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  1. Ferro-Friki

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    Just what I need, thanks!
  2. Ferro-Friki

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    Some people were suggesting replacing the OE engine with the EN one, and in that way combine the strengths of both sets. I thought that sounded very intriguing, but I haven’t found anyone who has done so yet. Anyway, here’s a render of how that would look like: Honestly, I like it! As someone who missed the EN (classic statement) I thought I just had to wait until Lego released an even better steam engine. Unfortunately, in my opinion, that hasn’t happened in 14 years, and counting… So I think it’s about time for me to get my own EN, and thanks to the OE set, the new tender and coaches look wonderful behind the loco! Since we’re at it, I’m pretty sure there were people selling third party sticker sheets for the EN, is that still the case? Does anyone know where I can get one?
  3. Ferro-Friki

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Hoarding is concerningly widespread in the AFOL community, even encouraged. And I think the hobby suffers for it. When Lego sets/MOCs are fighting each other in order not to get suffocated on a packed shelve, to a point that they all blend together into an incomprehensible mass of multi-colored plastic, you know you’re too far gone. Lego cities are a great way to display sets and MOCs, however they’re very easy to mess up. Often, AFOLs miss the forest for the trees and cram as many sets together as possible not considering any general composition rules, harmony or breathing space. Needless to say, there’s a lot of personal opinion here.
  4. Ferro-Friki

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    If anyone still cares about the whole engine debacle, I would like to add my two cents if you don’t mind. For those of you arguing that those who are unsatisfied with TLG’s OE engine should either modify it or build a MOC altogether: This is a 300€ set we’re talking about, and I don’t now about you, but that’s a hefty price tag in my opinion. Buying a 300€ set and then having to modify it to achieve the intended result is beyond my comprehension. Besides, if we’re going to have to buy separate bricks, we’re better off building a MOC, which brings me to the next point: I think the argument that those of us unsatisfied with the engine should build our own version entirely from scratch is very much right. Here’s the thing though, I don’t want to. Building a MOC, in my experience, is a very extensive process which involves research, measurements, sketches and a lot of trial and error. Of course, someone more experienced than me might be able to create MOCs with a lot more ease, however, you can’t deny that building a MOC is very different from purchasing a set from LEGO. Sometimes I just want to get excited about an upcoming set, buy it, and build it in a cozy winter afternoon during the holidays. All the bricks come in the same box along with a neat instruction booklet guiding me comfortably through an entirely new and full of surprises building experience. Basically, what I’m saying is that us MOCers would like to have the same privilege to enjoy LEGO sets. Maybe I’ve become too much of a “train expert” and I’ve reached a point of no return, in such a way that no train set will ever be able to scratch my itch. After seeing all the steam engines LEGO had to offer since 2009 I’m inclined to believe that is very much the case. However, you can’t blame me for thinking otherwise… Just this year we got the 10318 Concorde set, and in 2021 the 10294 Titanic. A couple of mind-blowing accurate models of two renowned luxury vehicles, packed to the brim with intricate details. Forgive me for being too naïve, but I expected just as much from The Orient Express. I guess you could argue that the Concord and Titanic sets were never intended to fly or sail respectively, whereas the Orient Express is (most likely) meant to run on track. Cue in the ever-popular argument that TLG’s train track is too restrictive, and only the existing train wheels in a very precise configuration are able to pass LEGO’s strict quality control. Which, okay, I don’t have the energy to argue against this statement. Let’s take that 4-6-0 Hogwarts Express/Lone Ranger configuration that everyone is talking about and use it as our OE base. We could have still received a more realistic steam engine smokebox, boiler, firebox and cab combination on top, that both “train experts” and LEGO fans who aren’t so keen on trains alike could have enjoyed. Again, if you yourself like this set and are excited to get it, I’m genuinely happy for you. I’m just sad I’m not one of you. Sincerely, A tired LEGO train fan who never learns.
  5. Ferro-Friki

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    I was wondering if they would reference the Agatha Christie novel. I was not expecting them to switch things up and have the engine be the victim instead! I guess you could call this set Murder OF the Orient Express…
  6. Ferro-Friki

    [MOC] Sächsische I K

    Yet another stunning engine! The green and red color combination makes such lively locomotives. All the details in such a small space make it even livelier! The flatbed wagon is great as well.
  7. Ferro-Friki

    [MOC] 0-10-0T Coal shunting steam engine "La Gorda"

