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  1. Nikonissen

    Building the A4 Recordbreaker train (8 wide)

    Supported your model last week. I really love your interpretation of this iconic steam engine. I will not be surprised if you reach 10K club 😄 Though, unfortunately, it seems to have gotten easier and easier over the years resulting in many 10K builds to become rejected...
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    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    Dude, thanks for the laugh! 💀
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    [MOC] My LEGO Renfe S-130

    There is a fairly simple way of attaching a motor bogie on a 7 wide train. It works, but is not that stable. Here is how I did it on my Øresundstog: bottom_plates by NikoNissen, on Flickr The part used is 3176
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    [MOC] My LEGO Renfe S-130

    Wow, that's huge! Congratulations - a bit (extremely) jealous that Talgo wants to fund the building of the train. Hope that your model will come out nice! I just use the old LEGO Magnets. But I see that you have used the expensive coupling piece. There is a cheaper part called 2920 on Bricklink. That is what I use, In terms of magnets, @dtomsen knows where to get some cheaper knock-offs. In terms of electrical system, I'd recommend Powered Up or Power Functions. Those are the most versatile and cheapest options. Yes you have to redesign your bogie, but why not just put in that extra time to create an overall better model - especially now that Talgo has accepted to fund it.
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    DB 120 & DB TEE-, IC- & RE-wagons

    Such a nicely built model! I really like the way you made the ends on the passenger wagons!
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    [MOC] My LEGO Renfe S-130

    I will try this solution out for my next Talgo project - which will hopefully be built before next year!
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    [MOC] My LEGO Renfe S-130

    In a year, when everyone has each their own Talgo done and built IRL, we should do a meet-up and run all of them together and take some photos. I'll look forward to that ! :D
  8. It is a longer and way more expensive processs to create the metal part of Lego (compatible) tracks. That was the main reason that LEGO moved away from the 9V in the first place - to cut down on costs. For the straight and curved tracks, it is basically "just" applying 2 long metal plates on top of the tracks. But for the P40 switch, they maybe had to do some wiring and place the metal points in a way that it will still be able to conduct the power without the bogie losing it while crossing the switch in either direction and not short-circuiting the system. Which means a lot longer and more expensive process to develop the tracks and a higher production price as well because of the bigger work it will be assembling the metal and plastic parts compared to the "simple" track.
  9. The backbone for Swedish Intercity traffic, the “SJ X2000” or the official lettering “Litt X2” Still a WIP. Though, I am quite satisfied with the model and the front. But I’d love to recreate the mildly bended sides on the train. The bogies aren’t designed yet either. At the moment, they are using the ones from my Talgo locomotive. I’ve tried recreating the big SJ-logo on the side of the locomotive with bricks instead of stickers, but unfortunately, I don’t like the outcome. It looks more like an awkward smiley than a SJ-logo. As opposed to the Talgo, this is a train that I know pretty well personally. Some of my best holiday memories, are vacations in Stockholm with my dad and sister where we of course, rode this train to get from Denmark to Sweden where some of our family lives. The direct train link from Copenhagen to Stockholm, beats the highway for cars with about 2 hours! (around 5 and a half hours vs. 7 and a half hours) I built a 6 wide version back in 2019. This was built IRL consisting of 4 wagons (Locomotive, passenger wagon, bistro car and maneuver cab car) Though, it has been taken apart because I needed the motors, windows and parts of the roof for other things. And a picture of what is happening on the roof. (On the newer model, ofc ;)) To be fair, the livery of the train is not that exciting, the reason being the gray color. Because of that, I’m considering to build it in the old livery, which I actually really like: And a pic of the coupling (which is not there yet). The wagon on the left is the bistro wagon. Fun fact: Amtrack leased this train in the early 90’s when they were tested on the NY - DC route. Together with the German ICE 1, they helped Amtrack define what specifications they needed for a high-speed train, which later became the Acela Express. Link to a flickr-folder with all the renders of the project:
  10. Nice update! I'm very excited about your progress! Would there be space to replace the bogie with a real motor? Or is it too tight?
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    [MOC] Sj X2000 High Speed Train / Snabbtåg

    Apparently, I forgot to post a render that I made back in February of the whole train with the cab car, so here it is. I’ve modified the bogies now, so it looks more like the real thing. The big, long DBG rods are the ones enabling the train to tilt. I probably won’t implement that feature into this model, but still playing around with ways to create the angled sides, though I haven’t found a solution that is worth presenting…
  12. Your build is very recognisable which is always a good sign :)) I think most people start 6 wide and get comfortable in that width before scaling up. 6 wide is the most economic and simple scale. 7 wide is technically a lot harder than 6 and 8 because of the uneven width. So keep on designing, try to build some of your models IRL, that is the fun part! And you will probably realise that some of the things that work digitally do not always work IRL.
  13. Yes, now it's your turn to build one of your models IRL! :P You two are part of this big boom. Are you guys members of HispaLUG or another LEGO club established in Spain? It could give you opportunity to exhibit your models in the future, getting to know other LEGO fans from your country and get some inspiration from the experienced builders. Highly recommendable! The locomotive looks amazing, now the hard part is coming up: Getting the cars assembled and working in curves/switches.
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    Shifting Subway [BDP Series 1]

