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Post  rgb on Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:37 pm

Hi, I'm Rob Bender. LEGO was one of my favorite toys when I was a kid, but my collection got packed away as I got into my teens. I started collecting some Star Wars and other misc sets after college but even they wound up going into storage. Two years ago I got a house in Philadelphia, got everything out of storage and finally had room to start building again. Besides collecting sets, I enjoy building city architecture and humorous vignettes. I'd also like to get into NXT robotics sometime.

My LEGO related photography is up on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgb/collections/72157619692379991/

I attended one PennLUG meeting last year and attended this month's meeting as well.
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Post  Uniblab on Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:15 pm

Greetings and welcome!

You said you're really into 9v trains. You will find good company in PennLUG.

I really like that picture you have of all the trains on the shelves. Do you have a lot of track too? You say you have one of the biggest collections. That's a big statement, which for the sake of the club I hope you can back up. There are several others who have big collections too.

Although I don't have much in the way of rolling stock (yet) I have probably the most track in the club (perhaps until now) with well over 300 straight sections, about 250 curves, at least a dozen switching pairs and almost 20 crossover tacks. I have over 30 train motors, mostly still boxed but only about a dozen or so controllers.

But what good is a lot of track without really great trains to run on them? That's where the other train builders in the club really shine.

I think Cale has the next largest track inventory but its Cale's really amazing (award winning) locomotives which he is best known for. I seem to recall he has a goodly amount of very nice rolling stock, too.

You said you already met Nate who also has some really amazing locomotives (which have also won awards) and I don't know how much rolling stock and track he has.

Both Cale and Nate are terrific builders (not just of trains) with attention to detail and accuracy in their reproductions. I don’t remember who else builds trains but there are others too.

Although you state you really love 9v trains, I think its only fair to inform you we, as a club, are also open minded about the Power Functions line for train building. Cale has demonstrated (with more awards to prove it) that PF trains can be much more powerful than 9v motors and still be able to create accurate reproductions. Furthermore the duration of the battery packs is quite impressive being able to run effectively for close to 4 hours. Furthermore, I think the potential for semi-automated to perhaps fully automated track controls is something which is just waiting to be explored. Somewhere in between is running multiple trains on the same track. Try that with normal 9v track…

Having said all that, I am certain there will always be a place for 9v trains in PennLUG. This is based on several discussions and ongoing plans. We have 9v stuff because we want to continue to use it. However, due to the virtually non-existent supply of new 9v track our layouts will at some point have both 9v and PF loops. The good news in that is, especially if you have any significant amount of 9v track to add for layouts, the 9v loop(s) will be able to be bigger. As we get more PF track that will leave the combined 9v track for a longer dedicated 9v loop with associated sidings.

So again, welcome to the club. I look forward to seeing your trains in person. I hope you bring some to the meeting. See you in Scranton.


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Re: Introductions

Post  Shuppiluliumas on Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:23 am

Glad to see you posting in here! Between Cale, the Sanders' and I, we have a pretty good contingient of train builders in PennLUG. We would love to have another person interested in Trains actively participating. I know that Cale and I have gone back and forth a bit about where 9v will fit into the club's future layouts, but I think we all agree that the more 9v track, the better. Afterall, Power Functions trains can run on any track, and we all have 9v trains we would like to continue to run. Particularly this year, we are looking at expanding our layout as much as possible. Our biggest show, Brickfair in DC, is being held at the Dulles Expo Center for the first time, giving us a lot more room to work with. For example, we're working on a collaborative modern container port to help fill this space. Any creations/ideas you could contribute would be welcome. Given my schedule right now, I'm not sure if I will be at the next meeting, but I hope you'll make it anyway. Again, welcome to the board and I hope to see you around here and at meetings more in the future!

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Post  Brickadier General on Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:18 pm

Vader22135 wrote:
Shuppiluliumas wrote:Glad to see you posting in here! Between Cale, the Sanders' and I, we have a pretty good contingient of train builders in PennLUG. We would love to have another person interested in Trains actively participating. I know that Cale and I have gone back and forth a bit about where 9v will fit into the club's future layouts, but I think we all agree that the more 9v track, the better. Afterall, Power Functions trains can run on any track, and we all have 9v trains we would like to continue to run. Particularly this year, we are looking at expanding our layout as much as possible. Our biggest show, Brickfair in DC, is being held at the Dulles Expo Center for the first time, giving us a lot more room to work with. For example, we're working on a collaborative modern container port to help fill this space. Any creations/ideas you could contribute would be welcome. Given my schedule right now, I'm not sure if I will be at the next meeting, but I hope you'll make it anyway. Again, welcome to the board and I hope to see you around here and at meetings more in the future!

