James Mathis

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  1. What do you all make of the silver keychains: 2x4 brick, skeleton, and construction worker minifigure made under license from TLG? Where do these rate on the rarity, desirability, and price scale? silver construction worker minifigure keychain Worker - Sterling Silver (925) Key Chain at Bricklink video of the silver skeleton keychain minifigure Skeleton - Sterling Silver (925) Key Chain 2 x 4 Brick - Sterling Silver (925) Key Chain Fun topic to read through and discover all of the rare, collectible, and pricey items. -James
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    MOC (to be restored) - BR Class 55 - Deltic - 4,5v

    Indeed, from the days of old: your skill with the old bricks shines through my childhood 1980s era filter spectacles! My teenage memories smile with affection for your dedication to build with the non-train battery and motors: you demonstrate vision, creativity, and production that I could not envision back then. Well done Gray Era!
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    Class 23 D5909

    Stunning. Love the deep rich color. The freight wagons by Hod complement nicely. Great textures and details achieved. I wonder if my 11 year old self saw Baby Deltic prowl the line in 1981 when I lived in Lincolnshire for a brief Spring... I certainly fell for the British Rail system's livery an modern Intercity 125 as they swooshed through town, but I had an affinity for the working diesels. Nicely chosen build. A proper representative.
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    Lego APT with passive tilt MOC

    Nice piece of work.
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    MOC: Swiss IC Train with Re 460

    Really nice work!
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    Two Swiss Alpine inspired trains designed with Pick a Brick

    I need to update the design files to match the final as-built real brick design.
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    Two Swiss Alpine inspired trains designed with Pick a Brick

    Now in real brick builds. Many photos in the album at two swiss alpine inspired trains, "baby" crocodile and "alpine express"
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    [MOC] AGV High Speed Train

    What a dream of a train. Your engineering skill to match the aesthetic design from cab to coach is beyond the wilds of imagination. Fantastic stunning build. You have me drooling.
  9. Beautifully elegant solution for the door levers to align, project and insert into the train car, while also sliding the door open in one action. Brilliant!
  10. @HoMa I’d not thought much of sets exclusive to the US market. Must have really been a different kind of company structure back then with separate independencies to explore and offer unique sets to regional market. I had (and have) the 7777 Idea book. I used to dream of being able to build the massive layout— and there it is, you did it! You were able to build it: very cool. Now, you’ve produced your own Idea book: very cool, indeed!
  11. Your pictures of your childhood town and train are fantastic. I, too, like many of you who have replied, grew up with the late-70s to early-90s town and trains. I have a couple of pictures somewhere-- need to look for them-- to post. Will do as I can find them... So cool that you have the town bank and the train cargo crane. In the USA, I remember seeing those available only via the S@H mail order catalog. If memory serves, it took a fair few weeks to order, process, and receive the S@H sets in the 80s. I see on your shelf boxes, a blue and yellow crane, as well, that I only ever saw in the S@H mail order. I'm wondering if those sets in the USA market were only available via the S@H mail order service, or did some brick-and-mortar toy shops offer these sets? I also recall that some of the train accessory/trackside sets offered in the USA S@H catalog such as that trackside crane (and auto carrier?) each included two 12-volt gray conducting rails. In response to whether 12v trains were offered for sale in the USA, I like to cheekily say, "yes-- kind of." Learning of the 12-volt train system, and that it never made its way fully "across the pond" was exasperating for this child of the 80s. Luckily, my dad had a business trip to England in 1982 and returned with the glorious 7740. I drooled longingly over the 12-volt trains pictured in the in-box catalog for years, eventually securing additional track and a few train cars from friendly contacts in England. I've kept all the instruction books, but the boxes were tossed years ago by a misgivings of the teenage hormones. Today, my collection resides in storage or as train MOC remnants in an aged brickyard. My town and train layout from the 1980s. My set list: https://brickset.com/sets/ownedby-jmathis My town and trains (and pirates, forestmen, too) in the storage condition: Thanks for posting about your historic layout and collection to remember these wonderful good times. I found some more pictures of my town layout and updated the Flickr album: https://flickr.com/photos/127775060@N04/sets/72157663327007377 https://flickr.com/photos/127775060@N04/sets/72157652018570650
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    Santa Fe Super Chief MOC

    Beautifully done! The front headlights and use of the 2 stud deep curved elements for the nose and below the windscreen definitely create the character.
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    A certain Sci-Fi locomotive

    So excellent. Love the SNOT greebling of the ladder and doors and nose. So good.
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    Allan's Speed Champion vehicle and building creations.

    Fantastic vehicles. Love the U-HAUL lettering. The Jeep and the illuminated traffic control sign are very nicely done.
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    [MOC] Pizza delivery truck

    Very nice. Really looks the part with the fender slopes and flairs.