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For the base I used a 6x6 and an 8x6 plate joined together. I couldn't see any way of incorporating a hole for the motor pin (I had very few surplus parts at that point) so simply drilled a hole in the right place, towards the end of the 8x6.
And @Switchfoot55 : I know what you mean; actually, I have bricks incoming for more (Mouseketeer's) expansion of the WV. Unsure if all the BL-orders will be on time.
Anyhow, I've found space to exhibit the WV (and got some LED-strips for lighting):
(the two lower wicker baskets in the lower photo have since also been located somewhere else). Only downsite to this setup is het limited height; my church has lost one floor of the tower and some ornamental pieces in the top (can be seen next to it)...:
Maybe will revert to the original (and much compacter) design as can be seen in my avatar; also have to winterify it too.
Will post new (and much better) pic's when done (still have to build 4 sets and some of Mouse's stuff).
@milamber, may I ask how you got the wire from the motorized base inside the tender? That was of particular frustration to me in trying to figure out my plan.
I obviously need to start planning in July next year!
@eMJeeNL, I like your church. My wife is set on having one next year, so I'll be doing some planning in the coming months to put it together and will likely be stalking the bulk tables at some family owned Lego/Brick stores nearby to keep the costs down.
I should be able to post some pictures of the complete (or semi-complete) table tonight or tomorrow. I'll wrap things up with the Fire Station tonight and tinker with the train tomorrow (much to my son's chagrin).
Pm'd the pics so not to clag up the thread.
Has absolutely nothing to do with the fact I take shite pictures. ;)
Still tinkering with the base
I like the shell idea to make the base multi-functional.
Thanks for the photos @bandit778!
Thanks to all who gave input and suggestions. A massive thanks to @bandit778 for busting his train and tender apart to give me some amazing ideas!
Next up is the passenger/dinner car. I'll save the engine expansion for next year!
I'll post some more close up pictures soon.
Also finished building (lay-out/furnishing requires some time though, but ill kids advise early bed for now):
I decided before I placed a single building on the table that I need at least another 2' of table for next year. My wife agrees as well, so it shouldn't be a hard sell!
It was crazy how quickly things filled in and how fast my plans had to change. I'll likely head toward more of a modular style layout. I've seen a few examples on Pintrest and other sites. That way I can have one 32x32 section set, focus on the details, then move on to the next. This should help get me to the eventual place I want to be with my scene.
That said, I'm thrilled with the end product. I'm still adding little details here and there. Texture, plants, people, etc... I've been given the green light to leave it up through January, so I might as well keep it going!
This is why I change up my display every year. I simply do not have enough space to put everything out. This year I went more classic winter village, on the left, and a train leaving the village to like a polar express experience on the right.
It is also why in a few days I will change thing out for a pure winter display instead of Christmas village and that will stay up until right before Valentine’s Day.
It gives me options every year and I do not need to expand the display area.
I put it in the train as the 3rd carriage, after the tender and the christmastree-car; this make for acceptable speed and slippage (as I only have a motor and a batterypack; control of the train (switching it on and off, that is) is done via the hole in the roof).
It really needs the friction of the christmas tree in there to reduce the speed as to not push the locomotive off the tracks, though. I'll get myself a remote and speedcontroller next year, I promised myself. Was very little use for it this year as I only finished the train the 25th.
It looks okay, i'd say (motor is below the batterypack, so under the green part of the carriage):
For next year, thinking of leaving it this way (only replacing the 2 1x12s in LBG to red and adding some leafy bits as per #10254), or moving forward and using Mouseketeer's postal-carriage design. For this year, I was a bit done with checking what pieces I had and what i didn't have and go back and forth to BL; build this with what I had left from my 2nd #10254.
Guess I'll be putting away the WV in a couple of weeks; it has been a very cool experience getting to where it is now, with the new MOC's of Mouseketeer in there, and getting all the parts for them. Already looking forward to next year, but I will probably not break down the sets this time, as it just takes too much time to build again (fun though).
Definitely need to rethink the layout now the kids are more curious and the collection keeps growing.
Just 9-10 months and it can come out again!
I just finished packing mine away a few nights ago. Sad to see it go into storage again.
BTW, I envy your winter promo sets in the second picture. I was too slow or too poor for all but the Mr./Mrs. Claus.
