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  1. Thanks for your comments! When I started to think about motors in the rear engine unit also I also had the synch problem in mind. But then I just did it: Front: 2 motors, 2 LEDs, 1 receiver (channel 1, V2 version), 1 rechargeable battery box Back: 1 motor, 1 LED, 1 receiver (channel 1, V1 version), 1 rechargeable battery box Handheld: One PF remote control In my living room I had no issues, the signal was caught by both receivers, even if they are 2 meters from each other. So for now I am happy with the result of a non synchronised train with motors at both ends. But SBrick is an option. But I only got one :-( Holger
  2. Today I present my LEGO version of the famous German VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express – or just TEE. If you want to know a bit more about the real train, wikipedia helps: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DB_Class_VT_11.5 It took me a while to finalize this model but I was busy on my building desk the last couple of weeks. From the specifications: 6 units in total (2 engine units and 4 waggons) 3 Power Functions train motors (2 in the front engine unit, on in the back) LEGO LED lights for the train front and end lights 7-wide (my favourite width for LEGO MOC trains) total length ca. 2.5 meters runs through standard LEGO track geometry (even if it looks silly), I prefer BrickTracks curves and TrixBrix/4DBrix switches custom LEGO parts: none modified LEGO parts: 2x 2x4 tile with the TEE logo by http://www.steindrucker.com yellow sticker on the coupling cover from an old LEGO sticker sheet Non-LEGO items – a piece of red tape to cover the center LED on the nose – interior lights using mini battery powered LEDs (source: https://www.ebay.de/itm/263808902124) – Trans Europ Express decal by http://www.modellbahndecals.de/ in scale 1:45 It started all with the idea to use two Brick, Round Corner 3 x 3 x 2 Dome Top for the characteristic nose of the engine units. A much bigger challenge were the grey-silver stripe which swings from the lower front lights up to the driver's cabin. For a long time I favoured a solution using rigid hoses, but it didn't work out and the hose did not "swing". So I ended with the plate variant, at least I did not build any steps. I also realised the round bull's-eye windows. The first one has to be located as close as possible to the end of the tan section. So the arched brick helped here. We still miss an element which fits between the 1 x 3 x 2 arch and the larger 1 x 6 x 3 arch. But I found a solution using curved solpes covering most of that gap. I am still stuggling with the right colour of the roof section behind the driver's cabin. Originally it should be light bluish grey (same colour as the stripe). But in real live all the grime from the exhausts makes this roof look more dark/dirty. So I also build a dark bluish grey variant. Both can be swaped easily and this feature allows easy access to the rechargeable battery box. Which colour do you prefer for this roof section? The rest of the roof also was a nice building experience using some SNOT. I wanted to use dopple-cheese pieces and curves slopes. And the roof should become 7 studs wide. That did not equal out fine so I had to use vertical tile on both sides of the middle brick column. The picture explains the rest of that SNOT nightmare … But now enjoy some pictures: More pictures in various sizes on Flickr! Best regards, Holger
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    MOC - 60051 Club Car and Extended Car

    here are some options, they should be available in trans black: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=3939#T=C https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=58181#T=C https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=41750#T=C https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=41749#T=C https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=x224#T=C ... be creative, you will find something for your own dome car :-)
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    [MOC] Santa Fe EMD F7A Warbonnet #315

    @SavaTheAggie, saw your promising work in progress pictures on Flickr. Yes, this is how the Santa Fe F7A has to look like as LEGO MOC. The use of that one element I don't know the name is just perfect for the large front light. And I still "brain reengineer" how the windscreen is build? The grille tiles seems to hold on the glass rather tight. Congrats winning the locomotive category from BMRR at the NMRA show. And thanks for the video showing all the great engines and trains on one of the best LEGO train layouts in the world. Holger
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    BBÖ ET10 / ÖBB 4041 railcar

    Great railcar you've but together. I like the use of that odd huge hinge (is it classified as hinge?) brick for the lights, the roof and the paragraph of course. The diorama in the LEGO store brings life into the scene ... well done! Holger
  6. Feel free to use my video showing the prototype I got a while ago. Someone newer mentioned Jang ... that is this channel worth more then 1.000.000 subscriber at YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/LEGOJANG Good luck from supporter #22 HoMa
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    My biggest Lego train layout so far...

