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  1. [MOC] Gold Coast G:Link Bombardier Flexity 2

    Thanks again. The windshield was something i saw a while ago and it does look good for the windscreen wiper. The flexible hose for the curve cam out alright. It was the hardest park of the build trying to get the double curve. I was speaking to a senior manager at Bombardier they are most proud of that design feature (they won a design award) but wasnt easy. I also want to do something for the gap between the carriages. not sure how yet.
  2. [MOC] Gold Coast G:Link Bombardier Flexity 2

    Thanks all for your comments. Michaelozze stage 2 is complete just testing now the extension to Helensvale from the hospital. Further stages south along the GC highway are on the cards with the next stage to Burleigh Heads just started planning. I have been invited to a morning tea next week with the model at the light rail depot. A few more snaps and a tour around.
  3. I built a couple of these last year (at scale too) and they didnt go around a curve. I built them just to sit as a static display. Scroll down to the last post.
  4. Just over a month ago I revealed my latest creation to the world, a scale model of the light rail vehicles that are located in my home city of Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia). Lego G: by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr Just over 3 years old the light rail system here is currently being extended to comprise a total of 19 stations over a 21km single line, using 18 Bombardier Flexity 2 LRVs (light rail vehicles). My Lego version of the G: (gee, the local name for the trams) is a roughly 1:40 scale, 8 wide, 136 studs long (8.5x normal straight track lengths), 7 carriages in yellow, dark gray & blue. I worked on the design for months getting the proportions right. In a twist of fate that i was on the right track a technical drawing i found when printed at the build scale, a 9V motor unit has the same wheel base as the printed drawing. Like the Flexity 2, the overall unit is made up of three different carriage types. A wheeled drivers unit, a suspended passenger unit (with doors) and another wheeled passenger unit that sits between the suspended units. So a LRV is made up of an odd number of carriages with the odd numbered units having wheeled contact & even carriages suspended between. It is powered by two 9V train motors that are positioned in the first & last carriages. And due to its design performs nicely on standard track geometry including a full 4x (90deg) curve. The carriages are joined together using old school ball hinge parts (two) placed at the top and bottom of each carriage. This keeps them straight and in line with each other., and allows for a bit of vertical movement due to tables never being level at shows. The side panels are built with a snot technique of tiles on plates. A friend owns Print on Bricks and did the small tiles while the large G: were done at a sign writers. I also created a light rail station in the same style at is located in my city. Lego G: by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr Lego G: by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr Lego G: by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr The local paper did a small article on my creation and I will be displaying the model with GoldLinq (the operators) and Bombardier (manufactures) at two seperate shows these coming months. Lego G: by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr Lego G: by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr More photos here: I have to thank Ashi Valkoinen and his CAF Urbos 3 tram, Budapest [REAL MOC] post that gave me inspiration.
  5. Track Electrification

    HC I thought of that in the first stages of planning. other than fence panels I couldn't think of anything to replicate the look. Fortunately for my minifigs there is only one track so no risk of movements on an opposite . LOL @ fairies Speaking of the piles, other than a column of 2x2 round bricks i'm not sure what could be used, but had a tinker without achieving anything last night. I guess now the last show is over the deadline to get it done is past (much like a school assignment) there isnt a hurry or stress.. I'll probably create the pile section of the display now, but not using a Windhoff MPV but rather a road/rail vehicle. I will keep you updated.
  6. Track Electrification

    Thanks Hod Carrier & BrickHat. HC you are very lucky to see the process for yourself I'm relying on photos and videos from websites. I did a fair bit of research into the process that network rail are using and the 23 MPVs / wagons they are using. I selected the three MPVs as it is a close to the limit of parts i have and the display would be too big. So the 3 middle stages in my opinion sell the story. My early planning processes did include the pile driving unit, but it never got off the drawing board. I already had the Robel & the Plasser & Theurer units so adding them on the day was pretty easy, even if they do need some tweeking. I redesigned the wagons last night and are now a lot more rigid & therefore stronger.
  7. Track Electrification

