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There were two trains at Disneyland opening day in 1955, and these were the Retlaw series. Retlaw 1 was the passenger train which consisted of one baggage, four passenger cars, and the observation car. Five of which are no longer used or were sold. (but the observation car is still used - as the Lilly Belle parlor car as seen in the official set) However, in this fictional revised version of the train, this retirement didn't happen, though they were modified. (Also, Retlaw 1 was NOT normally pulled by the engine C.K. Holliday, instead, it was pulled by the E.P. Ripley. But I forgot about this fact when I digitally built it / took the pictures.) The real Retlaw 1 was originally a yellow painted train, featuring front facing seats until it was mostly retired in 1971. The observation car of Retlaw 1 then became a parlor car known as the Lilly Belle. (named after Walt Disney's wife Lillian) This fictionalized train is in the revised, post-1971 color scheme of the Lilly Belle also has two passenger cars plus a baggage car with opening side doors. These cars all have side facing seats, as if Retlaw 1 were around and used in modified format after the 1971 overhaul of the Retlaw 1 observation car into the Lilly Belle. As a side note, each of the cars feature a removable wall for getting at the inside details, as in set 71044. The baggage car features two sliding doors in red, though other colors are an option to stand out more. (I prefer black doors, but that's not prototypical!) The side wall comes off, as it does on all the cars, to reveal seating. In this car, that means luggage room and two seats. The two coaches are identical in every way, and are also quite similar to the parlor car at first glance. The inside features side seating, as in the Disneyland park... this also allows for easier moving of figures, and placing them in any of the five seats per car. This is the stock LEGO set 71044 version of the parlor car, but I thought you guys would like to see it alongside everything else. The inside of the Lilly Belle is different than the other cars, featuring a table, three seats, and a bunch of table-top items (I couldn't find the teacups in my program, or make the flower pot work, so they are missing here!) The rear of the whole train. This train was designed with my father and his trains in mind, though he doesn't want to build them in real life. (This explains the 9v motor hooked onto the tender, as that's his preferred system) Thus I'm going to give away the LDD file for them, which you can find it at on my Bricksafe page.
I'm happy to present to you my first modular building. I have put it on Ideas too, so if you like it, please support: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/106103. edit: It is now available on Rebrickable Some time ago my daughter got this Duplo set from her aunt: http://brickset.com/...ative-Ice-Cream That got me thinking I could use one of these cones for my own purposes, especially since my little one was very interested in throwing bricks across the room, instead of proper play (or maybe that was proper play ;) ). Anyway I borrowed four bricks from her (I honestly intend to give those back to her) and thought it would be nice to make a big advert out of this ice cream and make it rotate. Such an Ice Cream Parlor should have nice clientele drawn by this big sign of what's inside :) So power functions was a must. But since I was to integrate PF info a modular, why not go further and add some lights too? When I was young (long time ago...) I always liked things that moved and had lights :P so you can call it late compensation :P Later on I will present it module by module, but if you want to have a quick look at it in action, here's a video: Ok, so let's start with a view of all the modules separately: And now let's talk about the ground floor: As you can see, on the right there is the ice cream parlor with seating available inside and at the back of the building. You can buy ice cream, lemonade, donuts and coffee. The staff is taken from the Ice Cream Machine set :) I'm happy with the bench - it gave me some headache, but I wanted to have something distinctive. The lamp is also different to typical one, but it's nothing special. On the left there is an entrance to the owner's apartment. There is also a small storage room for bike. The top of it is removable for easier access, but you can get the bike in and out through the door (but it's tricky). Ok, now - the heart of the modular - the Power Functions module: All electronic components are here. That is: 1 Rechargeable battery 2 switches 3 sets of PF lights (so 6 sources of lights total) 1 M motor Of course apart from that there are also all the technic components to make it work. The motor is running the Duplo brick with a 1:9 reduction. The lights are provided for the ice cream parlor (4 of them), entrance to the staircase (1) and the apartment (1 for the table lamp seen above). My idea was to be able to control lights and motor separately, that's why I have 2 switches here. Look closely at the picture above. There are two holes for technic axles above. The one on the left is for access to the switch controlling the motor (advert). The hole on the right allows access to the switch controlling all the lights. Those go on/off simultaneously. You can't have just part of them on. That would require even more switches and there is simply no room for that. It's crammed inside already. Now, have a look at the bottom of this module where