StickyLife – A Review

In the brick-built train hobby, one of the often asked questions revolves around how or where to create custom decals for decorating our models with our favorite railroad liveries. Many options exist, including using traditional O scale decals, printing your own on decal paper using a home ink-jet printer, or, like we do for the BMR Premium Instruction sets, use a 3rd party printer like OKBrickWorks.

One difficulty that I’ve had over the years is finding proper decals with white lettering for the cars that I build. I’m a fan of the fallen-flag Rutland Railroad, which operated in Vermont and New York until the early 1960s. Many of their cars, and almost all of their steam locomotives, were lettered in silver or white paint on black backgrounds. While modeling decals for the locomotives are commercially available in compatible sizes for my LEGO trains, I’ve always had trouble finding decent freight car decals.

A few weeks ago, I came across the website StickyLife.com. StickyLife allows you to create a variety of customized items, including bumper stickers, magnets, and vinyl decals. Originally I had thought to use the site to create lettering for my 1:8 scale Live Steam flatcar, but then I wondered if it would be possible to create decals for my LEGO cars as well.

The following is a walk through of the process, and a review of the final product.

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OcTRAINber: The Results

After a great and exciting month that we dubbed OcTRAINber, the difficult part for us judges had only just begon. However, we have managed to finally decide on the winners, which will be announced in this post!

First of all, let us say that we are pleasantly surprised by all the high quality entries and the great Swoosh-videos. We were very glad to see so many great ideas and prototypes being build, both digital and in real life. In fact, the reason that it took us so long to judge is because of the high quality of all of the entries. Therefore, we would like to thank all our contestants, because without you, OcTRAINber wouldn’t have been the succes it has been!

Now, let’s move on to the award ceremony!

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OcTRAINber: A Short Service Announcement

This is a short service announcement for everybody that is eagerly waiting for the final results of the first season of OcTRAINber. We would like to tell of you you that we apologize for the silence from our side, but we are working on the judging as we speak. It has been some busy times for all of us after OcTRAINber ended, which kind of derailed our schedule when it comes to the judging.

We however would like to stress that this has been a great OcTRAINber and we are happy to see so many high quality entries! This obviously makes it even more difficult for us to judge, but it is a price we are more than willing to pay!

So, to keep this service announcement as short as possible: Thanks again for participating and for making OcTRAINber a succes. Our four judges (including myself) are busy judging the entries and hope to finish this as soon as possible. When we have the final results in, we will ofcourse communicate it immediately!

Drifting with Sunder

I agree, this topic title normally makes more sense over at our friends of The Lego Car Blog but thanks to well-know Sci-Fi trains and space builder Sunder, we can now also use this title over at BMR, and not without a reason. Just have a look at this great YouTube video and you know what I mean!

I’m to be honest not sure what is more addictive; that song or seeing 3 minutes of drifting by a Lego Train…

As you can see, Sunder is a great builder who also knows his ways in 3D rendering, which actually gives us the excuse to also feature another of his models which he posted about a week ago. Just have a look and decide for yourself if this is actually a render, or real life bricks…

Want to see more? Just drop by at Sunder’s Flickr for more pictures of these and several other great Sci-Fi trains!

When is a LEGO® Train Not A LEGO® Train Anymore?

Crossing The Purity Line.

If you you’ve been following the LEGO Train Fan Club Facebook group recently you probably have seen the ongoing discussion on Mike Moon’s 3D printed car bodies for LEGO trains. If you haven’t, take a read through here.

Mike’s original post presented his 3D printed trolley car body designed to fit on a LEGO brick built train base. It has since ignited a discussion about what is and is not a LEGO train, and what techniques are acceptable to the community and what ones are a step too far.

Brick Model Railroader’s own ball bearing equipped wheel sets, are certainly not pure LEGO. But are they acceptable in the LEGO train hobby?

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Celebrate Halloween with a Scary Train Mod

In the LEGO hobby, people are sometimes divided over the issue of modifying parts. Whether you do or don’t, as long as you are having fun that is what it is all about.

However, for Halloween I decided to pick a scary LEGO train mod from LEGO’s past advertising. This ad dates from 1988. On the surface, it would appear to have nothing to do with trains. Can you spot the train mod?

OcTRAINber: The Last Mile

Today is October 30th, wich means just one more day and OcTRAINber is over! For everybody that didn’t enter their entries yet, this post is a friendly reminder that now is the time to add those last pieces, render those last files, snap your last pictures and upload everything to the BMR Flickr page!

We have already seen a lot of great entries and we hope to welcome even more in the coming hours. We are truely overwhelmed by the response to our first ever contest and we are glad that this contest seems to have struck a chord with our community.

Enjoy your last mile of OcTRAINber!

EDIT: Deadline will be October 31st, 23:59 PDT!

