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  1. After upgrading my cliff section in 2023, I felt the need to update as well the entrance of my Imperial base on Desert Wars. Over time, I realise we need to constantly evolve to propose a better experience to the public during exhibitions. So far we change/update/upgrade/add more or less 15-20% of our layout every year. Unfortunately, we face more and more a particular limitation: transport. We already rent vans, but we are considering trucks now... but I digress and let's go back to the topic. So, before we start, what is that base entrance looking like? In the beginning, back in 2019, it was just the desert ending in the base. The base was rather an outpost to be honest. Desert Wars 2019 - Imperial Outpost by Veynom, on Flickr In 2021, a real entrance was built: Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr I had recycled 2 watchtowers built for previous uses, added a kind of electric fence and that was it. It did the job. When our train was taking videos (with the embedded GoPro), it looked rather immersive. When we later expanded the layout depth from 4 baseplates to 5 baseplates, the update was rather easy. I recycled an old AT-ST turret on top of a basic tower. Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Over time, I figured out that the parts used for the fence were far from ideal. They often looked sloppy, and the fence was fragile. The end result looked more and more like a rebel-scum hideout than a disciplined Imperial base to me. As I did not want to end up on Kessel, I had to do something to kill that "cheap" design from 2021, particularly as I had also increased the grey footprint of the base during 2023 while also adding some lights. Here, an picture showing the increased grey area with more and more zones being connected by the road. Desert Wars at night 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr So, what to do? Some ideas came to me while watching Rebels and the episodes with the TIE-Defender secret base. From there, I "only had to". Except there was an additional challenge: the lights. I wanted lights all along the wall and highlights some details but providing power when using the MILS system is not so easy, particularly as I don't want to spend additional setup time in connecting wires. But enough blabla, and let's see the new stuff. Here, you can see both the old and the upgrade, side by side. Upgraded Base Entrance by Veynom, on Flickr Upgraded Base Entrance by Veynom, on Flickr So, I start with a ion canon, thick reinforced walls with red LEDs and a new design for the watchtower. For these towers, I even replaced the rocky metaparts by some speederbike hangars, and a few lights. Speeder bike tiny hangar by Veynom, on Flickr The tower close to the public side is open on 2 sides, allowing to view and enjoy a small maintenance hangar. Note the speeder bikes are those from 1999 ... they also do the job. Imperial field maintenance bay by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial field maintenance bay by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial field maintenance bay by Veynom, on Flickr Both towers were completed and kept the same size at the bottom (16x16) and the same height (to fit in the transport crate). But otherwise, they are more detailed, fit better with the base and the Imperial style. Gone is the WW2 look and feel. Welcome the Empire. As a side story, during the BrickMania Antwerp event in 2023, a reseller offered us some freebies because he likes our layout. We received a handful of custom Gatling-like machine guns. To thank them, I made a mini kind of brickfilm. Hope you will like it. (It also contains another teaser ...). Just click on the black square. New Weapon for Desert Wars by Veynom, on Flickr And I got it ready for last weekend ... more pictures will come. But here is already a video of Desert Wars 2024.
  2. In this second episode of the series, we present our MOC “Royal Customs House / Toldboden”, which has been completed with illumination from Light My Bricks as well as some interior and exterior detailing. Our MOC is based on a real-world location (Toldboden in Aarhus, Denmark). The basement in the left side is now home to a pack of rats, which has attracted the area's cats. In the other side , the basement is haunted, so "Ghostbusters" have made their way past Toldboden to get things under control. More details in the video:
  3. (Click to skip to the post with the latest photos) The Backstory: For years I've wanted to be able to display my 12v collection at shows/exhibitions/libraries or wherever, but the wiring is a challenge - I reckon on my last full layout there was 250 to 300 feet (75-90 metres) of the stuff, which on a static layout is one thing, but one built in modules for transport is a challenge. Three or four months ago I came up with a solution (more on that below) and the dreaming started. After much playing in Bluebrick, and nostalgic posts appearing here about older era trains, I settled on a plan. I still had a bunch of my old blue track from the 4.5v era, but no motors. Off we go to Bricklink then! The Layout So, here's the plan. Ten years ago I had a small portable layout on 4 modules, each 3x5 baseplates, and over the years have simply added more of these. Following my Bricklink spree, I now have 2 working 4.5v motors, so rebuilt the loco from set 183 and I have the loco from 7720 in progress. These 2 will feature on the 4.5v loop below, which is 3 of those modules. Next to the 4.5v loop will be the showpiece, the main 12v loops. 12v Lower by andyglascott, on Flickr And on the right of the layout will be the 9v loops. Unlike the other 2 eras, I will have 9v track left over, so this is likely to be expanded in due course, particularly as @michaelgale releases motors, power supply etc. 9v Loops by andyglascott, on Flickr Lastly, there will be another 12v loop, elevated, which will run across the back of all three eras. 12v Upper by andyglascott, on Flickr Putting all of those together looks like this (the white baseplates are roughly where the mountains, tunnels etc will be for the elevated sections. The green and grey sections are simply so I could keep track of where the 3x5 modules were to try and avoid having curves/points on more than one module. When it all comes together, in most likely a couple of years, I'll be able to run 6 trains at a time. Whole Layout by andyglascott, on Flickr The Beginning After all the planning, and clearing away of my last (incomplete) layout, I've finally started building the first module, part of the 4.5v loop. I decided to start here as this will be the quickest era to build, and to a large extent, each era can also be displayed as a stand-alone smaller layout. These three modules will be countryside/farmland, and the trains will reflect the farming side of it when they get built. Module 01 Pic 02 by andyglascott, on Flickr The 12v Wiring The solution that I've come up with is fairly simple, but does involve taking a drill to some baseplates.... At each of the 12v points or signals I'll drill a small hole through the baseplate and the wood for each module, thread the wire through and attach either the original Lego plugs or a quick connect/release plug/connector so that when the layout is set up I'll use already measured lengths of wire to go from that point to the control panels, which will be on their own module. This is going to be a heck of a journey, and build, I'll post updates from time to time, particularly at landmark moments such as completing an "era". I always said, growing up, I was keeping my Lego for my kids. It was really only an excuse, and I'm really glad I didn't sell my old blue track even though I didn't, for years, think I'd use it. Sadly my original 4.5v motors, battery boxes, lights and even signals are long gone, but I was only 7 or 8 when I got 7720....
