Cuusoo of the Week: Train Turntable and Modular Roundhouse by Fachmann
Trains are very popular in Texas (my current state of residence). We have many Train shows and LEGO is a very popular part of them. I am nowhere near as skilled with trains as most of my compatriots in TexLUG but it has given me a lot of respect for them.
There are many fantastic trains on Cuusoo but the most creative train project is not a train at all, but a functioning Roundhouse.
For those of you uninformed, Roundhouses are where train engines are kept and serviced when not on the tracks. These houses have large rotating platforms which allow trains to be slotted into various garages for maintenance.
I have seen a few of these constructed out of LEGO before, but Fachmann's is the closest build to a production model I have yet encountered. The basic function is that there is a rotating platform with a ring of track around it. Simple in principle but very complex in execution.
Even if you do not absolutely love trains... or don't have enough room to display a roundhouse, this project has immense value to the LEGO fan.
At its most basic, it is a rotating platform. I would very much like to display some of my MOCs on something like this. Not to mention, it seems everyone wants to make the "Ultimate" Bat Cave.... well, what Bat Cave could consider itself truly complete without a rotating platform for the Batmobile!
With all the LEGO Train groups out there, I am surprised that this Train Roundhouse is not doing a bit better. Lets see if this helps get the word out.
A week of Cuusoo
My favorite new project this week is the Starship Enterprise. It is quite impressive and yes, I know it has no shot at production, but that is why I want people to support it (check the review for clarification on that point). There is also a very attractive new Ghostbusters project and a minifig scale Minas Tirith worthy of attention.
My review of these projects and a showcase of all the projects that came out in the last week can be found here.