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    [MOD] German shunter locomtive MaK 600458

    You do know that "that guy" you are refering to (ie. the one that build the original model) is the same as the one that just posted that message you just have replied to, right? If not, please correlate usernames and you might figure it out ;) You are absolutely right about the above when it comes to "that's how lego is", but the other part of the hobby is being honest about where you took design ques from. For example, the way how you are using the flashlight piece as part of the railing is just a little bit too specific not to have copied. It's a typical Mijasper thing to use that piece, I'd say. Same goes for using grey instead of white. I think Mijaspers V60 is the only DB diesel I've ever seen that uses light grey instead of white for the all of the trimming. Oh, and the 1x2 "hook" brick you are using in the hood, and the recessed doors + railing. And again, yes, it's possible, and yes, you can have taken your design ques from other places, but that only makes me wonder more which the three other designs were you took inspiration from. BTW, making it a MOD instead of a MOC is no shame to begin with! It's about the fun you had building and being inspired by other builders, and just sharing that credit with them. Nobody here cares if you take parts from other peoples designs to improve your own, as long as you are honest about it.* In fact, if it actually is a MOD, it's a pretty nice update, using several pieces that 14 years ago just weren't available, and that you have correctly identified as being very usefull as subsitutions to make the model sleeker. *The problem here is ofcourse that you have posted it to Lego Ideas.
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    [MOC] Totternhoe: Narrow Gauge Railway

    Amazing. Its really cool to see how a your entry in OcTRAINber ended up being a complete layout for Brickvention. Are you planning to integrate it into the MLTC layout, just like was done with the Puffing Billy layout?
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    Mega Construx "Train Heist"

    Pretty decent review including a short showing of the underside off the train. Seems that the wheels would be easily convertable to L-gauge, but currently they indeed seem to be gauged at G-gauge just as the MB website says. I must say it's really nice to see that MB finally goes into trains; after all that Chinese stuff it's a relief to see some high quality trains from a Clone Brand.
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    Phantograp

    @XGBC Sounds promising, do keep us updated on the progress! Speaking about electric narrow gauge... Did you have a look at Beck's entry for OcTRAINber? Or Aishi Valkoinen's narrow gauge Stadler GTW, even though that one does have the more recent diamond pantographs; I do know there was also a german builder who once build an amazing narrow gauge electric, but unfortunately I forgot his name and the name of the creation he build... He even made totally tailor-made tracks etc... /edit: It was the user Space2310. He build an Enoden 1000. Unfortunately he has deleted his flickr account and his picutres. A shame, because he had some great techniques and ideas! Best I could find is this old Pinterest link...
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    Phantograp

    GIYF and Search on EB Also, because most of the pantographs use Rigid Hose 3mm with some form of minfig hands / hooks or bar holders with clip, you can model them in almost any colour you want.
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    Introducing Iron Horse Brick Co. !