  4. The 709.600 studs foundation of our LEGO layout is finished, and the first part of the layout is now completed. The central part of the finished section is based on our previous MOC "Møllestien", which depicts a real world location (Møllestien in Aarhus, Denmark). The MOC has previously been on display at the Christmas Exhibition at the local department store Salling, but has has now been modified and integrated into our own layout. In our new version, Møllestien is surrounded by train tracks and landscaping, and all houses are illuminated by LEDs from Light My Bricks. Compared to the original version, four additional houses have been added, covering the posts for the upper level of the layout. As shown in the video, the full layout consists of three levels. Everything is built in LEGO - including the posts for the upper levels and the upper levels themselves. A lot of technic elements were built into posts and upper levels to provide strength and stiffness, so that heavy MOCs can be added without risk of collapse. More details in the video: Pictures:
  5. Chromeknight

    Bloxley, an O-guage homage

    This weekend I displayed my latest layout at the Brickbuilt Sydney. A 20”x60” shunting setup. credits: original o gauge layout by Jim Reed Terriers by trace peirce, parts by circuit cubes, trained bricks rods, Big Ben wheels, and studly couplers, instructions available at block junction. other rolling stock by britishbricks, also at block junction. Bloxley
  6. Instead of just presenting the 2023 edition of Desert Wars, I prefer writing a kind of retrospective about a specific element of our layout: the cliff, located inside the Imperial outpost. For those who still want to see the full layout, the below video is available (10m long last month but we went up to 11.3m last weekend already). Desert Wars 2023 - April edition by Veynom, on Flickr So, let's start by the beginning: why a cliff? I had already been participating to multiple Lego exhibitions In Belgium since 2015 with Star Wars as theme. In 2017, I've had my first collaborative Star Wars layout using Tatooine as main theme. One detail that hit me back then was a characteristics shared by most of the Lego tables: they were quite "flat", sharing some similar heights, mainly driven by the displayed models and creations. Vehicles of the same scale are similar in heights, cities have 1 or 2 floors max (maybe 3 with modulars), and so on. Globally, these monotonous landscapes looked boring to me. (and this is only my personal opinion) Based on the above impressions, I wanted to provide a small cliff to the layout that would later become Desert Wars. Initially, I had a triple goal in mind when starting it. Providing some higher landscaping to please the visitors' eyes. Breaking the monotonous desert flat shape and omni-presence of tan as color. Supplying a background for pictures taken by visitors. (In fact, I still consider having a Lego background behind MOCs is probably better than the beer belly of their creators behind the table) As in 2018, I had considerably fewer bricks than today, I started the cliff by re-using parts of existing MOCs, like my old Scariff bunker attempt as seen below. A motorized radar (using a 12V motor) was quickly added on top of the cliff. The base idea was to re-use some metabricks. Today's, the radar still exist, with lights, and reaches 1m in height. Desert Wars 2018 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr In 2019, the main idea was to integrate the train deeper into the layout and to have it go through the cliff. A 32x32 tunnel section was added, the cloff was rotated by 90 degrees, and an Imperial hangar was built on the other side. A Batman projector that layed on my workbench was slapped onto the tunnel top and it stayed there for 3 years. Another improvement from 2019 was the upgrade to the standard MILS system. It clearly solidified our landscape (which is useful for assembling/disassembling/transport) while solving connectivity issues between participants. Desert Wars 2019 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr In 2020 and 2021, there was Covid. No Lego exhibition in sights but time for more MOCs. By the end of 2021, I had decided to include another of my old MOC into Desert Wars. This time, I wanted to include an Endor-like landing platform and connect it to the rest of the Imperial outpost and with the cliff. As the upgrade was a bit more sophisticated than usual, I made a very accurate and detail plan of what I had in mind. I'm sharing it below. . Desert Wars 2021 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr Construction could then start and ultimately, the bunker did not move. Desert Wars 2022 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr The first row of the cliff was also enlarged by reusing part of the FLAK section from the original cliff. Cliff module - section 1 by Veynom, on Flickr In the end, it was a good start... The cliff of Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr However, like righteously commented Xavier (Vice-champion LegoMaster S1 - France), the cliff really looked rachitic when seen from the side. He advised me to make it larger by 16 studs.. Believe me, when a a Legomaster friend suggest you something, you just shut it up, nods, and go back to your bricks. Desert Wars 2023 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr This 16-stud enlargement upgrade was also a good occasion to improve on some details that were a bit neglected and to reinforce the underlying structure which was very fragile at first. Now, it is respecting the "Duplo Inside" concept. Among the other improvements, I can list in no particular order: exhaust vents, various detectors of all kinds, antennas .... The alignment with the hangar corridor