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  1. Hello! I wanted to share with you all my most recent build,The New York Central K-5b Pacific Class 4-6-2 #4915 with Henry Dreyfuss' streamline design, otherwise known as The Mercury. The model is 8-wide and is designed to fit all standard lego track geometry.
  2. 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! 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. Thank you Shiva! 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.
  3. 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. Cheers
  4. The model has room for two medium motors within the boiler and a battery pack and receiver within the tender (tender roof is removable).
  5. Thank you Glenn, I am a big fan of your builds, specifically the Buffalo Creek #13 and the NYC L-2a Mohawk. My next build will be a Baldwin 2-6-6-2t, specifically the U.S. Plywood Corp. #11, and you better believe those two will be held as examples of prime piping and valve gear assemblies.
  6. Thank you! No actually, all pieces are standard lego pieces. I appreciate the kind words, the cab windows had a few revisions to say the least haha.