icemorons

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  1. icemorons

    Powered Up - A tear down...

    @JopieK Thanks for the in-depth teardown. Great info!
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    Review 60198 Cargo Train (picture heavy!)

    @JopieK Thanks for the great review! Very thorough and well documented. I'm definitely going to purchase this set, perhaps even two before it disappears in 4 years, but will probably wait until I can find it discounted. The MSRP jumping $30 from 60052 / 60098 of $199 is ridiculous! That's 15% increase for essentially the same functionality and playability of either of the two previous freight train sets. I know there's development costs for PU, but I don't see any other reason for that level of increase, especially when you consider that the 60197 passenger train is just $10 more expensive than the predecessor 60051.
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    Review 60198 Cargo Train (picture heavy!)

    That was also my first thought, as soon as I'd seen it abbreviated as PU!
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    [MOC] 60198 Red version

    @Dorino Looking good!
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    2018 Lego Trains

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    LEGO 60198 Cargo Train

    Wow, based on the latest images, it's looking like TLG didn't make things easy to add lights to 60198. The ditch lights appear to be attached to the top of solid 1x1 bricks in SNOT orientation, and the lights atop the cab appear to be mounted to part 99780, which has a solid back, although the studs themselves are hollow. https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=99780&idColor=1#T=S&C=85&O={"color":85,"iconly":0} If the object is to make the ditch lights work, there isn't a lot of room to snake the existing #8870 LEDs into the nose, while routing the wires either over, or under, the part 6583 https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6583#T=S&C=1&O={"color":1,"iconly":0} I took the liberty of building the nosepiece, based on bricks I had on hand. Without cosmetically altering the exterior appearance, I was able to hollow out everything behind the 2x2 tile on the front, and beneath the 2x3 sloped bricks. There's a lot of space to be made, albeit at the expense of structural rigidity. But the 1x6 plate portion of part 6583 runs directly behind where the LEDs would locate. I'm struggling to find a way to mount them at the moment. I'll post pics of this experiment later, after I have had a chance to take them.
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    Class 23 D5909

    @LEGO Train 12 Volts Really nice design on that Class 23 baby Deltic! I've been thinking about how to do a Class 55 Deltic in Lego, but taking the smaller version and using that as the inspiration instead was probably a better choice. Keep up the great work!
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    LEGO 60197 Passenger Train

    I could also see it being used on an aircraft, if rotated 90 degrees (Attached with SNOT technique). The hinged canopy would make a great cockpit area. Yay, I'm now a Citizen... That was my 100th post!
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    [MOC] 7898 Crane - version 2

    @DorinoI like the hydraulic rams you put in on the boom of the crane. That "feature" was one of the poorer performing parts of the original 7898 crane. You could never find that "sweet spot" between the boom being raised high enough, and extending outward far enough to realistically pick up the set's included car and place it on the intended flatcar. I experimented with moving the boom out by one stud, moving the ram pivot point by half a stud, or one stud, and changing the flat geared pieces on the cab roof by one stud, but I couldn't find a compromise I liked, without distracting too much from the original aesthetic. By going to an actual hydraulic ram setup using those pieces, there is infinite adjustment, rather than the discrete lock steps of the original design. I'm going to try this the next time I get my 7898 out of storage. Thanks for the idea!
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    LEGO 60197 Passenger Train

    I like it. The leaked images were always missing the stickers, and they add a lot of detail. I especially like the way the front piece is blended into the rest of the train with the stickers. The dithering on the rear end of the locomotive between the grey and blue stripes was probably unnecessary. I might leave that sticker off of mine. When funds allow, I'm definitely buying two of these. I do like how there's a diner car and a coach (based on the coffee cup sticker on one, and a seat sticker on the other), so although they might be identical builds on the outside, I'd expect the interiors to be different. Four cars and two locos should look very nice running together. Much easier to get a "complete" train with this set than 60051. First decent price drop, I'll bite.
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    LEGO 60198 Cargo Train

    I'm excited about this! Never before have we gotten a train set that has had 16 straight track pieces. Granted, we've lost one switch, compared to prior versions, but as far as track is concerned, that's my only complaint. I've waffled back and forth over which "version" of the locomotive I liked better, the leaked prototype French one, or the one featured here. I would've been fine with either, but I like the one TLG has chosen to go with. There's a lot of stuff in this set. Would it have been nice to get double axle bogies on each of the cars, sure. Overall, I think TLG has done a fine job. This should appeal to kids, and get decent sales. I'll buy one. Probably a second one once prices drop, too.
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    Lego 75955 Hogwarts Express

    I'm pretty excited about this. Instead of griping about what's wrong, let's focus on what we DO get. Large flanged and flangeless drivers, check. A serviceable locomotive, tender, and coach, check. A significantly sized platform with secret entrance, check. Decent minifigures (not that I really care about them), check. If the price is indeed the rumored $80, it's a great value! When I have some extra cash, I'll be buying two. I can use the extra parts to lengthen the loco, and put in a 2nd coach. Should be relatively easy to mod the tender with PF1 or PF2 componentry for a working train.
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    2018 Lego Trains

    Such a happy day when not two, but three new trains are officially announced. Now to wait for them to go on sale...
  14. Much prefer the one with the DBG pillars. Adds some needed contrast to what was otherwise a brown expanse. Also, the white windows add more pop, rather than the darker ones they replaced.
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    Modified Emerald Night

    Nice job! I like the 7-wide tender solution you came up with.