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  1. 5 hours ago, LEGOTrainBuilderSG said:

    Fantastic job on capturing the iconic streamliner shape whilst also ensuring that it is capable of handling LEGO curves. 

    Would love to see the model powered and running! 

    I guess all you need to do now is get custom drive wheels and stickers to complete the model. 

    Thank you very much, yes that is my next goal, The Mercury has gorgeous discs put over her 1930s pacific type drive wheels but I don't think that can be modeled without one single custom mold. Powering is the next step, it is designed to have motors, two within the boiler and the battery pack in the tender, but funding was running low so I skipped it for now. When I get it powered I will post here again!

    4 hours ago, Tube Map Central said:

    It's an amazing build, and getting something like that so that it so that it can go round Lego's crazy curves is a real skill, certainly someplace I'm not at yet. All that panelling likewise, I'm always wary of SNOT because whenever I use it it takes up too much space and takes away too much strength. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

    Thanks Tube, I had built it all in studio and it looked great, but when I physically built it the pilot and rear truck didn't want to move more than like 1 degree and plating was getting snagged on itself and falling off. They were both rebuilt many times.

    I didn't know the term at the time (SNOT) but I am certainly familiar with it now, anytime I joined together SNOT and studs on top areas I really had to problem solve, nothing lined up exactly right at first. I learned all about 1/2, 1/3 and tiny 1/6th steps.

    3 hours ago, Shiva said:

    AbleChristopher, that is a good looking locomotive.

    Thank you Shiva!

    3 hours ago, Daedalus304 said:

    Very nicely done engine. Designing a streamlining shroud that can articulate properly, through r40 turns no less, is no simple feat. 

    I also really appreciate that you've got detailing work in the area between the chassis and the boiler. It's not something easy to see, but at those certain angles, it really helps complete the look.

    Thank you, I was hoping someone would pay attention to that picture haha, there is a light in there similar to the lights the real Mercury used to light up it's drivers at night. Not sure LED lighting the whole thing is part of my goal list, but it would definitely be awesome.

  2. 52 minutes ago, SteamSewnEmpire said:

    I don't even get a slight shout-out? All you had to do was just say 'thanks to Steamsewnempire for working out 95 percent of the body-shaping design, which I faithfully copied.'

    These forums.

    I'm done uploading projects. I expect people to imitate me - it's the nature of Lego. I also, however, expect credit to be given where it is due.

    Hey SteamSewnEmpire, I hate to see things go this way, I really like your model as well. I did a lot of research for this project and I wont pretend that I didn't see your post on here, just like I saw posts by many Lego creators building all kinds of streamlined designs. I guess all I can say is that we modeled the same thing, and when trying to replicate a streamlined locomotive with non-modified lego pieces there is only so many you can pull from for the locomotive exterior, especially since the real Mercury's shroud is in sectioned plating like we've both modeled. If you look at the front of the locomotive, the pilot truck, drivers, valve gear, trailing truck, cab and so on however, there are clear distinct differences which would of course require different internals. Counting pieces it looks like mine is shorter too and obviously the tenders are quite different. We also have different designs to address the handling of lego curves, which requires a different internal frame and so yeah like I said, I do like your model, and by posting my attempt at this build I didn't mean to squash yours.