Shopping at LEGO or Amazon?
Please use our links: LEGO.comAmazon
As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

My Winter Village Project

189101113

Comments

  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,311
    Pictures to follow, but I have my base set up with various elevations, my snow blanket arranged, train tracks fitted, base plates down, and all the previous buildings at least on the table. There is a lot of disorganization, but it's fun to already have it out and coming together. 

    My kids have spent the better part of 2-3 hours a day for the last few days playing around with their favorite buildings and figs. It's a back and forth mental struggle letting them play with it (they are TOYS after all) and now wanting them to touch it at all. The play side of my brain (with great support from my wife) seems to be winning more often. 

    I've decided to hold off on ballast for my track until after the new year as there is just too much else going on. However, for the immediate future, I need to decide the best way to help hold down the curves of my train track. Any good suggestions out there?
    WhiteDovepanchox1snowhitie
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 869
    @Switchfoot55 I was just researching the track question myself. The simplest answer I found was to use is either 2x2 turntables (they do come in white bottoms with LBG tops and aren’t too expensive on Bricklink) or 1x2 or 2x2 jumper plates.

    I think I’m going to get a bunch of 2x8 white plates to deal with the straight track sections and then one of the above solutions for the curves. FWIW, the track can actually handle a little bit of a rise, so it’s theoretically possible to just secure the straights directly to the baseplate and the curves raised 1 plate, or even just resting on top of the base plates. I’m guessing the straights secure will be strong enough if you’re just doing a basic oval.

    The big question, of course, is whether you can get them quick enough.
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 869
    Now that I have a 30"x40" surface to work with, and a decent track oval, I am starting to do a little more research into how best to handle certain things. Long term I may make some different decisions, so I will spend a lot of time going back through this thread for ideas. In the short run though:

    How do people handle the train tunnel and mountain? Are you just using a basic train tunnel (or other non-Lego setup) and then covering with battling, flannel, etc. to make a little more mountain-y look? Or are you brick-building? Or using a tunnel with brick-built facade around it?

    As a quick fix, I'm thinking of just ordering a tunnel piece from a guy on Etsy and then just draping some batting down the sides.

    In the long-term, I may put some planning into a brick-built mountain using bricks, BURPs, MURPs, and lots of various slopes. I see that white BURPs are available but very expensive, so I think DBG MURPs and BURPs with white slopes could look ok as a very rocky mountain with some snow and ice cover. Does anybody have recommended sites for a guide to mountain building (with tunnel, of course)? Otherwise I may just take a look through the Hogwarts manual and see if I can adapt from there.
  • thenosthenos Twin Cities, MNMember Posts: 437
    @autolycus

    I would love some guide too. Yesterday my son and I just started dinking around and built a very basic mountain over some tracks. It turned out ok but wasn't really planned. Basic idea was duplo supports with 16x16 plates on top, then building a facade in the limited space. It was a lot of bricks just for one side of the facade, and then we covered the top in white bricks. I like it though. Nice to add some height to the village. 
    autolycus
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,311
    ^Great question on the tunnels! 

    If you go back a couple of pages, you can see some build pictures from my current layout. I have elevated platforms that I've then covered in a "snow blanket" (or batting) to make get rid of the wooden supports and make it appear like a snow covered wonderland. Last year I also added brick-built tunnel entrances. My grand design includes all brick-build mountains/tunnels. But, one step at a time. 

    There are other pictures in this thread with brick-built variations of mountains/tunnels. Pintrest is also full of great ideas that you can use for inspiration or for actual designs. 

    As with most larger layouts, the cost for something like a brick-built mountain, or train ballast, or covering your entire base with white plates can start to add up quickly. Hopefully you're able to find what works for you!
    autolycus
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 869
    Thanks @Switchfoot55, I will look back a few pages. For the short-term I just ordered the 3d printed tunnel sections that I was looking at. They're a little pricey, but probably not any worse than what brick-built will run. It gets me started much faster, and batting will look just fine, I think.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,311
    Mind sharing a link for these tunnels you speak of?
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 541
    Here's an album of our setup! Happy Holidays, everyone!
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/kn3AJskFRGDckRNK7

    The L an R speakers are crying out for ski slope surrounds for minifigures to ski down :)
    Switchfoot55560HeliportCymbelineKungFuKennyInfinitymangmonkey76Fizyx
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 869
    edited November 2020
    Mind sharing a link for these tunnels you speak of?
    Of course not!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/798007103/tunnel-for-lego-scale-train

    They're pretty basic but look nice. I did message the creator and he said they'll easily hold one of the WV sets on top of a single section. I ordered two 5" straights and enough curve to cover 90 degrees--I could have saved a little money doing a 10" straight, but I wanted the flexibility. I'll report back when I get them. I will have to get creative for the corner behind the curve section, but it shouldn't be too hard to fill in with something as simple as a cardboard box that I trim to the right height and also cover with the same sheet of batting.

