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  1. zephyr1934

    Powered Up FAQ and Community Wishes

    that looks like it has several of our questions answered (though not all good)
  2. zephyr1934

    2018 Lego Trains

    Congratulations, your toys no longer need you, they can play quietly on their own (grin) I'm guessing they will be sending out motors rather than the "engine car" but it should be interesting if they are sending out the car.
  3. Yet another thing of beauty! Like all of your locomotives, a fine work of art that looks like it belongs in an LGB catalog. I love that comment, "this time the goal was to design a simple locomotive for uncomplicated operation." I guess it is all relative, grin.
  4. zephyr1934

    Northern Pacific SD70ACe "what if" Render

    The green scheme looks fantastic, great job doing a NS style heritage unit for the NP. I really like what you did in that first version. There are probably enough different parts in dark green and sand green to build it, but you would need to change the design (e.g., the turn table bases used as fans do not exist in dark green, but you could use technic disks, or BBB train wheels, or ... and I don't think there are grill tiles in sand green). Actually the NP passenger scheme is one of the few that did not change much between 1940 and 1970 (there were small changes like how they were lettered, and a few variants of the white stripe on the locomotives and observation cars). I spent way too much time researching it for this project. If ever a NP heritage unit were made, I bet it would be the green scheme (e.g., when ATSF revived the warbonnet they used the historic passenger scheme... so I suppose there are already a few BNSF heritage units out there, grin). I also love the NP freight scheme. The "pine tree" nose was the longest lasting scheme on the freight cab units, but I don't think it was ever applied to road switchers, or if it was, it did not last long. The F-units were actually originally envisioned strictly for freight use by EMD as an alternative to the E's that were lower traction but higher speeds (the middle axle on the E-units was unpowered). NP and GN found that the F's were far better suited for their mountain grades and used them for passenger as well as freight (as did many other railroads). It was not until the third common version of the F-unit (F7) that the road switcher was introduced (GP-7). By which point NP had a fleet of freight FT's and F3's, as well as passenger F3's. Originally the NP road switchers had a curved line between the red and black, e.g., as I modeled in this GP-9. I think it was simplified in the late 1960's to be more straight on the ends (as you have modeled). That probably makes more sense for an SD70 in the freight scheme. You could probably get the red stripe up the nose too.
  5. zephyr1934

    (MOC) Odense Kommandopost (Signal Box)

    Oh wow, is there any detail that you missed out on? Quick, clean and effective slope on the back side (the electrical elements back side, use of the back of the panels for texture, etc, all great)
  6. zephyr1934

    Which one looks best ?

    So the one on the left looks better because the change in color breaks up the yellow wall, what about the one on the right with light or dark gray profile bricks instead of the yellow? The one on the right looks good because the gray/yellow boarder is straight and the tiles on the left design make the appearance a bit choppy. If you don't have enough of the grill bricks in dark gray, you could test the look out in LDD before you buy the bricks. You could also consider printed bricks to add something without the cost of custom stickers.
  7. zephyr1934

    (Work in Progress) EMD F7A in 8-Wide

    Looking good (I like how you got the number boards in there and all the tricky curves on the nose/cab/windshield), and I'm looking forward to seeing the Eagle
  8. zephyr1934

    2018 Lego Trains

    Yes, someone posted one controller connected to 3 different boxes. So as long as train A is on one output and train B is on the other on the same channel, you should be fine. Or you can switch between up to 5 channels. However, AFAIK at the moment there is no official lego means to add sensors or integrate the PU trains with PF or mindstorms
  9. zephyr1934

    Powered Up - A tear down...

    Thanks Mr Hobbles! Very exciting stuff that you and JopieK are up to
  10. zephyr1934

    Christmas Night, an Emerald Night MOD

    Brilliant, and upon seeing it, it is such a "why didn't I think of that". You need a sleeping mouse for your Christmas Night though. My first thought was that they came from a clone set (they copied a lot of the train parts), but those sellers at least know that it is a rare part. So I would guess they came out of the model shop (the lego builders can get small injection run in other colors). Sometimes extra parts leak out.
  11. zephyr1934

    Custom Train Wheels Combined Topic

    Excellent point. You should drop BBB a note and ask about them. He might even have some of the prototype parts on hand.
  12. zephyr1934

    My biggest Lego train layout so far...

    You can borrow my living room for as long as you like (grin)
  13. Looking good, a faithful take on such a ubiquitous locomotive.
  14. zephyr1934

    NS Class 6400

    Wow! You never cease to amaze with your builds. As is the norm of your high bar, the locomotive is stellar, and this time around the coiled steel is simple but brilliant.
  15. zephyr1934

    SNCF Class X73500

    Great work getting all of those tough angles and curves. Lots of little details (I don't think I've seen that wiper blade design before). Opening doors and complete interior is over the top