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  1. brickbuilder711

    REVIEW: 42638 Castle Bed and Breakfast

    Great video review; I'm amazed how critical SNOT is to the facade of the building, they are really stepping it up with the Friends and City lines.
  2. brickbuilder711

    MOC - PF/9V Motorized Swing Bridge

    Hi all, It's been a long time since I have done a proper train model... Saw a swing bridge at a friend's HO layout and thought - oh, what if I decide to do one in LEGO - and here we have a functioning swing bridge in L-Gauge! It uses one of my several on-hand Mindstorms-based motors from the early RCX sets. The PF wires tie in perfectly with these, to a spare battery box that operates the bridge in turn key fashion. In principle, 9V wiring and a transformer should work too. I posted a video showing the functionality of this. Hopefully it serves as a source of inspiration in case any of you are contemplating adding river scenes to your LEGO cities. Enjoy!
  3. brickbuilder711

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Got no GWP with the Hotel. Weird. I'll probably get CITY sets soon anyhow. The GWP in US shows for an over $40 city set.
  4. brickbuilder711

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I like this building, I will probably look for it on Day 1. The only thing I find funny aside from the geometry is the choice of parts for the dome. I feel like TLG may have taken inspiration from my Miami Freedom Tower build, if not a pure coincidence, as the four pedestal pieces and octagonal piece are identically placed, with them using a dome on the top instead. Maybe if this is true I get a discount?
  5. brickbuilder711

    [MOC] The Texas Eagle

    Amtrak ;)
  6. brickbuilder711

    [MOC] The Texas Eagle

    This is awesome Tony. Very detailed and crisp. Too bad the current "prototype" is nothing like this.
  7. brickbuilder711

    [MOC] Modular Toy Store

    Really nice, and really cohesive.
  8. Hats off to TLG for producing the visors. Now what's kind of interesting is you can see the clear plastic really resembling the clear elements they made of late, in terms of their holographic glow and what not, and hopefully they fixed QC issues with that plastic. Online sales are doing quite well. I think online PAB is in a predicament with fewer workers, but perhaps lower demand. It is hard to say if this will pin a nail in the coffin for in-store PAB and BAM, let alone the play areas. A lot of hands touch the latter, and a few hands touch the former. If resumption of business as usual is phased, I'd expect just sets to be marketed until the situation normalizes further. LEGO is nonetheless quite an essential product, for state of mind
  9. brickbuilder711

    PAB Cups: What Did You Get?

    Just cleaned the Aventura (Miami) LEGO store dry of any and all dark turquoise 1x2 bricks. This has been a long time coming, folks! They also had the dark green wedge curved bows, dark red macaroni, dark green1x4 tile, dark purple 1x2 brick, dark gray 1x6 plate, white quarter domes, clear 1x2 brick among others.
  10. brickbuilder711

    FEC #153 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive

    Thanks guys! I love these MOC prototype showdowns too.
  11. brickbuilder711

    Cement Plant

    This is a beautiful MOC! Great work! Love heavy industry like this.
  12. brickbuilder711

    FEC #153 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive

    Thanks! Yes she is finnicky, and definitely needs some kind of lubrication. I don't expect to run her much though. The real thing doesn't. Thanks!! I agree it makes the real thing look humongous lol.
  13. brickbuilder711

    FEC #153 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive

    Hi friends, Those that know me know I'm a diesel guy so I stepped into foreign territory LOL. But I had the pleasure of building Florida East Coast #153, an ALCO 4-6-2 Pacific Type that is on display at Gold Coast Railroad Museum. As a volunteer/model railroad operator in their Models room, at will I had the opportunity to get several reference pictures of the engine to build the MOC. In exchange the MOC will be taken and displayed in many venues both in and outside of the Museum to promote GCRM. The MOC was rendered in LDD. I admit I cheated a bit and followed the plan somewhat for the Emerald Night since the wheel rig was mostly the same. Given the unforgiving R40 curves one would think there are so many ways to do a 4-6-2, right? However the originality is all in the unique details of the Pacific that had to be captured. I put together a video showcasing both the real engine and the model in full for the 'showdown'. Enjoy!
  14. brickbuilder711

    Miami Freedom Tower

    Hi friends, So I decided to build a historic icon from the City of Miami for GFLUG displays present and future. The Freedom Tower had use as a news building, then became sort of Miami's version of Ellis Island for Cubans under Castro regime, and now is preserved and used as an art museum by the nearby Miami-Dade College. The LTC (LEGO Train Club) benefit is that this building is adjacent to Florida East Coast's Dodge Island Lead, so it's considerably a trackside building. The MOC was designed in LDD, imported into where it came up with some really sick render, and made the instructions to do this. LDD's instructions mode is horribly obsolete in comparison, but had its place. 3,800 pcs with about half of the stuck acquired over a five month period... the payoff?... a 3 night build. The front side retains all the detail while the backside, an apparent expansion, was simplified. Video presentation: Cheers!
  15. brickbuilder711

    2019 LEGO Trains - 70424

    Maybe a train with loop and Main Street USA station? Likely to be in VC since Robin W. (may he RIP) did a version in sand red years prior?