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  1. This 7-wide steam loco began life as a 2-8-4 Berkshire type built by @Plastic_Goth and purchased from Rebrickable a seen here. This train features an 4-8-4 "Northern" -type steam engine that was purchased and modified a month ago from the link posted above. However, it still hasn't been bought parts-wise IRL. The coaches are just recolored and modified versions of my dark green / black Emerald Express cars, with the rear car having a rounded window instead of a open platform. I upped the wheel count by another leading axle, making it into a 4-8-4 Northern-type from the original 2-8-4 Berkshire. The pistons are entirely my own work, as is the 7-wide tender. I chose the Wabash Frisco and Pacific as the name of the owner of the engine, because the real world ride-on 12-inch gauge railway is re-opening soon (Yay!) and because I felt the shark-nose Baldwin diesel units (plus the passenger train as well) I made in a similar paint scheme could use some company. The coal tender will have the letters W-F-P on the side, standing for Wabash Frisco & Pacific, while the cab will feature the number 2980 on both sides. This is a scrambled homage to real world WFP 4-8-2 engine 928, which is so strong, it's pulled every piece of rolling stock the railroad owns -at one time- with ease! The inside of the cab features two gauges and the firebox door. This combination baggage and passenger car (known as a combine) relies heavily on techniques taken from Retlaw baggage car built by @TJJohn12, as seen here. The three identical coaches have inset doors I designed myself. The streamlined observation car of this train should feature two of these windows in white (which sadly aren't in LDD).
  2. As already shown in a preview in my Hogwarts Express Carriages thread, I have completed my rendition of the "Olton Hall" steam locomotive, famous for pulling the Hogwarts Express in the fictional wizarding world of Harry Potter. Here she is in close-up: [ Hogwarts Express by Phil B, on Flickr This is a model that started as a Mod of 75955, but has progressed far enough from the original set that you can call it a MOC I think. Here is a list of all modifications I made: Lengthened the entire boiler by 6 studs and placed the middle section under a one-plate angle to better capture the shape of the real Hall Class. Widened the engine to 7 studs (almost 10 across the pistons and driverods). This allowed me to accurately model the forward facing windows in the cab, and allowed me to create openings for the wheel flanges to accommodate a larger wheel size, Upgraded the wheels to Big Ben XL Drivers and Big Ben Medium pilot truck wheels - I like how they have true spokes vs the printed spokes on LEGO's regular train wheels. The model works with standard LEGO Large and regular train wheels as well. Extended the pipes from the side to around the nose of the boiler. Redesigned the front buffer beam. Gone is the "lock" from the original model, but it features the same details as the real-life Olton Hall. With the change to 7 wide I widened the cab, but kept the original firebox and gauges from 75955, which was quite an "offset" challenge to do. Completely redesigned the tender to house a LiIon LEGO battery box and a Power Functions IR Receiver, though the model can work with PFxBricks as well. The tender is 6 wide, with one pivoting axle and a fixed PF train motor. On the pictures she is pulling my consist of 5 BR Mk I coaches - 2 First Class, 2 Second Class and a combined First Class/Baggage/Brake coach. Each carriage has a fully detailed interior and is 7 wide. Progress on these carriages has been documented in my Hogwarts Express Carriages thread. Here are the picture and drawing I used for inspiration: More pictures of the engine: The full consist: And the coach interiors:
  3. Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue is a towing company based in Hope, BC Canada (about 2 hours from where I live) whose main operations are on the Coquihalla Highway and are featured on the TV Show "Highway Thru Hell". I posted my Jamie Davis Rotator back in 2014 and said I wanted to eventually try to do the same truck in 7 wide. After seeing 4000022 I wanted to try to use those techniques on a new 7 wide truck but around that same time, I heard that Jamie had sold his prized truck the Rotator. When Season 5 of the show started airing last fall I started building the next biggest truck in his fleet which is even newer, a 50-ton Tri-Drive Western Star along with a smaller tandem unit and a Toyota Tundra for Traffic Control. Heavy Rescue 117 is a Western Star Tri-Drive Century tow truck with stabilizers, and a side puller (3rd winch on the driver's side). Used for recovering Semi-Trucks and other large vehicles. HR 116 is a Western Star Tandem Tow Truck with sleeper cab. Smaller than 117, but tandems can do just a much work as the biggest trucks. IR 104 is an Incident Response Truck for flagging traffic control. Toolbox in bed. Dispatched to secure accidents before the bigger trucks arrive or roadside service to smaller passenger vehicles. Full Album: Still working on Al Quiring's Truck aka "The Green Monster" which is unit as big as 117 and a VSA Highway Maintenance Snow Plow (all in 7 wide) and I may just tackle Jamie's Newest Truck HR 126 (which hasn't made an appearance on TV yet) in time for our local con (
  4. I've successfully completed my first 7-wide locomotive! Power is provided by two PF train motors, which are attached to the frame via Technic plates. The first version of this design was used at my LUG's display this year, but I changed up the internals quite dramatically based on performance issues; namely, it was very slow and couldn't keep up with standard 9v trains, and kept jumping off the track at the curves. The overall looks were improved drastically as well, in my opinion. I'm quite pleased with how this turned out, and I hope to build more locomotives in this style in the future!
  5. davidzq