    @AlmightyArjen thanks for sharing. Wonderful layout and a cool video. You had great fun worth your trains and rides!
  8. @coaster, great to here about the new Kickstarter project. Just backed for 4x right and 4x left switches. Sounds really promising and I can prove that your prototype works fine (see video above). I just showed the R120 radius curves at a smaller event last weekend in Germany and the feedback was great. Good luck for the new Kickstarter project! Holger
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    German BR 03

    Excellent looking model and well presented! The golden stripes are a great detail which adds realism and a nice counter-colour to the black and red. Do you have any pictures showing how the wheels are connected and how the steering/turning will work? And of course: welcome to Eurobricks (and 1000steine)! Holger
  10. @Tenderlok, I am sorry to hear that you also became a victim of unfair AFOL behaviour. For many years I refused to publish instructions of my MOCs for this reason. Some troll wakes up every day, builds the model using my instructions and trying to make money out of it. The dutch website https://habricks.com/nl/ (review in German on promobricks) offers a BR 80 which shows many details which are build the same way as my (previous released) BR 80. I was never asked nor I get any cents compensation for every model HA bricks sells. While working on my LEGO Train book I decided to go depper into building instructions and several instructions are published printed in the book. As little extra, I offer two PDF instructions for BR 80 and BR 10 for free on my website. Yes, my own risk, even my disclaimer that it is not allowed to rebuild and sell the modell does stop the trolls. My disclaimer: Building and selling my models My building instructions are available for free. Building these models is only allowed for personal use. Building these models with the purpose of selling them and make your own profit is prohibited. Recently someone on kleinanzeigen.ebay.de offered the brown Crocodile as brick-build model, no instructions, unique and expensive elements replaced by cheaper alternatives for 450 €. At least my nickname was mentioned in the description text. But again, I was not asked and I replyed asking how much of the 450 € I will receive as compansation? Plus I informed kleinanzeigen.ebay.de and they removed the offer over night. As far as I know, there is no intellectual property (IP) protection for LEGO MOCs as we build them. It would cost us a few hundreds of Euro to register a "Gebrauchsmuster" at a nearby lawer. And even then, we need to know that a troll is trying to make money with other people's creativity and we must take action against such behaviour. I do not see all such cases and I do not have the time to take action against it. If I discover something like this, I will contact the troll asking for 60-80% of the price as compensation ... but in the end I can not stop such unfair, egoistic, profit-oriented behaviour. Good thing is, that the great majority of LEGO fans and AFOLs is not like this and that there is a lot of respect both online and in real life for each others MOCs and the creator behind it. Sad that the black sheeps are so prominent. Best regards, Holger
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    Steam locomotive Instructions

    @Chorduroy you can find PDFs of instructions for two of my steam engines for free on my website for download: http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks/en/br10.php http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks/en/br80.php Enjoy, Holger
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    Vintage Train with Be 6/8 "Crocodile"

    Till @Lexa has taken some pictures you (and all others) can enjoy my original MOC ;-)) http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks/en/br10.php
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    Vintage Train with Be 6/8 "Crocodile"

    @Haddock51 it's always a pleasure for me to see other AFOLs enjoying to build models from my book. And great that you made your own version for the 9 Volt system. The noses seems to be off the body by a stud. Is it to make it more flexible to go thru standard R40 curves and switches? It might be tricky in the original version, especially with the cables from the body to the noses. How did you proceed with the instructions? The Crocodile by far is a very complex model and I had to save pages wherever possible. So I couldn't do the "one step, one element, one page" concept of original LEGO instructions. And I hope red instead of brown or darkgreen also helped? Yes, 7-wide is great. Nice compromise for me in realism and overall length of locomotives and wagons. Plus an extra challenge in building in odd numbers. So one of my favorite elements became the Technic 1x5 plate with 4 studs and the center Technic axle hole. Now enjoy your trains! Seems like you have a nice shelf for display and a multi level track layout? You are from Sweden ... any plans to go to Trondheim/Norway by the end of the month? I will be there with my Frauenkirche MOC and some trains. Best regards, Holger
  14. @coaster thanks for your update and summary about what's going on behind your curtains. Sounds all great! Good that you do not promise everything to be in the shelves soon but make clear announcements what's important for you. Personally I am looking forward to the R104 switch Kickstarter! All the best for your business, Holger
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    Ways of adding 'lining' to train MOCs

    @DameVeraLynn, running pistons on LEGO steam engines are always tricky to realise. See my video an you will see the wheels not running when the track is not fully even. But I don't mind. The difference between BR 10 and Emerald Night is the position of the the steam cylinder. I try to build them as low as possible, at least at the same level as the upper part of the wheels. The position of the steam cylinders at Emerald Night is to high (too allow the front wheels to turn better), but the pistons do not like this, esspecially when the main rod is in the lowest position and the piston rod is very much angeled. More about my BR 10 at http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks/de/br10.php Great that you like my book :-) Holger