zephyr1934

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  1. zephyr1934

    winner of the train award - I'm not agreed

    Ha ha, excellent point (I assume you mean pieces rather than prices), probably beyond a chicken or an egg and straight to ironic. Maybe TLG could be talked into parting with few copies of a crocodile for this category. But of all the impure thoughts, I would think using non-lego track is among the smallest sin.
  2. zephyr1934

    [MOC] Westbahn Stadler Kiss 2

    I called it! Congratulations!
  3. zephyr1934

    Brick Train Awards 2021

    I do not envy the job of the BTA judges, there were some really amazing builds and I cannot imagine having to pick just one winner per region in each category. Congratulations to all who submitted and a big thank you for everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes! Two suggestions for future years: (1) it would be great if BTA added a "pure Lego" category with no paint, no glue, no modified parts, no clone bricks, and no 3rd party parts. Potentially allow stickers though, since Lego does stickers. And if the pure Lego category proves crowded, in following years expand it accordingly. (2) many of the categories focus on a single piece of rolling stock (car or locomotive). It would be nice to have a "train" category that requires at least one locomotive and at least one car (either of which could be replaced with self-propelled cars). For the first iteration let it be a single category that accepts both passenger and freight trains.
  4. zephyr1934

    winner of the train award - I'm not agreed

    I think BTA is trying to highlight the best looking Lego trains (or more specifically, trains built predominantly of Lego). The complexity of builds has come a long way and custom parts range from adding the "pop" to enabling the build. Most steam engines with more than 3 axles only exist because of the 3rd party wide radius curves that are available (and almost all of those that can handle R40 curves look ungainly when in an R40 curve). On the flip side, there are all sorts of new lego parts that make complex building easier. I still think cheese bricks should be illegal (grin). And don't get me started about the 1x1 x 1x1 brackets, builds that were impossible a few years ago have become trivial). I spent weeks working out the nose of my Pioneer Zephyr, but with the modern brackets it would have taken me an hour or two. But I wouldn't give up all of these great new parts. There are amazing builders at all levels of "purity". I have the highest respect for people who are able to pull off great builds with no part modification or 3rd party parts, and even more amazement to those who do so after limiting their pallet to parts that existed prior to some particular year, e.g., the 12v era. In that spirit, it would be great if BTA added a "pure Lego" category with no paint, no glue, no modified parts, no clone bricks, and no 3rd party parts. And if that proves crowded, in following years expand it accordingly.
  5. zephyr1934

    My recent Amtrak MOCs

    Thank you, I think every year an Amfleet MOC has taken home a Brick Train Award (or to put it another way, this is the second year in a row). I do not envy the job of the BTA judges, there were some really amazing builds and I cannot imagine having to pick just one per region from them all.
  6. zephyr1934

    [MOC] New Tube line opens to Botanical Gardens station

    Neat to see the cars complete and the comments at the end of the original post are spot on.
  7. zephyr1934

    [moc] Pittsburgh & Lake Erie 2-8-4

    Holly roller skates and socket wrenches Batman! (Well played.)
  8. Exactly, that is why in the closing of the review I noted that if you have a ton of plastic track perhaps 9v might never be for you. On the other hands, t's a no brainer for someone with 9v and something to consider if you have not yet made a large investment. BTW, great layout, but should probably move any further discussion to another thread. (I'm not complaining about what's there so far, a little tangenting is a good thing, I just don't want to get derailed)
  9. zephyr1934

    [moc] Pittsburgh & Lake Erie 2-8-4

    Another great build!
  10. zephyr1934

    Look at this crazy thing.

    That looks like an engineer (design side, not engine driver) just showing off, "look at how many pistons I can cram in such a small space." But it seems like there was a bit of logic there, start fast with the small wheel and then when up to speed use the large driver. Probably built with the goal of making a record breaking speed. When you stop and think about it, the water troughs for taking water on the fly are equally crazy (but proved to be more practical). Anything to shave a few minutes off of the schedule in the name of beating your competition.
  11. zephyr1934

    [WIP] Lego monorails. [Custom Rail Systems (CRS)]

    The propulsion system is very interesting, it uses this 3rd party motor and control set.
  12. The review is complete and you can repost this article with translations, just include a link to the original source (this thread)
  13. Part VI and closing thoughts added to first post in this thread. The formal review is now complete
  14. zephyr1934

    Yamanote Line E231-500 series

    A great MOC, and with the progress from 4, to 6, to 8 to +station, it sounds like you've caught the bug. Seek out your local LUG immediately for emergency services.
  15. zephyr1934

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    March 1, 2021 is a great day for Lego trains! Amazing to see the switches finally hitting the market, congratulations on completing the long haul!