    Amtrak Cascades.

    Hello everyone! I've been lurking this forum for years now, occasionally posting in help topics. I have to admit, I'm not much of a train builder (hence my lack of posts), but I finally realized a dream I've had for a very long time. Amtrak Cascades by David Hensley, on Flickr It all started about 7 years ago.....I am a Seattle resident, and see this train passing by regularly. It's always held a special place for me. I always wanted to have a nice long train, but financial trouble made that hard, which is what got me into Talgo. I started off by building a copy of James Mathis's wonderful rendition of the Cascades, although mine was red for lack of parts. I continually improved on this design, making it more and more realistic. I must of went through at least 6 versions. 3 years ago, having no access to my bricks due to a move, I turned to LDD and decided to once again revisit the train. This time I decided to spare no detail, and upgrade to 7 wide. A year later, I finally gained access to my bricks, and tested the design, but money still kept me from building. 2 years, and a great career later, I finally decided it was time, and here is the result! NMRA_2015_30 by Allen Smith, on Flickr. Not my photo, taken at NMRA 2015 More photos with detailed descriptions on Flickr. The model is 7 wide, and powered by 4 L motors (2 per locomotive). She runs well, and will negotiate standard curves and switches. Now, since I'm here talking about trains, hopefully you won't mind if I dig up something from awhile back. Nordco Rail Inspection truck.
  6. danthaman11

    MOC: 7 wide Pick Up Truck

    This is a 7 wide pick up truck I made this fall. First type is a civilian type and this is the dark red version. Also made it in black, dark bluish gray and dark blue. Second one is one of the service versions and it is a orange highway service truck inspired by 6521 Highway Repair Truck. Last picture is whats left of my original 6521 truck. Thanks for looking.
  7. Phoxtane

    Getting Started in 7-Wide?

