ritzcrackerman

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    Narrow gauge "Odenwald-Express"

    Sorry to bump this: what is the part ID of the inner track piece you are using from TrixBrix? Their site doesn't provide a lot of detail what parts complement the other... and you're using LEGO 3229b - slotted rail outside curves?
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    SP 4449

    I've posted this elsewhere on social media, so apologies if it's been shown before. Here's me with my copy of Tony Sava's SP 4449, alongside the real locomotive in Portland, OR. Daylight, meet Daylight by Ritzcrackerman_22, on Flickr The SP 4449 recently completed its federally mandated 15 year boiler inspection and remains in permanent display at the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. Aside from Thomas the Tank Engine , the SP 4449 may be the most photographed locomotive in the world. She is arguably one of the most beautiful locomotives ever built, and kept that way by the all-volunteer Friends of SP 4449. Many thanks to Mr. Sava for making these instructions available - and as you can see for yourself, his rendition is nearly perfectly proportioned to the real-life locomotive. Next on the docket for me will be to complete some 8w coaches to go along with her.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Jamie's response is perfectly reasonable and what I would expect. Modulars shouldn't be designed to stay to the status quo. I, for one, welcome the storytelling and the challenges the designers are putting on the build to create a unique building experience. Of course, we all have favorites. The Assembly Square was clearly a wrap-up of the first era, and modulars have and will move on to a new era. But they are definitely getting a bit lost with the immense number of D2C sets that LEGO has and is producing. Budgeting for a modular has become challenging for me when there are so many other options within LEGO's own product portfolio looking for my dollars. I wouldn't be surprised if LEGO-released modulars as we know them take a break in the next couple of years, or even discontinue entirely. The change from classic smiley -> modern figs signaled a major change in what they are looking for within the modular designs. Honestly, it appeals slightly less to me now.
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    [LDD] Jurassic World Vehicles MOCs

    @Elrond file is downloadable but unable to load. I'll try through Studio and see if any better results.
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    [LDD] Jurassic World Vehicles MOCs

    *bumped* Do you still have the Pinzgauer available to share? Do you still have the .lxf file available? I am refining a massive JW layout, and would love to use some of your ideas! @Elrond
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    [MOC] The Portland Building

    I present to you, The Portland Building. This was built by the wife of "ritzcrackerman." She does not do much by way of photo-sharing, so we share the same Flickr / Instagram accounts. The Portland Public Service Building (“Portland Building”), is a boxy, 15-story building in the center of downtown Portland, Oregon (USA). It is a notable and early work of Post-Modern Classicism. This style was ground-breaking at the time, rejecting “universal” Modernist principals - steel and glass, big windows, exterior stripped of ornamentation and historical reference - in favor of bold and symbolic colors and architect Michael Graves’ use of over-scaled and highly-stylized classical decorative features on the building’s facades, garlands on the north and south facades, and the giant pilasters and keystone elements on the east and west facades. The Portland Building is also home to the famed "Portlandia" statue, the 2nd largest hammered copper statue in the world (behind the Statue of Liberty). This LEGO version is scaled respective to LEGO minifigures at approximately ¾ scale (true minifig scale would make the building closer to 50” in height, and the city blocks closer to 2.5 by 2.5 roadplates). It sites on 2 x 2 baseplates. The colors used are very close to real-life, but some compromises had to be made for practicality and affordability. The base of the structure realistically best matches LEGO “teal” (“dark turquoise,” color ID 39). However, as this color only recently began making a re-appearance in 2018 LEGO sets, after a 10-year hiatus, and has been limited in its element availability. So, sand green was used instead. Enjoy! The Portland Building by ritzcrackerman, on Flickr The Portland Building by ritzcrackerman, on Flickr
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    [MOC] The Portland Building

    That’s actually the rendering of what it will look like in 2020 after the renovation is complete. They are changing out the glazed black glass windows for clear windows, installing exterior metal cladding to prevent water intrusion, and some other major updates to the interior. I’m sure she will revisit it again after the renovation is completed.
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    [MOC] Clutch Bros Coffee

    This is one of most recent MOCs, "Clutch Bros," a play on "Dutch Bros," a drive-thru coffee shop chain in the Western United States. It was fun to plan a MOC that didn't fit to the grid, but is still compatible with my LUG's layout standards (for the entry and exit). Comments, suggestions, all are welcome - next steps for me: Build-out the full interior Add lighting Refine some of the columns (as you can see, they didn't get placed properly before taking photos) Clutch Bros by ritzcrackerman, on Flickr Clutch Bros by ritzcrackerman, on Flickr Clutch Bros by ritzcrackerman, on Flickr Clutch Bros by ritzcrackerman, on Flickr Clutch Bros by ritzcrackerman, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Clutch Bros Coffee

    Are you in the Pacific Northwest? Dutch Bros definitely has a cult following up here!
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    [MOC] Monster Toyota FJ Cruiser

    The blacked-out rear windows look better.
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    [MOC] Monster Toyota FJ Cruiser

    Excellent! The shaping on the FJ is notoriously hard to get at this scale. This is very well done. I'd love to see how you've connected the suicide doors.
  12. Alright! This is a build contest I can get behind. :)
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    Scooby-Doo retirement?

    I wouldn't surprise me if it gets resurrected as part of the WAG "reboot" planned for 2020 - sounds like that's still in development: http://screenrant.com/scooby-doo-movie-release-date-2020/
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    Scooby Doo - Knight Time Terror - Haunted Mansion

    @Xon67 that's a shame, I was looking forward to seeing it get completed. With your permission, I may try and reverse-engineer it myself using your screenshots as a reference.
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    Scooby Doo - Knight Time Terror - Haunted Mansion

    @Xon67 any more progress on this? It was looking great!
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    Narrow gauge straights and cross track

    @Lowa awesome - I'm excited to hear how they turn out.
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    Narrow gauge straights and cross track

    @Lowa Thank you for the quick response! No, there's no urgency - the small wheels are what I'm after primarily, so I will definitely wait. Looking forward to seeing the end result when you get the o-rings in.
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    Narrow gauge straights and cross track

    @Lowa I am still following this thread - did you ever make the smallest wheels (that accept technic axle) available on your Bricklink store? I'll purchase what you have and do some field tests - see if I can get them to work. :) Cheers, James
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    Narrow gauge straights and cross track

    Yes, the drivetrain is very simple, but effective in a compact space. I was never quite able to sort out how the builder ultimately executed the build, as regardless of whether you went conventional adhesion or cog-driven, you would need to alter the wheel (?) At any rate - a cog-driven locomotive doesn't seem feasible on the small curved radius tracks and the technic gear racks. It may for a larger layout using straights (?) At any rate, we will see how successful it ends up being! I'm excited to try now with the printed train wheels. Here's hoping it is successful with some trial + error.
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    Narrow gauge straights and cross track

    Wow - you work fast!!! That's precisely what I'd been hoping for. Are you planning to sell these? To be a driving wheel, it may need to have a slight groove to accommodate a small rubber O ring for adequate traction. Intention is to transmit drive to small train wheels through a gearing system. Railbricks Issue #12 (web archive here https://web.archive.org/web/20160307194049/http://railbricks.com/index.php/download_file/view/784/816/) has a narrow gage train I've been trying to replicate. It calls for the small train wheel to be modified to fit a technic axle.
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    Narrow gauge straights and cross track

    Was just having this discussion the other day with my train club - I would love a Train Wheel Small, Hole Notched for Wheels Holder Pin that would accept a technix axle: http://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=50254#T=C
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    LEGO Ideas: 21310 Old Fishing Store (Fall 2017)

    Wow! This will go great with my dock...
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    MOC: Southern Pacific Daylight #4449

    You can also swap polarity on one of the train motors to pair with the tender. It's a quick hack, you just need a soldering gun and some basic tools.
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    [MOD] Mystery Machine 75902

    Sorry to bump this - could you PM me the LDD file as well? I'd like to mod mine as well.