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  1. The trains I'm going to show you use a lot of unique models to make this train setup possible, including sets 10254, 60052, 79106, 79111, and 10015 for the Army train, and 7597, 10014, and 10015 for the passenger train. (This is both a single MOC and several MODs at the same time.) These trains are also 100% build-able in real life... I haven't got the green one built, but the red one is 98% finished! They are done, so you can see them below! US 1870's MILITARY TRAIN & 4-2-4 STEAM LOCO Let's start with the newest train: the 4-2-4 and the US Army train. This is a more realistic version of set 10254 (Winter Village holiday train) for all the train fans who don't like the engine. I added working pistons, and a more cohesive color scheme plus two more sets of wheels on the engine. This is a tank engine, and as such does not have a tender. The rotating Gatling gun you see here was taken from set 79111. (Constitution Train Chase) This horse car was originally a cattle car from set 60052, (2014 Cargo Train) but I've re-purposed it for my Army officer horses. These cannons are from set 79106 (Calvary Builder Set) and were placed on a generic flatcar. for transport by rail. This coach was inspired by set 10015 (Passenger Wagon), and features no interior. T The jail car you see was originally from set 79111. (Constitution Train Chase) while gaining the styling of set 10015. (Passenger Wagon) This car has one play feature that is sure to blow you away: the back wall can be removed to get at the jail cell via the "dynamite" on the outside of the back wall. When pushed back towards the other end of the car, the rear wall pops out and the bad guys can escape! Here is the whole military train all put together. US 1870's PASSENGER TRAIN & 4-6-0 STEAM LOCO Next up, the modified passenger train which I have shown before on these forums, but has received a bit of a face-lift. This engine was originally modeled after set 7597 (Western Train Chase) with some design inspiration from TF Twitch's "Humble Sapphire" 4-4-0. The engine also features a boiler copied from set 79111 (Constitution Train Chase) to keep it inline with the rest of my steam locomotives. The rear of the loco features a ladder to the tender-top. These passenger cars were mostly inspired by set 10014 (Passenger wagon) but repainted red instead of green and with fancy part 30613 "Brick, Arch 3 x 6 x 5 Ornamented" on the end of the cars. I might be mistaken, but Ben Shuber may have been the one to inspire these coaches with his own red versions of set 10014. The end of my passenger train features this little four wheel caboose. It was designed after set 10015 (Caboose) with some features taken from set 7597 (Western Train Chase) Here is the whole passenger train all put together. US 1870's FREIGHT TRAIN & 4-4-0 STEAM LOCO Since I turned the red 4-4-0 into a 4-6-0, the slot has been opened up for another "American"-type. Thus, I created Yellow 4-4-0 number 2, to go along with red 4-6-0 number 3 and green 4-2-4 number 1. The engine is supposed to feature four of this part on the tender and cab walls where the green bricks are located: http://www.bricklink...09pb011#T=C&C=3 This log car was also designed by my brother, and is quite ingenious for using set 60059 (Logging Truck) but on a train base. The logs are floating place, as they would be resting on the bottom of the car in real life. It was quite a pain to position them into place as seen here. The flat car is heavily inspired by the one in set 3225 (Classic Train), except this version features two bogies unlike the original set. This vintage water tanker is a modified set 2126 (Train Cars) design with four wheels on the two bogies instead of two wheels stuck to the frame. Set 7597 was the original model for this boxcar, which has been made so the doors can't open.... though you can remove the handle on the side of the car and it will open fine. This caboose was inspired by set 10014 (Caboose), but my version lacks the top part of the caboose, which is traditionally called a cupola. Here is the whole train together. US 1870's LEGOREDO MODULAR TRAIN DEPOT This old railroad station was inspired by set 7594 (Woody's Roundup!) which I have named the Fort Legoredo passenger depot after the famous set number 6761. (Fort Legoredo) This railroad station was built in 1874 after the original station structure (built 1867) burned to the ground in late 1873. It was confusingly named Fort Legoredo at that time by the railroad in an attempt to persuade potential settlers that this land was protected by the army, when in fact the Federal government