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  1. Aquazone was also the first appearance of lego octopi which further suggests it's based somewhere on earth. Still, if the subs could somehow get from planet to planet, I could see one showing up on an alien ocean somewhere in the vicinity of say where the ice planet guys are doing their stuff. Who knows, they may simply be on an ice shelf at one of the poles like what we have floating off the coast of antarctica.
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    Ease of mirroring official sets

    I was asking as part of preparation for designing a large simi-permanent setup consisting of multiple themes, the thread for which is here: It looks like the set most likely to get this treatment might end up being my original police station, set 6540. If you look at the diagram for the layout sofar, the location where the boats dock is twards the north, when the set is already located in the north west corner of the bay that takes up the south eastern corner of the level with the town area.
  3. From what I understand, stargates aren't easy to miss, which would detract from the concept of a portal being hidden from plain sight .
  4. I always had the concept that the aquazone stuff was lurking just beneath the waves of the town and other themes that have a surface ocean element to them, but I've also wanted to figure out a way to link it with the 90's space themes. I've just never had the inspiration on how it could be done. I suppose there could be some kind of underwater tunnel that pops out on the surface of a space area, but if there's no apparent portal, how does one explain the connection if the space stuff is supposed to be on another astral body?
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    Intigrating official sets into MILS modules

    How do I work with this when the set's baseplate is also 32x32?
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    Ideas for freight locomotive to complement 4559

    Are you suggesting some kind of streamlined casing to cover the cargo loads from things like 4565? I'm using the 4x8 standard for my trains at this time for cargo loads.
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    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    Is the timeframe for the release period the only reason why you don't like the themes from the 90s? If they gave you ample time to build up the collection, and perhaps expanded on it more than they did, would that change your mind? My point was about the themes themselves, not the method by which they were distributed.
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    Ideas for freight locomotive to complement 4559

    Neat looking setup, but I'm looking for something that more closely matches the loading gauge of the original set. By having the cab lifted that much, the loco (and the rest of the train) is noticeably taller. I'm seeking to make the roof height consistent between the sets I use.
  9. The era I pay attention to most when it comes to the space themes starts with the release of M-Tron. From there its a continuous timeline up until after the Unitron sets were released. In my opinion, the Exploriens never quite fit in with the sub-themes before or after. I do however feel like the UFO and Insectoids themes fit right in with the others from that era, to an extent I would also say Roboforce fits in as well, thanks to the influence from spyrus of building huge mechs. I think the main reason I tend to exclude the exploriens from that grouping is due to none of the promotional material I remember has them interacting with anyone else and just kinda doing their own thing, where as I do seem to recall some kind of cross theme interaction between Roboforce/UFO/Insectoids. After looking at the timeframe for the release of these sets, I would say the golden age of lego's own space themes ended in 1999. After this point, none of the newer sets appealed to me as much. This is just a guess on my part, but I think the root cause of the source behind these great themes fizzling after this point was because the last of those wonderful sets were made the same year that star wars first got introduced as a lego product (1999). It's like they didn't feel the need to try as hard once they got the license, and the last of the great original themes were probably already late in the design phase or ready to be released when they officially obtained the license to make the SW sets.
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    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    After looking through the thread, I'm supprised noone has mentioned the various factions from the 90s and early 2000s. M-tron through insectoids are, in my opinion, the most iconic space themes lego has come up with. I know they weren't the first gen of the space theme, but I feel like they represent the best that lego could come up with before they started creating licensed kits (pre-starwars era space).
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    Layout: Planning multi-level, multi-theme setup.

    Design update; I've defined a potential arrangement that would allow 42055 to be placed on the top level. The tracks ment to go to separate levels are now represented by having supports underneath. A pier ramp has also been added near the wind turbine to represent the loading ramp for swaping out the pods for 4559, the footprint is similar to eachother, the pier ramp is simply taller.
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    Layout: Planning multi-level, multi-theme setup.