    Thank you!! And again, thanks for the tip! I have good news everyone! I’ve finally been able to build this engine out of bricks, and as my first digital to brick built MOC I couldn’t be happier about it. Although in order to run properly I had to swap one of the flanged axles to the rearmost position, other than that I was pleasantly surprised by how well it runs. The engine can navigate R40 curves and switches without any issue, which in addition to its great traction power would be a great thing when it comes to pulling or pushing a consist if it wasn’t for the fact that this locomotive does not have working couplers! I prioritized building an accurate hook instead of using a working magnet, and given the fact that I don’t have any rolling stock that matches, I’m not too bothered. Besides, I’m sure fitting an old 9V train magnet underneath the chassis wouldn’t be too hard. However, in order to do that, I would need to get one first… It’s not 100% accurate, but as it is right now, I think it captures the real thing rather well. There are two things that stick out the most. First, the nameplates. They should say “Pozo Norte” but I haven’t printed stickers yet. Unfortunately printing them will have to wait until I need more stickers in order to make the most out of it. The other noticeable difference is the color of the side rods, just like the wheels, I got them from Breckland Bricks, and they don’t produce rods in black. Originally, I intended to paint them, although the more I look at them the more they grow on me. When in motion, the side rods in grey are much more noticeable and give a greater impression of movement, one of the most characteristic traits of steam engines in my opinion.
  8. Ferro-Friki

    [MOC] 1930's Tram "Eletrico de Sintra"

    That’s a great looking tram! It has so much character, all captured masterfully. And Sintra looks gorgeous, I have to visit it sometime! Is there a video in which we can see the pantograph rod inversion in action? I love motorized features like that.
  9. Ferro-Friki

    [MOC] 0-10-0T Coal shunting steam engine "La Gorda"

    Thanks! :) I always thought the current 1668 mm gauge was the same since the beginning of our railways, but after looking it up you were totally right! There were slightly different gauges in the Iberian Peninsula before being standardized. After a bit of research, it appears that the engines used by the SMMP were built to run on 1674 mm gauge, and since their tracks were connected to the MZA railway, my guess is they shared the same gauge. Well it turns out my model was accurate all along! :)
  10. Ferro-Friki

    [MOC] 0-10-0T Coal shunting steam engine "La Gorda"

    I’m really fond of this engine, so I had to eventually. Unfortunately, it will probably be a while until I design another steam locomotive. It’s time to dust off my Avlo s-112! That’s right, it run on Iberian gauge, 1668mm to be precise. If we take Lego’s train track as the international standard gauge, then Iberian gauge would be almost exactly one stud wider, so I guess that makes my model not accurate.
  11. Ferro-Friki

    [MOC] Sächsische IV K

    Then you'll probably know that we're all about gauge changing here in Spain! Although, as far as I know, there isn't any interoperability with our narrow gauge.
  12. Ferro-Friki

    [MOC] Sächsische IV K

    Gorgeous engine! All those details are stunning. It's also very interesting seeing how other places achieved interoperability between gauges. Great truck too!
  13. I could spend hours looking at your models! And here I was thinking that your original engine was already perfect, it's great to see a new and improved (and running!) version.
  14. Ferro-Friki

    [MOC] 0-10-0T Coal shunting steam engine "La Gorda"

    Thank you all! :) I tried to fit in as many as I could! Unfortunately, some of it had to be left out, like brake shoes for every wheel. It was quite a challenge… Building the boiler over the motor and ensuring the cables reached the hub took way longer than expected. I had to do her justice or I wouldn't rest easy! Soon I'll be able to build a prototype to make sure that everything stays strongly toghether.
  15. After some time in the making I can finally share a little something I’ve been working on. This right here is one of the engines built by the Société de Saint-Léonard, and employed by the SMMP (Sociedad Minera y Metalúrgica de Peñarroya) in the mining complex of Puertollano, Spain. It hauled coal and other goods between the different facilities until the mid-70s. By the time the mineshafts closed, they had no use for these engines and most of them were scrapped. Luckily a couple of them survived, one of them being this very same engine. Although officially named “Pozo Norte” after one of the main mineshafts in Puertollano, to this day everyone referres to her as “La Gorda” (The Fat One) no doubt in part because of her imposing girth. Nowadays you can find her sitting (in a rather disheveled state…) on a few meters of track in the gardens of the Mining Museum of the same town it used to work at. I’ve been to this museum many times, and seeing this locomotive was always the highlight of my visit. It was only a matter of time until I finally built it out of Lego. Building this engine was a refreshing change of pace from the high-speed modern trains I’m more used to. Trying to replicate as many shapes and details as possible was a fun challenge. Also, shoutout to @Redrado for suggesting the use of the 4625 hinge 1x4 tile to represent the riveting on the side of the water tanks, it looks great and the engine wouldn’t feel complete without it. The models for the wheels (ML), connecting rods and side rods are from Breckland Bricks. The model is designed to be motorized with a Powered Up L motor, the power is transmitted to the middle axel and through the connecting rods to the rest of the wheels. I’ve used this type of transmission before and I trust it will be strong and durable, however, I’m not so sure about the placement of the battery box, I’m concerned it’s hanging off too much and will cause balancing issues. Hopefully the weight at the front will shift the center of gravity forwards, but that’s something I won’t know for sure until I start messing with real bricks. Here’s a bonus picture of what these engines used to look like in their heyday.