was planning on closing down the actual Fort Legoredo. (this plan was eventually gone through with, as the Fort ceased operations when it burned to the ground in 1885 and was not rebuilt) The station has since stood for 140+ years with only slight modifications, such as adding computer control systems to the upper floor in 1980 to control the switches and monitor train traffic to the still-active silver mines. The station also serves as the oldest building in the city and is featured heavily in tourism advertisements for the city and it's historical reproduction of the original Fort Legoredo. (the US Army base, that is) The station is modular, as the roof and second floor come off and the two side platforms come apart by means of Technic pins. This lower floor features two waiting rooms with a ticket office in-between them. This office features stairs to the upper floor. The upper floor features a vintage safe that is used to hold silver dust / nuggets that is still payable for a train ticket. The metal is weighed on the scale (seen next to the safe) to ensure it is the correct type. (Read: not fake). The newspaper contains the daily precious metals prices, so that is is fairly measured and properly payed for. Eventually a special train comes though the station and the dust / nuggets are exchanged for proper paper currency, with the expensive metal being shipped back east to Denver to be made into coins and bars. The anachronistic modern computer system was added in 1980 to control the switches and monitor train traffic to the still-active silver mines. US 1870's MODULAR COLLAPSING TRAIN BRIDGE This bridge was inspired by Bad Cop's Pursuit (set 70802) and the short section of railroad bridge included with that set. When I first saw it, I thought it would make a great play feature for a train bridge that is actually usable by trains. Here is the result of all that working and reworking: 12 sections of PF / RC train track (It won't work with 9V, sorry!) with 1 section "failure point" consisting of 2 tracks pieces, plus 2 studs of space to separate the moving from non-moving items and allow the hinge to do it's job. The track leading up to the "failure point" as I call it, is raised ever so gently at an angle of (at most) 1 1/3 bricks high per 1 section of track. (The angle of ascent / descent depends on which part of track you are on, but for the most part it's consistent.) The design of the bridge is modular so that you can easily disassemble the bridge for transport. It disassembles into 2 lower ramp sections consisting of 4 tracks each and 2 flat sections placed onto plates with the 1 "failure point" module consisting of a hinged (on one end) track piece in the middle. The bridge when the track is safe to cross: the pins are inserted and it should be stable. Naturally, a very heavy engine will snap the Technic rods in half, breaking the bridge permanently. Thus you can only use this engine with Small engines like my 2-6-0 + it's consist, (AKA the Lone Ranger train) the My Own Train series engines, or something of comparable weight. This is how it works: Their are two hidden Technic rods under the track that should allow trains to pass by safely overhead. Pull the Technic connector and your bridge collapses. Lift the bridge up and move the rod back in to reset the bridge for the next adventure. US 1870's TRAIN STUFF - LDD FILES LDD file for the green 4-2-4 loco only: http://www.moc-pages...1471631241m.lxf LDD file for the green loco and it's train: http://www.moc-pages...1471631317m.lxf LDD file for the red 4-6-0 loco only: http://www.moc-pages...1473035459m.lxf LDD file for the yellow 4-4-0 loco only: http://www.moc-pages...1473035594m.lxf LDD file for the yellow loco and it's train: http://www.moc-pages...1473101156m.lxf LDD file for the modular train station: http://www.moc-pages.com/user_images/80135/1456867526m.lxf LDD file for the collapsing train bridge: http://www.moc-pages.com/user_images/80135/1472495977m.lxf EDIT 9/18/16 - Added real life pictures of the train station and digital pictures of the bridge. The LDD files were added for both as well. Comments, Questions, and complaints are always welcome! Thanks for looking!
