Roadmonkeytj

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  1. @Drunknok I learned this from my mother a "horticulturalist" which is technically science which your faction is ever so good at
  2. It's important to add that Poinsettia also grows in other less popular commercial varieties such as white, yellowish orange and the most fascinating to look at blue! A bit of knowledge: the plant needs an uninterrupted period of darkness to bloom however if you "trick" it's light cycle by artificial means (covering) you can make it bloom several times a year!
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    [OL-FB] Acropolis gunboat no.2

    Not if the mortar fire comes from its stern! Mwahahahaha. Another great little gunner I worry you might need a bigger pearldiver to keep the rudder in the water due to that large caliber cannon.
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    [SR-Poppy Port] Golden Poppy Bank

    It's amazing what gold can build even in a new settlement! I love so many details of this building... But I agree I would have rather seen a brickbuilt door for the front
  5. The colors work well and there's a lot of subtle details everywhere that really make the sense of multiple things happening all over the estate. Great job.
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    [Rules] Pirate Hideouts

    The thing to remember is Black Flag is open to all factions - effectively making the "pirate faction" redundant... Why not join one of the major three for their benefits and still get to play pirates? So the rulings may seem "skewed" towards the Sea Rats but it should be this way as the Sea Rats are the pirate faction it is why we joined the pirate faction... Why should it be just as hard for us to be pirates as the law abiding citizens of other nations? You were never privy to any of the behind the scenes talks but to give examples without details - I joined the very beginning of 2018, from the very first TMCRA that I participated in through the next 6 turns I had to scramble and explain away IC and out of why my ships shouldn't be taken nor my captains hung (essentially ending my play of the game). The Sea Rats actually lost several good players over this (we've gained a couple back as a result of these rules). All in all the rules for piracy should be skewed to the pirate faction. They could have said its for pirates only; but then we would loose the awesome stories of pirate's steeling ships with rowboats! I do want to thank the committee for taking this in the right direction!
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    [Hideout] Cutlass Cay

    May the wind be in your sails, the tides in your favor, and the plunders be bountiful!
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    Are the Creator Expert trains finished?

    I would be curious to see how "add on" sets for the current trains would do... So right now you buy an engine and two or three cars. With the add on you buy another set of cars for the train at a price minus the cost of the engine. I'm not saying it would save the train industry but just in what I've heard at shows... Most Lego users "can't" MOC... That is they feel their brain can not create without a set of instructions in front of them. I feel that's why the "complete" sets sold better because it told them what to do
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    Pirates - underwater

    Bricklink my friend bricklink
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    Southern Pacific J1 #1111

    I'm curious what made you choose to use the floating cradle with shock absorbers?
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    Working Hopper

    Oh sure now you post this lol... Well I was inspired by the little tipper car but I have issues with short wheel base cars so I modernized the mechanism and made it sit lower (the bucket is structural to the car) with the heavy use of technic bars with stop bushings I was able to come up with this design I moved the gearing to the top of the car so I could make it sit lower. You simply drive it through a set of gear plates and it tips the gear on the other side will right the car Edit: I just realized I left the idler gear in on the reversing gears this should be removed I will fix the renders at a later time. The return side should be two 6 stud half beams without the 8 tooth idler gear instead of the 7 stud with idler. This the correct gear configuration: Challenge Accepted lol
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    Studded battery box cover

    I actually seen one of these for sale on bricklink the other day and considered it!
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    O-my, get a load of this MOC

    Ohhh that looks good in "scenery" I really like this engine and my favorite is the tender... Because of the shape but the Lego lines brings it home lol
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    [OL-FB] RNTC Terraman le Gaillard

    That's a great way to present a boat... Good story! The jewel is the ship it's quite impressive... I like the way you included the side cargo holes
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    Southern Pacific J1 #1111

    Nicely done indeed... Seeing Jason's big boy in person was impressive... But I can say I was just as wooed by his American with well hidden pf components.. I would enjoy seeing yours pulling the 25 car trains as well!
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    [MRCA result] Patrolling the coast