EDIT2: Aaand this concludes OcTRAINber! Thanks all for your entries, much appreciated! We are truely astonished by all the great entries, and we know for sure this is going to be a difficult one to judge! In the next days we will communicate more about the scoring and the prizes. But untill then we thank all contestants and hope you all had a great OcTRAINber!

A Tail Of The Blue Comet: The Seashore’s Finest Train In LEGO by Cale Leiphart

My first encounter with the Blue Comet was at the National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg Pennsylvania. It was an O scale model of the train made by MTH, sitting on a display shelf in the main display room. I fell in love with the train almost immediately. It was a very striking train, with the locomotive painted in an eye catching blue with gold pin striping, and nickel plated accents. The passenger cars also blue, with an attractive band of white running down the windows. It was beautiful train from a different time, a time when rail travel was king, and a journey on a train was something special. The Blue Comet had caught my imagination like so many before. I knew that I was going to be the one to bring this train to life again in LEGO.

My LEGO model of the Blue Comet train set.
Advertisement for the Blue Comet from the period.

The Central Railroad of New Jersey’s Blue Comet

“A Deluxe Class Train, for a Coach Class Fare”
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Our First Run of ACF Tank Car Premium Instructions Has Sold Out

First off, if you didn’t get our American Car & Foundry Tank Car Premium Instructions today, don’t panic. You didn’t miss out, but you will have to wait a little longer. We do we have some USRA 55-Ton Hoppers, and Pullman PS-1 Boxcars left in case you missed them the first time.

Our fastest selling kit yet!

Today was crazy! The first run of BMR Tank Car premium instructions sold out in just over 9 hours. I can not believe what just happened. 50 kits gone in less than 1/2 a day. That blows my mind. It outsold our previous USRA hopper car by 24 hours. You, our fans, are amazing. We’ll be playing some serious catch up for the next two weeks.

Getting ready to ship out some tank cars. And a little peak at our upcoming flat car.

I have to give it to our own Glenn Holland, he designed a great model. I’m sure if we could have stocked more, we could have sold a hundred. And don’t worry, we will be stocking more. But first we have to ship out the first run of 50 tank car orders.

For those who missed out on this first run, fear not. You will be able to order, you’l just have wait a little longer. More ACF Tank Cars are will be available in November along with our next kit, the AAR 53ft Flat Car with yet to be revealed load. And we’re working on ways to increase our production runs so can stock more kits from the start. The BMR model team is just two guys working out of my house. We’re still learning, but we’re doing our best to get better. We thank you for your patience.

We still have some USRA 55-Ton Hoppers, and Pullman PS-1 Boxcars from our restock available, as well as decals and wheel sets. So if you didn’t get those, take the plunge. They’re great models you’ll have fun with until we can release more tank cars.

http://brickmodelrailroader.com/index.php/shop/

Thank You.

Cale Leiphart
Brick Model Railroader

The ACF Type 27 Tank Car Instructions Are Now Available For Order

We’re returning with our third premium instructions kit!

Announcing the Brick Model Railroader, American Car & Foundry Type 27 Tank Car premium instructions available for order here.

See our video review here

The Type 27 tank car was built by the American Car & Foundry Co. from 1927 into the late 1940’s. The Type 27 was available in capacities from 4,000 gallons up to 12,000 gallons, and could be ordered with multiple compartments (each with its own dome) for hauling separate liquids in the same car. Model designed by Glenn Holland, our instructions can model 6 different versions. The two most popular tank sizes, 8,000 gallon and 10,000 gallon, each with one, two, or three domes.

As with all premium instructions, we will include the custom elements needed to build the model. All you need to do is gather the standard Lego parts from your own collection and you’ll be on your way to a great tank car model.

You can build the car in the color of your choice, or you can purchase decals to build the car in one of the following authentic railroad paint schemes bellow.

US Army Transportation Corp

US Army decals for the 10,000 gallon single dome model.

Shell

Shell decals for the 8,000 gallon single dome model.

Shippers Car Line

ACFX decals for the 8,000 gallon triple dome model, based on the car in Strasburg, Pennsylvania.

Esso

Esso decals for the 10,000 gallon double dome model.

1920’s OCTAN with Logo design by Shawn Kelly

1920’s style OCTAN decals for the 8,000 gallon double dome model. Logo by Shawn Kelly.

1940’s OCTAN with Logo design by Michael Gale

1940’s style OCTAN decals for the 10,000 gallon triple dome model.

 

In addition to releasing the tank cars, we will also have more of our original premium instruction kits, the Pullman PS-1 40′ boxcar and USRA 55-TON Hopper Car.  We still have decals available for these cars too.

And, of course, we will have extra wheel sets available for purchase for those wanting to build more than one car. All of the products mentioned above; the hopper and boxcar premium instructions, decals, and wheel sets will be available in our online store.