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  1. Craig Strader

    Northern Pacific Z-6 Challenger

    A 4-6-6-4 type steam locomotive. First conceived by the Northern Pacific in the 1930s, they were among the steam locomotives that represented "super-power" where engine builders learned to create locomotives that combined both power and speed. The first batch of 12 of these engines were first delivered in 1936 to replace double-heading methods. The locomotives please Northern Pacific so much in fact that 9 more were ordered in 1937. They could be found all over the NP's divisions hauling fast freight trains and reefer trains. Their 69 inch drivers allowed them not only strong pulling power but also the ability to go 60 miles per hour. I thought it could bring a real "challenge" to those who want to build it. It has OVER 2000 parts total. It has a side rod system that needed to be reversed engineered a few times to perfect it to where no 3rd party elements are required. Unlike most other articulated steam engines I have seen on YouTube and other places, mine has a FIXED rear engine unit and a front free swinging engine unit just like Union Pacific 4014 that was restored in 2019 if I am correct. Description: Locomotive is powered by 4 LARGE motors, these sit inside the boiler and provide the means of going forwards and backwards. Both the IR receiver and battery box sit inside the tender. I would recommend some extension cables given the fact that the locomotive itself is very long. The IR receiver also plays a part in the tender for the locomotive is designed to look like an oil burner. The bogies on the tender are specially designed to not only to look realistic but also to take turns at the same time. And the same can be said on the lead truck in front of the first engine unit. The cab will actually let you house an engineer and fireman to simulated them driving the locomotive. To look at my other creations go to BrickLink and search under Strader987 This locomotive is also on The Lego Ideas website, here is where to find it: Please help me get 10,000 supporters please.
  2. Hello everybody, It's been a while since I posted (and read) something, but this topic will change that. The last years I've been busy with school, found a great job, just recently finished school and some time ago I moved to my own place. Between all that I did have had some time to work on some lego projects, but lacked time to show them here. So this topic will show what I have been working on. I want to start with saying thank you to @Sariel for sharing the instructions for his Mustang. I build this great car and really like it. And the chassis wil be a base for future cars. So here is my version, in white with blue stripes. As you can see it isn't finished yet, I still need some missing parts. Next is a smaller model. Some of you might remember I build a small version of a Claas Xerion, in black. Some time ago I transformed it into an octopus. That's an Xerion with four mowing arms, to mow a ditch in one pass. It isn't the best looking thing I've build, but it looks good enough to me. Another small model I think I haven't shared is a model of a Challenger. It's a tracked tractor in approximately the same size as my Xerion. Then I have two projects, which probably get their own topic in the future. The first is a model of a Hardi Commander sprayer with a Fendt Xylon, both scaled 1:16. The sprayer features working boom (pneumatic/mechanic) and steering (mechanic). The axle is also suspended. The Fendt features steering, suspension, lights, rear hitch and pto. The pto is driving the mechanic part of the boom, pneumatics still by hand and steering the sprayer using hog. The sprayer in the next picture is already version 2. This one is completely rebuild en beter than the first one. Next is a complete rebuild of the tractor, to match with the functions of the sprayer. The second project I'm working on for at least more the two years now is a scaled model of a Herder One. This is a self propelled ditch cleaner/mower. It has drive and steering on both axles, including three steering modes (front, all and crab), all controlled using S-Brick. S-brick also controls turning the arm. A second S-Brick is used for controlling lights. The pneumatic functions in the arm are controlled manually (controls under the hood) and a motor powers the pneumatic pump. The current version shown in the next pictures features a suspended front axle, just like the real machine. I also started building a second version of the Herder One. Thanks to the planetary hubs I can make better/stronger axles. This version also won't have suspension, as it takes to much space. Now the servo used for steering the front axle fits above the axle, which leaves more space in the middle of the chassis. See bricksave for a few more pictures of these projects: This is it for now, please leave your comments/questions/tips. Kind regards, nick97
  3. Hello, This is a thread in which TESLA IS THE FUTURE and I are/will discuss progress on a collaborative project for LEGO IDEAS. I'm fine with anyone reading it (and posting suggestions would be appreciated!), but please do not take our Ideas and use them for yourself unless we allow it. Thanks!
