zephyr1934

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  1. zephyr1934

    Rounded Train Tunnel

    That looks really nice and I would agree with Pendra37 about replacing the middle plates to get it to an even number.
  2. zephyr1934

    Burlington Northern GP40-2 Complete Model

    Looks like they (or someone else) took down or hid the AlexxInc rebrickable pages. The pages still show up in a google search with a cash date of Nov 7, 2021. The OP's profile shows they last visited Eurobricks on Jan 2. Once you get to 10 posts on EB I think you become able to send PM's and you could contact him directly (which typically also gets forwarded to their email on file) or perhaps Alexx will pop back to EB and see your inquiry. You could also try the links to Flickr and try to contact them there.
  3. zephyr1934

    Rotary snowplow - King of Winter

    Nice! As others have said, a well proportioned design with clever mechanics. (and the sliding on the ice is a great bonus, I was explaining broom ball to a few people over the past few snowy days and that out of control ice slide really has a broom ball feeling to it)
  4. zephyr1934

    LEGO Trains 2022

    I am starting to suspect that Lego might be getting ready to take another shot at Lego Factory custom sets, which would open up lots of opportunities for well designed train cars. This: Plus Stud.io replacing LDD as the official CAD program. B&P solves the limited palette of PAB that severely hindered Factory designs. And it was made worse by the fact that of the roughly 1000 parts available on PAB at the time was turning over every few months so a working model in Factory could quickly became unworkable. While part turnover will be less with B&P, it would still be a problem. The new brick merge/separate on Stud.io (which was probably borrowed from the video game systems) mitigates the evolving parts availability on B&P. Even if Lego does not officially launch a new version of Factory, I bet Stud.io will include an option to order the parts directly from the new B&P/PAB. If nothing else, it will allow the folks who are currently selling instructions to also sell the bricks or create a parts list for one stop shopping at the new B&P/PAB (I've been building MOCs for so long that I am always amazed when I build a set and have all of the parts right there without any shopping across dozens of BL stores or pulling from my stash)
  5. zephyr1934

    LEGO Trains 2022

    I'd love to see a city train have an 0-6-0 steam engine for a change
  6. Didn't the folks in the forum conclude that the Crocodile model a hybrid of two different real locomotives (Ce 6/8 II & Ce 6/8 III)? I don't think the folks at Lego will count rivets enough to care about the subtle distinctions here. Capturing the distinct features of the locomotive is potentially more important than actually capturing the look in a specific year.
  7. There is one clear operational advantage to the double straights- it cuts the number of rail joints in half, which is beneficial for large loops. I have a roughly 10 ft x 10 ft loop (roughly 80 normal track segments?) with two power drops and the 8 double straights that I have probably eliminate the need for a 3rd power drop on that loop. They effectively counter the increase in rail joints that comes when I jump from R72 to R88 on my outer loop
  8. And the train never sounded better (grin). Seriously though, that sounds great
  9. zephyr1934

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Stupid question here, but why has this thread come unpinned from the top of the forum? I know, we have so little actual lego trains 2022 to talk about, but it is still the most popular thread these days
  10. zephyr1934

    [MOC] GE U36B (6-wide)

    You've captured the essence of these beasts. One thought, the hand rails seem too high, if you are using 2 candle sticks for an uprights, what would it look like with just one?
  11. Very impressive even if this were your 100th MOC. Great work!
  12. zephyr1934

    DB DDm 915 class Autotransportwagen - 6 wide

    Very nicely done, you captured both the essence and functionality with this excellent build.
  13. zephyr1934

    My Updated Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" Model

    Indeed, it is important to have a little deliberate nod that is clearly lego so everyone knows this is not a preassembed O gauge set.
  14. zephyr1934

    Looking to build a small model railroad

    If you just connect the straight track to the baseplates, you will wind up with a very large mass that does not need to be taped, nor nailed, nor bounded. It will do a pretty good job of staying put on its own without help. For the other baseplates, they will probably be fine with the ring of track around, but you could use green plates or tiles to pin them together if you find any problems arise. I'd hold off nailing or taping until if/when you have problems. As for dimensions, standard 32x32 baseplates are 10"x10" (so the large gray 48x48 are 15"x15"). It is two track segments per baseplate, or 5" per straight track segment. If you buy two copies of a lego train set you will have enough curves for two loops, so there is a good chance you will not need any additional curves. Lego straight track is always bundled with something. So even on bricklink it tends to be expensive. TrixBrix offers molded "double straights" (10" long) that are probably cheaper than a pure lego solution, but that all depends on where you fall on the lego purity scale. Most importantly though, have fun and don't overspend
  15. zephyr1934

    [MOC] Union Pacific M10005 "City of Denver"

    Oh WOW! You have done an amazing job capturing this classic streamliner. The bulbous nose is a particularly daunting task with the slowly changing slopes in all directions, which you have tackled so gracefully. Three+ years of work from a master builder really shows.