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  1. I don't think the aerodynamic properties of the S160 design would lend itself to flying very well. The crash though would be spectacular! Cale
  2. I'm the dummy with the BMR shirt. Cale
  3. Cale

    LUG Boxcar Swap

    I thought the OKB car was dark red, and the CincyLUG was sand blue? Cale
  4. Cale

    LUG Boxcar Swap

    So you're saying I need to get my OKBrickworks car built? 😅 Cale
  5. Cale

    LUG Boxcar Swap

  6. Cale

    Building BMR Freight cars

    Just ordered 200 myself, which is enough to do 6 boxcars. Cale
  7. Cale

    Building BMR Freight cars

    I can now rest a little easier at night knowing that I have not drained the world of this valuable resource. Time make more boxcars. Cale
  8. He could always sell a kidney on the black market. Cale
  9. You can see PennLUG testing the prototype R104 switches for the first time at Philly Brick Fest last year in this video. And again here. We've had them for over a year now and the performance has been flawless. Several members have already backed for their own personal use, and the club will also be backing for use in our group layout. These are going to be a game changer for the hobby. Cale
  10. The bearings you want are MR52ZZ 2x5x2.5mm. If you are looking for smaller quantities, eBay is probably your best bet. There are numerous sellers on there, all comparable in price. Just know that most of the sellers are from overseas and usually ship the cheapest (slowest) way possible. So it may take a month to get your bearings. At BMR we buy our bearings directly from a manufacturer through Alibaba. We're buying thousands of bearings at a time though. Even if I sold our bearings at cost, I would have a hard time beating the eBay sellers. Cale
  11. Cale

    Building BMR Freight cars

    Yep. I've always heard it referred to as the "Hamburger" logo. It's actually one of my favorite N&W paint schemes. Cale
  12. Cale

    Building BMR Freight cars

    Thanks again for the review Scott. I'm glad you like the improvements we've been making to the instructions. Making these is not easy work, unfortunately we don't have millions of dollars to budget, and a team of graphic artists like LEGO, so we make do as best we can. But we are committed at Brick Model Railroader to doing our absolute best and we take every ones comments to heart on how we can do better. To answer some specific comments/questions. I was very conscious of the build for the flat car. It is indeed the less complex, lowest piece count of all the cars done so far. There just really isn't a lot to work with on these types of cars. I was very worried that it would be seen as a one trick pony, hence the inclusion of the Cat D4 model. Flat cars always look more interesting with the load any way. The side panel instructions are indeed a little finicky, but hopefully met builders will find a way to manage. Making these instructions is always a balancing act between making things as clear, and simple as possible, and managing page count. This may be a case where more break down into subassemblies is required. I'll have to take a look at page 16 to see what might be going on. I don't think it's an error, but maybe just a bad illustration of the final assembly going into place. The change in the truck design was made after the boxcar to eliminate a bad design with the pins, and make the truck more stable. The bearings don't like to be missaligned, this can cause them bind or even to fail prematurely. The new design locks the Technic bricks holding the bearings in place, preventing misalignment. It also eliminates the use of an older out of production part. Hopefully the 3mm tubing/mini fig hand assembly notes make this step easier for builders. I've found that most flat cars simply get a single color paint job over the entire car, underside and all. Sometimes even the trucks got body color. I'm not certain why this was the case other than it was just easier to not change colors when painting the under frame. Box cars though seemed to be the opposite with their under sides painted black typically. Butter a few months out on the road, I would expect most flat cars undersides to be coated black with grime so either way could be plausible. Some of the decals are a little on the tight side. Maybe a little more than expected. I'm not sure if that was an error on my end with the graphics, or in translation to the printer. They do all fit though, but some as you say take a little more care to get right. I'm not sure what can be done about a contrasting backing though. I'll have to talk with Andy and see if he can find some clear vinyl stock with a darker backing. Cale
  13. Cale

    Type E Coupler for LEGO Trains

    I think that might be a solution with pursuing. Cale
  14. That was never an actual planed locomotive by Union Pacific. Just some rail fan/foamer's fantasy. Cale
  15. Cale

    The Blue Comet

    I would like to present my latest modeling project, the Central Railroad of New Jersey's Blue Comet. You can read all about this train in my Brick Model Railroader article. Photos can be found on my Flickr page. Comet Train Set 01 by Cale Leiphart, on Flickr Comet Locomotive 01 by Cale Leiphart, on Flickr Comet Observation 03 by Cale Leiphart, on Flickr Cale