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  1. 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
  2. He could always sell a kidney on the black market. Cale
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Cale

    Type E Coupler for LEGO Trains

    I think that might be a solution with pursuing. Cale
  8. That was never an actual planed locomotive by Union Pacific. Just some rail fan/foamer's fantasy. Cale
  9. 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
  10. Tony is the real star. And I would be a terrible celebrity. I have a face for radio, and a speaking voice perfect silent movies. Cale
  11. Cale

    [MOC] EMD Model 40 switcher

    Awesome model! I love that you were able to pack all the electrics into the little body. There is a Model 40 in my local museum that one switched in the area. I may borrow some of your design ideas to build my home town 40. IMG_0285 by Cale Leiphart, on Flickr Cale
  12. I was fortunate enough to see these in person at Brickwork this past weekend. Besides the minor things Coaster mentioned that he is already on top of, I was seriously impressed with the quality. The color looked good, the clutch seemed great, and they mated up with LEGO track perfectly. Also there was almost zero warpage of the rails, which is a problem with ME track, and even a problem with stock LEGO track. The BT rails should lay nice and flat when assembled into a layout. If the turnouts are as good as the curve samples I looked at, they will be worth every penny and then some. Cale
  13. PennLUG did some very extensive testing of the turnouts at Philly Brick Fest last month. We ran every configuration of steam locomotive we had through it, including a 4-4-0, 4-4-2, 4-6-2, 4-6-4, 0-6-0, 0-10-0, 2-10-0, 2-10-4, 2-6-6-4, 4-6-6-4, 2-8-8-2, 4-8-8-4, and 2-8-8-8-2. We also ran a few diesels and some pretty long passenger cars. We only had one major derailment, mostly due to running through switch at a stupidly too fast speed. Never once did the straight guards cause any issues. Though some added safety is always welcome. I personally would rather not have any hollow studs. Not every one will ballast these, and those that do will have differing styles. I agree with Coaster that making these turnouts blend with existing LEGO track is going to make for a better looking product. Seeing the exposed hollow studs would just be a distraction. I think we'll be able to ballast these pretty well without hollow studs. Here is what we came up with, and these prototypes don't have all the studs that Coaster has added to the design recently. I think they look pretty nice. IMG_4084 by Cale Leiphart, on Flickr IMG_4083 by Cale Leiphart, on Flickr IMG_4082 by Cale Leiphart, on Flickr Cale
  14. Cale

    Long Trains.... Show 'm !

    Time to dig up this thread again. Philly Brick Fest 2017. PennLUG train layout. The train was led by my Norfolk & Western A class and Y6b, articulated steam locomotives double heading. Nate Brill’s awesome Erie Triplexadded a third locomotive as a pusher on the rear of the train. The rest of the train was made up of 23 freight cars and one caboose, later we increased it to 25 cars and 3 caboose, practically emptying our rail yard of all rolling stock. All three locomotives are Power Functions based. My two N&W engines in the lead are running 2 XL motors each with an I.R. receiver and PF rechargeable battery box per each locomotive. Nate’s Triplex on the tail uses 3 L motors and the I.R. receiver and rechargeable battery. There was no other power for the train, just the locomotives. Truthfully the train was a little over powered, just one of the front pair of locomotives could have probably pulled the train without the help of the other two. Coordinating starting of the train proved to be quite a challenge. Each locomotive had to be started simultaneously or the train would pull itself apart, even with using neodymium magnets between the couplers to increase coupler hold. But the challenge was worth it as we watched one of the coolest trains we’ve ever assembled make lap after flawless lap on the PennLUG layout. Cale