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My Winter Village Project

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  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,317
    I just followed the docs so the IR receiver is in the train itself... :-)

    Also yeah, suddenly it's almost Christmas - just yesterday finished the Winter Village Market, and still have the Fire Station to go. Although I don't really have space for it anymore on the table :-/
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 388
    edited December 2018
    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?
    My tender base is now 14 studs long. That fits the battery box and IR receiver perfectly. No room to spare.

    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.

    I kept the connections between the train/tender and the tender/carriages as originally so the magnetized ones are on the rear of the the tender. There was a bit of trial and error involved in getting the train/tender connection right, but it's fine now.
    Happy to send any close up photos if you want them.
    And yes, I was looking at the village this morning thinking it will be down and packed away in under a fortnight!
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 334
    milamber said:

    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.
    You did WHAT? ;)

    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).
    evantyler
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,377
    @bandit778 and @milamber , any photos you could send would be MUCH appreciated! I'll likely have to settle for something less than what I originally desired, but in the interest of actually having a complete WV this year, it'll have to do!

    @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). 
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 388

    @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. 

    That will be the illegal and scandalous hole that I drilled in the base.........I'll need to dismantle it a little to take some photos. I'll try and do it later
    Switchfoot55
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,377
    I had just about reached my wits end last night and contemplated busting out the drill. Cooler heads (my wife's to be precise) prevailed. 
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 388
    I know it's not really the done thing, but it's only a tiny hole and completely invisible when built. Not like I was cutting bricks in half or anything.......I'm sure there's a Lego solution, but I only had a limited supply of parts at that point. I could probably do it properly now, though frankly if it works I'm not that precious about it.
    Switchfoot55
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,893

    @Switchfoot55

    Pm'd the pics so not to clag up the thread.

    Has absolutely nothing to do with the fact I take shite pictures. ;)

    Switchfoot55
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,423
    I used a 1x2 brick on each corner of the motorized base, then a 1x12 plate on each side, rather than drilling a hole. I'm planning to make shells that slide down over this assembly, to match whichever train I'm using it with, instead of modding different engines.

    Still tinkering with the base


    bandit778
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,377
    @datsunrobbie, that's the layout of the battery box and IR receiver I was playing with last night. It was just a matter of cord management. 

    I like the shell idea to make the base multi-functional. 

    Thanks for the photos @bandit778!
    bandit778
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,377
    Well, I'm quite happy with the outcome! It was a learning experience for me to say the least. 

    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!
    bandit778Baby_Yoda
  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 United StatesMember Posts: 340
    @Switchfoot55 Looks great! The only problem that I can see is the lack of additional space for next year's additions. I hope you found a new table under the Christmas tree this morning that can be used in the future. 
    Switchfoot55
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 334
    @Switchfoot55 : just wow! Looks terrific; wish i had a table like that to set up on. Maybe when the commode leaves the living room in a couple of years...
    Also finished building (lay-out/furnishing requires some time though, but ill kids advise early bed for now):


    evantylerLittleLoriSwitchfoot55
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,377
    Thanks @BillyBricks84 and @eMJeeNL

    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!
    evantylerLittleLori
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk Derby, UKMember Posts: 298
    Had to place my Winter Village with other Xmas sets on the shelves out of the reach of sticky little fingers! The Winter Train under the tree required emergency repairs daily during December due to the constant interaction with the kids. Thought I would upload a pic before its all packed away...


    evantylerSwitchfoot55LittleLoribrickventuresBaby_Yoda
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,928
    @Switchfoot55
    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.
    Switchfoot55LittleLori
  • Speedman29Speedman29 Brickswell CloseMember Posts: 1,182
    I'm in the same boat as others, my WV train was around the base of the tree and the wheels slipped at times. If I removed the gear driving the tree round it was much better, but I'd like it running properly so plan on making a tender driven unit.

    Can I cheekily request photos of the build from @bandit778 or @Switchfoot55 I want to get it remade ready for next Christmas
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 334
    edited January 4
    i accidentally got the wrong motor, so had to improvise; didn't really feel much for the tender-option as I deem it to be to massive, even behind the enlarged locomotive of @mouseketeer , so went for a different car:


    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).

    Only casualty:


    evantyler
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk Derby, UKMember Posts: 298
    All packed away awaiting their retrieval in November...

    Definitely need to rethink the layout now the kids are more curious and the collection keeps growing.
    Switchfoot55
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,377
    @Speedman29, I'll try to get some photos this weekend of my tender car. It matches pretty closely to the design of the original. However, getting the motor to connect correctly with the base was my biggest struggle. It'll definitely be staying put together during storage this year. 
  • Speedman29Speedman29 Brickswell CloseMember Posts: 1,182
    Cheers @Switchfoot55 that would be great. Bandit has sent some photos too. I think I'll be playing around to get the neatest cable solution with good weight for traction.
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,118
    The Lego Christmas decoration remained out long after the other Christmas decoration had been taken down, but it's time to finally put it in storage. I realised I hadn't taken a picture of it yet, so here goes:





    Just 9-10 months and it can come out again!
    Switchfoot55datsunrobbieevantylerwardmLittleLori
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,377
    ^Looks great! 

    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. 
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