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  1. It really is 7 wide! I guess I've just forgotten how to count that makes it even more impressive, I prefer 7 wide, even if odd numbers make it a bit more difficult to build.
  2. I saw a video of this amazing model running in the Railway Museum of Madrid years ago and I still think about it to this day. It’s the first AVE Lego train I ever saw and I’ll never forget it. By the way, I just have to know, how did you manage to recreate the rodales shared between the middle coaches?
  3. You’re totally right. There are many issues with my model, and the shape of the nose is one of the most noticeable. I’m fine with it though, this was a sort of “proof of concept” that allowed me to test the waters with stud.io and bricklink without using too many resources. Your s100 is very impressive! 8-wide models are always stunning. I find the cockpit windows particularly striking, and I have to admit that the original Renfe blue lining is iconic for this train. I’m not sure what’s going on with the underside of the nose in your design, is the hood that covers the scharfenberg coupling supposed to be open?
  4. I’m so happy to see you guys like my MOD (I thought MOC was the only abbreviation lol). The nose is a step in the right direction, but it’s still far from spot on, it’s too sharp and pointy, the real train has a shorter and rounder nose. The same wedge slope from the Horizon Express could do the job well, but it’s too angular for my taste. Maybe some day far into the future I might redo the whole train from scratch (preferably 7 studs wide), then I wouldn’t be limited by the bricks from the original BlueBrixx set, particularly the inverted plane cockpit piece in dark bluish gray, which forces the nose to be longer than it should be. I might also attempt to capture the way the side walls of the train lean inwards at the top and the bottom, the way the walls are completely flat drives me insane, it’s just wrong. I’m so glad you brought this up! I had been feeling very disappointed with Lego lately, they barely produce any decent trains nowadays, and the few new train parts they produce feel like a downgrade (the new wheel holder). Besides, their prices are getting outrageous and they inflate them even more by filling the sets with unnecessary side builds or a stupid amount of minifigures. The latest HP train and the Fussball table are some of the worst examples. I’ve lost all hope I had on them, I can’t wait to see how badly they mess up the ideas Orient Express. Then I found BlueBrixx, and it honestly felt too good to be true, I kept thinking that there had to be a catch somewhere, but after some digging I found many satisfied customers out there so, I decided to test the waters by purchasing two coaches in dark green to accompany my 10277 crocodile locomotive (since Lego didn’t feel like producing any rolling stock for it…), and I was very pleased with the products. Sure, they’re far from perfect, by now we all know that the quality of the bricks is lower than Lego’s, but it’s still pretty good quality nonetheless, especially for that price! Also, their wheel holders produce too much friction, but after spraying the axels with some lubricant they run just as well as their Lego counterparts, I was able to pull the entire TGV Atlantique (before I modified half of it) with just one PF motor and a fresh battery box after doing that, although to be fair if you don’t want it to strain, you should use two of them. Like you said, what I like most about BlueBrixx is the fact that they make more realistic trains, even if they don’t have that many details, capturing the real proportions of the trains goes a long way. After buying the Express Train gray-blue I can’t look the same way at the Horizon Express again. Well that was a bit of a rant, wasn’t it? Sorry everyone, I just had to get it out of my system! :)
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    [MOC] Renfe Ave S100 (Two versions, WIP)

    Great train! I love the series 100. I do think that the 7 wide version is an improvement The gray stripe is essential to identify it as an AVE. When I designed mine, I used a regular cockpit window and then placed a bar holder with a clip in front of it to "split" the front window in two.
  6. Hey everyone! I have a special MOC I’d like to share with you. It’s a recreation of the series 100 high-speed train set operated by Renfe. These were the first high-speed trains to run in Spain all the way back in 1992. They connected Madrid and Seville and to this day they’re some of the most common trains you can find on this line. To be fair I don’t think I can call it a “MOC” at least not entirely, instead it’s a modification of an existing L gauge train set you can buy, the “Express Train grey blue” (Clearly a recreation of the TGV Atlantique) from BlueBrixx. I split up the train and only modified half of it. Here you can see the modification/MOC compared to both the BlueBrixx set and the Horizon Express. The (irl) series 100 trains are very closely related to the TGV Atlantique, with some slight modifications, so back when I bought the BlueBrixx set I knew I had to modify it to turn it into one of these historic Spanish trains. I’ll be honest though, I don’t think this is a very accurate or complex model, and that’s okay, I didn’t intend it to be. Up until very recently all my MOCs were built out of scavenged parts from scrapped Lego sets. As you would expect, these MOCs were very limited when it comes to part availability, and it showed. With my inventory I would never be able to build big models with complex techniques and all the details I wanted to capture. It all changed with this train. Inspired by all the talented creators I look up to, I finally downloaded and learned how to use Stud.io. The original BlueBrixx design was a good base to start with, and when I was done redesigning it I only had to buy about half of the pieces. Then, I created a Bricklink account and after watching countless tutorial videos I bought all the pieces I needed. That’s why I consider this “test” model special. It represents a turning point in my AFOL experience. It’s just a precedent for many other more advanced MOCs to come.