Hello nate
as I said at the KOP I have alot of extra bricks if you have a general design for containers
I may be able to grab some pieces
I filled 62 of those pick a brick boxes for future box cars but can make containers
let me know when you are going to KOP and I will try and meet you ..Tony
BTW I love the steams your building
Hi and welcome to the group. Instructions have been posted to the club website: http://pennlug.com/?page_id=86
I tried searching for "pugsx3" on Flickr, but nothing turned up. Anywho, welcome to the club. There are a few members in the club who are interested in Lego trains, myself included, although the only really original rail creation to my name is a trolley. Still, I enjoy them. We will look forward to having you in the club, and I hope to see you at the next meeting.

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Re: Introductions

Post  Cale on Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:58 pm

Hi Tony and Welcome to the group.

We can always (well I can at least Smile ) use a few more Train fans around here. Sounds like you have an impressive collection. Those SantaFe set are almost worth their weight in gold now.

The next meeting will be hosted by Mike and Michelle Dudley in Scranton on April 10th. Dudley will provide directions as it gets closer. It would be great to see you come out.

We can always find room for more in our club layouts. We run both 9v and Power Functions. If you have a train to run we'll run it and if you have a building to display we'll find a spot for it.

Cale

Vader22135 wrote:Hello my name is Tony
I live in levittown pa
I currently have one of the biggest 9-Volt collection in my opinion
I would like to attend the next meeting and was introduced to pennlug
from Nate who I met at the KOP lego store
I have some pictures on flickr id is pugsx3
I am a very dedicated collector of sante fe I just recently finished my 4 car el-capitan set from
the james mathis cd and I am buildin another 4 cars all high level
I have many many trains still in boxes ( no room to display )
I currently sell on ebay and have a 600lb lego loose brick collection
that I believe will benifit the pennlug group
I would like to become an active member of the club layouts and would like
to contribute with my fellow AFOL'S
please check out my ebay store under vader22135 or my flickr page I will be updating my collection on the site tonight
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Post  Uniblab on Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:40 pm

Morgan19 wrote:Hi everyone!

My wife and I will be moving to southeastern PA / north DE at the end of July, from Northern Virginia, and I was excited to sign up here. I've always meant to get to a WAMALUG meeting for the many years I've lived here and somehow never got around to it, or Brickfair for that matter. I'm looking forward to being able to hit up some LUG meetings once we're settled. Smile
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Greetings and welcome. We would be happy to see you at any meeting, which are currently the first Saturday of the month. If you don't get a notice to your regular email regarding who's place and where please post a note on the forrum and someone will make sure you get the email.

You really should try to make it to BrickFair. It is well worth it. You will be awed by everything there and will wish you had come to an event sooner. If you can't make it for the whole weekend then just come down for Saturday or Sunday.

I hope to see you soon.

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Post  LEGO Dog on Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:44 pm

Morgan19 wrote:Hi everyone!

This is Morgan19 (Jamie); I suppose I'm best known for stuff I post on Flickr, mainly a lot of custom figures and a few MOCs here and there.

My wife and I will be moving to southeastern PA / north DE at the end of July, from Northern Virginia, and I was excited to sign up here. I've always meant to get to a WAMALUG meeting for the many years I've lived here and somehow never got around to it, or Brickfair for that matter. I'm looking forward to being able to hit up some LUG meetings once we're settled. Smile

Welcome aboard. Hope to see you soon.
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Post  cjedwards on Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:23 pm

Morgan19 wrote:Hi everyone!

This is Morgan19 (Jamie); I suppose I'm best known for stuff I post on Flickr, mainly a lot of custom figures and a few MOCs here and there.

My wife and I will be moving to southeastern PA / north DE at the end of July, from Northern Virginia, and I was excited to sign up here. I've always meant to get to a WAMALUG meeting for the many years I've lived here and somehow never got around to it, or Brickfair for that matter. I'm looking forward to being able to hit up some LUG meetings once we're settled. Smile
m19

I know your stuff well, and I can't wait to see some of in person. It will be great to have you in the club!
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Post  Cale on Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:32 am

cjedwards wrote:
Morgan19 wrote:Hi everyone!

This is Morgan19 (Jamie); I suppose I'm best known for stuff I post on Flickr, mainly a lot of custom figures and a few MOCs here and there.

