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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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/
  4. 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
  5. Building 7777

    Looks great, keep going! For the interior check the building inductions from 7838, 7839 and police/fire/space stations from that time to find some inspiration. Nothing to do with 7777, but MOCs like these two green ones also might fit into your 7777 project. Best regards, Holger
  6. @coaster, finally I was able to set up a test layout to see your 3D-printed switches in action. They work so well, fantastic. And my trains love to change over to the inner track on your switches! Any plans to make the R104 switches in molded ABS in the near future? Is there another kickstarter comming up for the switches? Great work! I need a pair of left switches now :-) HoMa
  7. What about a 7745-4558-cross-over? If rebuild the famous 7745 in the colors of the 4558 Metroliner ...
  8. Building 7777

    Great to see 7777 comes alive, thanks for sharing! And don't miss my article about about 7777 on brickset showing my childhood version of the grand layout with the yellow bridge: https://brickset.com/article/25119 This layout will be on display at LEGO fan weekend in Skaerbaek 2017. Holger
  9. Thanks for sharing this here ... The English version well not only be a translation of the original German version. I added a few more pictures and renderings and I've added a section about the latest developments in third party products. amazon.com and amazon.de list the English version for pre-order. Looking forward to your feedback! Holger
  10. [MOC] Classic train - 12v Shell Terminal

    Looks great, you've catched the iconic style from the early/mid 80s very well! Compared to today's LEGO sets and MOCs that era proved that building with limited colors and shapes wasn't a limitation in creating both great toys and model railroad. Looking forward to see more of that stuff! Holger
  11. LNER Class A4 4468 - MALLARD

    Great Mallard engine! You've captured the real one very well and seeing it in motion with front lights and moving rods is LEGO train MOCing at it's best! And your other models are also impressive. Thanks for showing. Holger
  12. Great news and sounds like a valid plan. R120 - wow, definitely something I am interested in. And R104 switches in molded ABS would be fantastic. And yes, go for Power Functions first to make sure to serve the needs of the largest group. Good luck, Holger
  13. I also use 2x4, 2x6 or 2x8 Technic Plates to attach the pin of a train motor to my train base plates. If they are build in odd width, I use jumper plates or 1x2 Technic bricks with either 1 or 2 holes to get a stable half stud offset. Here is an example: Another good option are 1x8 or 1x10 Technic plates with holes on the end if you want to attach a 4x6 boogie plate to an odd width base plate of a locomotive or wagon. Holger
  14. Custom 3d Printed Steam Drivers

    I also ordered a bunch of XXL drivers and blind drivers. Shipping was quick and no stress with extra tax because the DHL parcel came from the Netherlands to Germany ... both (still?) in the EU. The wheels look amazing and it is a totally new experience to build with such huge wheels. So much space below the center axle. Some Technic holes seems to be a bit too loose so the wheels slip on the axles. But this is just a minor issue, I can chew on the ends of the axles to get more fiction. Unfortunately I can not show pictures, just started to work in a Pacific style engine. For me and other German stream train heads red drivers with standard spokes and the counter weight would be a great addition. But overall: great that we have a chance to purchase such helpful add-on for our LEGO hobby! Holger
  15. My me-models Kickstarter timeline: 2014, April 17th ... pledged 85 US$ for a full loop of metal R56 rails 2014, May 17th ... the Kickstarter project was funded, estimated date for delivery was announced for September 2014 2014, September ... nothing happened 2015, January ... ABS rails became available in the regular me-models online shop. I purchased all radii of ABS rails. Shortly after I updated my website with a little report 2016, July 17th ... special pre-order option for metal R104 and metal R88 for those who didn't received rails from the Kickstarter campaign 2017, January 7th ... email with shipping confirmation and tracking number from me-models 2017, January 26th ... picked up my rails from the local customs office here in Germany, had to open the parcel and present the contents too the officers. "Is this LEGO?" "No, but it is compatible with LEGO." "Ok, please pay 19% tax on the amount for the rails and the shipping." (Yes, this is the way it works in Germany if you buy outside the EU). Finally got my reward from the Kickstarter campaign and the stuff if ordered last summer plus a little extra conversion rails. Unbelievable, almost 3 years waiting and now finally receiving a very valuable add-on to the LEGO train hobby. The weekend is ahead, so I might find time to set up the metal stuff and see how it performs? I hope everyone with a similar history with me-models and Kickstarter will finally end with all ordered rails very soon. Holger