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  1. ColletArrow

    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    I've spent today riding around Somerset on several of the prototpye, and your models are spot on. The newest digital model looks excellent; I'd have written off most of the features as too difficult to include ages ago! Even your underframe detail is smooth. As for the doors, I think I prefer the version with SNoT-ed plates to allow them to open without a huge gap, but I recognise that interrupts the lining. What you've gone for is just as good I feel. I'm still looking forward to seeing a train of these in real bricks!
  2. ColletArrow

    [MOC] Simple Tank Car

    A much better unit of measurement! A very clean and pleasingly (apparently) simple model; a train of these should look very smart, especially with the neat yellow waist colour scheme. I think the only addition could be custom info-panel decals in one corner, but otherwise they're perfect.
  3. ColletArrow

    MOC, WIP, Catenary for rail yards

    The further one looks good from this angle, but I suspect it's too thin side-on. The near one looks a lot sturdier, and probably offers more options for hanging things from. I presume you tried it, but could you use the rollercoaster pieces to replace the stack of window frames on the closer design? Both are ingenious catenary/signal gantry designs, and should look great with further detailing.
  4. ColletArrow

    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    You know I do, I can't help myself! It great to have a hand in steering the design of your excellent models. I'll start by linking a couple of Wikipedia articles: - the standard design of coach we're dealing with - because nothing is actually standard. These codes get incredibly confusing and aren't necessary for building models, but I thought I'd include them anyway! Below is a diagram of a BR Mark 1 BSK (Brake Standard Corridor), i.e. a Guard's coach, that I've shamefully pinched from a google image search. The guard has their own compartment; it houses a swivel stool, handbrake wheel, shelves, and periscope mirrors to see along the roof of the train (I never knew about that last one!). The compartment also has it's own inward-opening doors, one in the compartment and one directly opposite; these are the only doors on a train that can open if it's stopped in a tunnel, next to a wall etc. Adjacent, and with a window in the wall between it and the guard's compartment, is the open area with double doors for luggage; you've modelled this area pretty much spot on. I don't think the barred windows are strictly accurate, but they look good so I'd keep them. I also don't think the window should have blinds, but if you like 'em, keep 'em. At least swap the windowed and non-windowed doors around; the windowed one is always on the left (looking directly at them from outside, both sides). It's clearly not possible to fit all of the doors and windows onto your model; selective compression is the order of the day, and you've done a fine job with that so far. Your overall train so far (CK + BSK) already looks very pretty; perhaps an SO ("standard open", i.e. no compartments) next?
  5. I've been looking forward to this for a month already, and the theme is ab-so-lutely perfect for me. I've got too many ideas, I don't know where to start! It's pretty much guarunteed to be yellow though The no-digital-entries is going to pose an additional challenge to me, as I'm a student with no access to bricks at Uni. Luckily, I've planned a holiday at the end of the month, which will require going home first; it will be a challenge to get a model built (from a perfected digital model) and filmed in the short time I'll have available, but I'm up for it! Roll on Octrainber!
  6. ColletArrow

    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    Absolutely perfect! You don't even notice the length discrepancy from that angle. I think it's the inclusion of the middle door that sets this model apart from other renditions I've seen. I'll have to try (digitally) building these myself soon!
  7. ColletArrow

    Rotary Dump (Tippler)

    Excuse me whilst I retrieve my lower jaw from beneath my desk... The precision and efficiency you've engineered into this system is amazing, and then you've added buckets of realism to the models as well. This is exactly what I like to see - models that not only look like, but function as perfectly as, the real thing. The train-positioning system you posted in a separate topic should be shown here as well I feel, it's a simple yet effective method for placing the wagons perfectly. Fantastic work all round!
  8. ColletArrow

    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    She's looking pretty fine! My only critic now (and it's a proper nit-pick, sorry) is that it looks like you've added lights to the ends, next to the corridors. BR MK1s (or any other British unpowered coaching stock for that matter) don't have lights built into their ends; instead, a single red-lensed white-bodied oil lamp would be hooked on the end of the last coach by the guard. Easy enough to represent in LEGO with a white headlight brick or similar, with round trans-red plate. As for the (very nice!) double doors between coaches, I think any neutral colour works - brown, tan, grey etc. Can we have a picture of your updated interiors please? I'm looking forward to seeing what variations you can come up with next!
  9. ColletArrow