My wife and I will be moving to southeastern PA / north DE at the end of July, from Northern Virginia, and I was excited to sign up here. I've always meant to get to a WAMALUG meeting for the many years I've lived here and somehow never got around to it, or Brickfair for that matter. I'm looking forward to being able to hit up some LUG meetings once we're settled. Smile
m19

I know your stuff well, and I can't wait to see some of in person. It will be great to have you in the club!

Yes Welcome. It will be great to pick your brain on Mini Fig design.

Cale
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Post  Brickadier General on Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:05 pm

Morgan19 wrote:Hi everyone!

This is Morgan19 (Jamie); I suppose I'm best known for stuff I post on Flickr, mainly a lot of custom figures and a few MOCs here and there.

My wife and I will be moving to southeastern PA / north DE at the end of July, from Northern Virginia, and I was excited to sign up here. I've always meant to get to a WAMALUG meeting for the many years I've lived here and somehow never got around to it, or Brickfair for that matter. I'm looking forward to being able to hit up some LUG meetings once we're settled. Smile

On that note... Does anyone have good suggestions for a rental townhouse or apartment in the SE area? Ideally I'd like to be somewhere around Boothwyn, PA down to Wilmington, DE (we don't want to be right in or too near Philadelphia) and am trying to locate good rental communities with short-term leases (6-8 months) as a temporary place until we buy a house. I've been trawling the usual "apartment ratings" sites but am having trouble distinguishing reviews about honestly horrible places vs. places that are generally good with a few unhappy vocal renters. I'm going to keep doing the usual research, but am hoping for some honest first-hand help, too.

Thanks!
m19
Welcome. I do know your work. I especially like your Quest for Glory figs. We rotate meeting locations at different members homes, as we are spread out all over the place. Having a LUG in such a big state almost makes that a necessity. There will likely be another one toward your area in the future, so make sure to come if you have the chance. Smile

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Post  LEGO Dog on Sat Jul 03, 2010 11:48 pm

GitMoe wrote:New guy from Norristown, PA. Been thinking about joining a LUG for a while. Finally stopped by to check out the group. Been a LEGO fan forever. Got back into things about 2 years ago. Really big into the City collection and dabble in everything else. Not too many MOCs except the LEGO cake topper I just made for my wedding reception. Enjoying seeing other peoples MOCs and hopefully be able to make a meeting or two...
Welcome to the group. We just had our July meeting today so hopefully there will be some pictures posted of it soon. We normally meet at various members houses usually located in the eastern half of the state. Keep an eye out, the next one is scheduled for July 31 because we are going to BrickFair during the first weekend of August. No place carved in stone yet, but it's probably going to be in the York area. There are folks that live in your/our area to ride with. Hope to see you there.
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Post  PennLUG on Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:01 pm

Hey man whats up? I am with you there on the wife situation. My wife realizes its my hobbie, but still doesn't get it. Welcome to the club hehe.
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Post  Cale on Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:35 pm

Welcome aboard. We''l be having our next meeting July 31st in York just across the Susquehanna from you. More details soon. Hope you can make it.

Cale

jamesbauer27 wrote:Hello all,

I'm James and I live in Lititz, just north of Lancaster. I grew up with LEGO and have never stopped building, much to my wife's dismay. She still doesn't understand my excitement when I win a classic set on eBay, nor does she appreciate my spending the grocery money on it. My favorite themes are castle, pirate, and wild west, although I love most others as well. It's great to see that others share my obsession, and I'd love to stop by a meeting when I get the chance.
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Post  ctbyrne on Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:15 pm

Hey I'm Chris,
Radio, Death Metal, and LEGO. That's how I roll.
I'm a student at Millersville University and hope to someday be a DJ on commercial radio. I'll never get to play my music, but that's not going to stop me from being a DJ. For the last few years I have been assembling sets from my childhood and selling some on BrickLink to raise money to buy others. I collect every town set from 1986 through 2000. Anything afterward I do not like, and these franchise series like Toy Story, Star Wars, Spongebob, etc. disgust me. I want to have a giant town set up, but I am realizing that this dream cannot become reality for me alone. I want to join PennLug so that I can be part of a town layout without doing it all myself. Unlike all of you, I haven't built anything from my imagination since I was 12, so perhaps the time to shift from selling sets, to building MOCs is upon me.

I do happen to like "Small Car" from 2009 though Smile and I want to make it in every color and then build a car dealership that only sells Smart Cars in different colors. Maybe even convertible ones. My BrickLink store is called "Bricks on the Dollar." Please let me know if anyone wants to purchase anything, because we can surely work out a deal for less.
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Post  Kreativ Snail on Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:44 pm

We already had someone build a slight variation of the small car in many colours. We had them on display at BrickMagic and BrickFair. They are really cute, and I am sure there are more colour combinations that could be added to the display. :-)
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Post  Uniblab on Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:57 pm

Hi Chris,

Greetings and welcome. I think we spoke at some length at BrickFair. I am the really tall guy with a beard.

