5 comments on “Eis kalt

  1. stephendsdude

    This is pure awesomeness. I could leave it at that, but I won’t…

    I LOVE the SNOT techniques, especially how the sides of the train fit together. I would love to have the pieces to make part of this. But, unfortunately, I don’t.

    The front windshild is also very clever. That curve fits very nicely to hold that windshield.

    Also, I have a couple of questions:

    How long did it take to complete this?
    Is there an interior at all?

    Once again, amazing build. Keep it up!

  2. HoMa

    @stephendsdude

    Thanks for your nice comments and questions. At times of Bricklink and other resources these days it’s only a matter of money to get every needed element in the required quantity. I remember collecting the large Technic chain link piece in the early 2000’s to build my excavator. It took some years to get all 1000 pieces … at that time no LEGO set was on sale using this element. Some years later LEGO sets appeared, containing this element.

    It took me three attempts to design the nose right, each of them a couple of hours. Designing the SNOT for the roof wasn’t that much of a problem. But integrating the side walls took a while. The distance between the windows and the roof elements was much to big and the train looked like a double-decker bus in London.

    The next challenge were the trucks and the coupling mechanism. I tried to make it as close as possible, but you know what it looks like if a 54 stud long wagon goes through curves and switches?

    Finally all engineering issues were solved with more or less SNOT and some odd offset building. The building of the other units took some other evenings. In total I’ve been working on this train over 3 weeks.

    No interior, as you see here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=3936259

    Cheers,
    HoMa

  3. stephendsdude

    That’s still pretty cool. Just a couple more questions:
    How many pieces are in the train total?
    How many cars is the train? I really can’t count that many from the picture.
    Is the train motorized? If so, is it 9V or RC?
    And, how long do you expect to leave it alone and admire it before you scrap it all up? Or will you never take it apart?

    Thank you for your time.

    Once again, I LOVE IT!

  4. HoMa

    How many pieces are in the train total?

    >> I don’t know, never counted pieces in my MOCs.

    How many cars is the train? I really can’t count that many from the picture.

    >> 8 units, as the real one.

    Is the train motorized? If so, is it 9V or RC?

    >> 4x 9V motors underneath the front and end end unit. But I didn’t run the full train so far. I need more time to set up something like this:

    2 units run well with 2 motors during some test rides.

    And, how long do you expect to leave it alone and admire it before you scrap it all up? Or will you never take it apart?

    Most of my stuff is still alive. As long I have enough space to store my MOCs I don’t see a need to take them apart. If I would, I would have another problem storing all the bricks …

    Find more about the ICE 3 and other of my stuff at: http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks_us

    Cheers,
    HoMa

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