was adjusted, with a door opened on an inside battle. Light in the Dark by Veynom, on Flickr A small turbolaser turret was also added, on the hangar side. Turbolaser Turret by Veynom, on Flickr The Batman projector was upgraded (and permanent light added). Light projector roof area by Veynom, on Flickr The front of the cliff was also modified to include a small MOC built by my son. I made it fit under one of the landing platform supporting pillars. It helps to modify the global shape of the background while offering more details to the eye. Bunker entrance by Veynom, on Flickr And so here is the current situation ... until the next upgrade. The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr So what about these future upgrades? At the moment, lights are being added. The radar was the first one. The tunnel has just been completed for ComicCon Brussels. More ideas about the evolution of the platform and the last row with the train are also in the pipe. Ideas are not limited. Bricks can be sourced but transport is becoming an issue ... I need a bigger car (or a truck ;) ) This is it for today. I hope you enjoyed this type of post. It covers 5 years of evolution of a MOC, which is itself just a small part of our Desert Wars collaborative layout. For the record, our layout is blessed by the Force. Last year, Paul Blake (Greedo) visited us at Ch'tar Wars in France. Last week-end, we were lucky to be visited by Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) and Tait Fletcher (Paz Visla). Luckily, we had minifigs of each of them on our layout... Can't wait for the next ones.... Comments welcome! Thanks for reading!
  7. Evans

    My annual 12V layout

    Hello ! I present you my Classic Town and 12V diorama of 6.80mx1.50m, with nearly 30m of 12V track installed, presented to the public at the exhibition in Parmain (north of Paris, France) on October 8 and 9, 2022. The assembly time was very long, and I took 16 hours in all from the installation of the tables to the working of the 12V loop without any operation on my part. I realized that in spite of all the energy I could put, I have already reached the end of what I can do in terms of size in such a short time, all by myself, with a method requiring me to partially dismantle my sets for transport. Having no space at home, I started from a plan elaborated from Bluebrick software, but I came up to a limitation of the software: it does not manage at all the complex wiring of a 12V layout. I went back to paper to plan the stop zones and to cut the circuit in 4 sectors to better distribute the power of the transformers and avoid slowdowns because my cars are quite heavy (I have a lot of MOCs). This diorama represents Lego Town, a small industrial town 30 km north of Paris. For the record, the railroad came to Lego Town quite early, around 1860, and the industry started to prosper in a moderate way. The Lion d'Or Hotel Restaurant on the road to the castle is a testament to that time, and the factory owner's house still stands in front of the station. The goods station and the Sernam hall, a key place for the transport of goods in the city. Lego Town has gone from a village to a small town, the medieval downtown area has been well preserved. The SNCF depot is only used to park trains. Steam locomotives remain to build a railway museum in a future diorama. The gas factory closed in the 60's and the gasometer is abandoned. The urban sprawl of the 60s and 70s, many houses were built around the old center. A modern district has been built on the castle hill to accommodate the workers who commute to Paris. The SNCF VB2N rolling stock was put into circulation for the great comfort of commuters. The highway bridge also allows minifigures to avoid the level crossing and the often congested downtown area of Lego Town. Lately, in 1980, the station was rebuilt on a functional and very modern building, allowing cars to park easily. It still watches the Paris-Ruhr Trans Europ Express to Germany (Molière and Parsifal) passing by, pulled by the SNCF CC40100. The castle was restored in the 70's and is used as a municipal museum where many historical reenactments are organized. The goal for next year is to completely Frenchify the diorama by changing the Dutch stickers of the promotional sets. Evans
  8. tmctiger

    Layout: plan fo new layout

    Hi guys, I currently have a small city/train layout. It is currently getting to small for my trains and modulars. (if you are interested you can find it here: http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=554588). This made me think over a redesign of the layout where I have more space for the trains and the modulars, and where I have more "track-space" to move the trains on the layout (with the current design I can move 4 trains independently on the layout). I have now to describe what you can see in the image above: First you see the whole visible track of the layout. You can also see that it consist of three levels: gray baseplates = level 0 green baseplates = level 1 (20cm above level 0) tan baseplates = level 2 (only streets and houses, 20cm above level 1) All blue baseplates are placeholders for modular houses. You can also see, that this layout only works with modified points. The tracks on the red baseplates are the ramp where the train can go from level 0 to level 1. In the picture above you can also find the dimensions of the layout. In the pictures below, you can find the track layout of each single level (for reference the track ramp is shown in all thee pictures): Level 0: Level 1: Level 2: Now my Questions are: What do you think in general of my layout? What would you change/ what didn't you like? Do you think the given ramp is doable with PF-Trains (height difference = 20cm) BR, Guenther
