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    [MOC] LEGO Amfleet I Coach

    I also thought it was your model that won. Fascinating to see, because at first sight it seems to be almost identical, but if you look twice, the model of of the BTA looks like it has a very different building style, like a "less sophisticated version", as far as you can say that with this building style. Just look at the roof (not as lovely curved as yours, and no grill tiles!), the wagon ends (remind me more of Shupp's version), the wheels (same), the doors (you did properly recess them, these seem to be slapped on) and the two rows of grill tiles above the windows with a gap that hurts my eyes compared to yours. BTW it's amazing to see so many takes on that ribbing of the Budd coach. I think I have seen at least four now; two old ones by Matt Csenge and Gerrit Carstensen, the one that won the BTA (it would be nice of those builders would show off their builds a bit more than just a 800px picture? Are there any more deeplinks available @BricksMcgee?) and ofcourse yours. Out of which yours was the first one that ever managed to finish their model, so hats of to you! (Oh, and yes, there is Shupp's, which is still my personal favorite becuause it's so sleek, but that one doesn't use grill tiles so doesn't count...)
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    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    It seems they are about to produce a new batch of sets from scratch. I'd expect them to have at least two months lead time, so I can pretty well understand the bump to september 15th to begin with. I think they are just relying on the production dates of the factory, maybe they even automatically change those everytime the factory gives a new date indication.
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    [MOC] PCC streetcar - TCRT 322

    Part 2653
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    [MOC] PCC streetcar - TCRT 322

    The tram is great, loving how you used that hideous piece as a roof, well done. However, I'm even more impressed with that pavement. So much even that I'm pretty sure it will be in my next layout as well! Well played zephyr1934! (Proof that I actually did build it immediately: )
  5. This for me is the most interesting bit. Because as I understood it (and so does the folder I added to my post), TLC was planning to keep on selling 9V through S@H / Lego Direct. On the other hand, I might, as a teenager, have misread posts over at Lugnet.com/trains. So I thought it might be good to re-read some of those old posts... I must admit, Lugnet is a horrible place for searching old posts, but I just re-read one by Steve Barile, back then president of ILTCO, which in my mind said "Lego is making a Hobby Train Line", but which, in retrospect, reads more like how Holger talks about it in his post, ie. not a Hobby Train Line, but just a Hobby Train... In the same way, Eric Kingsley in his role as Ambassador said the following: Which could be read both as this indicating there was a LINE or just a SET coming up, definately if your English wasn't that good back then (looking at myself hehe) Then again, this post by Reinhard 'Ben' Beneke indicates that I at least wasn't the only one that was thinking that the word "Line" was meant as "a whole array of 9V products"... HOWEVER: I might have found the culprit: Jake McKee himself. He seems to have said in a keynote that the new plastic track (and horrible RC system) line was going to be called "Play Train", thus indirectly saying that the "Hobby Train" was also a total line of products, but 9V. At that point the "Hobby Train" guys were already under NDA, so even though they already knew what was going to happen, "we" as regular Trainheads, could just guess... Also, yes, I'm cherry picking from Lugnet. As said, horrible search function ;) (Also: wow, there was a lot of drama going on at Lugnet back then. Wow. Great site, great forum. Too bad it all fell apart at one point... But that's with almost all oldschool communities on the internets...)
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    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    A wagon would definitely sell, just make sure you include tan train windows!
  7. I was discussing this afternoon with my fellow club members about the 10183 Hobby Train and the whole Save 9V campaign from 2006-2008. If I recall correctly, at one point in time, before ditching the 9V Line all together, there was an idea that Lego would continue the 9V line as the Hobby Train Line, with the RC line being the 'kids' line. There were rumours about other radii and all that kind of stuff. You know, like the good old 12V times. Or, at least... That's how I remember it. But my fellow club members say I'm making up stuff, and that I remembered this wrongly, it was just the Hobby Train 10183, and nothing more... And for some reason I can't find anything about the whole Hobby Train Line, because internet is being clogged with talk about 10183 (turns out 15 years later it DOES sell!) instead of the whole Line. So, my question is: Whatever happened to the Hobby Train Line?! /Edit: found this gem in my collection, seems my mind at least wasn't totally playing tricks on me!
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    Rechargeable battery alternatives

    I did a small article on exactly this end of last year over at BMR; https://brickmodelrailroader.com/index.php/2019/08/21/alternatives-to-the-lipo-battery-box/ I'm currently both using 9v lipo blocks (works like a charm with pfx brick) and Chinese lipos. Just watch out with charging the latter ones, sometimes the load chips that prevent overloading aren't working properly, which already resulted in a burning battery of one of my fellow LUG members during an event last year...
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    [REVIEW] 11010 - White Baseplate