It seems like it's the right time of year to pull out my old thread to see what people are working on. After rushing to get all of the previous sets, my village took somewhat of a back seat. But I've recently had several projects on my mind that I want to get working on before it gets too late in the year.
I've already touched base with @milamber on the size of their church constructed last year, but was curious what others think about the scale of the model I have working right now.
The footprint is currently 22 studs wide by 34 studs long by 34 studs high at the peak of the steeple. Or, 6.8" x 10.6" x 10.6". Or, if my metric is right, 17.2cm x 26.9 cm x 26.9 cm. That conversion should be right?
The tower and steeple could likely go 2-6 bricks higher in the end.
Anyway, I don't have any of my other builds currently built, so I can't manually compare the scale in person. Does that sound about right for scale? Obviously the Cottage is way out of scale to the other buildings (along with the Fire Station really).
I have a very rough model (solid bricks, roof, and steeple) together, but will polish it up to post for input. I've never really done MOCs much, so any insights would be appreciated.
Most building MOCs I have done have started with a base lego set, which has helped my sizing.
One holiday idea I have been toying with... with the Big Bang set and Friends set... it could make for an interesting set-up to decorate those indoor spaces for the holidays. Most holiday displays show the outside buildings, but it could be interesting to do a holiday display showcasing the inside of buildings. I have not gotten any further, though, than that.
I think my display going into the holidays will have the Santa’s workshop, the new set, maybe the toy shop, part of the winter market, and then maybe like what I did last year where I had the front part of the train arriving at the station.. Sort of like a polar express train. The train came out from behind a building, so from a display standpoint one did not have to have the entire train and track set-up. Now I wish I had more gingerbread men... I think I have at least 2.. perhaps 3.
Church is 47 studs long, 23 wide (massive error there, needs to be an even number to centre windows etc, but was too far into the build to correct when I realised). Tower is 12x11 and approx 34 bricks high, plus a few plates. The first set I found was the bakery which is probably the smallest building of the lot from memory, but I've put them side by side for comparison. I still think the scale is ok. Also attached a photo of the horse and cart in front of the church which also seems to be to scale.
Suitcase backdrop not ideal, but getting them down the loft ladder is tricky......
@tamamahm, I'm definitely feeling like I might need to add a few more Gingerbread men to the party this year. I have a couple of others. We need the WV Gingerbread Battlepacks to build armies of elves and gingerbreads!
We have a local Christmas event that lasts all of December that is overly fantastical. A Christmas Lane of sorts. I think the new set plus Santa's workshop, my motorized Santa's sleigh, the small GWP gingerbread house, and a few other odds and ends will make for a nice "Christmas Lane" layout.
Of the 12 designs I like 5 or 6, divided over the two. I think the author would’ve made more €$£ when selling them as PDFs, as i think the books are a little expensive, especially if you take into account the fact I do not like them all.
in the meantime, i started creating a little bridge for my WV using my stash:
I have already bought several of those instructions and can confirm they are great. I built Santa's Grotto last year:
great stuff! Fantastic resources for developing my own Village! Super excited for it. But can't start actually building till mid November.
I was recently talking through building ideas with my wife ann's she mentioned wanting to add a theater. I may have to use #10184 as inspiration too!
Even last year I was thinking about adding a ski hill and it seems Lego (with Snow Groomer and Ski Resort) had the same idea. I want the train to run through a tunnel under the hill on one end of the table while the main Winter Village sets are at the other end. The Ski Resort will be on the hill while I plan to put the more "fantasy" sets like Santa's Workshop and the Gingerbread House on the other side of the hill from the village. I've never a made a large scale project from scratch like this, does anyone have suggestions for how to get started and how to figure out how many and what kind of pieces I will need?
any more questions - just shoot!
I vary my display sets. The mountain cabin is part of my display after Christmas. I make it a part of an overall winter display. I added far more snow into the mountain hut. I also have a ski hill and modified the friends ski set. Since I was really going for more of an overall winter/snow/cabin forest look, instead of just simply adding it to the winter village line, it really made it easy to incorporate.
and indeed, you can import models by importing a small file you can download from e.g. eurobricks. Simply search the sets number + ‘LDD’ (or ‘LXF’, it’s formatname) on Google and you’ve got them.
@eMJeeNL That sounds amazing, I just downloaded it and I will have to start playing around with it when I get a chance.
I'm assuming most of these multi-level villages that I've seen aren't built up entirely out of Legos, what do people use under them to support the weight above without being super heavy itself?