  9. What do you think.. are the Speed Champions just a tiny bit too big for a Modular Building Layout, or do they fit in?
  10. Here is the 2021 update of our Star Wars collaborative layout titled "Desert Wars". It was displayed during the Walug exhibition that took place on the racing circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium during the weekend of October 23/24. This year, it reach the impressive length of 10 meters, which, so far, it is our longest layout, better than the 8.50m version presented in Antwerp in 2019. A smaller version of over 6m will be displayed in Antwerp on November 20 and 21. To fully capture the size and organisation of the layout, I suggest you start watching the video. Because taking good pictures of a 10m-long layout is quite complicated and frustrating. Desert Wars 2021 - Full video by Veynom, on Flickr If you say "collaborative" then you must think "team" therefore I will start by presenting the team members before detailing the layout sub-sections. Desert Wars 2021 - The Team by Veynom, on Flickr Xavier, one of the Belgian finalist of the French LegoMaster edition (S1). He was already participating to the Desert Wars 2019 layout. Julian, A young 17-old Belgian mocer who participated to a few Desert Wars edition already. A French team from the Star Wars Côte d'Opale organisation coming from the Northern part of France Gwen, Mathieu and their kids Julien et David Gregory and his son, Corentin Ulrich Hugo (see his Flickr gallery) and myself (far right on the picture), coordinator of the Desert Wars layout since they exist Let's start with a few global views: 10 meters of layout by Veynom, on Flickr The train layout under construction, with the train being ready to run. It took us 6h to assemble all MILS baseplates to ensure a smooth run of the train The train in action by Veynom, on Flickr 10 meters of layout by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Jabba's Palace Masterpiece build by Xavier (and still not totally completed, like there is no roof YET), this is a huge, heavy, ultra-detailed MOC. It is packed with details, hidden rooms, motorised features (opening door, moving barge, moving Rancor, moving traps...), and mny, many lights. Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr Shot of the inside, still under construction. Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr You can figure out how large this is when you know the set. Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr Huge, this is. And yes, size matters! Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr There is a forge in the basement (next to the droid torture room). Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr The City - Mos Opal It measures almost 2 meters, with literally hundreds of details. Built by Xavier, Julian, Gwen, Mathieu, Greg and Corentin. It starts next to the palace's cliff with a commercial districs, followed by a slave market, then a large junkyard. A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr The Desert Participants: Julien, Seb, David, Ulrich, Hugo and I. We start with the Krayt Dragon made by Julien and Seb. It is under attack by quite a few Tusken. Tusken Raiders by Veynom, on Flickr Tusken Raiders by Veynom, on Flickr Then we have Obi-Wan's hut (from Ulrich) and more desert. The Krayt and the desert by Veynom, on Flickr Obi-Wan's hutt by Veynom, on Flickr The mounted dinosaur (from Hugo), newest equipment of the Empire. Imperial cavalry by Veynom, on Flickr And a bit more desert landscaping. The skeleton tunnel is also from Hugo, while the half hidden skeleton is from me. Obi's hut and the desert by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial Outpost And this is the 2021 edition of my Imperial outpost. Some of you may recognize some of my older MOC being included in it. Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Miradors, AT-AT (the one from Raskelnikov), Missile-launcher tank, FLAK tank, troop transport, walkers, you get a bit of everything. Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr For now, the Empire is still taking prisoners but there is a good probability that it will not last. After all, a good rebel is a dead rebel. Or dying at the very least. Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr And a small hangar bay with various TIE prototypes to end the layout. Imperial hangar by Veynom, on Flickr After 6 months of online collaboration, 6 hours of assembling, and 2 days of intense satisfaction, we are really happy with the result. We already aim for longer, deeper, higher, nice (heavier) for 2022. Comments welcome!
  11. Medieval Countryside Layout, which will be part of a Christmas Exhibition at the Salling Department Store, Aarhus, Denmark (in a slightly modified version) late October 2021.
  12. Medieval layout, which was part of a Christmas Exhibition at the Salling Department Store, Aarhus, Denmark. More pictures can be seen on Flickr A YouTube Video where selected scenes from layout can be seen. In the end of the video the full layout including a castle (Benjamin) and a lake (Morten) can be seen.
  13. Some pics of my almost square modular city. The layout consists of a lot of SNOT road and nine 32x32 plates. All modulars are placed on baseplates with plates under the modular baseplate. Sorry for my bad photoshopping skills. Most vehicles are mods or Mocs.