  4. This MOC was originally planned to be a third submission for BrickFair VA 2018 - after finishing my Red Beryl GT I realized I still had a month before the expo, and seeing that I had an abundance of lime pieces I decided a CLAAS tractor would be a perfect build. However, problems soon arose when I overestimated the amount of pieces I had, and I had to begin compromising parts of the build. When I realized the number of compromises I was making would greatly hinder the model's functionality and aesthetics, I decided to put it off until after the expo. The original chassis only contained M motors, had a poorly designed rear PTO and an inaccurate fake engine. However, after taking apart my BrickFair MOCs I was able to use the two L motors on my Red Beryl GT as the propulsion motors for the tracks. They sit side by side, driving the front sprockets with a 5:1 reduction. This left ample space in the rear of the chassis for the rear PTO and elevating mechanism. I originally wanted to include an inline-6 fake engine under the hood connected to the PTO motor, but due to lack of space, concerns of overloading the front end and the absurdity of an engine connected only to the PTO, I decided to omit it and simply connect the motor to the rear PTO. A driveshaft passes down the center of the chassis linking the M motor to the PTO, with a clutch gear and 3:1 reduction at the motor. The elevating rear attachment point was a modular build, which included a worm gear driving a pair of levers that uses links to raise/lower the attachment. This mechanism also uses a M motor with clutch gear and 3:1 reduction. Despite originally being a modular element, it fit into the chassis very well. As for the aesthetics, the hood was the most challenging part to model. I spent the bulk of my work on this project before BrickFair on modeling the hood, trying to get it as close as possible to the real thing. The curvature and combination of lime/white were especially challenging, and I ended up "marking" the bottom curvature of it using lime flex axles and used System pieces at various points. It was not perfect, but I was pretty satisfied with it as to how it compared to the real thing. The cab was much easier, but getting the proper angle with the front windscreen was also quite challenging. Restricting myself to only using black axles was the main obstacle - as I could not use beams due to the angle towards the bottom of the cab. I also had to make sure the roof was not placed at an angle, since I'm not a fan of roofs that angle downward to accommodate the windscreen angle. I ended up attaching the front windscreen to the roofs with beams at an angle - not the prettiest but better than a leaning roof I guess. The rear attachment, simple as it is, was very fun to build. I decided not to go too crazy with it, so I made something similar to the mower attachment on the back of the 8284. The mower blades are manually folded with mini LAs which also allow them to be angled. The red tiles with the "DANGER" print are custom printed pieces I got at BrickFair. The model, of course, has its share of drawbacks. The main one being the rear of the tractor, as I was simply too lazy to get the complex curves back there. I used panels to sort of get the curves, and left the battery exposed in the rear. Not everyone's favorite solution, but if they do it on official sets (e.g. 8043) then whatever I suppose. The lack of larger Technic sprockets was another problem - the tracks ended up "flatter" compared to the original tractor. I initially built the tracks with pairs of oscillating sprockets to sort of prevent this look, but this proved to be very bad as it would always cause the model to tilt on its front end. I eventually connected all the sprockets to a solid beam which solved the problem, but I cannot help but think the tracks are a bit out of proportion. I also had issues with the clutch gear in the rear PTO - it slipped with too little torque. This caused the mower blades to stop when bumped against anything. Adding another clutch gear or removing them altogether would have remedied the issue, but I simply overlooked it while building. Despite not having fulfilled its original intent as a BrickFair submission, I was nevertheless very satisfied with the result. It had its drawbacks, but in my opinion this was a great experience with modeling a real vehicle. Such projects allow me to actually consider how the real thing looks before choosing what piece to use, which makes the building process much more interesting. Video: Photos:
  5. Hey guys, here's a third model I'm making for BrickFair Virginia this year. I know the event's just weeks away but since I found myself way ahead of schedule I thought why not make a third MOC. It is, of course, going to be much simpler than my other BrickFair MOCs, but I have a feeling this build's gonna be interesting: UPDATE: I'm not bringing this MOC to BrickFair as it is likely going to place a strain on my already limited amount of necessary parts. There's no way I'll get this done in 10 days without making a ton of compromises, so I'm waiting until after BrickFair so I can make it better. I already have a good amount of this MOC done at this point - the entire chassis is pretty much together. The functions will include: Tank drive with a single Medium motor per track, geared down 3:1 Straight-4 piston engine Rear power take-off manually raised/lowered rear attachment The entire model only contains 3 motors, 2 driving the model with the third one driving the rear PTO as well as the fake engine. Note that the battery box and IR receiver are probably not in their final locations yet - I just attached them to the chassis at seemingly reasonable points to avoid a mess of wires while working on the model. I also realize the rear attachment is way too long so I'll definitely look at that part a second time. I'll also make at least one attachment for this tractor - either a mower or a crane like the 42054. If you guys have any suggestions for me, please let me know. Photos:
  6. Marco qm

    Dodge Challenger Srt8

    This is the car. The best american muscle car ever made, the 700+ hp, the hellcat. You can support it on LEGO Ideas if you want it to become a LEGO set.
  7. Hello, Last summer, I build some MOC's that I haven't posted here yet, due to school. Well, here is one of them: The dodge challenger 1970! http://farm6.staticf...83caab960_z.jpg This scale model of the Dodge has following features: Remote controlled independent suspended Lights (2 pairs in front, 1 in the back) with switch hidden under the rear Rc motor for drive medium motor and hockey spring for RTC steering All pics can be found in my flickr set: Hope you like it! Best regards, Tibivi