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  1. JWBDolphins

    Increasingly losing patience with Lego

    It makes sense to me LEGO not wanting to invest a lot in a very niche market. It does seem, though, that there are a few simple things they could do (albeit these things might not be as simple as I think they are .) They already have the molds for wheels. Doing a run in different colors seems like it would be easy. For example, I believe LEGO no longer own the rights to Thomas the Tank Engine but a release of blue, green, & yellow wheels seems simple enough, and then let MOCers do their thing. Another area would be rods. I don't think LEGO would ever do the cool contours and shapings you get with third-party rods, but I do think they could make a few rods in the Technic arena that would be useful for both Technic and train builders. Specifically, make a "Liftarm Thin 1x9". That alone would eliminate a lot of the bulk in what LEGO uses for rods. And better yet, make 1x9 & 1x5 Thin Liftarms with 3 inner studs worth of holes being Solid. I would think just those pieces alone would get cross-platform support by Technic builders too.
  2. Maybe its the colors, but it looks like a lion! CONGRATS!!!
  3. Perfect!
  4. I came out of my dark ages Right as the 9V system retired, so my train investment is almost exclusively in plastic track and Power Functions. More recently I've invested in a 3rd party control system. Here's how I see myself using this, and the thought is really intriguing to me. Much like the way DCC works on HO/N model trains, I can see putting the full 9 volts on the track and using a wheel set to pick up that voltage and feed it into the Power Functions system. A lot of electrical calculations would need to be done before doing this, but I could see sacrificing a PF extension cable to make a converter cable for example, and then run trains as normal with PF/PU/3rd party battery operated control where the "battery" on the train would never run out. I think, too, it would theoretically be possible to run more than one train simultaneously.
  5. Great review so far! You had written an article about steam MOCs wanting to climb off the track when hitting the LEGO 9V curve pieces in one direction where they join. I'm guessing with the wider radius this might not be an issue, but is this something you would look at too?
  6. JWBDolphins

    Steam Locomotive with Smoke

    Just Wow! Sound, Lights, Smoke - it just doesn't get any better than that! And what an incredible layout too! Wonderful job and Thanks for sharing!!!
  7. HAH!!! I've always thought a Smoke Unit for LEGO was the holy grail and unobtainable. Traditionally its been done with high heat which you don't want with flammable bricks and with smoke fluid you don't want to breathe and can leave residue. But, if I understand this correctly, using ultrasonic motion to vaporize water bypasses those issues. I can possibly see tying a piston to the drive train to "puff" the vapor in synch. My "list of things to look at" is Supposed To be diminishing, not growing!
  8. I figured it probably didn't have cut-off circuitry just because of the size, and that's fine too. It looks really intriguing!
  9. If powered by a LiPo battery, does the controller detect a drop in current and shut off the motor, or does that need to be done with an added board/circuitry? (Since you don't want LiPos to drain empty.)
  10. JWBDolphins

    River Canyon Railroad

    So far, so Great!, keep it up!!! I think the water is really well done as-is, you really get a sense of flowing. You mentioned dark blue tiles - I know sometimes Transparent Dark Blue 1x2 tiles Over blue studs are used to give a nice effect. Even Transparent Light Blue tiles in some places can work well. I really enjoy watching your progress!
  11. JWBDolphins

    LEGO Trains 2021

    Sorry - two Other things I'd like to see! I understand LEGO changing the stand-alone magnetic couplers to larger single pieces. From a company point of view that makes sense. But I'd like to see a few more options in one-piece magnetic couplers, specifically a little sparser size without the built-in buffers. And finally, no changes needed for LEGO except packaging - I'd like to see Straight Track Only offerings.
  12. JWBDolphins

    LEGO Trains 2021

    Hmm, good questions! I think the Easiest for LEGO to do, and I would like to see, would be Wheels in Different colors (no need for new molds.) Short of that, I don't want to stomp anyone's third-party business, but those items are obvious. But to narrow this to just 2 things I'd like to see - a one-piece plastic 90 degree "X" crossing since LEGO had released one for 9-volt. And a next logical curve size (R56 probably.) Oh, and a bonus, a Switch track that didn't have a built-in "S" curve. :-)
  13. JWBDolphins

    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    Cool, Thanks!
  14. JWBDolphins

    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    A Beautiful model. If you didn't know it was LEGO you wouldn't know it was LEGO. If this was in the description I missed it - what is the minimum radius curve and switches for this? I'm assuming, maybe incorrectly, that R40 is too tight.
  15. JWBDolphins

    Lego Hobby Train Alternatives besides the main 30.

    I didn't explain that very well The Best answer is to go to the Rebrickable site and check it out. They do a great job of explaining how their site works. In a nutshell, you create an account on Rebrickable and then you tell them what sets you own. Those sets get added to your set list. The site is free and allows for a large number of total sets and parts, but you can also pay for different tiers to add more sets/parts to your inventory. Rebrickable knows what pieces (including any extra pieces) that are included with each set, so they now know all the parts you have. You then have lots of options. They can tell you what Other official LEGO sets/MOCs you can also build based on the bricks you currently own. You can also either look through their site or search for specific sets/MOCs. Once you select one, it will tell you what percentage of parts you already have for that model and what parts you are still missing. You can also import purchases from BrickLink and other sites. You can add set lists from BL Studio models. You can export part lists to import as BrickLink wanted lists and so on. Search for "train snow" and you will get an idea of what snowplow locomotive MOCs are there. Lastly, no, I don't have any investment in them other than just as a happy user. I think its a very cool site (I also use it as a list of LEGO sets I own for Insurance purposes) and I think you will find it useful for what you are asking about above.