    Sad to hear. You guys had some great models both available and in the pipeline. Maybe pricing wasn't always 'right' in the opinion of some, but hey, that's what the free market is all about (even more if you know that the GP-9 by Lionel in O-scale is also USD 549,- !). I understand that we used to be a hobby where everything was for free and instructions could be downloaded without paying a penny, but the hobby is going more and more professional, and part of that is asking money for your own creations. The way how I saw it, is that you guys saw a hole in the market, and IHBC had been (succesfully, I hope!) trying to fill that hole. In economies like ours, that's nothing more than fair, I'd say. But then again, having a small background in the Model Railroaders scene, I never understood the whole 'giving away for free' scheme that our hobby had. I mean, yes, I also tend to post building techniques every now and then, but I only do that to get people inspired to build their own stuff. If they want to build my creations, than it wouldn't be more than fair that people would also pay for that design. (My standard reaction lately is thus "Yes, I build with my own Legos as a hobby, but no, that doesn't mean I should be giving away everything for free!") On the other hand, I know that in the US the hobby is more club-based than in Europe, where a lot of the hobby is far more individual, and with loads of ad-hoc groups of friends, or just one guy who goes to a show on his own. My own LUG (lowlug) for example is a very loosly based LUG with almost no obligations as member (ok ok we have some, but it's very loosely organized, trust me). If however your club is more rigid, I can understand that some negative feelings from fellow clubmembers towards your business can really destroy your fun in the hobby. In that case, it's sometimes a smart move to indeed choose friends over of business, definately when building with Legos is/was a hobby to begin with. Anyways, I hope you guys will find a way to have fun in the hobby again, in the end, that's indeed the most important part of sticking those plastic bricks on top of each other!
  7. ^ What @Glenn Holland said. We are currently finishing up the results, hopefully we will be able to post them sometime this weekend! Thanks again for all the patience, I have to admit all the waiting doesn't deserve a beauty prize, as they say in the Netherlands...
  8. Aaaand it's a wrap! Well, it's been a wrap already for like 7 days, but due to some business from our side we weren't able to post that message here ;) Anyways, thanks all for entering, I will follow up with a post on BMR very soon!
  9. Update: We have decided to extend the deadline untill the end of Sunday November 4th. Hope this will be enough for all to finish your builds!
  10. October 28, that means OcTRAINber is has to start the Last Mile Module quite soon! To indeed keep things fair (definately with all these prizes) we have decided to stick with this rule and limit to one entry. This means that we would like to ask all contestants that entered more than one entry to decide which is their ‘official’ entry. Feel free to do this in the respective entry threads at the BMR Flickr Page. BTW I forgot to answer the following question: So as long as it's no ridiculous modding like cutting windscreens or changing bricks in such a way that could have also solved by creative building, you should be fine.
  11. Good news everybody, we have unveiled some of the prizes you guys are contesting for. Hopefully these will serve as an extra motivation to keep on building :) To make stuff a bit more readable I have put them in Quotes, taken from the BMR website :) The first Grand Prize announcement: The second part of the Prizes Extravaganza: Third part of the Prizes Posts will be online later today!
  12. Good news everybody! Today is October 1st, meaning that OcTRAINber 2018 has officially started! As we announced a bit over a week ago, this year BMR will again run the OcTRAINber contest. Just like last year we have chosen a subject that will hopefully get as many of our fellow trainheads out of their comfort zone and build some truly original and special models. So, let us officially introduce you to the contest and let’s get rolling! OcTRAINber First of all, the name. It’s called OcTRAINber, if somebody had not noticed yet. Why OcTRAINber? Well, because it’s a great intermediate month between SHIPtember and Novvember. Also, TRAINS. “The Foreign Challenge” Second of all, the subject of this years OcTRAINber. Why the Foreign Challenge? Well, because it tickles the mind and sparks creativity if you look abroad every now and then. Of course, it’s great to build the prototypes you see rolling around in your own country every day and which whom you most probably are very intimate with. However, since OcTRAINber is all about getting out of your comfort zone, looking abroad and building from new uncharted territory is a great way to do so. The Rules The Rules have already been announced by Glenn in the previous OcTRAINber post, but for completeness’ sake we have pasted them here again: “Foreign” is defined as: Any locomotive, rolling stock, structure, or other railroad-related item that was NOT designed or used in the native country of the builder. So, being from the Unites States, I (being Glenn) could not enter legitimately with a United States locomotive such as a Santa Fe F7. I’m sure you get the point. Entries must be