|Take a look at all the great MOCs at the meeting:|
The meeting was a great success. I think everyone had a great time and
enjoyed the gathering.
We met on Saturday at Jason's house in Austin. We started at 10am and stayed
until after 6pm.
We had a good time playing with the trains and looking at everyone else's
MOCs. Everyone did an excellent job with their MOCs and showed off their
excellent building abilities.
LIST OF ATTENDEES:
Mr&Mrs Leonard Erlandson
Anthony Sava and fiance (Christina)
MOC CONTEST RESULTS:
first place: Laura's Cathedral
second place: Anthony's Griffon
third place: Tom's Fantasy Train
Laura: Norman Era Cathedral and village
Anthony: Griffon, castle, green scorpion dragon, nightmare
Tom: Fantasy train, black ship (pirate, death, death-pirate???), pirate
outpost, black futuristic loco, boxcar
Erlandsons: Red loco and blue boxcar
Shawn: ICL building, unnamed white building ;-), red "tycoon's" car
Pat: massive space ship, 2 buildings
Tim: Mindstorms controlled RR crossing
Jason: blue house w/ yellow trim and sloped roof
Bill: Santa Fe B unit (and nearly a mile of track!)
TJ: 3 bridges, row buildings, U.P. loco, 4 freight cars
(if I've left anyone out, or mislabelled anything, please let me know!)
(Please reply with more if you can, I know I didn't get everything here.)
The train layout was just for fun and to get an idea of how much train stuff
we had as a group.
We started by laying out a huge double oval in Jason's den. From there we
added sidings and integrated buildings and bridges.
We ran various train combinations around the tracks and bridges, and we
found out the hard way which train cars didn't fit through the bridges.
Throughout the day we rearranged cars and locos, added sidings, added
buildings and created small sections of towns. Tim and I built a small
elevated oval that crossed over the main ovals.
Anthony posed his green dragon in various pictures and let his griffon
attack Laura's cathedral. Needless to say there were many unique picture
Indranil showed off his 12v trains which were quite interesting. Most of us
have never seen the old 12v's.
There were a few derailments and other crashes, but nothing serious. No one
was crazy enough to stage a head-on or other catastrophe. We managed to shut
down a controller by running 4 locos for an extended time.
Pat brought his huge blue container of parts (sorted this time!), but the
trading activity was much less at this meeting. I guess everyone focused on
building MOCs and bringing them to the meeting.
We mostly sat around and talked about Lego while watching the trains. It was
great spending a whole Saturday with other AFOLs and sharing our common
interest in Lego.
SPECIAL THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO:
Jason: for hosting the meeting and providing a meeting place (thanks to his
wife too! Although she wasn't there, I'm sure she had a part in the decision
to allow their house to be invaded!)
Laura: for helping with the meeting coordination, making sure we all had
enough to eat, and helping me with the MOC contest voting.
Those who paid for the pizza and did not demand to be paid back. Perhaps
those who didn't pay can pick up the bill at the next meeting.
Those who brought food, drinks, and snacks.
Pat: for updating and maintaining our website:
I think having a train layout is a good way to bring all of us together. We
all had a great time with it, and all of us contributed to it, in one way or
another. It was a blend of town (past, present, and future), fantasy,
Technic, and robotics (Mindstorms).
I'm sorry if you were unable to attend, but we'll have another meeting again
in the near future. Keep an eye on the TEXLUG newsgroup!
Message has 4 Replies:
| ||Re: TEXLUG Meeting Wrap-up|| Anthony Sava|
|(...) I know I did! Christina says she did too, but I know whether she did or not she'd say that ;) (...) Lobot rocks! :) (...) But was an important introduction into the world of lego trains for those who were unfamiliar. (...) I'd like to point (...) (11 years ago, 11-Mar-02, to lugnet.org.us.texlug) |
| ||Re: TEXLUG Meeting Wrap-up|| Shawn Gibson|
|(...) Hear!Hear! (...) (who took its revenge on the Cathedral) (...) (I was crazy enough to, if only you hadn't held me back-lol) (...) Yes it was a great afternoon in which I had a most execellent time.Thanks to all who made it a great afternoon! (...) (11 years ago, 11-Mar-02, to lugnet.org.us.texlug) |
| ||Re: TEXLUG Meeting Wrap-up|| Tom Reed|
|(...) I know I had a really good time! (...) The ship was "The Sea Snake!", the outpost was Morgan's hideaway!, and the boxcar was not my original design..I think I got the idea from Jason McKee (I hope that's the right name..my apologies if I made (...) (11 years ago, 12-Mar-02, to lugnet.org.us.texlug) |
| ||Re: TEXLUG Meeting Wrap-up|| Thomas Avery|
|(...) Uh, I guess no one bothered to check my math, but the list contains 14 people, and not 13 as previously stated. Doh! And I'm supposed to be good with math! TJ "the scatterbrained" ;-þ (11 years ago, 12-Mar-02, to lugnet.org.us.texlug) |
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