MaineBrickFan

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  1. MaineBrickFan

    10264 Corner Garage

    I like the general appearance, the color scheme, and the theme. I really like the return of 1x2x2 windows in dark green, which had become ridiculously expensive on Bricklink with the retirement of Grand Emporium. The price bump is less than ideal, especially given the general piece count. And I found the interior detailing to be less than satisfactory, given the pieces they are saving with the inset corner. I would like to see more of the garage interior, though, as that might change my mind. Definitely will buy it--and glad to see LEGO resisting the urge to re-issue an old modular a la the Winter Village. Was sincerely worried about that possibility, not because I feel the need to protect resellers but because I prefer they keep issuing new products.
  2. MaineBrickFan

    Building BMR Freight cars

    For those interested, BMR is taking orders for all of their premium instructions, which were out of stock. I built the flat car last week and loved it.
  3. MaineBrickFan

    2018 Lego Trains

    Yeah, the biggest issue is stackability. Even sets require more than one light set. Hope they have a solution—more inputs or an expansion connector. Backward compatability also important. This is almost certainly not right — there is no separate receiver in WeDo and using one is completely unnecessary. I suspect the reference was that the new combined battery box and receiver fit the profile of the old battery box.
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    2018 Lego Trains

    This would be the strongest indicator yet of a new control/power functions system.
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    2018 Lego Trains

    Can somebody point me to the Batmobile rumors? New controls/functionality are very very interesting.
  6. MaineBrickFan

    Train Automation - Track Switch Motors

    I would probably be interested in the extended arm versions.
  7. MaineBrickFan

    Train Automation - Level Crossing Motors

    Looks great -- is the idea that your sensors will be able to be connected for automatic train detection and lowering/raising the crossings?
  8. MaineBrickFan

    Introducing Brick Model Railroader

    I'm very enthusiastic about this!
  9. MaineBrickFan

    Bewildered Newbie. First Lego train set for kid?

    Thanks for that tip -- great deal!
  10. MaineBrickFan

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    I would vote for PF with switches. The switches are in demand, and everything else is catching up to ME. I understand the frustration with the delays and communication issues with ME, but if they are able to come to market with with 9V models by the end of the year it's hard to see where this kickstarter will fit in. I know there are 9V diehards out there but the system as a whole will only grow less viable, not more, as time moves on. Just my 2 cents.
  11. I understand others' frustration and disappointment, especially with the lack of communication. Speaking for myself, I had a very positive experience with my kickstarter pledge and an additional order being filled on the ABS rails. And the product really is worth it. I hope they are addressing their backlog and have filled outstanding ABS kickstarter pledges,, and that they can get over the hump of the 9V engineering and production hurdle.
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    Bewildered Newbie. First Lego train set for kid?

    I also would vote for 60052. It's got a lot of play features, more rolling stock variety, and has what you need to get started right in the box. I also agree that ME Models track is probably overkill at this point - start with some Lego standard track and see if the passion takes hold. It's a great hobby - good luck!
  13. MaineBrickFan

    [MOD/MOC] Expanding the 10254 Winter Holiday Train

    This is such a great MOD, I may well buy my first set of instructions! It really kicks the train up a notch or ten! I'd like mouseketeer to confirm, however, that those are his instructions for sale, as there have been a lot of problems with people stealing designs and selling them on ebay.
  14. MaineBrickFan

    Recent MOC additions to my Train Collection

    Great collection. I love all of your MOCS - beautiful details and clean builds. Great job!
  15. MaineBrickFan

    Ball bearings!

    On the last problem, I found that some of the bearings seemed to accept the axle better than others -- the diameter of the opening appears not to be uniform. (I suspect the fact that these are so small and come from China means the quality control is not perfect). I used an axle to test the bearings first, and then only used the ones which the axle easily pushed through. This left me with a truck with significantly reduced friction on wheels. The price of these bearings is minimal enough that I felt like it was ok to be selective as to which ones I used. I also used a small amount of superglue on the end of the axle to glue the wheelsets together, allowing me to use newer wheels.