    Edit: I will admit I'm a little nervous about the height clearance, but as best as my quick research says: the train is <4" tall, so even with the track fully decked out I would have plenty of height. Disney train is ">4inches", so I think I'm fine with that one too.
  • flordflord CanadaMember Posts: 792
    This is probably a question for the marketplace but is anyone here planning a trip to the LEGO store who can pick me up a pack of pink elves from the BAM bar? My nearest LEGO Store is 6 hours away. My village needs some female elves because it is quite the sausage party right now.
    Switchfoot55gmonkey76Fizyx
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,311
    @flord I'll keep my eyes open. As of last week, they still had Halloween figs out. If I see them on my next trip, I'll grab a pack of them and touch base with you. 
    flordKungFuKennybandit778gmonkey76WhiteDove
  • flordflord CanadaMember Posts: 792
    ^ Thank you!
    KungFuKenny
  • WhiteDoveWhiteDove AustraliaMember Posts: 88

    For mountain building ideas, have a look at this thread on Eurobricks:

    https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/178182-wip-winter-diorama-update-7-pine-tree/

    If you follow the links to his youtube page, he has videos of the full build of his mountain and landscapes. Watching and pausing at each step will give you a fantastic amount of information on how to build them. Definitely parts intensive and therefore expensive, but oh so beautiful!!

    He is also on instagram @brix_tof

    CymbelineautolycusFizyxKungFuKennySwitchfoot55
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 626
    that monorailsleigh is awesome!!

    this isn’t:

    Whoever signed off on this new design of instructions???
    560Heliportrd1899KungFuKennyCymbelinedbrougemustang69
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 869
    Oooff, yeah, I like the new box design, but it shouldn't have carried over to a black background in the instructions. The light blue is much better. It's a color that offers contrast with most piece colors that are in common usage. And that's even coming from someone who uses dark mode on most of my devices.
    CymbelineLittleLori
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,311
    Those tunnel sections look fantastic! Though, in your first picture, the clearance does seem to be cutting it rather close!
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 869
    edited December 2020
    Those tunnel sections look fantastic! Though, in your first picture, the clearance does seem to be cutting it rather close!
    Yeah, it’s ~1/8” or a hair more clearance. That’s with the tunnel resting directly on the same surface as the track. It’d be really easy to lift the tunnel as part of a ballast setup. (I wouldn’t actually ballast the track inside the tunnel, but raising it would look more seamless if done as part of ballast-ing.
    FizyxSwitchfoot55
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,968
    As i've said before on here, I don't have space for a WV setup over the festive period, but we do lay a bit of track around the tree and put the WV station out. I quite like the look of this years set and might have to add it to the side of the tracks. I have plans to build another wagon for the train after making the hot chocolate tanker the other year. I'm wondering if its time to make the reindeer wagon with the new animal mould available.
    Well this never happened! The new reindeer is only £5 on BAP, but never in stock. BL in Europe has loads at £15 each, so maybe for next year! 
    Switchfoot55
  • JasoMacJasoMac Member Posts: 15
    I love this thread. I haven't really read much since last Christmas, partially because I wasn't expecting to put anything up this year due to our dining room table (aka Winter Village Central) becoming the Covid remote learning center for my son. However, he is now done with school and we kept all of last year's sets together (in anticipation of a large expansion for this year with a bunch of new sets) so my wife suggested we set up what we had. I also wasn't able to get this year's Winter Village set because they were out of stock by the time I wanted to order it (we always get it for my son's birthday in early December), hopefully they remedy that sometime in the next year and we'll just have two to do for next year. 

    I love those tunnel pieces, that was going to be part of my addition for this year, so I will be ordering a few of those and taking a little more time to figure out how to modify the other sets I purchased last year but didn't have time to include. My son (and younger daughter) are having a great time with what's up now so I don't think they're missing anything but this gets the Lego sugar plumbs dancing in my head again about what could be in the future...
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,496
    Hope the handles on those curling stones aren’t loaded ;-)
    snowhitieKungFuKennyeMJeeNL
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,311
    Looking great everyone! My pictures of this year's village are forthcoming, I promise. Just putting the final touches on after finally getting my ECH. Had to shift a few things to make it work. So excited with how its come together this year!
    eMJeeNL
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,053
    Looking great everyone! My pictures of this year's village are forthcoming, I promise. Just putting the final touches on after finally getting my ECH. Had to shift a few things to make it work. So excited with how its come together this year!

    Looking forward to see it!
    eMJeeNL
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,053
    edited December 2020
    @Switchfoot55 that is again beyond awesome. Yours is also always so much fun with so many little stories! Grey Sanya on the coffeeshop, the guy in the lake... Also really like those tire tracks in the snow.

