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  1. @James Mathis, thanks for sharing your old pictures and memories! Great to see so many US-only sets which were not released in Europe in the regular way. But on the other side I am happy that I got so much 12v stuff back in the 80s for birthday and Christmas presents. All my yellow Technic beams came from supplemental sets like 871 and 874 (I guess).
  2. @Ashi Valkoinen great model of the Siemens Vectron engine! I really like it how you managed to make the color scheme in bricks. And the idea of making the model also suitable for two electric systems is just great. The LEGO Vectron family is getting bigger :-)
  3. Here are some old pictures of my childhood 12v layout (must be mid 1980s, Light & Sound was available as you can see in the left corner of the first picture) All from my old brickshelf folder http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=2144 On an extended layout of the cool 7777 layout with the yellow bridge (I added a third ramp and a switch up in the air) you can spot sets like 7740 (passenger train)+7819 (mail wagon), 7745 (passenger train), 7735 (freight train) + 7817 (crane wagon), 7823 (container depot), 7824 (train station), 7866 (road crossing) and many LEGOLAND city sets, MODs and MOCs. These days I also try to complete my 12v train collection with a reasonable box at least. Here are some of my boxes, some in terrible condition like the 7727 box: A while ago I wrote a little review about 7777 which you might know allready: https://brickset.com/article/25119/7777-the-1981-trains-ideas-book And all sets from the grey are are summarized as Bricklist over at brickset https://brickset.com/sets/list-15314 12v is still alive Holger
  4. Hi Reza, thanks for putting all this together! I checked most of my 12v train motors, some are very scratchy so I can not read the production date. But for your list I have: Red Type 1: 16 0 Red Type 1: 22 0 Red Type 1: 29 0 Red Type 1: 32 0 Red Type 1: 39 0 Red Type 1: 39 0 Red Type 2: 25 2 Red Type 3: 30 3 Red Type 3: 39 3 Red Type 3: 41 2 Red Type 3: 40 4 Black Type 2: 15 81 Black Type 2: 47 81 Black Type 2: 3 82 Black Type 2: 21 2 Black Type 3: 37 2 Black Type 3: 15 3 Black Type 3: 37 3 Black Type 3: 20 5 Black Type 3: 45 5 Black Type 4: 27 9 The Red Type 1: 16 0 is from a nearly MISB 7750 (most bags still closed, motor never run so far). So I am very sure that this motor came with a 7750 set. For all the other motors I can not tell from which original set they came. I got 7735 and 7745 from my childhood but I can not say which motors they had originally. Overall I found only one Type 4 motor in my collection. And as long as I keep this 7865 sealed I can not tell what version is in this one? Holger
  5. Holger Matthes' Crocodile colour issue.

    I've used old brown for my real brick build crocodile engine, except the 1x2 bricks with grille. They were never made in old brown, only in reddish brown. For the instructions on the book I used red because of printing quality issues with brown vs. black. But the bill of materials will list all color relevant elements. I know that this model uses some hart to find elements, but the model was build years prior then the book was written and the crocodile engine is an example for a complex expert model. For long time I thought it is not possible to build a dark green version. Dark green does match perfectly with most of the real engines. But Axel proved that it is possible, even without jumper plates which were not available when he build his dark green version: This is a great example of my intention of the book: inspiration to go ahead further and find your own solutions. And not sticking brick by brick with the photos and instructions I've provided. Hope you enjoy the book anyway, even if you have done struggles with a 1:1 build of the crocodile. Holger P.S. The "fact sheet" on pages 186/187 does mention brown (and not reddish brown) a several times.
  6. Building 7777

    Great stuff! I like the colored marked remote signals and points. I also use this idea and thanks to the current color palette you can use many remote devices. The red locomotive is also part of my 12 volt collection. How did you build the middle light with the light brick behind it? 12 volt is alive :-) Holger
  7. @Ludo, yes still reading this thread! In Germany it is similar to other EU countries. We have 19% VAT (called Mehrwertsteuer) on most products. If I buy within the EU I pay the price marked in the country selling the product (plus shipping, which is in general much more expressive then shipping inside the country). If it is an EU country which has no Euro currency as in Germany I have to consider the exchange rate. But inside the EU this is more less stable, not comparable with Euro to US $. If I buy from outside the EU the parcel is normally not delivered to my front door. Instead a letter from the local customs office tells me that a parcel is waiting to be picked up. The letter also says to bring the original invoiced plus records of the payment, e.g. PayPal emails. At the office you are asked to open the parcel and then they check the content. An invoice with the same amount should be attached to the parcel or should be found in the parcel. Then the officer disappears behind his desk and calculates the extra costs for importing the product. You need to pay the 19 % Mehrwertsteuer/VAT on both the product and the shipping costs. If the total value is higher then (something round about) 150 Euro, you need to pay an additional import custom tax (I don't know the exact percentage because I avoid expensive shippings from outside the EU). These days customs also keep an eye on clone products, IP misuse and on conformity. I heard about people who could not get their Big Ben Bricks wheels imported because there was no CE sign and not letter of conformity. Also worse if the plastic stuff in the parcel is labeled as a toy. (Model railroad parts, 16+ seems to work better then just 'toy') To summarize all this: it's no fun buying stuff from outside the EU. I was lucky that my friend who lives in the USA took my BrickTracks R120 circle in his luggage when he came home for last Christmas. But this could not be a regular service, normally travel luggage doesn't offer much space for extras and waiting till he comes over the next time can be long. Unfortunately I don't have any good idea how to help both the customers in the EU or worldwide outside of the USA and the business producing the required stuff. @coaster, on Bricklink I am just a buyer, but I can ask in the German forum at 1000steine.de if there is a German based Bricklink shop which is interested as a European hub for BrickTracks. HoMa P.S. Request posted at 1000steine: https://www.1000steine.de/de/gemeinschaft/forum/?entry=1&id=393378#id393378
  8. MOC - 12V DB BR78