The car dealership has already been discussed, but it hasn't been built yet. I'm going to guess that the member who was thinking about that already has other projects they are working on. You said you haven't built much other than kits. A dealership would be a good thing to work on. A year ago Joel said similar things about himself. He brought things he was working on to meetings and asked for ideas - there was no shortage of suggestions or offers of assistance.

We hold our meetings on the first Saturday of most months. However, due to an event on that weekend we are holding September's meeting on the last Saturday of August. The meeting location has yet to be decided, but hopefully you can make it.

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Post  PennLUG on Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:33 pm

After much disscussion with Sam, the Dealership project is back on. As soon as I get my LEGO back from Cale.
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Post  LEGO Dog on Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:30 pm

Evil Jack wrote:After much disscussion with Sam, the Dealership project is back on. As soon as I get my LEGO back from Cale.
I never realized you weren't going to do a dealership and besides you always have my inverted smart cars for the display. Keep an eye out for the lime roof top. I haven't found one yet...
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Post  PennLUG on Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:00 pm

Glad to have you on the boards. Stop by the chat sometimes. We do alot of talking on there.
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Post  Kreativ Snail on Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:07 am

Welcome to PennLUG Frank. I don't think your interests are any more diverse than anyone else here. I build castle, town buildings for the train layout, holiday themed things, and snails. I also collect minifigs, and I love Star Trek, even though I don't build it.
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Post  Cale on Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:10 am

Welcome aboard Frank. I used to have an N scale train layout as a kid. still collect HO scale on occasion but I don't currently have a layout to run on. My main model train interest is LEGO.

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Maybe we can meet up with the group some time at a convention.

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Post  Cale on Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:09 pm

CAPT. BRICKTON wrote: WOW! Thanks for that link, Cale! The more I see, the more I would like to work with LEGO trains! What kind of info is out there to get started in this scale? Those locomotives and freight cars look really cool!!!
Frank

Here are some good places to start with trains.

RAILBRICKS Magazine

All the issues are available for free online and there is a lot of great info in the blog archives as well.

LEGO Train MOCs

LEGO Train MOCs: Layouts and dioramas

LEGO Train Ideas

Three good Flickr train groups.

Eurobricks LEGO Train Tech

The most active LEGO Train forum.

Train-N-Town

Not as active but still a good forum.

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Post  Cale on Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:55 am

CAPT. BRICKTON wrote:Thanks for all the great links, Cale! I'm already investigating these. I gather that 8 wide is the standard for freight cars? Sure looks like a lot of bricks go into a car!
Frank

The truth is that there is no standard. Lots of builders do great work in the more traditional 6 wide and official LEGO train sets have always stuck to 6 wide. But many of us like the better detail and more scale like proportions of 8 wide. It's realy up to you to decide what you like.

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Post  Brickadier General on Sun Oct 31, 2010 3:24 am

CAPT. BRICKTON wrote:Hi all!
Frank here. Greetings from Pittsburgh! I see that the club is based in the eastern part of the state, but being a fellow Pennsylvanian, I thought it would be cool to be a member here!
I am fairly new to this hobby. My oldest son (who is in the Navy) was a big LEGO builder as a child. As his interests changed, I kept some of his LEGOs (mostly space minifigs) in a small box. Earlier this year, I found that box, and I was hooked on LEGOs! LOL! Since then I have purchased a number of sets and loose brick lots. My LEGO interests are: Vehicles (mostly trucks and emergency vehicles), Space (Star Trek themed), WWII era and Civil War era...quite a diverse interest, eh? I usually purchase a set and build it per the set instructions, then modify the set per my interests. I'm currently building a small fleet of fire equipment and am working on a Star Fleet starship bridge diorama.
I see a few members here are into the railroad scene. My younger son and I are BIG train fans! I was also fortunate enough to work for CSX for a number of years! Though I do not own any LEGO train equipment (yet!) I do have a nice collection of N-scale equipment. The LEGO trains look very cool, though!
Well, maybe someday I'll venture east and attend one of your meetings, but in the meantime, I'll enjoy this cool site!
Frank
Hi and welcome to the hobby and PennLUG. Have lots of fun. Even though you're in Western PA, I hope you will be able to do something fun with the club at some point.

It sounds like you have a lot of good ideas. I look forward to seeing your work in the future.

P.S. Lego Civil War? Hmm, Sounds cool! Very Happy

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