    Sick Review. 10/10 for informativity, if that's a word. Thanks for sharing and keep the community up an running!
  10. https://www.fxbricks.com/fxblog/?post_id=26&title=fx-track-system-+-other-news No worries, I think they are just remodellng their website. Also, seems like they have almost finished the new injection molded PFx brick! https://www.fxbricks.com/fxblog/?post_id=32&title=the-new-pfx-bricks-are-almost-here
  11. OcTRAINber 2019: The Winners! Last year we published the results on December 9th, this year we are doing so on January 6th. Not everything can be a tradition after three years, but it seems that slow judging is definitely one of them. So, I’d say it’s nothing more than fair to cut the chase and just announce the winners of OcTRAINber 2019: The Technic Challenge! Grand Prize Winner The entry that got the most votes from all four judges on all three categories aggregated is none other than the Canadian Pacific 414501 250 ton Industrial Brownhoist Wrecker Crane by The Brick Files! Our Guest Judge Mahjqa had the following to say about this build: Grand Prize Runner Up The entry that got the second most votes from all four judges on all three categories aggregated (by a very close margin!) is Casey Jr. from the Dumbo movie by Narmot (Chris Stone)! Our Guest Judge Mahjqa had the following to say about this entry: Winner of Movement-Factor category The entry that got the most votes from all four judges on the main category, the Movement Factor, is the Railway Moving Box by FlipUS (Phil B)! Our Guest Judge Mahjqa of course also had to say something about this design: Winner of the Credibility category The entry that got the most votes from all four judges on the Credibility of the build, is the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge by Robwd12 (Robert D.)! As per tradition, our Guest Judge Mahjqa had the following to say: Winner of the WIP-story category Last but not least, the builder that kept us in the best way up-to-date about their build, but also tried to explain some of his building behind the scenes, is the Railway Test Bench with SNCF 140 C 314 Ajecta by denis.h.garnier (Denis Garnier)! And, ofcourse, our Guest Judge Mahjqa also had something to tell about this design: Prizes Yes, prizes, the most important part of any contest! This year we have been able, thanks to our sponsors FX Bricks, BrickTracks and TLC, to arrange five Prize Packs. Since we know that every builder might have some different ideas how to use any of these items, we are giving the first winner the first chance to pick one of these five Prize Packs, the second winner the second chance, etc. etc. all until the Winner of the WIP-story category, who will receive the final Prize Pack. One of us here at BMR will reach out to you on short notice (we promise, it won’t be as long as you have been waiting for the results) to arrange things with all five of you! PFx Brick XL Package PFx Brick M Package Bricktracks Parts Pack 1 Bricktracks Parts Pack 2 TLC PFx Brick 16 MB (new injection molded case!) PFx Brick 16 MB (new injection molded case!) 1 full circle (4x boxes) of BrickTracks R120 Curved Track 2x boxes of BrickTracks Short Straight Track LEGO 71044 Disney Train and Station XL Speaker M Speaker 2x boxes of BrickTracks Short Straight Track pinLABsolo Light Accessory Board pinLABsolo Light Accessory Board 4x Bright White Fx LEDs 4x Bright White Fx LEDs Words from the Guest Judge In fact, Mahjqa reviewed all posted models, so we thought it would be good to post these as well, just so you guys know what to do to score even better next year! Final Words First of all, you guys might remember we had a Direct Drive and Indirect Drive category where entries could be submitted. In the end we decided to combine both categories, because it turned out our differentiating between both categories was very unclear, even for us… We were again stunned by the high quality of the entries and the amazing functionality that you managed to cram into your designs. Even though some of you weren’t able to finish in time, and some even weren’t able to do so after the extension, we have seen some great stuff from all of you. Even after three years of OcTRAINber, the creativity still amazes us. Congrats to the winners, but definitely also kudos to all other builders that participated!! It has been a lot of fun for us here at BMR to organize this event for the third year in a row now. Yes, some things could have gone smoother, and we apologize for this. Running BMR, writing articles and also keeping a contest afloat takes a lot of time, definitely because it’s just as much a hobby for me as it is for any of you. Oh, and yes, we still very much would like to receive some feedback on this years OcTRAINber, and the two previous editions, so that we can come back with an even better OcTRAINber 2020. Feel free to drop your feedback in the comments! (crossposted from https://brickmodelrailroader.com/index.php/2020/01/06/octrainber-2019-the-winners/)
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    MILS tips and tricks - Educate me