    Great job!
    KungFuKenny
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 869
    WOW!!! How big is that table?! And it's completely full of sets! Beautiful work!
    KungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,057

    Under the table is a fort for the kids too. I have Christmas lights strung, some comfy blankets, books, pillows. They spend hours up there. Makes my heart happy. 
    Well, now I want a Christmas Fort...
    560HeliportSwitchfoot55autolycusgmonkey76flord
  • milambermilamber Mayenne, FranceMember Posts: 631
    Nice to see everyone's pictures. We moved on 12th December to a new country so mine has had to stay in its boxes this year sadly.
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,057
    ^ The Emerald Night is perfect for delivering Christmas trees!
    Cymbeline560HeliportSwitchfoot55
  • Captain_EyebrowCaptain_Eyebrow Test Valley, somewhere between Brickset Towers and Narnia . . . .Member Posts: 155
    ^ The Emerald Night is perfect for delivering Christmas trees!
    It is, the Holiday Train is great but it’s no Emerald Night. This year I need to get to IKEA for some of those white boxes for the raised track bed. I was going to cover the really useful boxes in snowfelt but I ran out of time. 
    Switchfoot55
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,311
    It looks really fantastic! Any chance you have a photo with the lights on?
  • Captain_EyebrowCaptain_Eyebrow Test Valley, somewhere between Brickset Towers and Narnia . . . .Member Posts: 155
    It looks really fantastic! Any chance you have a photo with the lights on?
    Yup, it’s not perfect due to the amount of flashing lights (some to be changed for statics in 2021) but you get the idea. The village is gone now and the Tree House is back in its rightful place - also illuminated,

    560Heliportevantylerdpa1JasoMacCymbelineSwitchfoot55
  • JasoMacJasoMac Member Posts: 15
    I feel like the Winter Village sets are missing a centerpiece, a "town hall" type set with an old fashioned bell tower or something along those lines. It seems like the Newbury High School set has the right kind of architecture (minus all the creepy detailing and transformation), has anyone modified this set and tried to incorporate it into their village? 
    560HeliportautolycusFizyxKungFuKennyevantyler
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 869
    JasoMac said:
    I feel like the Winter Village sets are missing a centerpiece, a "town hall" type set with an old fashioned bell tower or something along those lines. It seems like the Newbury High School set has the right kind of architecture (minus all the creepy detailing and transformation), has anyone modified this set and tried to incorporate it into their village? 
    I agree! The WV Fire Station is currently the closest thing to it. It's a really nice set, so it would be good to add another set of that size and a more "civic" style of architecture.
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,133
    JasoMac said:
    I feel like the Winter Village sets are missing a centerpiece, a "town hall" type set with an old fashioned bell tower or something along those lines. It seems like the Newbury High School set has the right kind of architecture (minus all the creepy detailing and transformation), has anyone modified this set and tried to incorporate it into their village? 

    Totally agree.  The only downside to having a building like that is that, in order to really make it a centerpiece set, I feel like it would have to be sized in the $150+ range, which is a huge step up in terms of size and cost for a WV set.  Maybe they could do an anniversary set like Assembly Square was for the modulars, where they have one commemorative set that is larger/more expensive for a year, then go back to the regular size/cost.
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,644
    Village Hall, surely?
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 675

    well, due to a lot of busy/craziness this past fall/holiday season, I never got around to posting pics of my village. So I took some this morn, before the tear down begins:

    I've already started to order more parts to extend the mountain further down the back of the layout for next year. Hope to start adding more custom stuff to it in the years to come.

    CymbelineKungFuKennyevantylerdpa1Switchfoot55560HeliportSpeedman29stluxLittleLori
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,311
    ^Looks great @panchox1! Did you follow any particular guild/build layout for your mountain/tunnel? I currently have wood platforms that help elevate the back part of my design, which I'll likely keep. But I'd love to get rid of the fluffy snowblanket and just have a brick-built mountain. I've never attempted it before, so I'm a bit intimidated. 
    panchox1
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 675
    nope. I just watched a couple of youtube tutorials on mountain building/rock work and then just went for it. I first built a small rock wall to see if I could get the look I wanted.  Then I attempted to build it on a curve across three base plates. then realized that the plate orientation would be different on the table so I scrapped it. This gave me a bit of practice. After that, I figured out my plate layout, laid track so I could test clearance space with the biggest train engine I had and kinda went from there. I built the ends first, then filled it all in. it has a series of burps and lurps as the foundation in the front and some random wall sections holding it up in the back. when we tear it down, I'll try to get some pictures of the inside for you. yeah, it was pretty much the first time building anything like that. I barely had enough parts to pull it off. And I love the way the snow boarder, Yeti and mountain climber look on it. the fun is in the little details. Really looking forward to extending it next year.
Sign In or Register to comment.

Shopping at LEGO.com or Amazon?

Please use our links: LEGO.com Amazon

Recent discussions Categories Privacy Policy Brickset.com

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. Sign in or register to get started.

Brickset.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, the Amazon.com.ca, Inc. Associates Program and the Amazon EU Associates Programme, which are affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.