This SD60 diesel is my first significant MOC. It consists of approximately 1600 pieces, runs smoothly on standard lego track despite being a foot and a half long (and having two sets of trucks containing three rows of wheels), and fits a minifig in the cockpit (the cab roof is designed to pop off for easy access). Normally this Burlington Northern model is painted green, but red was more cost effective and I actually like the unique look of the red, so I went with it.
About this creation
Here's a view of the entire engine. I'm not sure this photo does it justice, in terms of how big it is. It's approximately a foot and a half long.
I am very happy with the shape of the front plow (or whatever those in the train world call it). It's somewhat adjustable so it doesn't automatically scrape on the track. I'm also extremely pleased with the two vertical lights above the windows. I spent more design time on them than on any other part on this engine. It was extremely tricky to get that 1 X 2 assembly into the position I wanted.
This photo turned out looking a bit artsy with the original background, so I opted to leave it in instead of going with the clean white background like most of my other photos.
I took a few liberties with the design of this MOC for aesthetic reasons. One change in particular that I like is the wedges above the windows. It offers up a more sleek look, and makes the diesel head look kind of like a serpent or dragon.
Here's a closer view of the cab. I prefer the look of the left side to the right because of the big wheel on the nose.
I added a hinge between the second and third row of wheels on each truck because the three row design that was necessary for this engine wouldn't have fit onto standard lego track otherwise. It was a question of form vs function, and since the look wasn't affected too much by it, I decided that it was worth it to add the hinge to make this thing run smoothly on lego track. There's also a nice flow from wheel to wheel on these trucks, I'm pretty pleased with the results.
Here's an extra large photo of the left side view.
What a great build there! Nice and chunky, looks great in the red. Good work!
I like it
February 12, 2009
This puts a real twist on the BN, lol. You've used 1600 pieces? I used 889 and my model is a lot bigger than yours. I'd like to ask you this since you actually built yours; Is the performance of the motors affected?
I find it funny that the BNSD60 you built is red. But then again it is very hard to find that many green parts in kits these days. I've built a BN train but it is nothing compared to yours. Keep building and maybe next you can build a GP38 or GP40.