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    [MOC] Yet another Talgo (Talgo 350 / Renfe AVE S102)

    It’s great to see another talented creator join this forum! I had already seen this amazing model on YouTube before, and I’m loving the fact that I get to see more of it. If it makes you feel any better, I’ve experienced that same frustration trying to recreate the single axle bogies (Fun fact: they’re officially called “Rodales”!). I gave up on trying to have a close coupling between coaches a long time ago, as good as it may look. In my experience, if you want to make a train with realistic proportions run around Lego’s painfully tight R40 curves you’re going to need at least a three-stud gap. So it’s great to see someone break my preconceptions. Letting the “Rodal’s” joints slide back and forth to allow enough clearance on curves is brilliant! Also, as another fun fact, did you know that the first two (irl) Talgo train prototypes (Talgo I and Talgo II) were unable to back up as well? So if your model can’t do it either it’s just capturing the authentic Talgo spirit. All joking aside, this model is absolutely impressive, the nose is stunning and so satisfyingly smooth. You have no idea how happy it makes me to see a brick built physical Lego recreation of this train. I’d have loved to see it run in person! There has been more Spanish Lego train models in the past few months than in what feels like decades, and I’m all here for it! Please keep us updated if you have more of this train to show in the future, it’d make me very happy. Also, thanks for showing interest in my Talgo “Rodal’s” design. These holidays I’ve had time to improve it and I’d like to share what I’ve got. Mainly I’ve made the whole thing sturdier, in fact, it may be too sturdy! Two coaches coupled together are almost indivisible. Although, to be fair, that can be easily fixed by changing the four dark bluish-gray Technic pin connectors with any other piece. I got the chance to build a single Talgo prototype coach to test the “Rodales” with it, and unfortunately the weight caused a new problem I hadn’t seen while testing with a skeletal frame before. When running on a Lego switch, while going straight ahead, if the “Rodal” happens to shift to the side where the rail is cut off it can derail. At low speeds it re-rails itself with a nasty bump and no other issue, however, at high speeds it could be a lot more troublesome. It’s possible that the 5,5 studs-long axle was either too far pushed in or not enough, causing the “Rodal” to run slightly askew. I’ll need to look further into it, though I’m pretty sure it can be fixed. ¡Saludos desde España!
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    [MOC] Lego Hitachi Zefiro Frecciarossa 1000

    Gorgeous train! They're are a sight to behold. Even if the nose isn't totally accurate it's still impresive.
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    [MOC] [WIP] Renfe ALVIA 130 high-speed train

    Thank you all! It’s great to see you guys like this train set. The diagonal axis forces the two coaches on either side of the axel to turn on the same direction when running on curves, and on straight track it also locks the axel in place making it run straight without swerving to either side. It works pretty well from what I have tested, however, it tries to pull itself apart if you force it to drive through two consecutive switches, so it’s not perfect. Here are some close up pictures of a prototype I made. Yeah, I know what you mean, the real train has a much more flush and aerodynamic cockpit, I should revisit this model and make it more accurate.
  10. What a stunning train! This is such a good recreation. You have no idea how happy it makes me to see more Spanish trains over here, specially the series 102/112, truly Renfe’s flagship train. The nose looks stunning! It captures the look flawlessly, those bricks built diagonally fit together so satisfyingly, and the way the gray stripe grows thinner at the tip of the head with what I assume to be the use of a bracket piece is brilliant! By the way, as far as I know, the tractor heads only have one pantograph each, I could be mistaken though, but I’m pretty sure they only need one since the train only runs on AC current. Also, I have a little issue with the color of this train’s roof (the real-life version). In some pictures it looks gray but in others it looks blue. For example, in that photograph it’s straight up blue, but in others it looks only sort of blue and sometimes it’s just gray. Maybe it’s reflective and in the right weather conditions it reflects the color of the sky, or maybe each unit has a different shade. Personally, I prefer it in blue, it makes it more colorful and lively. The funny thing is that I’ve been designing this same train too! (It’s such an irresistible train ). However, I chose to recreate it in the avlo livery. This is all I have to show for now. I’m not going to lie, the avlo version is not for everyone’s taste, but flashy unusual Lego colors are one of my greatest weaknesses. Anyway, I love this train, you’ve done an amazing job!