  2. As follow-up to my previous review for 79108 Stagecoach Escape, I shall be reviewing the smallest set of the Lone Ranger product line, 79106 – Cavalry Builder Set. The whole ‘The Lone Ranger experience’ will not be complete without our hero’s trusty steed, Silver, which was significantly missing from the Stagecoach set and luckily is part of this small and relatively inexpensive set! It’s probably a shallow reason but this horse is why I purchased this set. So is this set worth getting just to get the Silver stallion? Let's see if this set has more to offer in this review... Set Information Set Name: Cavalry Builder Set Set Number: 79106 Theme: The Lone Ranger Year: 2013 Pieces: 69 Minifigures: 4 Price: US$13.99 | CN$17.99 Links: Brickset | Bricklink | Peeron (not yet inventoried) | LEGO Shop@Home Product Description Defeat the cavalry soldiers with the Lone Ranger! Say, “Hi-Yo, Silver!” as you blaze into battle with the Cavalry Builder Set! Guide the Lone Ranger and his trusty steed Silver into battle! Sneak past the defense wall and surprise the cavalry soldiers while they cook dinner at the campfire. Disarm all 3 before they load the cannon and take aim! Then ride off into the sunset for another Lone Ranger adventure! Collect 3 more soldiers and build up your cavalry for all of your Lone Ranger battles! Includes 4 minifigures with weapons and accessories: the Lone Ranger and 3 cavalry soldiers. • Includes 4 minifigures with weapons and accessories: the Lone Ranger and 3 cavalry soldiers • Features defense wall, campfire with flames, a cannon with wheels and the Lone Ranger’s horse, Silver, with poseable legs and head • Weapons include 3 revolvers and 2 rifles • Accessories include a duffel bag, 2 backpacks, telescope, frying pan, turkey leg, flag, flames, ammunition and a rammer • Sneak around the defenses and defeat the cavalry! • Load the cannon and take aim! • Silver stands over 3" (8cm) tall • Cannon (without rammer) measures over 1" (4cm) high, 3" (8cm) long and 1" (4cm) wide • Defenses measure over 1" (3cm) high, 4" (12cm) wide and less than 1" (2cm) deep • Campfire measures over 1" (3cm) wide and less than 1" (2cm) high and deep The Box The image of the whole set may be cramped in the limited space afforded by the small size of the box, but the elements are nicely presented in the standard TLG way: highlighting the main feature (The Lone Ranger in his signature riding pose with Silver) with the supporting elements (cavalry soldiers aiming a gun and firing a cannon) and a now-becoming-more-common (unintentional?) funny bit (one soldier busy grilling his turkey drumstick while there is an on-going skirmish). The layout of the set features at the back seems to be well thought-of as the two separate panels (cannon and ‘turkey leg’) coincide with the position of the respective items in the main image. And the funny bit about the turkey leg continues at the back as Lone Ranger grabs away the poor soldier’s meal! Like most small sets, the 1:1 actual size panel at the top shows a LEGO part rather than a minifigure – in this case the new revolver piece. Have you ever wondered if the size of the part/minifig in this panel is actually 1:1 with the real thing? I did, and a side-by-side comparison reveals a slight difference in size! (though not really that important ). I overlooked this detail in my Stagecoach review but on the right side of the box there is a small logo which, thanks to my limited movie knowledge, I recognized right away as that “lightning strikes the tree” logo of Jerry Bruckheimer films (which obviously this Lone Ranger movie is also). The Contents This little set gives us two small unnumbered bags of LEGO, a small (folded) instruction booklet, and the white horse piece that comes loose (my assumption is a large piece like this may be ‘problematic’ in the automated packaging in small plastic bags). Also, no sicker sheet! Yay! The Instruction Booklet Since the coverart of the booklet is just the same as the one in the boxart, I’ll just highlight the faint background details of the pages which really give the pages a Wild West flavor consistent with the set theme. The Parts Bagged Contents As a minifig-centric set, roughly a third of the parts are expectedly for the minifigs and accessories. The new white horse piece conspicuously stands out in the sea of Wild Western wooden brown, sand tan, and the usual black and grey assortment of parts. Interesting Pieces The new parts that come with this set are the white horse (first in this color) and the aforementioned new revolver pieces (in flat silver and pearl dark grey). When I first saw these new revolvers back in the preliminary pictures I felt there wasn’t really a need to make new mold since the old one would’ve worked IMO, but now I think these new revolvers add more authenticity/realism to this licensed theme. There is also a flag piece with printed, not stickered, logo of the cavalry, which is based on the real-life mid-19th century 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States. The Minifigs For a small 69-piece, 13-buck set we get a generous amount of