  14. I have for a long time, wanted to share some pictures from my LEGO city/train layout, but as you all know, a LEGO city is never completely finished, so now I choose to share anyway. The project started in 2015 where I found interest for LEGO again as an AFOL, and started collecting trains, primarily 9V. Over time I have been able to make this layout. There are still things missing in the city, empty building space next to the gas station, and the Modular houses must also be changed to custom buildings at some point. I am also still missing to finish the harbor area, but it will probably come later I don't know if the windturbine should stand there, but for now it does. 1 by SpinX125, on Flickr 2 by SpinX125, on Flickr 3 by SpinX125, on Flickr 4 by SpinX125, on Flickr 5 by SpinX125, on Flickr 6 by SpinX125, on Flickr 7 by SpinX125, on Flickr 8 by SpinX125, on Flickr 9 by SpinX125, on Flickr 10 by SpinX125, on Flickr 11 by SpinX125, on Flickr 12 by SpinX125, on Flickr 13 by SpinX125, on Flickr 14 by SpinX125, on Flickr More pictures: In some areas I have found inspiration from other builders and therefore credit must be given to them. Inspiration found at: Roundhouse and turntable - Rasmus Fachmann / Byggepladen DSB trains and wagons - Dennis Tomsen / Byggepladen Instructions for DSB trains and wagons - Knud Albrechtsen / Byggepladen Container crane at the harbor - JANGBRiCKS / Youtube Container Ship - JANGBRiCKS / Youtube
  15. Hello dear Lego fans, After having signed up here in the Eurobricks forums in 2011, I posted a new thread in the "Hello my name is..." section about my plans to create my own Lego City layout. Now almost 9 years later, I can finally show you some of the progress that has been made just at the beginning of the new decade :) Good things come to those who wait. Renovations on the attic are finally complete (apart from the lighting) and we now have around 110 m² to unleash our imagination. The current plans of the Lego city layout add up to around 60m² in size and they are, as you can see in the video, far from finished. However, I thought you might be interested in some of the things that my girlfriend and me were designing in the last couple of days. The name of the city is still unknown, but the overall design has started to take shape with a downtown area, which includes all the modulars, and shops, a residential area, an amusement park, a winter village, a train yard and a harbor/beach area. I would also like to add an airport to the city and some of the classic monorail tracks have been placed already. We are also getting into MOC a little bit and we will add our own creations to the layout as soon as they look nice! The commentary of the video is in German, but I am trying to add English subtitles into the system. Please let us know what you think here in the forums or in the comments section of YouTube. I will keep you posted on future updates if you like :) Note: All of the parts used in this layout are original Lego parts, except for some of the baseplates. I thought that lime green in the Hogwarts castle area might look cool, but I will probably exchange it for regular grass green baseplates in the near future. Thank you so much for taking a look! :) Christof
  16. Hello everyone, in the near future I would like to show you a little bit of my Lego City, which is still under construction. To begin with, here is a video about the beach area I made yesterday. What do you think? Beach Area - Bricksonville Edit: latest video added (17.07.)
  17. Dear LEGO® railroaders, dear LEGO enthusiasts, dear model railroaders, We are LEGO train fans from Leipzig, Germany. From august 13th to 26th 2020 the BAUSPIELBAHN-TREFFEN (train meeting for LEGO fans) will take place for the second time in the "Old Tram Shed Schkeuditz": You can find a review of the first BSBT in June 2019 here (only in german, but with many pictures) ( here and here (video by bananenbuurman). Like in the previous year, the focus of the event is at the large collaborated train layout we want to build together with your modules and models. We want to build a railway line across the old tram depot in Schkeuditz. For the second time, we will creating a large railway landscape with a double-track high-speed route and some side tracks on over 600 square meters of hall space. If you want to be there this year, you have to register yourself ans your models until may 31th 2020 by send us a mail (see bottom of this article). Some hasty interested guys have already submitted their advance registration to us; we wil send you the planning sheets for the BSBT20 in a while. We absolutely need photos and informations of your models in order to plan the layout. example for "landscape with rails" by Pelle We are looking for: LEGO train and railroad fans who want to be part of a large collaboration train layout with your railway landscape model (free route, industry, level crossing, tunnel, bridge, train station or anything else). For this you should have built a MOC with a railway connection, ideally embedded in a landscape. This can be detailed as best, but it doesn't have to be. What should you ever get: For such a large system, we always need tracks and switches, whether 9V- or Power Functions, third party manufacturers or even self-made. Transformers (we need a lot of power feeds, maybe we uses block operations again...) If you want to bring a train model, please bring at least as many tracj as the model needs (standing model) or more (driving model) Extension cables (sockets are available, but only in the walls, not in the floor or in the middle of the train shed. And finally: We don't want to have more empty tracks as nessessary between all the great models. That's why we will be happy about everyone who wants to bring along an additional part of "landscape with rails" - whether straight route, curves, switches or similiar - using as railroad between stations and other models. In last year, we hat a six train stations and some other stuff, but only a few tracks with landscape to connect them :D It doesn't matter... ... whether you build in a system (MILS, LEN, ... ) - or not. ... whether you use LEGO or third-party or DIY rails. ... how long your landscape is (everything from a half up to many meters can be planned. ... whether your locomotives run with 9V, PowerFunctions / Powered Up or SBrick or Buwizz or something else. ...if yor models need or have a certein curve radius - just let us know. Whenever possible, we strive to take all factors into account. However, the entire system cannot be planned until all participants have registered. Therefore, please note the registration deadline until may 5th 2020! For registration, please send us a mail: The following is currently planned: Thursday, August 13th, 2020: Building day Friday, August 14th, 2020: Driving day without visitors. Testing some play features (shunting, train cards, or something else) Saturday, August 15th 2020: Visitors day I, Exhibition from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., maybe AFOL evening Sunday, Autust 16th 2020: Visitors day II / exhibitions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - dismantling Like 2019 this year it's also possible to sleep in your tent or camper on the site of the tram shedule. We can also assist you in choosing a pension or hotel. We're looking forward to a wonderful railway experience.
