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My Winter Village Project

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  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    ^What candle bits are those?
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,347
    ^From the new Harry Potter sets I believe.
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    edited November 2018
    ^What candle bits are those?
    6234807: Candle, No. 1
    6236437: Flame, No. 1
    Both in new Harry Potter sets 75953 and 75954. As were the goblets. Very useful sets for parts when building a church!




    Switchfoot55
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    I like the extended engine as well on your train. Another thing I may have to steal!

    I seriously need to up my white bricks and plates collection!
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,970
    @Switchfoot55, help yourself.
    Some better pictures of the engine from earlier in the year.
    Had to remove the rear wheels as they really didn't like the tight corners and caused all sorts of problems. There were a couple of other small changes to help it run better without shaking parts off as well but the bulk of the train is the same.

    Switchfoot55WhiteDovestluxMooreFXmafonmadforLEGOshikadi
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    ^Love the window!

    Is it three plates thick? The 2x2 turntable base, the trans plates, then another turntable base?
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    ^Love the window!

    Is it three plates thick? The 2x2 turntable base, the trans plates, then another turntable base?
    No, just the turntable base and the trans plates. Didn't occur to me to put the turntables both sides. Mind you, didn't need another layer of thickness. Difficult enough as it was.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    Got it. They are transparent enough that the outline of the turntable bases looked like it was on both sides. I like it! 
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 940
    I love the windows!
    You’ve made so much progress in the last few days.

    For my build (pictured on previous page) I also used this technique of turntables (copied the idea from Arkham Asylum).

    But, then I also played with cheese slopes... If you’re after a different headache, try trans cheese slopes to create a mosaic effect. 

    I must admit that my round window uses glue!

    Switchfoot55bandit778FowlerBricksReesesPiecesMooreFXmafonmadforLEGODoktorL
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 940
    edited November 2018
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 940
    @milamber please keep the photos coming as I’m genuinely really enjoying seeing the progress on this. It’s such a magnificent build so far.
  • WhiteDoveWhiteDove AustraliaMember Posts: 70
    Your church is lovely. All the windows look good, especially the stained glass but also the side windows. I really like the roof supports but also the (tiled) stone floor looks perfect. 
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    Yeah, top notch work @milamber!
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    edited November 2018
    Ironically having spent so much time on the stained glass window I can't have the winter village out on a large baseboard downstairs this year (small grandchild now walking......) so it's along the top of my storage cabinets upstairs and once the church is fitted in you can't see the window!
    bandit778davetheoxygenmanstluxdatsunrobbieSwitchfoot55MooreFXLittleLoriersi
  • mdtvandymdtvandy USAMember Posts: 61

    Great job on the church, I particularly like the dedication to St. Peter (the chicken!). What part is the font?


    One tiny comment--shouldn't the altar be purple, blue, white, or gold as it's no longer Ordinary Time?

  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    On a different note, does anyone know how to hold the grey bit of these hinges more securely on to the roof, short of superglue? Every time I open it, they pull off.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    I've never tried it, so it may not work, but could you put a 1x4 plate w/ 2 studs (part 92593) across the top to give at least a little extra support?
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    edited November 2018
    mdtvandy said:

    Great job on the church, I particularly like the dedication to St. Peter (the chicken!). What part is the font?


    One tiny comment--shouldn't the altar be purple, blue, white, or gold as it's no longer Ordinary Time?

    You are obviously way more up on this than me! The chicken was from the Old Fishing Store set - no idea it had any other relevance than looking quirky. Same goes for the altar cloth - dark green was the only colour I had in the tiles I needed. I assumed white would be normal, but used them all for snow :) I'll correct it to the right colour if I manage to get the right tiles. Thanks
    Not sure what the correct part names are for the font pieces, but I'll pop a photo up of them later
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    I've never tried it, so it may not work, but could you put a 1x4 plate w/ 2 studs (part 92593) across the top to give at least a little extra support?
    Tried that. Sadly the studs on the 1 x 4 aren't deep enough to connect. Never used glue before, could be a first time!
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 919
    I don't know if you can get it in the UK, but on Amazon there's a product called Le Glue. A co-worker saw it on an episode of Shark Tank and told me about it. It was designed for LEGO (and other brands) as a temporary glue- it comes off with warm water. I haven't tried it. It's about $13 for 2 ounces, or a pint for $25.
    milamber
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    mdtvandy said:

    What part is the font?

