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  1. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO Trains 2024

    Looking back on the list of trains over the years, I've really come to appreciate the 40370 GWP set. It's small, and kinda cute. My son loves it and motorized it with powered up, and loves having it pull cars. For him it's hot so much more personality than the larger trains, while still looking like it could be based in reality. I'd love to see more little trains like it released.
  2. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    How would I get into using ball bearings and lubrication and such? I know it makes a huge difference, especially on technic axels. I sort of recall many years ago someone modifying technic holes to put bearings in them
  3. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    This may be silly but would have simply changing the color of the locomotive made it more appealing?
  4. Carefree_Dude

    10219 Maersk Train in alternate colors guide

    You can also go entirely different livery. This has always been my personal favorite, the good ole Canadian Northern
  5. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    I busted a crown gear once, testing a big boy MOC I was creating that had 4x XL motors in it. I had the drive train all set up, and wanted to find out how much it could pull. It pulled a lot before the gear broke.
  6. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    I have a black and red german style emerald night that I look forward to seeing with the carriages.
  7. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    I didn't realize there were several types of bricks in the non-lego market. I'm a few pages into the build, and they do add a lot more parts per step. Its similar to the olden days of lego where you would build an entire castle on a 2 page spread. It isn't so bad though, not only do they have the boxes with the parts you use, but also have red outlines on what's added. And it is somewhat ridiculous where lego will now use a full two page spread to have you add a single piece or to flip the model around. I understand they do it for accessibility, it just gets silly at times.
  8. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    I'll let you know! I haven't done much more than open the box for now and test the electronics. The steam maker really surprised me! I didn't expect it, so I tried it out right away and it creates a really impressive amount of steam shooting up. It only lasts for a few minutes though, and I don't really see a way to turn it off. I also imagine it uses a lot of power. Also the general quality of the bricks surprised me, they actually feel like real lego. Roughly 7-8 years ago I bought some of the Lepin modulars and the bricks had this really weird feel to them, like they were slightly oily or something? also kind of light? Anyways it kinda weirded me out. Anyways it'll probably take me a bit to build this, as I've got other real life stuff to do. I also have the lego orient express ordered now, so I will be able to compare.
  9. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    Box got somewhat smooshed during shipping. The box shipped wrapped in plastic, which was also wrapped in plastic. Also the box is too small for the contents, the box is straight up bulging with how much is in it.
  10. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    Got mine ordered last night, I have a few ideas for the engine
  11. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    My curiosity got the best of me and I bought this. I'm really curious about the motors especially. Gonna order lego one too, and do a side by side
  12. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    Did powered up ever get the equivalent of an XL motor? I'm not sure If I believe the standard train motor will be able to even pull very many of these cars.
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    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    I'm seeing all these reasonable suggestions to have a non-steam engine pull the Orient Express but I think we all know deep down inside that our inner child demands it be a steam locomotive. Not just because it looks cool, but myself, and I'm sure most every train fan here have been impatiently waiting for more than a decade for Lego to produce a worthy follow up to the Emerald Night. Then we all heard the rumors of the UCS Hogwarts Express which raised our hopes and dashed them quite expertly! And then there were rumors of this train, based on an ideas submission, with a really well built locomotive that could finally surpass the emerald night in an official set and... We get this. If this locomotive were just like a random train set released alongside the normal every half decade passenger train and freight rain, it would likely be loved, praised even. But this train was supposed to finally fulfil a decade plus long desire so many of us have had. SO, I think this is where the disappointment and harsh criticism is coming from. Not for what the train is, but what many of us were wanting it to be. SO yeah, I'll buy this set. maybe even buy two. Then I'll build my own steam engine! And it'll be glorious! And of course there will always be brilliant mocers like sava railways for instance. (I know there is more than that but they come to mind off the top of my head because many of my own creations have been inspired by them) I also wanted to add that i don't think that the emerald night is the ultimate form of a lego steam engine. Even upon release, myself and others saw plenty of flaws in the design, as well as engineering issues with the gearing and drive rods. It was just the absolute best steam engine officially released by lego, and really put what official lego steam engines could be on a pedestal.
  14. Carefree_Dude

    LEGO #21344 - Orient Express

    I believe part of the reason these Chinese brands are so cheap (price point i mean) is that they don't have as rigorously high standards for their parts as Lego does. I bought a non-lego Union Pacific Big Boy, and many of the parts are actually really good, and fit well together. Sadly though a lot of the more nuanced pieces (like the train wheels) attach rather loosely. Also the plastic just has this ever so slightly different feel to it that's hard to describe. That aside though, the price point for what you get is amazing, and by simply swapping out a few of the parts for genuine lego parts, you have a very solid model, and with some modification you can even make it run on lego track. (actually the design of it kinda weirds me out? It almost looks like they took someone' else's motorized big boy MOC, made a few minor changes, ripped out the motors and some of the axels and stuff, and called it their own)
  15. Carefree_Dude

    Any tips on 3D printing train parts?

    The flashforge adventurer 3 is what I've got! Found it at a yardsale really cheaply. I have so much to learn in this space. I did however print off a single train wheel using the only filament I had. It turned out pretty decently! It took almost an hour to print it though so i'm not sure if that is normal or not. I've got a lot of learning to do, im sure there is tons to learn about materials, different settings, and I think nozzle sizes? Here is the wheel I printed.