    Several years ago I posted about my project to build the Windhoff MPV. I updated the post last month with a few pics of the almost completed models. The models depict the electrification of existing train track for running of electric trains. The whole build project has been inspired by the electrification of the Great Western Trail Line in the UK using the Windhoff MPV. Last weekend I attended the Brick Event on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia). The table was a bit cramped but by talking to the public they were able to see the design and function of the machines. By the end of the first day talking to my table neighbour he convinced me that the 2 tables wasn’t enough for the display so to the floor I went. Originally I was going to build two MPV’s, but during the process I increased the build to three with the third having a container style build with some nice snot construction techniques for the drivers cabin. I was quite happy how this turned out. The Windhoff MPV’s were fun (even if it took me a while) to build, especially since I went 8-wide therefore creating the scale of 1 stud = 1 foot. This gives the models great detail and sense of scale. I coupled the MPV’s with a wagon using the same scale. The MPV’s feature ISO locking points at 10’ intervals and a small knuckle boom crane at the trailing end. The substructure detailing was fun to create, trying to get the detail right balance between ease of build (using the parts I had), Lego geometry and accuracy. I was able to get during the build a couple of 1x4 light grey tiles with a text on them looking like a serial number or build plate. At 70 studs long (buffer to buffer) I was unable to get the bogie set to rotate as it is fixed to the sub-frame structure, so running it around the track is a no go for me. The coupled wagons are 70’ (buffer to buffer) long at have ISO coupling points for 3x 20’ or 2x 30’ containers/pallets. I’m not 100% on the real world bogie spacing but again they are fixed and offer no rotation. As part of the display I had previous built MOW equipment (trucks and the work wagons created by other talented individuals) showing the electrification process. I designed my own catenary system and while I’m happy it has room for improvement. Stage 1 – footings The Robel Bullok and trucks prepare the site and the footings. Stage 2 - mast MPV #1 is configured for mast installation with a stylized cab, 10’ tool room, a frame for mast storage and a long reach crane. Stage 3 – minor structures MPV #2 is configured for minor structure installation with a stylized cab, 10’ tool room, a 30’ pallet with an elevated work platform, and knuckle boom crane. Coupled to this is a wagon which holds plenty of catenary structures and a knuckle boom crane. Stage 4 - Wiring MPV #3 is configured for wire installation with a snot container style cab, a 30’ pallet with an wire dispenser spindles and a knuckle boom crane, a 10’ section for more spindles and again a knuckle boom crane. Coupled to this is a wagon which has a 30’ pallet with an elevated work platform, and a 30’ pallet with a 24’ scissor platform. Stage 5 – testing The Plasser & Theurer MTW100 measure test and adjusts. As can be seen in the pics I used twisted wire. It was a great idea that didn’t pan out as I expected with too much twist and rigidity and the real stuff is held under tension which isn’t possible with my display. I have brought some other wire which will stay straight thanks to the youtube video hack.. There are plenty of small improvements to be made, but then no one is ever 100% happy….LOL None the less please enjoy the pics and let me know what you think. Video: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> 2016 Brick Event Gold Coast by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr 2016 Brick Event Gold Coast by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr 2016 Brick Event Gold Coast by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr 2016 Brick Event Gold Coast by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr 2016 Brick Event Gold Coast by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr 2016 Brick Event Gold Coast by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr 2016 Brick Event Gold Coast by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr 2016 Brick Event Gold Coast by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr
  8. [MOC] Truck with knuckle boom crane

    looks great. good work on the knuckle-boom crane, they can be challenging.
  9. Windhoff MPV [wip]

    Well finally something to post about. Its nearing display status. I have managed to complete in the past few weeks the super and sub structures of the vehicles. I have some modules to build that will fit onto the MPV's and wagons and provide the working components (hydraulic knuckle-boom, scissor lifts and cable dispensers. They will be on show next weekend at the Gold Coast Brick Event. The MPVs are 72 studs buffer to buffer and the wagons are about 50 studs long and are still all 8 wide. The three MPV's will show the sequence of a track getting power. The first MPV will install the mast into pre established footings The second will install the catenary equipment the third will install the wiring. Windhoff mpv by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr Windhoff mpv by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr Windhoff mpv by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr Windhoff mpv by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr the full album is here
  10. Has Anyone tried doing an Operating Session in Lego?

    My group did it a few years ago with the large layout we had. The layout had 3 running tracks with sidings and electric switches. Was great fun abet no schedule was used. Ipswich Layout by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr
  11. [Mod] Dedective Office & Laundry

    This is a great mix of two good modulars. Excellant work there. Congratulations
  12. MOC Modulars Inspired by real buildings

    Thanks Max thanks again. Me too. My city is a young one and the old look doesn't do it for me. The only Lego modular i like is the Detectives Office. I have a few more modulars on my site Including new firestations from New York. thanks Jnr Shark. I found a better photo of my creation from one of the LUG displays IMG_8951 by Bricktastic, on Flickr
  13. MOC Modulars Inspired by real buildings

    here's mine. A modern building in Queensland Australia. 16 Lake St by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr 16 Lake St (montage) by Aaron Coghill, on Flickr
  14. Refreshing the Lego fire sets

    a rural station for the wildland/forestry trucks would be cool. agree it wouldnt have to be super fancy and maybe similar to the forest police would be cool.
  15. Refreshing the Lego fire sets

    back on helmets over here white are for general firefighters, yellow officers and red batallion/zone/area chiefs. The top officers comissioners are black.