Matt Dawson

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  • Birthday 02/19/1991

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    Solihull (Nr Birmingham), England
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    1920s-1940s US trains from the NE corner.


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  1. Matt Dawson

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Ooh. They look nice.
  2. LEGO won't go beyond 6 wide due to a couple of factors, mainly price and standards. As others have mentioned, they complain sets are expensive/niche product and aren't good for affordability, and moving to 8 wide would increase costs per vehicle of around 10-20% depending on complexity, not to mention the larger plates required for bases. The only other trains not 6 wide are the Disney train and the Emerald Night, and the latter was purely down to the cylinders.
  3. Matt Dawson

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I saw this coming as soon as the announcement was made. Whilst it's ultimately a licensing issue (can't control all custom prints or parts uploaded) I would've thought they'd still allow custom chroming, although that probably would fall foul of either H&S or quality.
  4. Matt Dawson

    MOC, WIP, Catenary for rail yards

    The far one with it vertically reminds me of a signal bridge. Catenary is normally fairly thin up top, would a length of flex tube be more suitable?
  5. It says under the first line of "Entries & Prizes": "We are not accepting digital entries this year to emphasize the spirit of the challenge." Digital entries could be classed as cheating. With a locomotive if the mechanism doesn't work it could always be a display piece; however as a functional challenge the only way to get a complete (and provable) working system is to build it "in the brick". And to aid people, here's a (short) list of things that could be built:
  6. Matt Dawson

    Trains and Ideas

    Nope. All standard product range. However the Horizon Express sold worst out the three as it A) It could definitely be seen as an incomplete train, and B) needed a lot of expenditure to get the suitable extra track and make it motorised. Although Emerald Night was only had a single carriage, at the price it was cheap enough to buy multiple and either sell the locomotive, in parts or whole (the driving wheels were exclusive to the set at the time) or use the parts for different locos/mocs, such as the French K22 pacifics.
  7. Matt Dawson

    Ideas for New Train Sets

    @pooda I'm surprised they haven't gone down the EMU route yet. Could do a 2 car version (and both cars could be built almost identical save Powered UP! gear) and spend the extra passenger set budget on a reasonable platform and a couple extra straight pieces then...
  8. Matt Dawson

    Interlocking Tower or Signal Box

    @sed6 nice building, but I feel I should point out the bottom floor is normally filled with the mechanisms for the levers & equipment above (late steam era and beyond electric/pneumatic switches have reduced this need somewhat) which is why there's staircases on the outside. Only large build towers/boxes (and modern ones) feature internal access, like the Harris tower:
  9. Matt Dawson

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    @coaster That's actually not surprising. In fact, I'd prefer 2 sub-assemblies - it means then no super-duper long boxes for shipping! Looks like a 16 (toe) + 24 (heel) stud configuration? So a 8 stud piece to make a 3 standard track panel length?
  10. 9V isn't dead but is dying a slow death. PF isn't produced anymore, but the last I checked obtaining PF items was still more affordable and accessible. Plus PF items (batteries and motors) can be used with not only the PF system, but PFxBrick, S-Brick and BuWizz - and aren't exclusive for train fans to use. Matt Csenge has used two train motors combined with Emerald Night wheels to produce a New Haven electric, something not achievable with a fixed wheel size 9V motor. Whilst typing, I did remember there is one reason 9V has advantages over plastic track, and that's interior coach lighting as that could use a lot of power. Again, I'm pretty sure something like Brickstuff could fill this niche better as it wouldn't require pickups, would work off plastic track and is more aimed at the experienced hobbyist (especially where modified elements come into play...)
  11. Unfortunately that boat has long since sailed. Aiming does not equal sales - I've not seen toy stores OR model train shops selling aftermarket LEGO parts, only LEGO traders at exhibitions - if they even stock LEGO's own train line! To that end, that will likely mean online only sales, which as anyone who has half an economic brain means two things: 1. less sales (less visibility, no chance to try-before-buying unless you see it at a show), although that's offset by 2. No "brick & mortar" overheads 9V - as I've said before - has come under increasing legislation weight as a product with exposed electrical contacts (the rails) - switching to battery powered stock not only frees people from the problems of return loops, cost of track, requirement to have a mains supply accessible but also means a lower overall cost (subject to battery costs/type). 9V is a dying breed save for the diehard AFOLs and I personally doubt there will be many newcomers wanting to invest in an aftermarket system for 9V when they can get plastic track - either LEGO's own, Bricktracks, 4DBrix or TrixBrix - for less of a cost and at greater availability. The only reason a powered track system would make economic or physical sense is for on-track hands-free recharging of batteries, but that wouldn't require the entire layout to be recharged - and you could get away with existing LEGO produced 9V track for that. Personally, the only reason I am keeping some 9V behind is for a trolley/light rail system as the battery box will be too intrusive. This is false. the LEGO House's trains run on rechargable batteries recharged through an induction pad on the first wagon/coach - the Santa Fe train is a prime example - the first coach stops over a walkway at the station which houses the charge coil. The metal rails are purely for aesthetic reasons, and even then they struggled to do a proper reverse loop with their own geometry.
  12. I personally have a couple of niggles about the whole thing: Is there enough demand for what's being proposed? Why a new connector? (unless it's just half a 9V connector) Is track or train parts coming first? No point doing track if there's few trains to run on them due to lack of motors I personally think that it has great intentions, but we've yet to see above R120 in plastic, let alone metal. LEGO discontinued their own electric rail system for a multitude of reasons including cost to produce, cost of machinery repair, legislation and lack of demand, despite it being sold worldwide*. How can an aftermarket offering - with the cost of the manufacturing process and probably only being sold by AFOLs via the internet for other AFOLs - be sustainable? *AFAIK
  13. Matt Dawson

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Can we get that CAD art as an art print? There's something... "pleasing" about it...
  14. Matt Dawson

    [ MOC] Great Southern Rail Carriages

    Those bogies could probably suit some US passenger coaches as well...
  15. Matt Dawson

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    ...and in goes an order for 2 packs!