    Just used the same pieces as these, but in dark and light grey. Had to snip the brown bar slightly as it was too long.......
    mdtvandymafon
  • DadsAFOLDadsAFOL USAMember Posts: 617
    milamber said:
    Just used the same pieces as these, but in dark and light grey. Had to snip the brown bar slightly as it was too long.......
    FYI, the rigid hose is the same diameter as a standard bar, and much easier to cut.  Next time.
    milamber
  • DadsAFOLDadsAFOL USAMember Posts: 617
    milamber said:
    On a different note, does anyone know how to hold the grey bit of these hinges more securely on to the roof, short of superglue? Every time I open it, they pull off.
    If you use 

    and

    then you can "strap" the hinge plate with more plates across the back.

    Or just use 4 or 6 of the hinges you are already using, instead of 2.
    milamber
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    DadsAFOL said:

    Or just use 4 or 6 of the hinges you are already using, instead of 2.
    4 on already, but like an idiot it's just occurred to me that if I pop a couple of 1x1 plates either side of the hinge then the 1x4 plate with 2 studs should have more depth to click in to and hopefully do the job. Away just now, but will try it tomorrow
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    ^Looks great!!!

    Can anyone measure the height of the train while on the track? 

    I don't have mine built yet and am working on finishing my table construction and want to make sure I make the tunnel tall enough. 
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    ^Looks great!!!

    Can anyone measure the height of the train while on the track? 

    I don't have mine built yet and am working on finishing my table construction and want to make sure I make the tunnel tall enough. 
    About 14cm, give or take a mm or so. That's to the top of the 'smoke'
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,954
    I just pulled out my sets this weekend and cleared my shelf. I bought the passenger train on high discount last holiday season, and have the power functions that I am now adding into the holiday train. That and buying the latest winter set is as far as we have gotten. I have not decided what sets will go out this year.
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 624
    Put up my winter village sets today. I feel like I’ve almost hit peak LEGO winter village with what I can fit under the tree. 
    If I took up that much room under the tree with my Lego, displacing the space allotted for presents, my kids would kill me...but it looks nice!
  • mustang69mustang69 North CarolinaMember Posts: 413
    I just noticed in the new modular that they are using the earth green window frames again. Hopefully this means they’ll be available on the BnP site again eventually so I can update my Christmas Mansion.
    Switchfoot55sid3windr
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    Thanks @milamber! Much shorter than I had originally thought.

    Pictures forthcoming with my table updates. 

    I'm starting with a 4' x 4' table and now thinking that may not be adequate space. Yikes!

    The highlight of my weekend was co-building both the Toy Shop and Cottage sets with my wife. I know there are a lot of members who build with their significant other, but it's not something I've really had the privilege of doing. It was fun to get to share something so important to me with someone so important to me. 
    mustang69tamamahmWhiteDoveLittleLoripanchox1
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    edited December 2018
    Thanks @milamber! Much shorter than I had originally thought.

    Pictures forthcoming with my table updates. 

    I'm starting with a 4' x 4' table and now thinking that may not be adequate space. Yikes!