    Haha these were exactly my wonders when I started building MILS. It's just soooo expensive, if you want to do it 'right' the first time. So here's my cheat sheet: 1. LUGBULK. Always LUGBULK. And if not (because your LUG for example only orders 20 types of leaves *ducks*), then try the following steps: 2. Don't try to build your whole dream layout at once. Just do it in babysteps, every year a bit. So this year you might build like 8 modules, next year another 5, the year after another 10. That keeps your balance in checks, and also, you don't have the time to build all of that stuff anyways. Trust me, building MILS can be pretty boring ;) 3.1 Always buy your baseplates in discount / second hand. Never first hand for full price, that's just crazy. (Or just do a long-term borrowing from one of your high school friends and never return them, so 10 years later they are yours due to both sides having forgotten about them...) 3.2 Use roadplates whenever you can. They are anyways a lot cheaper than regular 32*32s, and I'm pretty sure you will have some of them laying around from when you were younger. Or buy them second hand in bulk, then they tend to be even cheaper. 3.3 Remember that 2 48*48s is 3 32*32s in length. Nobody forces you to use 32*32 baseplates, as long as the numbers work, it's fine. 4. Always buy your filler bricks (2*2, 2*3, 2*4, 2*6, 2*8 etc) second / third / fourth hand. They can be totally weary and scratched, discoloured and everything: That doesn't matter, because you won't see them anyways. 5. Use your old Duplo stack for filler bricks when you want to elevate your builds. Or get them like step 4. 6. Be creative with the green / dk green / dk grey / whatever plates you want. Don't just go for the 8*8 because it's so 'handy', but rather buy the 4*4 because they are a lot cheaper per stud. And think outside the box: Do you really need a lot of green, or are you anways going to cover it with buildings or track? If so, you can also maybe use other colours. 7. Lego Friends is your friend. Those plates and bricks in weird colours like pink, dark pink, lavender etc. can be found pretty cheap. Just don't use them when they are needed to be in sight. Unless you want a Friends-themed MILS layout, ofcourse. 8. Make use of the principle of broken landscapes. Landscapes are never one color, but several. Meaning that you can combine tan and green, or brown for example, meaning you don't need to buy all those huge and possibly expensive plates (see the link above in hallidaynick's post). Also, small plates like the 1*2 and 1*3 are pretty cheap if you cram them in a PaB cup ;) 9.1 Try to find alternatives for the 1*1 and 1*4 tiles for sleepers. Maybe you can find 1*1 plates that are cheaper, or those 1*4 tiles with studs at the end. And then, just say they are rail spikes. Everybody will believe you, trust me. 9.2 Try to find alternatives for the dk grey ballast. Maybe you can use Lt Grey, or even old grey, if that's cheaper. If people complain about it, you can just say thats prototypical, which in fact is indeed the case. Ballast is never only one colour! 10. Don't overdo it. No need to be a huge pro after your first try at MILS. Maybe it looks silly the first time around, so what? If you combine it with others, they won't notice what is yours anyway. Also, it will anyways blend out if you do a group layout with MILS (which is the only reason to build MILS to begin with, keep that in mind!) 11. Accept the fact that this will be a 5 year programme MINIMUM. Set aside a couple of euros / dollars per month and go on a buying spree only once or twice a year. And then just keep that stuff in a box for 6 months untill you can afford new bricks again. Or when you are finally not lazy anymore and manage to get that stuff out of their boxes again. BTW, you could also just go to China and trade your kidneys for bricks. Just watch out they are the correct brand ;)
  13. This exactly. Remember why they axed 9v? Because TLC said Lego trains were becoming too expensive due to the manufacturing of metal rails. Changing to plastic rails back then was the only solution to make trains cheaper. So except for this AFOL-tailored train, I don't think any other 8wides will follow. Point in case: the new hidden side train.
  14. Hi all, Short update from our side. Just like last year it has proven to be a quite busy number of months for me, which means the judging has taken some delays again since coordinating the judging is my 'task'. We will try to get it done in max 2 weeks, so still before the end of the year. We will keep you updated on this proces as much as possible. In the same time, I'd also like to ask you guys for some feedback. OcTRAINber has been a succes for three years in a row for us over at BMR, but we are wondering how you actually think about OcTRAINber. What do you guys like about the contest? What are the reasons to participate, or not to participate? What do you guys think could be done better next year? We look forward hearing from you, to make OcTRAINber 2020 even better!
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    New rolling stock & engine shed from Bluebrixx

    Nah, it's in the title. "LEGO train tech".