all the lights can be seen and the front of this module, which allows access to the rechargeable battery in case you need to recharge it (power cord access). Through the holes in the front section you can turn the battery on/off and change the voltage too. Now, the last two modules are the roof and the apartment of the owner. It's not much room inside - the advert required quite some space already, but it's cosy :P As you have seen already this apartment get light from the lamp on the table, which is actually part of the Power Functions module. Yes, I know the TV is kind of useless on that wall, but... hey, he wanted a TV so I gave him one :P So, how do you operate this thing? With a KEY :) and last, but not least - two pictures of it with lights on, and ambient lights off: Full gallery is available on my Bicksafe: http://www.bricksafe...ce_Cream_Parlor I hope you enjoyed this little presentation. Please consider support on Ideas: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/106103
This modular pizzeria was inspired by set Modular Building set number 10246: Detective Office while the delivery van was mostly taken from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set 79104: Shellraiser street chase. The building levels lift off like a modular but it lacks modular building pins, a base-plate and is not the proper size. (being 18 studs square after all) Each building section has various details, and even the van has a lift-away roof with space for two pizzas in the rear heater unit. The front of the model without the delivery van. Instead of the van you could potentially use set 71910, Scarecrow Special Delivery. (with the fear gas toxin stuff and Scarecrow figure removed, of course!) The rear of the building is kinda plain. The lower level features two tables, a counter, a opening pizza oven and stairs to the second floor. The second floor features four tables with nine chairs and the top of the staircase. The outside of this floor has a neon sign above the front door on the lower level. The van has seating for one driver figure and space for two pizzas in the rear heating compartment. The roof and windscreen of the van lift away to get at the drivers seat, and all four doors open up. (two driver's doors in front, two for the heater unit in the back) Here is the entire model together. The LDD file for the van and building is available here, if you want to build this for yourself. Bot models can be built in real life, but won't be built by me for a while... too much going on elsewhere in my life right now! As usual, Comments, Questions, and Complaints are always welcome!
Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr Maria and Ernesto Candagio are from Calabria and emerged in 1960 to Snottingen. The italian people helps to make the economic miracle came true and normally all the emigrants works at the LWM-factory in Cross-Axleton. Instead of doing factory work the Candagios take over the old house in Bricksuferstraße for an icecream parlor. The House was cheap and they had no money... Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr Unfortunally Candagios have no childern and that's very sad for italian people. So all childern of Snottingen became "their" children. Ernstos Grandfather already was a icecream man in Calabria which made all childrens happy. And so Candagios does in Snottingen today! Every year, end of march, a big icecream test takes place in the parlor and every child is invited. In the winter month's Candagios travelling back to italy and when they're back to Snotting in spring they have the latest ice recipes which have to be tested on their main customers. Only what's liked by the children find the way into the waffle! Over the years Ernesto and Maria have transformed the house into a veritable gem. The great ice-parlor on the ground floor has a glazing which can fully opened when the weather becomes sunny and the big Appleoak in the garden always spend a nice shadow. It's a lovely place for an iced coffee or a Rialto-Special sundae. That's doce vita italiano and grandpa Ludwig or Captain Norbert knows that exactly... the captain is quite impatient waiting for his ice. Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr On second floor is dental office of Dr. med. dent. Rudolph Wurzelbohrer (Rootdriller ;-) The Office is complet with al waitung room, an assitant office and a dentit chair. In this moment Dr. Wurzelbohrer does an extraction. Thanks god the windows are closed so nobody in the garden can hear the screams. On the opposite of the second floor is Susi's photo studio. It's so small that it is more like a photo booth. Susi's studio is open three days a week. On the other days Susi's takes photos for the Snottinger Tageblatt newspaper. Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr In the third floor is the small flat of the candagios with a big kitchen, a couch and TV and a bed. Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr Eiscafé Rialto by Filius Rucilo on Flickr See more pictures at Flickr. For the statistic Parts: 5150. After a few last minute changes I don't know the amount exactly. The parts are from 6 european countrys and it needs 12 orders at bricklink to obtain them. Planning: October 2013 to march 2014 Build: july 2014 Order and build time: 8 weeks. The "Appleoak" is inspired by the beautiful trees of Paul Toxopeus. The Eiscafé Rialto is placed in the Brickufer-Block back to back with Hugos Oldtimer-Klinik and the DPD Pickup shop. I apologize my terrible english. Suggestions are always welcome.