    Looks great your 12 Volt style MOC steam engine! It fits really good in the line of "large" 12 Volt steam engines. Hmm, shouldn't call it a line, we only know the 7750 and it's bigger sister 7777 (which is a 7750+7810). Why not call yours a 7780 (50+30=80)?
  9. [MOD] 6980 Galaxy Commander

    The landing plate is actually an official LEGO product, but rare these days. Bricklink knows it as cloth08 https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?G=cloth08&name=Storage Cloth, Space&category=[Storage][Space]#T=S&O={"iconly":0}
  10. 35 years ago LEGO Classic Space 6980 Galaxy Commander was released. So I decided to rebuild this set. But something went wrong … hmm, maybe not a good idea if a trainhead who prefers trains in 7- or 8-wide starts building Classic Space sets ;-) But now enjoy some pics … … and some more over at flickr
  11. Factory Train 10183 Instructions

    You can find several brickshelf galleries with instructions for 10183 models. For example here are some good step by step pictures for all models: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=328898
  12. Wheel slippage

    It might help if you replace the original thin rubber ring in the wheels which are attached to the motor with slightly thicker ones. A good resource is your local DIY store, search in the sanitary department for sealing rings.
  13. 12v UP SW10 set prototype recreation

    For the middle back window: What about a black hinge vertical roof holder? https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=4214#T=C The upper part of this element without the roof counterpart shows done nice tiny details which can be used as windows frames. Btw, great that you work on that prototype as a real model. I remember seeing this prototype before but can't remember where? BrickJournal or RailBricks magazine?
  14. Over on brick model railroader the vintage 12 Volt system also is in focus these days. Latest article id's worse reading if you ate a gray era train fan: http://brickmodelrailroader.com/index.php/2017/09/14/lego-trains-are-put-to-the-test-1984/
  15. Lots of questions I also would like to know the answers. Unfortunately I can not help with further details. But yes, there must have been a good team in the late 70s which had the task to develop a better train system for the minifigs which just started to walk, drive cars or fly out in space. The track geometry didn't chance compared to the blue era, but it was advanced using a middle tie, clips and the holes you've mentioned to screw it down on a wooden plate. And of course the color did chance to become more realistic. And I believe that this train system was focusing the German market. Even if it would not have been called a licence, but the DB (Deutsche Bahn) stickers are used on more less every train or wagon. And some trains are kind of modeled after the real prototypes, e. g. the 7740 which is even called TEE (Trans Europa Express) on the German catalogue. Maybe the designers were Germans? Or the German LEGO headquarters in Hohenwestedt (near Hamburg) ordered this series? Another indicator for targeting the German market could have been Playmobil which also came up with a toy train system (based on LGB Lehmanns Garten Bahn) and the ever strong brand Märklin. Märklin focused on model railroaders 65+ and managers in Billund might have seen the chance to offer something similar for the younger audience. Afree a strong of the gray era in 1980, it faded out from the mid of the decade. 1986 the last new releases came out and there were no special train related catalogues any more (at least in Germany). Accessory sets seems to be available till the beginning of the 90s, some came in redesigned boxes and you might find a 1989 copyright on such boxes. Unfortunately we didn't see any further development of sets. Already in the late 80s the 12 Volt system was dead when LEGO started the 9 Volt system first with "Light & Sound" in same emergency vehicles and space vessels. You might find this brick list over at brickset helpful: https://brickset.com/sets/list-15314 For the library at brickset I've provided various scans of the train catalogues I got: https://brickset.com/library/catalogues I will be in Skaerbaek for the LEGO Fan Weekend. I will try to find some LEGO employee who knows more about the gray era or design processes back in the 80s. Holger