'Love Me Tender'
Emerald Night tender, modified - bigger, better and has two 9V motors to propel the ever-enlargening train
About this creation
This is the Emerald Night tender which in it's original incarnation looked too small.
I made it bigger. I wanted it to also be able to power the train without relying on PF, so part of it's brief was to be long enough for at least one 9V motor....
Then it got a bit silly.
Here's how it looks with the loco.
I figured that increasing the 14-stud length by enough (hopefully not too much?) would require a 24-stud train base. (turns out that was neccessary as the 9V motor won't fit into anything shorter without looking stoopid)
And it came to pass that I realised I couldn't match the motor with a bogie that weren't a motor, so it became two motors. Which will ultimately be better, coz the train will gradually get longer (WATCH THIS SPACE!) and will need the power (but not the functions...) (long live 9V!)
Once the length had increased by 10 studs, lo and behold, it looked stoopid.
So it had to be taller.
The whole lot was then heightened by another brick, which in my humble opinion gives it a far more balanced perspective, as well as being more in proportion to the fine loco.
The astute and perspicatious will note the alignment of the bricks.....
.....which is the fact that the entire sides are 4x1 bricks lined up vertically, so as to give the impression of sheet metal work (unless unbeknownst to me, trains are now made of actual "masonry" bricks(?????) and mortar)
"Call yourself a tender, weakling? Go back on 'holiday'!"
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(Seriously, the Emerald Night saga is not yet finished...)
Afterthought - now it has some sort of carbon-based lumpy black propellant in it...
Is it coal...? Is it curdled crude oil...? Is it yeast extract spread mixed with milk and instant mashed potatoes...?
Nice work. I also had my second thoughts about the tender, and was aiming towards a lengthening plus addition of a 9V motor. It would be better balanced if it would be equipped with the same type of wheels all over. This meant the addition of a second motor. Eventually I would have end up with allmost the same shape as you have, I guess. So, thanks for the thinking and the pictures. Ill go and start LDD to design my own. Perhaps I'll even make it a 7 stud wide one, on a 6-wide train base. It won't take that much extra elements.