  18. cactus america

    [MOC] The Village of Southwestishshire

    Welcome to the Village of Southwestishshire! We’ll begin our tour at the Blue Lion Castle. According to historians the oldest parts of the castle date back to the 11th century. However, most of the castle we see today was constructed in Tudor times most pronounced in the architecture of the grand hall. The castle was privately owned until 2014 when it was taken over and renovated by the National Trust. The next oldest building in town is the Red Dragon Inn. Account of the inn date back to the earliest days of the castle but much of its history has also been lost to time. Following the inn the next oldest is the Red Door Pub built in 1606. Home of the driest ciders and don’t forget to stop in for an award-winning breakfast cooked with eggs laid by the pub hens. Our tour of historic Southwestishshire ends at the church. The current version is actually the 3rd, after the building was completed burned down in 1456 and 1785. Construction of the current version was completed in 1788 with a 15-brick tall spire. The bell tower was converted to a clock tower by the Victorians in the 1860s. The rest of the town building are more modern. Traveling from east to west we start at Castle Side Green, the county’s premiere flower shop, owned and operated by Mr. Banks. Along the lane is the Pink Madam, a small candy shop and private resident. Our next stop is the service station. Originally a Victorian warehouse it was converted into a garage after the Second World War. The shop is currently run by father and son, Brian and Jim. Next door is Lions Keep perhaps the most controversial building in the village. Constructed in 1923 the building stands 3 stores or 27 bricks tall, not huge by modern standards, not even the tallest building in town. But because of its proximity to the church clocktower and only standing 6 bricks shorter it blocked the clock for the west side of the village! Thanks to this incident we now have zoning laws to protect sight lines. Currently the building is occupied by Fred’s Fish and Chips with Sheila’s Blooming Boutique upstairs. East of the town center is the Yarn House containing the fresh food market selling local produce and brand name products. Followed by two residential builds, Hedge Hog Lodge and the Blue House, ironically less blue than its neighbor the Yarn House. The last building in town before the tunnel is the Sleepy Sheep Place. Often thought of as the brightest building in town because of its distinctive yellow colour. Here we’ll find Penelope’s pharmacy and drug store for all your medical needs. Other land marks in town are the village square where the common folk would go to listen to their lord or priests from the high balcony. More gruesomely the square is also where hangings took place. Nowadays the square is used for Christmas celebrations and the town favorite market day, held from June 1-8. However most the year the square only acts as an extension to the red door pub. Up the medieval stairs from town square is a statue of John Smith (1547-1613), a reported wizard in his time. But most known for his skilled and professional medical practice. John saved many villages lives through his long career. Smith is also a distant relative of many village locals including Penelope of Penelope’s pharmacy. The highest point in town is Mad Cow Hill. Atop the hill sits the west tower, converted into a cell tower in the 1990's, and the Williamson tree reported to be over 500 years old The last stop on our tour is the village grave yard. Some say on a cold summer night you can feel the presence of the departed… And if that doesn't suit your fancy a local band is playing today! That about wraps up our tour of Southwestishshire thank you for visiting we hope you enjoyed your stay.
  19. LegoMathijs

    [MOC] Endarmire Iron Mine

    During the 19th century, steam was the primal and most important source for machinery and vehicles. Besides steam-powered vehicles, mechanics developed clockwork machinery. Interesting and very usefull machinery were the result of the developing. The miners are mining in the Endarmire Iron Mine. They’re searching for iron. The mechanics use the iron to build (mining) machinery. The Endarmire Iron Mine is a large mine, which contains lots of iron and other ores. In the workshop, three mechanics are assembling clockwork drones. The drones going mining for iron. A large mineshaft brings the miners and drones into the mine. The conveyor belt brings the crates, filled with iron, outside the mine. The conveyor belt and mine shaft are motorized. In the center of the layout is a ore-cruncher. There are two docks for flying transport vehicles. Pictures: 01_Endarmire_Iron_Mine by Mathijs Bongers, on Flickr 02_Endarmire_Iron_Mine by Mathijs Bongers, on Flickr 03_Endarmire_Iron_Mine by Mathijs Bongers, on Flickr 06_Endarmire_Iron_Mine by Mathijs Bongers, on Flickr 19_Endarmire_Iron_Mine by Mathijs Bongers, on Flickr 31_Endarmire_Iron_Mine by Mathijs Bongers, on Flickr 18_Endarmire_Iron_Mine by Mathijs Bongers, on Flickr I've took pictures of the individual Steampunk machines, I'll post them soon If you want to see more (detailed) pictures of the layout, see my Flickr album: I hope you like it
  20. The Castle of Captain Sabertooth is our contribution to a larger Captain Sabertooth (Kaptein Sabeltann) layout built by Scandinavian AFOLs. The whole layout will be on display at LEGO World Copenhagen, Denmark next year. Illuminated using the Brickstuff lighting system, which can be seen in the YouTube video below.