original models. No stealing. We are making no rules for the scale you choose to model in. We are welcoming models of 6, 7, and 8 studs, and anything in between or beyond! However, we appreciate detail and accuracy. Reasonably sized models are usually better for that, but we don’t knock anything or anyone with serious skill. NEW BUILDS ONLY. We are willing to accept anything unpublished or anything that was not published before September 1st 2018 as new. We want to inspire and promote a challenging build, entering an old model doesn’t quite work in that regard. Third party parts BMR has always been positive towards third-party parts, as long as they have any way of added value to the hobby. So the rule of thumb is simple: Lego: Yes Third Party Parts: Yes Clones: No Points Points will be awarded in three categories: Credibility, WIP Story and the Foreign Factor. First of all, credibility of the prototype. This means we will be looking at how much the build represents the real life prototype. This means the quality of the build, but potential scale etc. If you are sending in a fantasy model, we will look at how credible the build is; would it fit in, does the backstory make sense? (Please note that this means an entry does need to be based in the Real Life in some way, so no fantasy universes like Star Wars etc) Second of all, the WIP story. This refers to both showing off your building process, but also to how and why you decided to model a certain prototype. The better the story and the more updates you give and the more elaborate your building story is, the better. (Also, feel free to cross-post these pictures in our WIP-thread while you are still building!) Third and last, the Foreign Factor. This is all about the building-out-of-your-comfort-zone part. The more exotic and the more foreign for you as a builder, the better it is. Are you (like me for example) normally a European stock builder, but have you now decided to model something US, even though you have zero experience in building this far abroad? Well, that obviously gives you more credit than modelling some Spanish stock if you are from Portugal for example, or building something Canadian if you are from the US. Same goes for the even more exotic places! The Judges This contest will have four judges. Why four? Well, because last year we also had four. However, different than least year, this year we will have a new guest judge from Europe who has some good experience in building truly foreign trains, but who also wrote the critically acclaimed “The Lego Trains Book“. The judges will therefore be, in no particular order: Holger Matthes Glenn Holland Cale Leiphart Gerbrand van den Eeckhout Timeline We will be accepting entries from Midnight on October 1st (being right now!) to midnight on November 1st (meaning October 31st, at 23:59 PDT). There is possibility of a grace period to ensure those that need that one final Bricklink order have a fair chance Entries Entries are to be send in ONLY via our own BMR Flickr! There are two discussions; one for the Real Life entries and one for the Digital entries. This is the ONLY place we will be looking for entries, nowhere else. Sending photos to us on social media or showing us in person do not count as entries. Next to that, please also add your pictures in the pool! Also, we have a special thread for WIP pictures, just to keep OcTRAINber going. However, do keep in mind that pictures in this thread don’t count as entries! The Prizes No contest without prizes! Just as last year we have some really nice prizes from several outlets. Which prizes specifically will be made public as soon as possible, so to keep the hype train running for a little bit longer! Spare Parts We here over at BMR are very, very excited about OcTRAINber 2018: The Foreign Challenge and we are looking forward to all those entries. We are really looking forward to see what the community has to offer in terms of creativity and we hope that all of you will be stimulated by this contest to finally build that one foreign prototype of a train / loco / wagon that you always wanted to build, but never did. Also, if there are any things that aren’t fully clear, you can always reach out to us by posting your message below. All aboard OcTRAINber!
  13. Great to see so many of you being enthousiastic about the second OcTRAINber challenge! We are looking forward to all of those entries and WIP pictures. Just to clarify some more questions: This is something that is always one of the major added values of building digital, which is one of the reasons why we have different categories for real life and digital builds. So yes, we are willing to accept this. Also, there were some questions on the BMR page which I'd like to answer here as well: Reimagation of a Lego set could work, but only if it connects with a prototype, like for example how the Maersk locomotive was reimagined by Ralph Savelsberg. Reimaging a set like 4564 would only work if you manage to combine it with a real life propotype like the MaK DE 6400. I hope you get the point! To answer your questions: 1. Unfortunately no, prototypes set in fictional universes aren’t allowed to be entered. As said: 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, is that otherwise it would break the idea of the challenge being "out of your comfort zone." 2. You can add third party items like a PFx Brick or Big Ben Bricks wheels, but no direct Lego competitors (ie. Megablocks and other clones).