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  1. gambort

    Beware: eBay fraud -- Train MOC instructions

    I suggest going to RAILBRICKS and looking through their instructions section before buying any instructions. If the model you want is there, then the eBay seller is probably stealing it. So you get instructions for free from RAILBRICKS and do not support dishonest sellers. Tim
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    MOC: French Station

    Masterful. Blogged.
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    Layout: Elmore 1972

    Thanks again everyone. Actually it would be two large investments. More seriously there's actually less brick there than you might expect (although still a lot). There's a lot of baseplate on show cunningly disguised. I'd guesstimate there's probably 10-15k pieces there. Tim
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    Layout: Elmore 1972

    ^ Thanks for the kind words. Very much obliged. We now have the honour of being front-paged here, on RAILBRICKs and on TBB (which is kind cheating) :)
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    Layout: Elmore 1972

    Thanks for noticing that. We have adapted various "real" model railroading techniques for this layout. The cloth allows the free form shape that allows us to work at more angles more easily.
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    Layout: Elmore 1972

    Thanks everyone. It was great fun making this. Tim
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    Layout: Elmore 1972

    At this year's Brickvention I once again had the pleasure to team up with the very talented Mike Pianta (scruffulous) for a town/train diorama. Like last year's Ararat we went for a rural Australian town theme, and again set it in 1972 to maximise our building fun. This time we chose Elmore for its distinctive train station. You can find many more pictures by some wonderful photographers at the convention in the layout's flickr group. While we'd learnt a lot from the previous year this one presented new challenges. Not least for me how to bring large buildings in my aeroplane luggage. And for Mike how to assemble large base segments without ever getting a chance to see them all together. Luckily we were able to overcome the challenges and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Apparently the TLG judges were too as we were honoured to be awarded Best in Show.
  8. Hehe. I think that was my fault and it was an accident. I think of '"real" model train' as meaning '"real" model railroad' and answered the second question. But of course this is not true. But we probably all agree that it _can_ be either. Tim
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    7777 Redux Contest

    We have winners!. And thanks to everyone who entered. It was great to see so many excellent models inspired by the best Ideas Book ever. Tim
  10. Our opinion counts, but doesn't answer the original question IMO. And to be add a little more detail to my original response I do consider plenty of LEGO train MOCs to be "real" model rail. My response is a bit of both: On the one hand I think it does summarise what is required to have LEGO trains considered as more "serious" or "real". If you flick through the pages of a model rail magazine you rarely see layouts that don't have a lot of attention put into the off-the-rail bits. Certainly that, and non-orthogonality, are the main differences I notice from most LEGO layouts. On the other hand it is also my perspective on what I want out of a LEGO layout. I want a LEGO layout that looks like a "real" model rail layout made from bricks. But I've never been keen on saying what others should or shouldn't do. Tim
  11. 'Model', 'LEGO model' and '"real" model train' are three different classes of things. The question is not "are LEGO models classed as models" or "are LEGO models "real" model trains to their creators" but "are LEGO trains classed as "real" model trains". This implies a (somewhat) consensual position by the "real" model railroading community. You can call things whatever you please. As can I. But I'm pretty sure my view is probably closer to that of most model railroaders than yours is. Although I may very well be wrong. Tim
  12. You can interpret answers how you like, but I was responding to the original question: Are LEGO trains classed aw "real" model trains? Which has nothing to do with how good or bad LEGO models are, but what they should be considered to be. It takes a lot more time and a lot more work to achieve a realistic standard in LEGO since every element needs to be made from scratch. In my opinion that extra time is required for me to consider a LEGO layout a model train layout. YMMV. Tim
  13. Yes but how often is a LEGO train of the same standard? There are plenty which are better and more accurate (IMO) than many HO kits, but the lower quality kits are often used only in the context of a layout. Obviously we're never going to be able to get to the detail level of, say, a good O gauge layout. But in principle the same standards as N should be doable. Tim
  14. To me it's an important distinction. Even a lower-quality model rail display is generally more 'realistic' than a higher-quality LEGO one. Whether or not you care about this is a different matter. But I reckon most model rail hobbyists do. Tim
  15. I'm going to throw some controversy here: I think that most LEGO layouts are not 'model rail', but I think that LEGO can and sometimes is be used for 'model rail'. To be more precise I think that an important aspect of 'model rail' is the 'model' side. It's not just the trains that represent reality, it's the landscaping, geometry, buildings, vehicles and other accessories. To have a true 'model railway' you need to have a good go at most of these elements. The same attention paid to the trains must be paid to the cars, the trees, the roads etc. Most LEGO layouts don't go this far. But a very few do :) I'll not exaggerate the controversy by linking to those I believe meet the criteria. Tim