  21. Video from the yearly model railroad exhibition in the danish city of Helsingør earlier this month. The LEGO contribution was done by our new (and smallish) train club, Togklodsen. Unfortunately I couldn’t participate but a lot of my trains did A rather spectacular crash occurs around the 12 minute mark
  22. The LEGO exhibition and fan event "Bricking Bavaria" in Fürth/Germany was the ideal setting to build a really big LEGO train layout. I was named by the organizer Bricking Bavaria as the coordinator for the "Train and City Collaboration". And as soon as the registration was possible, we - me and fellow AFOLs/TFOLs from Noppenbahner and others - signed in and started planning. Planning First ideas were exchanged in our WhatsApp group and the organization team of Bricking Bavaria was given a total size of approx. 20 x 3 meters for the layout. Sceptically we were asked whether we would get this area full at all? But about 20 exhibitors registered with trains, cars, locomotives, bridges, stations and buildings. In summer Florian, Dirk and I met to work on the planning. At least three tracks were planned to keep the train running independently of each other and ensure a lot of movement on the layout. Dirk took over the planning of the outer line and had set himself the goal of completing his metal tracks made of Spur 1 (Gauge 1) rail profiles by the time the event was over. Thus, the 9-volt fraction should also have a realistic track for driving long and fast trains. The two inner lines were planned as Power Function lines without power supply in the track. I had set myself the task of creating a track in shape of an "eight" with a bridge and corresponding ramps for the ascent and descent. In addition, the bridges had to be planned by Michael and myself. Here it made sense to lower a part of the platforms and use these bridges to overcome the resulting valley. In addition, the stations of Nick, Florian and Dirk as well as Nick's railway roundhouse had to be included in the layout. Smaller exhibits such as Peter's depot and various buildings without a direct rail connection were then spontaneously integrated into the layout on the day off setup. My plan of the layout with 3 independent loops and various stations and other stuff Setup Day (Thursday) Ready for LEGO trains On Thursday before the exhibition, the construction of the collaboration layout took place in the Stadthalle in Fürth. The platforms with a total dimension of 19.8 x 3.3 m were already in place. So we were able to immediately start laying out the fire-retardant molleton as a table underlay. I took care of the tedious construction of my "eight" with the ramps and the red bridge in the middle. Florian plunged deeply into the wiring of the numerous switches (we used modified R104 switches from TrixBrix with old 12 Volt style magnetic remote controls) and Dirk packed more than 46 meters of self-made tracks onto the table and connected them piece by piece. In the meantime, Michael's tan bridge had also arrived and was correctly positioned in the valley. My filigree, but quite stable arched bridge (original design by Thomas Avery was brought into position at the other end of the valley and already in the early afternoon the first trains were able to make their rounds. Gradually more and more exhibitors arrived and the area grew into a collaboration layout. In order to create as much parking space as possible for all the rolling stock, all (!) existing R104 switches from TrixBrix were used. Additional track sections next to the tracks offered space for further exhibits. Since the Stadthalle was closed punctually at 9 p.m., the construction ended after 13 hours and we were looking forward to the next day. One of the bridges over the valley using BrickTracks R104 tracks AFOL Day (Friday) Friday was all about the AFOLs and was deliberately created by the organizer as a day "by fans, for fans" and without an audience. This offered the opportunity to get in touch with many known and unknown faces and names, to have a chat or to listen to one or the other lecture. At the collaboration layout, the final construction work was still a bit on the way, but finally Nick's roundhouse stood in full splendour and offered a beautiful target for camera lenses and visitors' eyes. Last details on the track were implemented, cable crossings or other small differences in height were compensated and Dirk positioned a huge number of overhead line masts along his 9 volt track, giving it an even more realistic look. And finally we could enjoy the sight of the moving trains! I wonder if the locomotive with the heavy wagons will come up the ramp? And does it manage the descent through the R104 (BrickTracks) curve over the valley without jumping off the track and plunging into the depth on Peter's models? Exhibition Days (Saturday and Sunday) On the two visitor days, the collaboration layout acted like a magnet on large and small and attracted numerous interested visitors. And we always asked the same questions and answered everything in a friendly and courteous manner. "No, the models are not from LEGO and you can't buy them either..." or "These are Gauge 1 rails which Dirk specially converted to the LEGO gauge...". But there was also enough time to change trains again and again and to take many photos and videos. Busy activity on the visitor days Another highlight was Florian's video car, which transmitted the track from the driver's perspective via radio to the specially installed screen. So the spectators could get to know the community centre from this unusual perspective. Flo's video train follows Holger's little ICE Our rail vehicles from the rail bus to numerous steam locomotives to modern high-speed trains such as the Thalys or ICE 3 were able to let off steam for three days and collect several kilometres. There were no major train accidents to report, but one or the other collision could not be avoided. And the so-called "filigree shit" (all the details on the bogies and under the locomotive) could prove itself, whether it was built stable enough and not every minute threatened to fall off and stay on the tracks. The dismantling was finished after about three hours and all participating exhibitors made their way back to Hamburg, Dresden, Munich or Wörrstadt. No enjoy some videos of our collaboration train layout at Bricking Bavaria 2019: Overall capture of your collaboration train layout: Big Boy on my "8" Train chase Best regards, HoMa and the Noppenbahner
  23. I have a standard 36 inch by 80 inch hollow core interior door on folding legs that serves many purposes in my hobby room. It constantly gets repurposed for any number of different hobbies I enjoy. Currently I have it set up for my trains and I've tried to cram as much track and functionality into it as possible. Right now my layout has: two complete loops, a crossover between the two loops, a reversing leg, five sidings, nine switches, a passenger platform with crossing, a cargo or maintenance terminal and room to park all my trains. My blue cargo train (60052) and white passenger train (60051) can run at the same time despite the zero clearance between the loops. The BNSF loco can navigate the entire layout but cannot pass another train on the curves because of it overhang. I know it might look a little jam packed to some but it provides me with endless switching and running possibilities. Hope you like! Newest update- Here's a video of my layout today with only my custom trains running.