    Here's a list of sets containing cargo that could be used with the chosen intermodal system with little to no modification, and is from a time period that matches the rest of the sets aesthetically: 1525: LEGO Container Lorry 6361: Mobile Crane 4030: Cargo Carrier 4563: Load 'N Haul Railroad 6352: Cargomaster Crane 6668: Recycle Truck 6539: Victory Cup Racers 4552: Cargo Crane 4557: Freight Loading Station 4995: Cargo Copter As a side note, the truck from 4564 appears to be of the same design as the 6668 recycling truck, just with different loads to use with it. This could provide a limited addition to what can be swapped between sets. I've also made the decision that due to the restricted size of the sidings at the main station, which is also the template for the rest of the layout my original idea of having two 4559 sets back to back in a formation similar to various high speed trains will be truncated so that there is still an engine at each end to facilitate not having to turn the whole set around, but the train will end up being shortened to only having two cars. The up side to this is that I can swap out the pods for daytime and night time use and have the entire train be sleepers or open seating.
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    Layout: Planning multi-level, multi-theme setup.

    Thanks, as part of the project I will be doing a mirror-build of the police pier, so that the boats dock on the side facing the bottom of the setup. Edit: I'm curious what you guys think of how the rail system is going to end up being two end-to-end lines that meet on the main level instead of having a loop of some kind. The rail portion of it is designed with operations in mind, not just letting the trains run. Edit 2: One of the large additions that I will be adding to this somewhere on the layout will be technic set 42055. Because it's more or less minifig scale I plan on putting it in as the centerpiece of a quarry, even if it doesn't have much room to manuver, I will atleast be giving enough clearance for the boom to rotate to some degree. One thought was to have the line up to the mountain be able to dump scoopable material which could then be sent via truck to the scale area to be loaded onto another train, or be taken by truck to the harbor after loaded into one of the modular hoppers from 4565. Given the nature of the cargo loads that came with that set, I decided to focus on using similar load types that use the 4x8 footprint and have something ontop that can be secured by a hook for being moved around by crane. I originally thought about making 6542 and 4555 part of the layout, but after finding 6543 and thinking the area could use a place for private watercraft, there was nolonger room for both cargo ship docks. In addition to the space restrictions in the harbor, there was also having to choose the facility that came with 4565 or use 4555 instead, as there isn't room for both on the main level, besides, using the base from 4565 gave me a place to send the material that 42055 digs up! So it was down to choosing which type of 4x8 cargo to use, the type with a flat top similar to real-world shipping containers, or make things uniform with the type that gets carried around by cranes via hook, which allows for more versatile loads. The only way I can think of to still include 4555 would be to somehow fit it in with one of the other themes on a different level, if I did that, one of those container forklifts would be needed on the main level sense there isn't enough room to put a stationary crane with the proper attachment there. And even then, there's no room for the dock that would handle that type of load. And last of all, I intend on using a smaller loading gauge for the trains, based primarily around 4559's clearances, so running any form of doublestack isn't really being considered anyway.
  14. Hey there. I'm working on the planning stages of a layout I plan to start construction on sometime in the next year or so, and I'm currently making the initial designs in BlueBrick. I have most of the main level finished, but I'm having trouble coming up with good methods to provide support for the different levels, as well as making room for some of the things I still want to add for detailing such as track side accessories. Another part of the puzzle I am having trouble finding an answer for is what the situation is for switches and weather or not setting the switches against a siding will disrupt the power flow to a 9V train sitting in said siding. Here is the first draft of the design. The lower level will contain a space area on the lower left, and aquazone in the lower right, with the possibility for top center and right being a staging area for additional trains. Top left will be a helix for going between levels. On the main area there is also a line going near the airport. This will be going uphill to a snowy/mountainous area. In the original concept, there was going to be a transition between the snow and space area via the iceplanet theme, but due to space constraints that won't be happening, but I would still like to put the ice planet stuff in with the snow area. For this reason I am also looking to figure out a way to make a ramp so non-rail vehicles can traverse between the space and snow themes. The snow area will be ontop of a mountain that overlooks the city level, and depending on how it's made, I might leave the underside of it atleast partially open, making an overhang of sorts covering the bottom level. Edit: the break between the space and aquazone area is ment to represent a visual barrier that will likely also provide support.
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    Ease of mirroring official sets

    6542 was just one example I had, it was a general question on how often it is that none of the parts are side-specific so I can flip them around to provide better clearances within a given space. In the case of sets like 6542, this is indeed mirroring the layout of the entire pier as having the ships dock on the opposite side could potentially work out better if space is at a premium and I'm dealing with multiple docks.