    The highlight of my weekend was co-building both the Toy Shop and Cottage sets with my wife. I know there are a lot of members who build with their significant other, but it's not something I've really had the privilege of doing. It was fun to get to share something so important to me with someone so important to me. 
    I had an 8' x 4' board last year and was running out of space. These things run away with you if you aren't careful! Can't use it this year because of the marauding granddaughter, so it's literally everywhere I can fit a bit.
    I managed to get my wife and daughter slightly involved in building the Winter Train last year, but they aren't really interested. On the other hand my wife doesn't really care how much I buy either and does quite like the Christmas stuff on display so it's not all bad :)
    Switchfoot55
  • Djblythe05Djblythe05 NorthantsMember Posts: 35
    I built the winter train with my wife last night, she actually asked me if there was any Lego we could build I was delighted. So pleased with how it fits around the tree. 
    Switchfoot55bandit778FowlerBricksMCNwakeboardBoardshorts85madforLEGO
  • Boardshorts85Boardshorts85 ChicagoMember Posts: 177
    I built the winter train with my wife last night, she actually asked me if there was any Lego we could build I was delighted. So pleased with how it fits around the tree. 
    The Winter Village train is the one LEGO set I own that my wife continues to be interested in.  I've found her sitting by the tree running the train while she and the dog watch it go.  Must be something therapeutic...
    Djblythe05Switchfoot55madforLEGO
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,954
    I change up my display every year, simply because I would never have enough room to display everything. This year, I am going a bit more traditional. About 2/3 is more traditional winter village. I have not had us build the firehouse yet, but it would go over there if it fits. The right side... I have part of our unmotorized train coming out from behind the winter village and to a train station and going to a Christmas village... lots of elves, Santa, etc.
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 577
    41323 Snow Resort Chalet is £23.99 against an rrp of £39.99 just now on Amazon UK. Has been slightly cheaper before, but retiring soon and unavailable at Lego online. A nice one to mod for a winter village.
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 443
    Just started building the first stored WV sets the last days (market done, toy store in progress); but today my last PaB order showed up (finally!), so this pile is up next!



    Stoked to finally start! :)
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 443
    edited December 2018
    Oh, those LBG arches nor those red roofbricks are part of the build, they are for a different MOC... (as not to ruin any speculation ;))
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    ^A candy or sweet shop perhaps? Gingerbread house?

    Looking forward to seeing it come together!
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 443
    edited December 2018
    Yeah, it's Mouseketeer's  Gingerbreadhouse. Only I just found out I forgot to order the trans-lightblue windows. Argh.

    Gonna MOD Mouse's Firehouse a little to have a larger door (the firetruck only JUST fits the opening); will order the windows together with what I don't have for that project.

    also, MODded #10263 to become a apartmentbuilding (or so, did nothing to the inside yet); what do you think?:


    560Heliportmustang69
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    edited December 2018
    Looking forward to seeing the Gingerbread house! I like the MOD to the fire station too! I hope to build mine out tomorrow morning. 

    I've done a poor job tracking my progress this year. However, I have all but my Train Station, Train, Fire Station, and Santa's Workshop left to build (that's it....?). Time has definitely gotten away from me this year. 

    It has been a fun building season though. My kids have enjoyed putting together some of the small sets and side builds to the main sets. My wife put together the Bakery a couple of nights ago. It was her first solo build and she loved it! I think she's hooked now as she's starting to talk about other sets she might want to buy/build. WOO!

    Here are a couple of photo updates:

    I've been waiting to build the Marketplace for a year now. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it!


    Trying out some initial lighting techniques. I'm liking the overall look. May layout is in shambles right now, but once I solidify where everything will be, I'll light the remainder of the buildings. I think it'll really bring things together! 


    datsunrobbieWhiteDove
  • inklingbricksinklingbricks Member Posts: 80
    edited December 2018
    Thank you very much @eMJeeNL :D Really glad you like it!
    sid3windr
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 443
    Oh no. He did it again. More cars for the Winter Train coming... ;)
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    I've been hitting my head against the table for a bit too long now and figured I should just come here for a bit of help. 

    Can anyone who has placed the battery box and IR reciever in the tender for the Winter Holiday Train confirm a few things for me?

    How many studs long is your tender now?

    What does the construction of the base look like between the motorized base's pin and your train base?

    Has anyone modified the engine and tender with the magnetized buffers on the engine/tender and battery box/reciever in the tender?

    I've been sick the last couple days and my brain clearly hasn't caught up. 



    .... anyone else feel like your Village setup time has slipped away at lightning speed?
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,970
    @Switchfoot55
    Can't help with the IR receiver as mine is still in the engine to run both the motors that I fitted to mine but when I get home from work this evening I can take some pics of the engine and tender with how I fitted the magnetized buffers and the motor to the tender if you want?
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