Criticism - I grew up in New York, these don't look like any subway
cars I've ever seen. All NYC subway cars have three pairs of doors on each side,
and the sides are smooth. Older cars have a narrow center door on each
end, with a small window to the left for the operator. These models
are 8 wide, and the 2 car kit comes with 1019 pieces. The station by
itself has 2458 pieces, the cars and station has 3569 pieces, and the subway
cars with a pantograph contains 1631 pieces. These are listed
together, because they are all from the same "ad" which gives you four
This model of the R160 looks to be only 5 wide, and as such, lacks A LOT of
detail. The wheel spacing probably will not fit on a regular Lego
track. And those round tiles on the side are way out of proportion.
The listing also does not state if the 1882 piece kit will build the four cars
pictured..... I would pass on this model, not very well executed.
This kit offers the builder a 10 wide version of a more modern New York City
Subway Car, pretty well detailed except for the pantograph on the roof - not
even the commuter cars on Metro North or the LIRR use them. At least
they made an effort to have doors that open. And you gotta love the
"ECTO-1" license plate as a destination sign.... we all know what
model that came from, right? :-) :-)
A seven (7) stall roundhouse, 3927 pieces. At $300, it may be a better
deal than the 3-stall one below - more stalls, more detail on the roof, but
the stalls appear to be shorter.
Available separately. Would make a nice addition to any L-Gauge
layout. The turntable includes a motor, but the listing doesn't say
anything about a controller. Two different listings are shown here,
one is considerably more expensive than the other.... shop wisely! :-)
This supplier supplies just about everything you need to start your build of
locomotives and freight and passenger cars: wheel sets, motor bricks,
controllers, receivers, chassis', couplers, side frames, buffers, and swivel
plates. Only problem I saw was that the controllers look like they use
IR tech, and are probably one speed controllers.
Very well detailed model with 2902 pieces. Contains three railroad
sidings, and a gantry crane. Looks like it might even
include two cars, including a "bottle" car. The pictures in
the listing are confusing, because the black background picture shows a
completely different (smaller) version???? So which one do you get?
I also found a second listing featuring this model at a much higher price! :-(
So, update/review: I ordered the $153 dollar version, and did not get what is
featured in the first picture below, instead, I received the more simple
version. The PDF's, of which there are two, are both around 350 pages
each! One reason for this, is that the writers limited each step to
(say) adding 3 parts instead of a whole row of them. Another thing
they do, for the railings, is divide the railing into three sections of 8,
8, and 14 studs in length - I just just cut one piece 30 studs long, making
the end result look better.
Step 68 specifies 4 short pins, but the associated drawing does not show you
where to put them.... they go in the trusses to strengthen the joints.
In step 288, they should call out a standard 2x2 plate, so that when the two
sub-assemblies go to mate, the two pieces/sections of the walkway sturdily connects.
In step 813, as you are assembling the smokestack, they ask you to but the
partially completed assembly on the lower smokestack section. It
doesn't mate properly. I had to use a 2x2 round tile with a center
stud to have something for it to grab, and it was not flush. I'm sure
there is another way to get them to mate properly, but I didn't spend
anytime trying to figure it out. Sorry, glue fixed the problem for me.
:-) I also waited till the entire top section was done before putting
it on the lower section.
I step 845, you're asked to build a pipe out of
Another thing they didn't do is use "X2"
when making sub-assemblies of the same thing, so that adds about 5 extra
steps for many parts.
Also, when I received the two bubble wrap
packages in the mailbox, they were both sliced open, allowing parts to fall
out. I complained about this in the feedback, and hope they will honor
to replace the missing parts, which so far, I have had replacements for all
but one -- update: I made up a 6 page list of missing parts, including
suggested changes and problems with the assembly, sent to their snail mail
address on the package, we'll see what happens.
The smoke stack does not use round pieces, instead, they use a convoluted method to
create it, and left one piece out, which even follows thru in the
And I know it is wrong, but one sub-assembly had to have just about every
part glued - the multi-Y exhaust pipe at the top (red arrows).
Assembly of it was ok, but when you needed to put it on the rest of the
model, and then put the very top deck on (green arrow), it attaches to the
vent piping, and is very delicate, and aggravating to assemble.... gluing
took care of that for the most part.
AND, the track they supplied: OMG, where the hell did they get them from?
It is awful, and not even a bad copy of the Lego track sections: the ties
are further apart and NOT on standard stud spacing, so it won't fit to the
I kind of wish I had ordered the more expensive version, cause it "looks"
better, but I can no longer find it anywhere on the Ali website... guess I
missed my window of opportunity, which goes back to me saying at the top of
the page: If you see something you like, grab it while it is there, cause
the next time you go looking, it may be gone!!!
The listing states this is a custom ordered MOC, doesn't mention the number
of pieces, but maybe the "color" number proves that, at 3521 pieces?
This would be a really nice addition for any city setting with a harbor.
No mini-figs, no manual-you will have to print the manual yourself with an
included link after purchase.
This is a silly little machine, that loads balls into a hopper car in one
machine, the larger of the three, and unloads them in another, via a
switchback mechanism. Looks like it can be set up in several different
configurations. 4569 pieces.