four minifigures: the star of the movie, the Lone Ranger, and the main “army-builders” of the set - three cavalry soldiers. The Lone Ranger minifig is the same as the one in the Stagecoach set (and probably with the rest of products). TLG pretty much nailed the overlook look of LR in this minifig – from the face (except for the unshaven look of the actual movie character) to the outfit with his signature cowboy hat, black coat, and star badge. Meanwhile, the cavalry soldiers have the same blue cavalry uniform torsos, unprinted light blue legs, and blue forage caps but are differentiated with unique head prints and different accessories. One seems to be sort of a leader, carrying a revolver, a hand telescope and a duffel bag, while the other two are generic soldiers with backpacks and armed with rifles. All minifigs have back-printing which is already the norm nowadays. However, they don’t have double-sided heads. While it would’ve been nice to get alternative facial expressions, I guess it’s too much to ask for a small and cheap set as this one. (Double-sided faces aren't applicable with these minifigs since the back of the heads aren't covered enough! - thanks to Darth Lurtz for the correction). Here’s a couple of more shots of the minifigs: No you’re not seeing double, I'm just showing that the Lone Ranger from this set is the same as the one in the Stagecoach set. I think this is the only minor drawback of this set in the sense that you’ll end up with more than one Lone Ranger minifgure if you purchase the sets from this theme (just like Jack Sparrow in POTC, Aragorn in LOTR, R2-D2 in SW, etc.). On the other hand, the inclusion of this minifigure in this set is understandable from the perspective that the Lone Ranger is the main character of the movie/theme and this is a good cheap way of getting LR together with Silver. A group shot of the cavalry soldiers: I like the variety of the facial expressions of the soldiers – a cocky Han Solo-ish smirk, an angry serious boss-like look, and a confident smiling smug. I’m pretty sure these will be quite useful in fleshie-based minifig customization. Silver Since the Lone Ranger’s majestic white stallion is also a significant part of the Lone Ranger theme, he should also be highlighted with the other characters of this set. As previously mentioned, this is the first set to give us this new horse mold in white. I’m pretty sure this will also become popular with another licensed theme’s fanbase – I can now imagine LOTR fans removing the headstrap prints on this horse so they will Shadowfax. Here’s a group shot of the new horses in the three main colors. They look good together don’t they? And you can get these three (actually four, with another black one) from just two sets, 79106 and 79108, from this theme! The Build Elements / Set Features Campfire The smallest build is a simple 11-piece campfire with a turkey leg being cooked as dinner for the soldiers. One begs to ask, how in the Wild West will one turkey leg feed three hungry men’s stomachs? Your guess is as good as mine. Despite the simplicity of the build I think this is a nice little feature capturing one aspect of “outdoor life in the wild”. Cannon The cavalry’s main assault weapon, the moveable wheeled cannon is equipped with four cannon balls round bricks and a handy rammer. The cannon, of course, is a must-have for any cavalry arsenal, so I’m happy the designers made the right call of including this in the set. Personally, I have always loved LEGO cannons, I think this is one of the ingenious pieces TLG ever invented and I’ve been a fan of this piece/assembly since the classic Pirates sets. Getting another one in this set is certainly most welcome! Here we have the cavalry unit prepping the cannon, with one acting as the “spotter”, one as the loader of the cannon balls, and one as the “triggerman”. This is the first time I’ve seen the rammer accessory included in a cannon and I think it’s a quite accurate detail reminiscent of “early war technology” (or lack thereof) back then . Also, it’s good to know one of the spare flame pieces can be used in this scene to fire-up the cannon. Defense Barricade We get a nice little barricade as defense of the cavalry unit during gunfight. The ‘wood bricks’ appropriately give the barricade an Old West wooden look, and the small Cavalry flag is a sign that this mini-fort is officially sanctioned by the United States Army. Thanks to a swivel plate connector, the mini-barricade can be positioned in various ways/angles – straight (previous example), angled (left), or perpendicular/right-angled (right). Here’s a shot of the cavalry soldiers behind the