  24. Pdaitabird

    [MOC] 9V Layout with Lights

    Some time ago I posted this topic of a layout using only parts from the 9V era. That layout has since been torn apart to make way for an improved version. Since it's basically a complete new layout (the water tower is the only part that escaped unscathed), I thought a new topic would be justified. This time the layout has working (non-Lego) lights. Many thanks to @LEGO Train 12 Volts, whose engines with working lights inspired me to try it myself. The engine and tender are permanently coupled with a technic beam to protect the wiring. I just happened to find that a battery box for 4 AA cells fits nicely in a 4-stud space. The switch is visible in the coal. IMG_0850 by the chestertonian, on Flickr IMG_0852 by the chestertonian, on Flickr IMG_0851 by the chestertonian, on Flickr The passenger cars are now 30 studs long and have SNOT windows and removable roofs. IMG_0854 by the chestertonian, on Flickr The sleeping car interior: IMG_0855 by the chestertonian, on Flickr The dining car interior: IMG_0856 by the chestertonian, on Flickr An overview of the layout: IMG_0857 by the chestertonian, on Flickr The station includes two passenger platforms, a pedestrian bridge, and a maintenance shop with full interior. IMG_0844 by the chestertonian, on Flickr IMG_0845 by the chestertonian, on Flickr IMG_0846 by the chestertonian, on Flickr The signal tower: IMG_0843 by the chestertonian, on Flickr The freight platform: IMG_0836 by the chestertonian, on Flickr A small farmhouse with a horse-cart: IMG_0847 by the chestertonian, on Flickr Nearby, a shepherd and his faithful sheepdog watch over their flock. Thanks to @soccerkid6 and @LittleJohn for their versatile canine design! The sheep are based on a design I found here. IMG_0848 by the chestertonian, on Flickr A tribute to Ferdinand: IMG_0839 by the chestertonian, on Flickr The crane's hand crank can be locked in place. The piano was reverse-engineered from one I ran across online. IMG_0849 by the chestertonian, on Flickr Finally, I was inspired by the Switch Modification topic to connect a switch to a signal. Thanks for looking! Soli Deo Gloria
  25. Hi everyone, Thanks to a lot of reorganizing of our place this past week, I gained a huge area for my Lego layout. I am absolutely stoked to finally have more space than I know what I can do with, it seems for the past 2 years collecting Lego I mostly have just run out of space continuously. This is the space I have available now. My boyfriend is building an HO model train on the top and I have the shelf below for my Lego: Here is my current sketch of the layout. The short side is roughly 13', the longest leg is over 22', the 2 shorter legs are both 18', so lots of space to work with. The middle leg is wider than the outer ones (this sketch is not accurate in that regard): So far the only thing I have actually decided on is the placement of the fairground - on the middle leg because it is the widest so I can have the ferris wheel face either way. I also have a lot of boats/ships so I want to have the fairground potentially sit on a board walk overlooking the water. Buildings in orange are ones I have (missing the Simpsons kwik e mart), building in blue are ones I am going to buy in the foreseeable future. I own a lot of other smaller Lego sets like coast guard boats, smaller boats, campers, etc. I am probably going to incorporate a camp ground on the long leg. Challenges: - There is a drop in height of the shelf between the longest leg and and the rest of the layout labeled 'height drop' - this can also be seen in one of the images above in the back. Sadly the shelf pictured above already existed in the garage and we weren't allowed to take it out/it would have been too much work, so we have to work with the height it's at. I am looking forward to figuring that one out. I'll attempt to build a road up to there somehow, worse comes to worse the road will run off the layout and the height drop will just be a pretty staircase for pedestrians. - The corners are very deep so it is not very convenient to be used for buildings. My plan is to build some really nice scenery, hopefully incorporating a water feature (river or waterfall or both), which I have always wanted to try and build I am going to stop here for now. I am very excited to keep you all updated on my progress as I work on this layout. It'll take years to complete and my largest constraint is definitely money and time. Please let me know your thoughts! If you have suggestions on where to put buildings, how to tackle the height drop or any other comments, they are all welcome! Also if someone knows of a simple drawing program like this for Mac (old OS - 10.9.5) that would be fantastic (pay for is fine, I just want to stop having to use my work laptop for my hobby). Best, Randomboy