    Such a lovely shaped target for the mortars
  17. Yes! Thaum did an excellent job on replicating our ships in micro!
  18. Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum Main Characters: Captain Mason Wardell - Captain Odin's Scorn The Stranger - Currently aboard Odin's Scorn Professor Thaum and crew - of the Andromeda Location... Somewhere in the New Haven Sea region ---------- The ships had sailed for weeks when on a foggy dawn the topmast hailed “Lotii war junk, clear off the larboard bow!!” Captain Mason Wardell was under a tough decision. "We clearly out number her and out gun her: we can tear her to shreds with ease. Our mission is of the upmost importance and can not be compromised. Secrecy of our presence is vital for success. Signal to the others: we will use the fog to gain a favorable position: and cut her to pieces. Hoist the Red flag!" the captain commanded. The first mate questioned: "The red flag sir?" "AYE the Red!" The Captain’s voice boomed across the deck, "We will show no quarter men, there will be no man left standing, there will be no survivors. We will tear the ship to ribbons, board her, resupply and ensure there is not a man nor boy left to tell the tale!" "This seems like an act of war on the Lotii Sir". The first mate replied. We cannot let them go and compromise the mission. They will report our position and this mission will be doomed! We will sweep the area for survivors." He said firmly to the first mate before shouting to the deck: "We’ve taken ships before men we will take one more – she is not a prize, but a threat to our existence: Drag Her To Hell Boys!" So the ships tacked round, using the fog to their advantage, and proceeded to lay iron to the Lotti junk tearing her main beams to splinters. However as the ships were engaged three more ships dropped out of the fog. Aboard the Andromeda: Foretop : Sails to leeward !! Capt B. WOLF : Oliver, there many sails straight ahead, but I can identify the Octopus and the Odin's Scorn, they have a lotti junk engaged, and the Stormbull right behind the junk's stern probably closing for the kill... Dr Thaum : Finally, we've found them... Capt B. WOLF : ... and all 3 are flying the red ! Dr Thaum : The red !!??? What kind of madness is this !! S. SPILLET : Doctor, the Jolly Rogers is speeding up, no doubt they want to board the junk's larboard. Dr Thaum : Eh !!!??? Lets bear away !! The Andromeda will intervene between the Rogers and the junk !! Rowboats to the sea ! Fully loaded with weapons, you take their lead, Saul. Terminate all the survivors, you're in charge ! Barney, signal the Thunder to enter the fight.  S. SPILLET : Row... row... row S. SPILLET : We're closing to the junk! You sailor, see to those survivors!  Sailor : Aye aye Saul !   BAOUM !!   Paw!! The Lotti Junk was boarded, any usable supplies or cargo transferred to the other ships, and finally the Lotti ship scuttled. The remaining ships finished sweeping for survivors then continued on course. The fleet had sailed for two more days without sight of another ship when the top mast hailed“LAND HO!”. Captain Wardell pulled his spyglass and checked it to his charts – this was the island. They sailed around the island noting the landmarks and scanning the horizons for masts. Finally they sailed into the hidden cove to make berth. OoC: the Red flag was historically flown by pirates as a symbol of no quarter. Meaning no survivors. Also the Andromeda, the Jolly Roger and Thunder all join the AMCRA Once again thanks to my fellow rats for making this happen.
  19. Thanks it really was a group effort ... In due time ... This half of the adventure has no way to get off the island as they have no boat until the resupply shows up so there is no way a map could even circulate beyond the confines of this adventure currently.
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    Chances of an Emerald Night re-release?

    Is there links to your trains somewhere? I've only seen a couple of these before.
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    [MOC] Track Inspector

    So I got some inspiration from a model on MOC pages... Apologies I lost the link to give proper credit but I feel safe not knowing it as about the only element that is the same in my version is the running boards lol. Model T trucks were used for just about anything some were even sold as the cab engine and frame with nothing mounted. In the 30's and 40's it was not uncommon to see them modified into track vehicles. This is powered by an M motor (the mic page model used an old 9V motor but was taller because of that. The gearing is 16:1 and I plan on powering this direct from a 9V battery. The only part that is not shown it a bit of tan embroidery cloth to simulate a canvas tarp draped over the load. This will hide the battery and gear housing (the black over the motor to prevent the cloth getting in the gears) and part of the M motor. I chose an m motor because it resembles an old generator motor so it could be something they would haul. This will not be remote controlled... Or controlled at all for that matter (that's why it's geared) just will go in forward till its pulled off the track or the battery dies. Comments and criticism welcomed
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    [MOC] Track Inspector

    Thanks my thought was make it work with what you have available. Many of the yardmen were great at turning junk into something workable and usable.
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    Working Hopper

    Just a couple links in my searches for "what's already been done" And I was going to post the one @Andy Glascott already posted lol. @AlmightyArjen has a lot of programming involved but it makes for a neat display I'm not sure your looking for a programmed method... From the sounds of it you want a static point that you have to drive across? So you have more physical control? Am I thinking correct? Edit: a couple GBC that might be more your style... Not sure if it can be modified to "coal studs/bricks" but I don't see why not. This may be more your mechanism
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    [SR - MRCA result] Somewhere in Trador

    Looks like a real shady part of town... Is this brothel one street off the warf? Lol Great little build... Very criminal