  11. Hey everyone! I’m happy to share with you this little project I’ve been working on. It’s a MOC of the Talgo 250 operated by Renfe, known as ALVIA series 130 and nicknamed “El patito” (The duckling). If you haven’t heard of this train before allow me to tell you what makes it so unique. The Spanish railway is a bit tricky to run on. Currently we have two different track gauges, the wider Iberian gauge for conventional trains, and the narrower International gauge, exclusive for high-speed trains. In order to unify the network across the nation, gauge-changing technology is broadly used to allow passengers to travel all over the country without the need to change trains. Vehicles such as the series 130 are able to do so effortlessly by passing through a dedicated facility at low speed. Not only can this train run on two different gauges, but it can run on both 3kV DC for the conventional lines, and the 25kV AC for high-speed lines, the latter of which allows it to run at speeds of up to 250km/h. And that’s not all! If this train wasn’t enough all-terrain for your taste, by replacing the first coaches on either side with special cars equipped with diesel engines, it can be (relatively) easily modified to run at 200km/h without the need for overhead wires at all! (At this point we’d be talking about the series 730, but that’s a topic for another time) Enough geeking out, I think you can understand now why I might want to build it in Lego form. As expected, the nose and cockpit were a bit of a challenge. I’m happy with how they came out, though I might revisit them in the future. The technic modified liftarm 32250 does the job at capturing the shape and the side windows surprisingly well. Since the model is 7 studs wide, the best piece for the windscreen I could find is 51239. It isn’t available in black yet, but it doesn’t stand out too much in dark brown. If you are familiar with Talgo coaches you already know that their wheel configuration is quite unique, and, as a result, a bit of a headache when attempting to build it with Lego. The axel on the left is a prototype I know for a fact works reliably. It’s a “simplification” I made of a design for Talgo axels by GONZO http://gonzo.teoriza.com/307 (Check out his Talgo tilting train, it’s still impressive today!) However, in order to have the smallest gap possible between coaches I modified it even more (The design on the right) I haven’t had the chance to test this second iteration yet, so I can’t guarantee it will work, let alone navigate R40 curves. I still have to figure out how to cover the wheels with convincing detailing, not an easy task since there is barely any space and almost no studs to work with. Besides, the structure that holds it together is admittedly weak. This is the part that needs the most reworking before I can bring this model out of stud.io and into the real world. That’s all I have to show for now. If you have any suggestion/idea on how to fix the axels between coaches please let me know, I could really use some help.
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    Hello everyone! I’m Ian, from Spain. Like many other people over here I’ve been lurking around for quite some time, you all inspire me so much! And I think it’s about time I started participating. I’ve been interested in Lego trains pretty much all my life. My first ever Lego train set was 4837 3 in 1 Mini Train which was gifted to me when I was a kid. By now I only have a handful of the original pieces, but the nostalgia I hold for that tiny plastic toy is immeasurable. It was soon followed by 7597, which provided me with my first train-specific Lego bricks, and by the time I acquired 7939 (We’re talking recent history here folks!) I realized Lego trains just hit different. I’ve never really experienced a “Dark Age” (I know you guys like to call it that ). Each passing year I wanted to take my Lego trains to the next level. The city trains wouldn’t cut it anymore, and the proper Lego trains they produce like the Horizon Express or the Crocodile Locomotive take forever to be released, so I took to MOCing to fill that niche. The perfect product to bridge that gap was the “Express Train grey blue” from BlueBrixx (TGV Atlantique), an entire train set (No pitiful half train) with realistic proportions and decent detailing. I modified it to match its cousin, Renfe AVE series 100, the first ever Spanish high-speed rail service (A must have!). Currently I have a MOC in the works, Renfe ALVIA series 130, which I’d love to share with you all as soon as I think it’s ready.