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#2365 TECHNIQUE DISCUSSION: LEGO Train Techniques 2

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Leave it to train builders to come up with some of the craziest and most creative techniques out there! We’ve collected some of our favorite techniques from some of our favorite train MOCS and we’re excited to share them with you!

Featuring builds by @bri.bricks and @urbanerwin_moc on Instagram; and Liam Biggs, Wes Turngrate, swoofty, Dennis Tomsen, EmersonDA, and on Flickr.

#2365 TECHNIQUE DISCUSSION: LEGO Train Techniques 2  Thought we ran out of train techniques? We’ve got some cool builds and even cooler techniques in store today! A red engine is shown with a handful of assemblies; we’ll be going over those later in the post! So without further ado, let’s get this train rolling!

This amazing BR Mk1 RU coach uses some intricate SNOT work to achieve incredibly subtle angles with almost no gaps! This technique is based on a build by Wes Turngate, which we already dedicated an entire post to! If you want to see an in-depth analysis, check out technique post #1785.  An elaborate SNOT cross section of a train car is shown, taking advantage of the hinge brick 3937, many headlight bricks, and even 4079 minifigure chairs!

This locomotive by swoofty uses some elaborate SNOT to get the intricate spacing on its windows just right.  Two identical segments are built and dropped into place. It’s not held together by many studs, but the whole assembly is super stable!

This ornate engine by Thiago Brisolla takes a segmented approach to its boiler.  20482 1x1 item stands and 35480 plates are used to invert a plate, and Individual modules are built and held together with a long technic axle.

This little red engine might look simple on the surface, but it’s got some really creative connections going on under the hood! 3873 chain segments are pressed inside a plate, allowing them to be connected in a tube shape. Additionally, two 42446 bracket pieces are attached to one another with a pole inserted through the two of them, making a great step build!

On the same train, the boiler is built using a great little assembly with a jumper and a wand piece in pearl gold. This build is then attached to one of the segments of the tube that uses those chain pisces mentioned earlier. The bell is made with a party hat element, also conveniently available in pearl gold!

It wouldn’t be a proper train post without also talking about some cabin roof techniques! Builder Dennis Tomsen has a whole gallery of train roofs on his Flickr, each with its own unique shape and profile. Many of these techniques are also helpful outside the context of train building too!

This awesome locomotive build by EmersonDA on Flickr uses some excellent techniques to add a lot of brick-built detail. A whole puzzle of SNOT techniques and stud inversion is used to fit a series of slopes together perfectly, eliminating the need for stickers or prints.

Finally, this incredible boxcar raises the bar for rolling stock! Almost nothing about this train car is built like a typical LEGO model! Just about the entire MOC is built sideways, the long vertical plates are held on by clips, and all the vertically stacked bricks are offset with jumpers.  That’s all for this post, make sure to let us know in the comments which technique was your favorite! If you liked any of these MOCs, be sure to check out the builders' other creations!


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