zephyr1934

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  1. zephyr1934

    <moc> NZGR Rogers 2-4-2 #92

    Nice. And if you redo the cab you might want to see what it looks like with the 1x3x3 windows
  2. zephyr1934

    Lithium or alkaline?

    At least part of your problem was probably the mechanical design of the 10219 unpowered trucks. The wide spacing between the axles, the use of technic axles, and the rubber bands on the wheels all create A LOT of resistance (respectively: binding in curves, high friction no matter what, and wheels on opposite sides fighting to turn at different rpm while both having good traction). Simply replacing that truck with a second motor (forgetting about the added power and only thinking of the removed drag) probably saved you a ton of resistance.
  3. zephyr1934

    OcTRAINber 2022 BR05-003

    Stellar work on each generation of the locomotive, top notch work
  4. zephyr1934

    [OcTRAINber MOC] LMS Articulated Railcar (1938)

    As I think I've said a couple of times in this thread, simply amazing work!
  5. At this point, Lego probably hasn't decided if it will be a broad gauge display piece or an L gauge operable set. Some of the ideas sets come out the other side looking very much like the submission others come out completely different. If you know a lego ambassador, try to get your suggestions in (there's a very small chance the comments might reach the right person). Given the fact that they now have extremely large train wheels, I would suspect something similar to the jumbo HP set. However, it would be great if they anticipated the segment of AFOL's who know how to use R88 and above and made the build so that it was not too hard to regauge it to L-gauge. Yeah, that is too much to ask of a modern set, but I can dream In the age of the LTC (2000-2010) lego recognized that AFOL trains were a loss leader- (i) AFOL's will buy a ton of lego to landscape behind/under/around the train and (ii) the moving trains are part of the glue that makes a large public display pop. I think some of that thinking remains, but it has been augmented by, (iii) if the train parts are available the train builders will make great MOCs so we don't need to worry about it any more. As a result, we don't get nice AFOL sets but they keep making train parts.
  6. Wow, that's a surprise. Hope #1: Lgauge compatible (R40???) OR they introduce a wide radius curve (yeah, never gonna happen) Hope #2: the make it a single car per set but provide enough of the rare colors (e.g., windows) so that it could easily be modified into different cars (sleeper, coach, etc)
  7. zephyr1934

    10308 holiday main street rethink

    That's why you need to be careful when cleaning old bricks, always wash in cold and use color safe bleach.
  8. zephyr1934

    My annual 12V layout

    Party like it's 1985!!! That layout is amazing, impressive work
  9. zephyr1934

    [OcTRAINber MOC] LMS Articulated Railcar (1938)

    Looks amazing, the curves are impressive
  10. zephyr1934

    [MOC] LEGO Group's Köf Ⅱ

    Nice work and I love all the 70's era printed bricks
  11. Oh, even better... but I THINK they said that BOTH models had to be built or significantly rebuilt in the time window. Was I wrong about that or did they change their position? Otherwise, if I was right and it still stands, I bet with just a small amount of effort you could update your old "new" model with plenty of time.
  12. zephyr1934

    [MOC] ÖBB 399.04 in 1:22,5

    That looks really good
  13. zephyr1934

    [MOC] Scania-Vabis 355 truck in 1/33 scale

    That looks fantastic, you've packed a lot of detail in a small space
  14. Yep, you totally copied that... and did an amazing job realizing it in lego. Great work. You know, with just a small amount of extra work you could make a much younger twin and have an entrant in the OcTRAINber contest.
  15. zephyr1934

    Ball bearing variability

    Thank you both for sharing your experiences. I bought 10 ball bearings so far. Not completely sure what I want to do with the the technic axle versions, but they strike me as perfect for non-lego gauge builds (O and G), and of course steam engines. So far I have only modified one of my Maersk mods. Now it actually rolls after you push it (the original that still has the technic axles stops dead as soon as you stop pushing). Definitely not as good as the ball bearing wheel sets with the metal axle using the MR52 bearings. Might not even be as good as the discontinued lego wheel set with the metal axle, but it is probably in the same neighborhood. That is still helpful though for the times when you need a different wheel. The performance difference could be bad bearings, but more likely slop in my build. For example, the inner radius on the MR85 is 5 mm but the technic axles are roughly 4.8 mm so already they have flexibility within the bearings. My mounts are also a little loose. Damn that entropy!