Laura Beinbrech

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About Laura Beinbrech

  • Birthday 07/12/1978

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    Amish Paradise
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    LEGO (duh!) Electronics, Plants, Anime, LOTR, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Avatar the Last Airbender and a few other things.

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  1. Laura Beinbrech

    Rotory Snow Plow on Utube

    That was really nifty, and the working face of the plow mechanism looks deceptively simple, yet is very effective. Thanks for sharing this, RoadmonkeyTJ.
  2. Laura Beinbrech

    6 Wide Northern Pacific 0-6-0 with Power Functions!

    Excellent little 0-6-0 you got there, Freezingvettes. The 6-wide building techniques definitely suit this type of locomotive, since most 0-6-0s were used as switchers or dockyards, this build scales well with larger 8 and 10-wide "mainline" locomotives that a lot of people build. I also like the rather interesting part choices for the smokestack, second pressure dome & the rear dome with the piece you used for the pressure relief valve/whistle. All in all a good, solid build for a commonly-used but rather unappreciated class of locomotives.
  3. Laura Beinbrech

    71044 Disney Train and Station

    Like I said, I'm sure Lego had their reasons. And I'm familiar with quartering and both the hows & whys of it: After all, I volunteer at not one, but two heritage railways that have preserved steam locomotives (East Broad Top RR and the Waynesburg & Washington RR). ;) Also on a side note, and speaking of the W&W RR locomotive, that issue with the drive rods (or at least the cylinders) interfering with the pilot truck can also be an issue with RL locomotives: The W&W had a lot of hairpin turns, and you can see where the pilot wheels wore grooves into the ends of the steam cylinders on the preserved 2-6-0 locomotive because of them riding up against the cylinders going through said curves repeatedly over the years...
  4. Laura Beinbrech

    71044 Disney Train and Station

    Yes, the Emerald Night does, indeed have the rigid driver wheels with the dual-pivot pilot truck, which makes the design decision on the wheels for this train even more puzzling.... As for the chromed bricks, look under the "custom" section of Bricklink: There's a pretty big outfit that sells nothing BUT chromed Lego bricks & parts in a variety of colored chrome plating. I think they're even called "Chrome Bricks" or something like that, but that would probably most likely be the source, since IIRC, they even have chromed technic gears for sale in their store.
  5. Laura Beinbrech

    Classic Space SHIP - real life (finished) MOC - Project Upsilon

    I meant to comment on this last week when you posted the updated LDF file, but it looks even better in the actual bricks, and very swooshable. You also did a good job of combining new elements & techniques with the old-school Classic Space look. Excellent work! I'm actually planning (well have been planning for the past several years) to make a SHIP based on a heavily modified version of Benny's Spaceship Spaceship Spaceship! that I bought when the set first came out... Not sure if the SSS counts as a SHIP at its current length, but I plan on adding full interior, including engineering space (and making the cockpit into a proper bridge by adding vacuum-tight doors to the bulkheads allowing minifigs to walk between compartments without leaving the interior), which will most likely require lengthening the ship anyways. Only reason I mention my project is because, by some strange coincidence, it will feature Benny & I had actually come up with a rather similar backstory for it....
  6. Laura Beinbrech

    71044 Disney Train and Station

    IMO, the method they chose to "make it easy to run on LEGO" curves is actually a worse solution than what would have been used on the original prototype: namely, having the driving wheels fixed to the frame with the pilot truck being connected via a double-pivot. This is based on my own testing with my 4-6-0 Wasteland Express locomotive that has a longer wheelbase (well I mean that part should be obvious, since it has 3 driving axles instead of 2 like the Disney train). I mean I'm guessing it's probably a way to keep costs down somehow, but it still has me scratching my head...
  7. I'd say it's up to a matter of personal preference: I've been slowly changing all my standard gauge rolling stock (and some locomotives) from 6-wide to 8-wide, but that's mainly to give a better contrast to my narrow-gauge rolling stock & locomotives which are all 6-wide (at least for the cab/frame, as Zephyr1934 noted, steam engines with driving rods will technically be wider due to said driving rods). I mean I will still have a few 6-wide standard-gauge locomotives, but that's due to certain design choices, and in RL, some locomotives are, in fact, narrower than the passenger or freight cars they pull, so it works. Also, while my rolling stock may be "stubby" compared to the RL cars, I figure that keeping to a length that suits standard LEGO curves (like between 28-34 for passenger cars & 24 studs or so for most freight cars) still looks good & keeps the part count to where it's not much more than a 6-wide version of the same piece of rolling stock would be. Of course, I also tend to build in a manner that sacrifices some details that only dedicated JMNs & Rivet Counters (stud counters?) actually care about in order to keep my costs down & increase the structural durability of my builds as well as maintain compatibility with standard LEGO track...
  8. Laura Beinbrech

    Realistic.... unrealistic....