    [WIP] Hogwarts Express Custom Carriage

    It's looking pretty good! The bogies look very neat, and the compartments are an inventive design. And it's all perfect in 7-wide, too! I'm afraid the end corridors might not work as you hope they will though; the material isn't flexible enough for the sharp corners, especially where you've lined up 4 next to eachother along the top, and they will probably foul and bind up completely on S-bends. Although I'm willing to be proven wrong! There's plenty of internal variation possible in a rake of apparently identical-looking MK1s. A guard's coach is a good idea; convert one of the inner compartments to a guards compartment (containing handbrake wheel, shelves, stool, flags etc), and the adjacent end compartment to an open luggage area with doubled-up side doors, and you've got a proper train. Other coaches could be built as opens, without compartments but seats and tables along the sides; or a buffet coach, again open with tables, and a serving bar at one end with store cupboard. And if there's catering, there should be a loo on board somewhere too! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
  10. ColletArrow

    (MOC) Odense BanegÄrd & modular platforms

    Excellent work! I forgot which forum I was on, and had to look twice before I realised it was LEGO! The whole layout should look fantastic.
  11. ColletArrow

    [MOC] NS-1845 "Middelburg" Locomotive

    Another fabulous looking engine in this style, perfected with the working headlights. I suspect you've got quite a fleet of these now, if they're all still assembled. And as a civil engineer I can't help but admire the job you've done with the bridge. Fantastic work all round!
  12. ColletArrow

    71044 Disney Train and Station

    @Leewan thanks for the extra picture. It's certainly an unusual build from LEGO, and bizarre there's no cab floor by the looks of it. My thinking is fix the rear "bogie" to the engine, and try a double-hinge setup for the front bogie. It would be necessary to bring the second axle (or should that be non-axle) in front of the cylinder block, which would be fixed to the engine as well. Would definitely change the overall look of the model, and not a simple mod by any means. Hmm.
  13. ColletArrow

    71044 Disney Train and Station

    Well this is a lot more... everything, than I though it was going to be! 8w, some excellent parts usage around, and the new non-metal-axled wheels IN RED (dang, @ScotNick got there slightly quicker!)... I can't tell for sure, not even from the New Elementary review, but it looks to me as if the main driving wheels may be on a separate bogie (notice the air gap under the cab) and the leading wheels on another. This seems odd, especially as the connecting rods will look even weirder than they do already. That could be my imagination though. I agree; with the PU system not requiring a separate receiver unit, why not place all the electronic components (all two of them!) in the same place, allowing the loco to be whatever shape it fancies. Also allows a completely custom loco to be built and motorized simply by coupling it with this ready-made tender. All in all, certainly an interesting set from LEGO.
  14. ColletArrow

    (MOC) DSB IC3

    An excellent representation of the "bumper-trains", the first trains I saw in Denmark ! Everything about your model is neat and clean from top to bottom, and faithful to the prototype. Regarding the annoying but necessary gaps; how does the set look with the cars closer together, even if they can't run that way? Finally, I'm comparing notes on the prototype; Denmark went for moving the entire control panel and window to convert a large cab to a large gangway, wheras British Rail decided with it's class 150/153/156 etc to squeeze in fixed and narrow cabs, gangways and guard's compartments on each end instead!
  15. ColletArrow

    Switching Puzzle

    Excellent fun! A layout that works is so much more interesting than a plain circle, and even better when it's all "remotely" controlled. Are you shunting randomly, or trying to make a set train dictated by shuffled cards, dice etc? If only someone could build a precise, powerful shunter... Seriously, I would recommend trying a loco (or at least a simple chassis to experiment) with a geartrain rather than the standard train motor; a much more realistic yard speed can be achieved, and with precise stopping control too. Either way, I look forward to seeing more of this layout.