    I feel like making the move to 7-wide will help with the creative rut I'm in regarding trains. It should in theory allow me to fit more inside a train engine, which'll give me space to insert things like L-motors and PF battery boxes without the compromises that have to be made in 6-wide. Does anyone have basic tips or tricks to use when making the transition? I know that train weight will go up, but pulling power/speed should go up accordingly as well, and that I'll need to build bigger and with more pieces... However, I feel like I'm missing more to the puzzle of 7-wide than that. For example, how would I go about making the train baseplates and centering the bogies within those? Any help with this would be appreciated. As it is, I'm only at the house once a week for an evening (thanks college) and I don't have hardly any time to build anyway, but I figure that LDD will help scratch that itch as well.
  8. I thought I'd put this out here for non Flickr users (and to be honest I dont blame anyone for not using it given its recent changes!) as its a subject that I find very interesting when it comes to building at 7 wide in LEGO, and hopefully others here will also find it of some interest or use to future builds? Many people know within the LEGO community that I strive for an almost "model realistic" look to my LEGO trains, its purely a personal prefference and offers an alternative to the table of building within the medium. One thing I noticed when I switched over to 7 wide 6 or 7 years ago is the first time I put them up against an O-Guage model, is just how close to O-guage model scale they were and with a few tweaks here and there, they could actually be built in some cases to be almost spot on scale wise. I've usually just put the pics of a particular LEGO model into its set / album on flickr, but I've now made a new album / set specifically for my findings every time I take comparison shots. I dont ever work to overlaid blue prints, etc so all my builds are pure guess work to the correct proportions from photos that I aquire of the real things.....and this is where I find most of the interest lays. When I initially design a model, sometimes it will be done using selective compression because I know trying to replicate a 60ft loco, is going to lead to problems through curves, points, etc. Some get to a very close compromise in length and some can be spot on, but I will always try to keep everything in proportion to each other, so that one is shorter to an other if it is in real life. I'll kick this off with a much older model that started out as a King Class, but when put next to an O-guage model lent itself scale wise to being almost spot on to a Castle Class, so with a few rebuilds, resulted in this: Full set: So I took 9 work in progress models over today to take some comparison pics to see how I was "fairing up" in my guess work and the results were interesting. I wont go into the ones that I'm happy with, they will all continue to be finished off and posted at a later date. These are the ones that I will be re-working or at least looking at the options with: Class 35 Hymek diesel: My guess work so I thought was spot on with this, but (despite the angle the pics taken, the right end lines up with both models) its actually 4 studs too short. This is a loco that I can goto full scale length with, but with looking at the LEGO geometry against the models geometry I'm not so sure it will look "right" if taken out to the correct length. i.e. the grill bricks in LEGO being smaller than the models grills, hence if I elongate my model the spaces between them will start to look disproportionate. The 9v LEGO motor wheel spacing also plays a big part in this with what looks right, so only experimenting with elongating it out to the extra 4 studs will show the results. I'm expecting that it will not look right and take it back to what I have here, but there is only one way for me to find out. It may open up some possibilities that I didnt envisage at this stage......but this is all what makes it so interesting to me at least as a designer. 0-6-0 Hunslet saddle tank: This one has only been on the go for the last few days and I wasnt convinced with it, especially the rear tender, but I was surprised that I was 1 stud out with the length of the boiler and to me it makes a massive difference to the overall proportional look of the model, so back to the drawing board with this one, that 1 stud means another complete chassis rebuild, with offset wheel spacing, I'll also look at a rebuild in red or black, blue, may stay green but I'm not sold on it at this stage. 2-6-2 Large GWR Prairie: Now this one isnt like for like. The LEGO model is a Large Prairie, whilst the O-guage is a standard (unfortunately the guys dont have a Large version) but it still gave me a good enough impression of the LEGO models scale, which is about right. Ironically the cab on a large is a lower profile than the standard (or at least the profile of the curve is less), but the boiler is longer with higher side water tanks and lowered running boards on the rear tender. I've always been tempted between the 2 versions of the Prairie but really only wanted to build one. I have some custom rods ordered with Benn (Zephyr) for this, so it will probably stay and MAYBE a standard will also be built....maybe in BR black as pictured, maybe not? Link to size album which I thoroughly intend to keep updating as and when, and start putting pics into from past builds also for size ref: I hope this is of some interest and or use to some here, as its not something I see anywhere within our community and whilst I know that not everyone is out to try and replicate the scale as best possible, some are and this type of stuff can be valuable to them. I also wonder if this maybe a thread that others could contribute to with like for like comparison pics? Just a thought for exploring potential :) Carl
  9. Hi all! Here is my latest MOC, it's a custom Peterbilt 379 semi truck. Done to minifig scale in 7 wide. Some features are: Stretched frame, blacked out accents, slammed, and a shorty cab! Custom Peterbilt. 7-wide! by ChrisR18t, on Flickr Custom Peterbilt. 7-wide! by ChrisR18t, on Flickr Custom Peterbilt. 7-wide! by ChrisR18t, on Flickr Custom Peterbilt. 7-wide! by ChrisR18t, on Flickr Custom Peterbilt. 7-wide! by ChrisR18t, on Flickr The inspiration: Vigilante by NZP Photography, on Flickr Comments welcome!
  10. "The Twins" Now finished and will be on running display at the Bucks Railway Centre show 25-27th this month. Managed to get 3 working front LED lights on 10000. Both have 9v motors in...again a bit of "smoke an mirrors" with them as they have a dummy 3rd rim above the track. The pics dont really show it but I managed to get hold of some metalic brushed aluminium vinyl for the numbers and lettering, which looks very nice IRL and true to proto. 3mm tube is LEGO metalic silver, again the pics dont show it well. I've also tried to include the subtle differences between the engines ;) These are the first 7 wide full size diesels I have done (they were sort of a test to see if I can re-visit the class 37 and 40) and also now the longest at 2 or 4 studs (cant remember) longer than the Pullman DMU units. Link to Flickr set: