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  1. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    Yep, it seems to be a harder task each year to pick winners! 1. This is something we've considered both years. I think it is currently quite hard for "purist" LEGO builds to win, though Holger's 12V train shed slipped that trend - we decided it looked at home in a LEGO catalogue! Something we'll consider, but like you say it could end up very crowded. 2. Yep, was thinking a "train" category might be nice next year. We're a little limited on category numbers as that effects the cost of sponsorship, but as you can see from this year's entry stats, some categories had quite a poor participation level, so we can maybe look at swapping some around.
  2. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    I think it depends on the judges. Sometimes, over-Photoshopping things probably cost a few modellers a prize. A good photo certainly helps create a better entry - we did run and promote a free LEGO photography workshop this year to help participants improve their model photography. I was very impressed with the Hush Hush. Perhaps we need to stop the Aussies building next year :p
  3. Great review. A nice addition for LEGO train fans keen on keeping 9V alive!
  4. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    No problem, look forward to seeing what you enter
  5. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    Place of residence - does mean that if you’re building a loco from another region it’s a little odd, but last year we had a few winners who’d built locos etc which weren’t from their own region. A minimum of 800 x 600 pixels is asked for, but not technically required. Important thing is that images all fit in to an email - makes life a lot easier for judges!
  6. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    Sounds interesting! There's always something you can add, a loco builder's task is never complete ;) No problem - see you Sunday. Link should go out Saturday afternoon (UK time).
  7. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    Good question! Fictional designs can be entered in the relevant category for the model - judges are able to score these as with any other models.
  8. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    6 should be plenty - remember judges have hundreds of entries to review, so make the most of those 6 images. You don’t have to create a video (most entries don’t include one) - but it can be helpful to show functionality for some models. If you have a smartphone you should be able to capture video - it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece of filmography. You can include additional text - it’s nice to have some history and information of the model. One modeller last year went as far as putting together a whole presentation on the model! Look forward to seeing what you submit.
  9. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    A few updates on the awards: 1. Free LEGO photography workshop We're offering a free LEGO photography workshop as part of the awards - you can register here: This is on Sunday, 31st January 2021 at 1800 GMT, and will be held on Zoom. 2. Prizes for 2021 We've now had confirmation of prizes from our sponsors so far. Every winner will receive a Brick Train Awards 2021 winner brick, as well as... For regional winners (ie, winners in any category in Asia, Australia, Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa), Trixbrix are sending: 1x double straight tracks Box 10pcs 1x R56 curved tracks Box 8pcs (half circle) 1x half straight tracks 10pcs 50EUR giftcode for For global winners, they will also receive the below: 2x double straight tracks Box 10pcs 2x R56 curved tracks Box 8pcs (half circle) 1x half straight tracks 10pcs 60EUR giftcode for BrickTracks have also sponsored all winners in the Americas region, who will receive the following: 2x BrickTracks r104 left and right points / turnouts Finally, TrainedBricks have sponsored all winners of the steam locomotive category with $50 USD voucher for their store, which can be used towards shipping costs too.
  10. BricksMcgee

    [MOC] Botanical Gardens Station

    That's really impressive. Love the shot towards the restaurant particularly (06)!
  11. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    Yup, all on the website linked above
  12. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    Yep, noticed a lot of interest in TFOL categories last year, so makes sense to add a few more categories.
  13. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    Yep - you can submit digital models for all categories except the individual and group display awards.
  14. BricksMcgee

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    Hello again all, The Brick Train Awards are back for 2021! These are a virtual awards for LEGO train fans around the world, and are they are free to enter via from 1st - 28th February 2021. If you followed them last year, you'll have seen the huge variety and a lot of brilliant LEGO models from railways, railroads and transport systems from around the world. Prizes We'll be announcing prizes shortly, courtesy of the very generous Trixbrix who have once again stepped in to support the awards, including the cost of shipping prizes and winner's bricks worldwide. Additional sponsors for individual regions may follow. 2020 winners If you missed them, winners from last year's Brick Train Awards are listed on the website here; there's a 15 minute announcement video of winners here. Entering the Brick Train Awards 2021 As before, the awards are free to enter. You can enter up to 3 models per category; this time, models must have been completed in the last 24 months (2 years). Digital models can be submitted in the first 11 categories below: Best steam loco Best diesel loco Best electric loco Best other loco Best passenger wagon Best freight wagon Best special wagon Best structure Best TFOL (teenage fan of LEGO) locomotive Best TFOL (teenage fan of LEGO) wagon Best TFOL (teenage fan of LEGO) display / structure The above awards are drawn at a regional level (best models in Asia, Americas, Europe and Australasia) before a global winner is picked from those. The two categories below are judged at a global level only (as there are relatively fewer entries for these): Best group display Best individual display Enter your models for free from 1st - 28th February 2021; see details at We look forward to seeing what's submitted this year! Richard - Organiser, Brick Train Awards
  15. In the U.K., our main LNUR group covers LEGO train fans over 18. Under 18, there doesn’t seem to be a group that exists. We will be having a think about what the next step is, as the LEGO train hobby is a great hobby and we’d like to support people entering it as much as we can. Few other good Facebook groups for LEGO train fans - LEGO RAIL (created by a member before we started), LEGO Train Fan Club, Amazing LEGO Trains and a few others. If you’re in the U.K., you’re eligible for membership of the main club!