barricade. The varying height of the barricade is just perfect for the different uses of the cavalry: defense (three bricks high), offense (two-bricks high - enough height for proper mounting of rifles), though I have no idea how useful is the one-brick high part of the barricade. The Lone Ranger with Silver Depending how one views this set, the Lone Ranger with Silver is either the main or the supporting feature of this set. Either way, this duo in itself is already a great "hero role-playing” playable feature for the kids. It helps also that the new horse mold is now poseable, allowing Silver to assume various action poses: walking (normal position), galloping (stretched hind legs), or even make his signature standing position (pictured above). Hi-yo, Silver, Away! The Completed Set Here’s the whole set in all its glory. Not a bad collection of mini-builds and minifigs for an army-builder set isn’t it? Leftover Parts This theme is quite generous in giving us these new revolvers as we get a couple of spares (further increasing the weaponry of this army builder set). Army / Cavalry-Building Potential I think this set lives up to its billing as a cavalry builder set, providing a nice assortment of cavalry necessities: 3 fully-uniformed cavalry soldiers (with three different faces) Weapons = 5 x revolver (including spares), 2 x rifles, cannon! Accessories = telescope, duffel bag, 2 x backpacks, cavalry flag Mini-Barricade Even Silver can be used as a generic white horse – which is a must-have for any cavalry unit. Overall, almost all the elements of this set (except for the Lone Ranger fig) are tailor-fitted for cavalry building. Just imagine the possibilities of acquiring several of these sets, you’d be able to build a substantial size of a cavalry: (e.g. 5 sets = 15 cavalry soldiers, 5 horses, 5 cannons, 25 revolvers, 10 rifles, a host of other accessories, and a larger barricade can be built from the parts), just never mind the 5 Lone Rangers you’ll end up getting. Needless to say, this is a definite must-have for any Old West Cavalry builder (though I have no idea how large this portion of FOLs is). For the more casual fan like me, this is a pretty good valued-purchase as you’ll be able to get the main character of the movie, Lone Ranger, together with Silver, plus other elements in a relatively inexpensive set. One last thing, before I forget, this set is a nice throwback to the old Western set 6706 Frontier Patrol (for those who don’t know). Rating the Set Design – 9/10 The mini-builds may not be spectacular but they definitely serve their purpose as simple but well-built complementary elements to an army builder set that focuses on minifigs and accessories. When combined with multiples of this set, that is where the full potential of these builds will be realized, and that in itself speaks of how well-conceptualized and well-designed this set is. Build – 7/10 One wouldn’t really expect much in terms of building techniques in a minifig-centric army builder set. The build is as straightforward as it can be. Parts – 9/10 The white horse alone garners this set a high score from me, considering this piece is still exclusive (at the moment) to this cheap set and the more expensive Constitution Train set. Plus points also for the printed flag! Minifigures – 9/10 Four minifigs in a 13-dollar set is a great deal, not to mention the variety in minifig heads and accessories we get for the cavalry soldiers. The simple but accurate representation of the real-life characters is also commendable. Playability – 8/10 Any set that has a cannon in it would translate to enjoyable time of aiming-firing-“looking-for-those-damn-cannon balls” especially for the kids. And cannons are definitely much better and more potent in knocking down minifigs than those flimsy flick-fires. Oh, and Lone Ranger riding Silver is in itself a good “hero role-playing” feature for the kids too. Price – 9/10 This set has prett good value especially when compared to similar army builders in Star Wars Battle packs: both have the same number of minifigs but you'll get better/more pieces, weapons, and accessories at a much cheaper price with this set. Overall: 85% Parting Shot Now that I have Silver, I can now pair up the Lone Ranger with his trusted companion Tonto as they start their quest for justice: Ride for Justice by Kiel.Da.Man Also, look out for an upcoming comic I’m currently working on based on this Lone Ranger set: If you haven't seen it yet you could check out my other Lone Ranger set review for 79108 Stagecoach Escape: Once again, thanks for taking the time to read my review. Comments are certainly most welcome! .