hey, it's LEGO, it makes it look like a busier station!
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    Narrow gauge goodnes

    Now there's two words I never expected to read consecutively on this forum! I love what you're doing here, presenting each model with a brief, detailed and engaging history. Each wagon has excellent detail and some nice parts usage, and trains you're building up look awesome together. Good work so far, I'm looking forward to whatever's next!
  13. ColletArrow

    [MOC] 4,5v Maintenance diesel railcar in Gray Era style

    I love all of your models-from-another-era, and this one just looks a fantastic addition to your expansive fleet. I think it just needs some tools for the workers to use!
  14. ColletArrow

    42116 Skid Steer Loader

    As a student with basically no budget for LEGO, I'm always interested in the small sets - especially when they contain parts normally only found in larger sets, like the clamshell bucket used here. I'm also very happy that this set can tilt the bucket "remotely", rather than a lever at the bucket itself. My only concern is that the curved base of said bucket will make actually scooping up loose material incredibly difficult - I think loaders normally have buckets with flat bases.
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    [moc] Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México class PR-8 4-8-0

    Render issues aside, I love the detailing you've put all over this model - especially that excellent parts usage under the cab. The side-on comparison with the prototype shows just how well you've done here. Good work!