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  1. lego9vtrainfan

    Ballast methods for R104 switches

    Second version... upped my wedge plate game for what I think is a cleaner setup on the bottom that makes a few more studs available on the top. Comments, improvements, or alternative approaches welcome! Ballasting BrickTracks R104 switches - second version by Lego9vtrainfan, on Flickr Ballasting BrickTracks R104 switches - second version by Lego9vtrainfan, on Flickr
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    Ballast methods for R104 switches

    Thanks for your reply. My switches arrived Here’s where I’m at with ballasting efforts so far: DC86CD52-B95C-4618-8134-9DB1CA371FEC by Lego9vtrainfan, on Flickr 7D797E37-7072-454D-BC65-CBDC7301EF80 by Lego9vtrainfan, on Flickr Obviously some parts are not in their final colours (I was missing some of part 6179 in dark bluish gray, for example). To explain, my intent here was to create ballast that (1) is freestanding / fully attached to the switch since I build a lot of my layouts temporarily on the floor and don’t have baseplates, MILS modules, etc. underneath the track, and (2) provides as complete of coverage under the switch as possible. There aren’t a lot of attachment points on the bottom of the switch, particularly around the mechanism itself. There are also a lot of curves, etc. that conflict with studs (meaning parts with partially tiled surfaces had to be used), so this created some challenges and likely room for further refinements! It would actually be way easier to do it with a baseplate underneath, since then you could build up to the switch from below without needing to fasten everything to the switch. I may try that next, or perhaps others already have done some experiments. Ideas or improvements welcome!
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    Ballast methods for R104 switches

    While I am eagerly awaiting my order of BrickTracks R104 switches, I wanted to see if anyone who has received theirs (or worked with other R104 switches) has tried ballasting them. I am certainly planning on ballasting mine to match the track I have already ballasted using the / PennLUG methods, so perhaps we can collect different ideas in a thread — I’ll share mine once I receive my switches and have time to experiment!
  4. Stunning work and great video too! Thanks for sharing.
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    The Love/Hate stage of a layout/build

    Interesting topic :) For me it’s applying decals / stickers... used in moderation, I find these can really bring out realistic finishing touches in a model, but I really get stuck at this stage. The designing / ordering / sorting / building parts are all good fun though!
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    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Many thanks @coaster for working out all of the details and for bringing this product to market. Very excited that we are almost there — I’ve put my preorder in :)
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    Edmonton Transit Siemens-Duewag U2 LRT Car

    Very nice work! Always enjoy seeing builds of trains seen in Canada too. Look forward to seeing photos of it in the brick when you have the chance to test it!
  8. lego9vtrainfan

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    So excited! Thanks @coaster!
  9. lego9vtrainfan

    Announcing the Modular LEGO® Intermodal Standard

    Very nice work here! I have been looking to build some well cars, so this is good timing since now there will be a standard for containers. Appreciate the leadership of BMR and Brick Train Depot for the hobby in this regard. Cheers.
  10. lego9vtrainfan

    CP2501 - Electric Locomotive

    Very nice work! As others have said, the building techniques for the windshield are great. I also like how you found the perfect piece for the headlights too!
  11. lego9vtrainfan

    Brick Train Awards 2020 winners

    Congratulations to all of the winners and entrants for making this an exciting new initiative in the LEGO train community!
  12. lego9vtrainfan

    Whatever happened to the 9V Hobby Train "Line"?

    Thanks @HoMa and others for sharing your experiences and perspectives on the history of the Hobby Train set/line. Very interesting! One can hope that if the new crocodile sells well that TLG might revisit this concept... we can dream, right?
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    [MOC/MOC] Lego Train 60197

    Nice work on the doors and especially like the two-level dome car with interior - thanks for sharing!
  14. lego9vtrainfan

    [MOC] Tour Montparnasse - Paris Skyscraper

    I recall seeing this as a work in progress in the background of some of the photos of your storage solutions in your article over at Brickset, so very exciting to see it finished! Excellent work and interesting building techniques - love all your other Paris MOCs too!
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    BR E18 047 "Blauer Enzian"

    Great build, details, and custom decals! Did you have access to some historical photographs or the actual train in a museum to create the plaques, numbering, etc.? Love the dark blue colour too.