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    H0 Steam Locomotive

    created by Skalman on 2013.12.30

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    This is the first model I made a few years back in a series I call "Playing with scale".

    When I was a kid in the eighties I had a friend that had a huge model train collection. I didn't have the money or the interest to invest in setup like he had, but since I had quite a lot of LEGO I wanted to try and build a H0 loco in bricks. Once finished I was so pleased with the result that when I thought I was to old to play with LEGO, I wrapped the locomotive in plastic and put it away in the attic.

    Come years later I wondered if I could redesign my old loco in LDD, with new knowledge and new bricks.

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    The design is loosely based on a German engine, BR 01 DB. But I'm no train buff, so there are probably discrepancies.

    The build contains 462 bricks and is mounted on a display stand with a narrow track with rails made of slides. Although building curves with this approach would be somewhat hard the engine nevertheless has boogies and can negotiate turns.

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    The model will certainly appeal to people that have an interest in trains and models. Probably older customers that has owned or owns a regular metal H0 setup and has the money to invest in such items.
    But since the cost of producing the generic LEGO pieces are way less than producing a metal model, the unit price per engine is very competitive. This opens up new markets with more price sensitive customers, like younger kids.
    The model is built as a display item, but is quite sturdy and can be used in play.

    The H0 scale also gives LEGO the possibility to offer sets in different price ranges, from single small engines to whole trains.

    I will explore this further on as I will add more models to Cuusoo in the same spirit as the original H0 from the middle of the eighties. A bit rough and a lot of studs, but still going strong.

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