Laura Beinbrech

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  1. Laura Beinbrech

    Modified 71044 - C.K. Holliday - Disney

    That remake looks AMAZING~! I might have to swipe that technique you used for the chairs, because that not only looks incredible, but is entirely functional, too!
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    [MOC] Pneumatic Steam Locomotive - scale 1:25

    Wow, this is amazing! I think this might be the first time I've ever seen a model locomotive of any sort, let alone LEGO with functioning air brakes! This is some top-notch work!
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    GI Joe USS FLAGG Aircraft carrier

    I really like how this turned out. Especially since I was considering using a similar size & technique for the lower hull of an amphibious assault ship/escort carrier design for one of my main factions (albeit with just a plain, single flight deck like such ships have), and it looks like this sort of scale would be perfect for that. You definitely did capture the general proportions of the original GI-Joe toy vis a vis how big it was compared to the action figures.
  4. Nicely done! I've always liked how the old Baldwin shark-nosed diesels looked ever since I first saw pics of them in this big book about the Pennsylvania RR my parents got me for Christmas in like 1989 or so (too bad the RF-16, while good, solid & reliable, ended up being too little too late to save Baldwin Locomotive Works from going under). I might have to see about taking a crack at designing my own version of it sometime (although I think I might base mine off the stubbier shark-nose design used on the RP-210 for one of my dieselpunk train designs for my post-apocalyptic setting).
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    New England BrickWorks: 3rd party curves and switches

    I'd be most interested if you can provide a viable alternative to TrixBrix for narrow-gauge track. I mean, leaving aside the aspersions cast on their business practices (some of which, based on my own research seem to verge on libel), the quality of the narrow gauge stuff I ordered from them last month is... Decent. Not terrible, but not great either. However, considering that they're the only game in town when it comes to narrow-gauge stuff (aside from some very limited offerings that 4DBrix had, but seemed to have given up on long before they decided to call it quits in general, with only some straights & curves being available, the rest, switches, crossovers, etc ended up being vaporware), for the time being, as the old saying goes, "beggars can't be choosers". Still, like I said, having a high quality competitor to them in this particular area would be fan-freaking-tastic.
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    [MOC] Atomic Streamliner

    I love it! It looks almost like something straight out of the Fallout universe, and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one here who likes to make speculative trains as opposed to strictly modeling RL prototypes.
  7. Laura Beinbrech

    Narrow gauge "Odenwald-Express"

    That's really cool stuff, Asper! One of the reasons for my own interest in narrow-gauge railroads is because my home state (Pennsylvania) was once home to dozens of narrow-gauge railroads, either for hauling coal or timber (or both) out of narrow mountain valleys that were too small for standard gauge railroads to be economically feasible. Of course, starting about 100 years ago, most were abandoned & removed, but there are three that still at least sort of exist: The best preserved one is the East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Company, which was recently bought up by a dedicated Non-profit organization, and they hope to re-start tourist excursions (which were suspended by the previous owner in 2011 due to it being too expensive to run as a for-profit operation), and even extend those as track repairs & such are carried out. The EBT has almost all of its original rolling stock, locomotives & equipment at the main yard in Rockhill Furnace, PA. The other two are on the "sort of" list due to them going out of business in the first half of the 20th century & most of the equipment being scrapped, sold or lost. The first is the Waynesburg & Washington Railroad, which was located near Pittsburgh, PA, and currently, none of the original track remains, but the Greene County Historical Society Museum has 500ft (152.4m) of track on site as well as the original #4 steam locomotive, a narrow-gauge Plymouth diesel locomotive & one of the original W&W passenger cars that is currently being restored. The last one that sort of exists is the Tuscarora Valley Railroad, for which only a single combination car (railroad wagon that is half passenger, half freight) still exists, but is in poor shape & is currently being housed in one of the East Broad Top Railroad's shop buildings until it can be repaired & restored. All three of these railroads use a 3ft (914mm) track gauge. Also sorry to get a bit off topic, but you can see where my passion for narrow-gauge trains comes from, and I find stories about those that still exist in some form to be very fascinating.
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    Narrow gauge "Odenwald-Express"