    @DonRamon, that item with the spines you wanted translation for the name of is called a "Caltrop" in English and date back to late antiquity (at least to the Roman Empire). The same (or at least very nearly identical) area of denial weapons were developed possibly independently in the Far East, because they had them in Japan & called them "Tetsubishi". And it's funny you called them "Ninja Stars" because the Japanese version was, in fact, used by ninja.
  9. This Wikipedia Article has illustrations of the current Euro Style/older style used in the US and a modern US Autorack car (including pics of them with the loading ramps down & views of the interior.
  10. Excellent auto carrier you built there, Sergio! It looks a lot like ones that used to be common on American railroads up until about 10 years ago or so when they were mostly replaced by the enclosed "Auto-Rack" type car carriers. Very realistic build with some SNOT work that actually looks to be very sturdy.
  11. Laura Beinbrech

    Ideas for New Train Sets

    Not to mention that pretty much all the light rail/tram EMUs made by major manufacturers such as Siemens & Kawasaki are similar looking enough that such a train could fit in literally anywhere in the world, with places as diverse as the US, Germany, & Japan not only using similar light rail EMUs but in some cases the exact same model. Such a universal item should, theoretically sell better than the more typical trains they produce that are either obviously European (like the passenger & cargo trains released last year) or obviously American (such as the blue freight train they came out with several years ago).... And if they constructed the set like the real EMUs using a Jacob's Bogie (i.e. both cars permanently connected via a common wheelset in the middle) that could save even more money, since you'd be eliminating an entire bogie & all the specialized train wheel parts involved with it.
  12. Laura Beinbrech

    Realistic.... unrealistic....

    The English language Wikipedia article on the Jolly Roger also has a lot of information about historical pirate flags (including a few you already posted): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jolly_Roger Also of interesting note is that the version flown by "Calico Jack" Rackham is flown from US Navy warships during line crossing ceremonies to signify that "King Neptune's" court is in session...
  13. Laura Beinbrech

    HIDDEN SIDE - 2019

    I'm actually planning on doing something along these lines with the bus, but more Mad Max: i.e using random reddish brown pieces for rusty spots, replace half the windows with metal plating & all the glass with the bars, and with a twin .50 BMG mount in place of the ghost zapper.
  14. Laura Beinbrech

    LEGO Sci-Fi 2019 Pictures and Rumors

    I actually got Blacktron & Futuron sets when they first came out, the year BEFORE even the first generation of Space Police was even revealed (of course, they didn't have the internet with it's endless leaks & speculation threads back in 1988, so generally the first anyone had any idea of what was coming out was when the December Shop at Home catalog arrived, but I digress). My brother & I still had the Blacktron as our primary antagonists, due to the resemblance of the printing on their torsos to the Imperial TIE fighter pilots or Darth Vader (in fact, my brother & I came up with a custom Darth Vader figure using a Blacktron I torso & the one type of castle helmet with the flared neck guard & nose guard, with a custom made paper insert for his face mask a good 10 years before Lego Star Wars was even a blip on the horizon), as well as the overall villainous color scheme on their ships. This was perfect, since we were also using the Futuron faction, with the vague resemblance of its sort of upgraded Classic Space-type torsos to the Next Generation type Federation uniforms as a stand-in for the United Federation of Planets (yeah, we were both pretty big Trekkies at one point)... Over time they sort of evolved into the elite troops under Dr. Regis Blackgaard, the final villain from the last round of Lego war games/epic adventures my brother & I had when we were both in high school, which was also when we both kinda lost interest in Lego & gave away most of our Lego stuff (which is represented in my universe as the Final War and the final battle that wiped out almost half the earth's population), with Doctor, now Grand Duke, Blackgaard & his elite Blacktron commandos somehow managing to survive the cataclysm at the end of the Final War & take over most of New York state & New England.... Actually, I'm not using the Bounty Hunter's helmets for the Yellow Jacket torsos: I've already created a custom army out of them using various types of printed black legs & black Brickwarriors WWI German helmets with built-in gas masks (they seriously look almost like Helghasts from Jin-Roh). I was just saying that the overall printing of the helmet as well as the rest of the Bounty Hunter figure fits in with the general color scheme I'm using for the Grand Duchy of New York & the Elite Blacktron Commandos in general. I just want to get extra Bounty hunter helmets or Space Villain helmets (with trans yellow visors) for the rest of my existing neo-Blacktron figures. I'm hoping to start posting pics of my various Weird War-inspired factions from my post-apocalyptic Dieselpunk setting soon, and will be posting the entire military lineup of the Grand Duchy at some point, once I get hold of a decent quantity of the Bounty Hunter figs to fill out my Blacktron ranks a bit.
  15. Laura Beinbrech

    LEGO Sci-Fi 2019 Pictures and Rumors

    I guess I'm the only one who likes the actual version better.... Of course it might be the fact that the faction I use my Blacktron figures as an elite special operations force for, has a similar color scheme already, what with me managing to get like 30 or so of the Yellow Jacket's torso that I ended up using as the Marine Corps for that same faction, so these guys will definitely go great for general enlisted versions of the Blacktron Elites. I'm also going to see about getting more of the helmets on BrickLink or via Build A Minifig, whenever they get added to that, so I can retrofit all my existing Blacktron troops with the new helmet (because, while the '80s black crash helmet with black visor is rather iconic and was super cool back in the day, it's definitely looking a bit dated now, especially when the rest of said faction uses BrickArms & Brick Warriors helmets.