    Very cool diorama! At first I actually didn't notice the platform scenery shifting. But the moment that I did, I just realised how genius of an idea it is!
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    [MOC] Emerald Night Coach

    ...Depends on how important it is for you that there is a LEGO logo on the studs ;) If it doesn't matter, it can be done way cheaper
  16. It still looks amazing! I like how the big wedge piece at the front just does a very good job at creating the transition between the popped out windscreen and the main body of the train. Just one big piece creating a good-looking solution. Nice that it takes R40 curves. But i guess it makes a lot of sense that I see some of the bigger curves in the background ;)
  17. There are just so many amazing things about this train... The curved roof, the bogies, the front, the doors. All in all a great model. You really need to start ordering some parts! I got surprised when I looked up the age of the train. 1988 is not that old... The most important and reliable train in Denmark is the IC3 train from 1989. But ofc, it's been rennovated a couple of times since, and a replacement is being designed and built. So pretty cool to learn that Renfe's fleet is pretty modern :))
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    DB E94 / 194 6th version

    Simply love this model! Which train wagons would this locomotive typically be seen pulling?
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    Looks great, I love the sloped front which I have not seen before done like that. An interesting choice to use the standard LEGO buffer / coupling on the front instead of one og the old magnets or a Kadee-coupler. It would've been cool to see you try to recreate some of the blue/yellow lines by building them instead of stickers. But overall, a great model :D
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    German station

    So nice! Attention to detail everywhere! Signs, ramps, details in the building etc.
  21. Looks nice! Good use of wedges and slopes. Cool bonus that you have tried out the other liveries as well. Maybe you would like to lower the windows on the sides with 1 - 2 plates to give them a more correct placement. And you could perhaps put in the 3rd headlight under the windscreen with a jumper and 1x1 trans tile. But still a cool build!
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    [MOC] Sj X2000 High Speed Train / Snabbtåg

    A little update on the locomotive The locomotive has been refined a bit - so now the door handles are placed a bit better, and the black/blue lines on the front look better now as well. Furthermore I've played around with a solution to make the doors easily detachable so it can be displayed stationary at e.g. a station picking up passengers
  23. So nice that you are still polishing your model! I especially like the new headlight over the windscreen.
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    [MOC] Renfe Ave S100 (Two versions, WIP)

    Agreed, the 7 wide version looks amazing! I also like how I recognise your bulding style from the 3 high speed trains that you have shown us on the site. One example is how you use the hinge part for detailing on bogies. Can't wait to see some high speed trains built in real bricks one day ;))
  25. Hi, first post here! So, before I show my train, I'll tell a little about myself I'm a 20-year-old Dane who loves trains. I'm part of the Danish LTC "Togklodsen" (The Train Brick) and Danish RLUG Byggepladen. I've been lurking in here for some years, but for some unexplainable reason never created a profile before now. For the next 4-5 months I won’t be building anything new since I live in Lima, Peru for the time being. The reason for that, is that I finished high school last summer, so I now have the time to get to know the family on my father’s side a bit better. (And to improve my Spanish 😉) Back to the build: I started in December last year, with the (to me) most interesting part: The “beak”. When I had the base design and scale for the locomotive in place, I started on the wagons. This was a fairly easy process since I reused a lot of design elements from a digital Talgo built in 2021 based on the German ECx or ICE L. When I had the design for the wagons in place, I ordered the parts only for those, the reason being that I wasn’t satisfied with the design of the locomotives yet. So, while I was still playing around with the design of the locomotives, I was also testing different types of couplings for the wagons. This was the most frustrating part of the process. It was important to me that the bogies looked good, maintained a close coupling, and of course, actually worked when running on a layout. And I tried out A LOT of different variations of the beak and the cab before I landed on the final solution. June 2022 August 2022 Final digital model from September 2022 Almost finished loco from September 2022 But just because I had built a full train, the problems weren’t gone. First of all, around 40% of the time the wagons would derail in R40 switches, and the wheels would occasionally come loose and derail in R40 curves/loops. Furthermore, when I took the train on a loop at Skærbæk Fan Weekend. The locomotive in the back, pushing the train pushed the back bogie of the Talgo carriages off the rails when the train exited the curves, making it Unusable. The coupling is made using the power of a rubberband and a letting the wagons rest on top of the one-axled bogies Picture of the coupling before the mount for rubberband was built into the wagon. But on straight track, the distance between the wagons is short like here On curved tracks, the distance between the wagon extends, creating space for the bogie to turn The derailing by the locomotive was solved by moving both batteries and motors to the front locomotive. And on a national model train event in Kolding (Modeltog for alle) One of the members had built a railyard with R104 switches, which made it possible for the train to drive by itself from the sidetrack onto the main line. So now, it drives, but only in one direction. And then there still is the elephant in the room for those who know the real design of the Renfe AVE 350: The livery design. Yes, I know that the color of the stripes is wrong. This is simply a result from unawareness. While building, I mostly used the pictures from not noticing that the design and placement of the stripes where a fictitious livery made for the website. So, when I return from Peru, the first thing I’ll do is correcting the stripes. After that, I will play around with the coupling technique by Ferro-Friki. Perhaps make some decals as well. Looking forward to your posts and feedback! //Nikolai Nissen