    I actually recently looked up info on the v52 diesels that were made for the Mossbach & Mudau railway & it turns out that one of them is still operating on a 1m gauge railroad in Italy, which I think is pretty neat.
  9. Laura Beinbrech

    Airport People Movers

    Yeah, I was going to suggest roller coaster tracks as well, especially since they seem to be very similar to the track system used by the RL one dr_spock posted a pic of (also didn't realize that the Friends people mover from the resort was so accurate to something that actually existed).
  10. Laura Beinbrech

    Cereal Docks

    This is a really awesome grain elevator (at least that's what we call these structures in The States). It even looks a lot like one that was installed about 15 years ago on a recently refurbished Norfolk Southern siding outside the one town near where I live. Main difference is that the one where I live has the bay for loading & unloading grain trucks is parallel to the tracks, instead of perpendicular.
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    4DBrix goes DIY

    I have purchased a fair amount of 4dBrix narrow-gauge straight track sections in the past, and found them to be of good quality, and this news saddens me somewhat, however a few points I think need to be made here: I agree wit Hod Carrier here: One thing that kept me from buying more tracks from 4dBrix was that their BrickLink store always seemed to be sold out of the Narrow-gauge track that I wanted, and I've been waiting for over a year for them to release the narrow-gauge turnouts they hinted at for a long time, but have never delivered on, unlike TrixBrix who HAS released narrow gauge turnouts (and a buttload of other narrow gauge track options). Therefore, considering the options are remaining loyal to an outfit that promises basically vaporware or buying stuff I need from their competitor that actually gets the goods out (and in a manner that is more easily available to a larger amount of people), and I want to get my narrow-gauge layout done sometime this century, the choice is obvious: Nothing personal, just business. Precisely! TBH, I think they could have made it if they focused on the Monorail stuff, since they seem to be the only game in town when it comes to that, and they were filling that nice that none of the competition seemed to want to cover. But that's just my two cents on the subject.
  12. Laura Beinbrech

    Narrow gauge "Odenwald-Express"

    As a life-long narrow-gauge fan (who also volunteers at two different narrow gauge heritage railroads), I love this! Not only do the builds look absolutely fantastic, but I also like the idea of using a sideways train motor for compact power. I'm also pleased to see that the technic-pin coupling design I came up with about 9 years ago holds up well under power. :)
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    One of my biggest regrets as a kid when the pirates first launched back in 1989 was being unable to afford to buy the original Black Seas Barracuda (I still have one of the 1989 mini catalogs that came in $20 & up sets with the big pirate spread & "Coming September 1989" printed in the corner of the page). Once I found out about this set (only a few weeks ago) and that you could reassemble it into an updated BSB, I HAD to order it the day it officially released. I just got notification that it shipped yesterday, so I'll at least have something to help occupy my time on lockdown whenever it finally shows up. I mean I don't think I've been this excited about a set in a long time.
  14. Laura Beinbrech

    [MOC] Fictional MBT

    Very nice MBT, very modern looking and lots of good elements, like the (I'm guessing) either chaff or smoke grenade launcher on the either side of the turret made out of the binoculars. I also agree with some of the others that this does look rather like a Leopard 2, but that is definitely not a bad thing.
  15. Personally, the Brickforge backpack & Brickwarriors British Rucksack having built-in neck attachments is a HUGE factor in their favor: It means I can save a ton of money by NOT having to buy either additional accessories or those standard Lego neck bits with the stud, and thus buy more actual backpacks (or helmets or other gear). In fact, of the two, the Brickforge backpack is my favorite by far because it, unlike the BW one (or for that matter the LEGO backpack with bedroll) can be used with BrickArms Stalhelms & similar helmets with back parts that sit really low on a minifig's head... I mean I have gone with #8 on the list due to the Brickforge backpacks seeming to have been discontinued (at least in redish brown), but due to BW pricing & having to buy neck attachments for each pack, it doubled or even tripled the cost over the BrickForge pack (depending on whether BW was having a sale on the rucksacks & the current prevailing prices for the neckpate stud thingies on BrickLink).
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
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    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...
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    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.
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    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....
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    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...
  22. 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...
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    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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.