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ICE 3 – German High Speed Passenger Train
ICE 3 – Deutsche Bundesbahn – German High Speed Train
About this creation
The ICE 3 is the latest version of the famous German high speed passenger trains. As the real one, my LEGO model comes in 8 units. This type of train doesn't differ between locomotive and waggons, the electric motors are based underneath every second car.


[image source: wikipedia]

Read more about the real ICE 3 at wikipedia



The idea of building this train as a LEGO model isn't new for me. But I never came up with a solution I was satisfied with. The nose of the train is a real challenge, but using 6x6 dishes as front windscreen and some of the new sloped elements coming in some LEGO car sets helped a lot to get the shape right.



The end-waggons are 56 studs long, the middle-waggons are 52 studs long. The whole train is about 3.5 m (~11.5 feet) long. Due to the fancy SNOT use of the curved slopes the width of the train is a bit more then 7 studs, but less then 7.5 studs.








There is no "White Slope 18 2 x 1 x 2/3 with 4 Slots" available at the moment, so I had to tape some dark grey ones ...











Most ICE trains carry a name of a German or European city. I choosed "Stuttgart" which is the next bigger city to where I live. The train number is Tz 337 and each waggon carries it's own number, 403 037-5, 403 137-3, 403 237-1, 403 337-9, 403 837-8, 403 737-0, 403 637-2 and 403 537-4.


This is what the train looks like underneath.


A slice of the waggons shows how all 8 waggons are build.


The roof structure is the heaviest part.


1x4 bricks with studs on the side help to attach some of the sloped curved bricks/plates.


The walls of the waggon are attached to the roof section and the center section. It's a nightmare to build this because you can not hold bricks inside the waggon.


SNOT windows using James Mathis' design.


See how everything fits together.


The baptism of the train. Some expensive champagne was poured over the trains name sticker. Some very important folks from the train company talked for hours ...


Upps, ...


But, the talk went on ...


... poor guy!




Comments

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  June 30, 2014
Junge, das ist mehr als eindrucksvoll! Du hast Dir aber auch echt die einfachste ICE variante ausgesucht, die die Deutsche Bahn im Angebot hat! ;-) Echt Hammer, diese schwierige Vorlage so wunderschön nach zu bauen! ~Marc
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  May 28, 2014
Quoting Harry Elsden Please could you send me the instructions for this wonderful model
There are no instructions available for my models. Read more at: http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks/en/instructions.php
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  May 27, 2014
Please could you send me the instructions for this wonderful model
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  February 2, 2014
Great job!! Very accurate!! 5/5
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  January 29, 2014
Man!! nice! awesome use of bricks that don't normally get used!
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  January 14, 2014
Great! I like all building techniques in it! This train has a really difficult front, but you built it very well! Fantastic!
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  October 21, 2013
I like the cabin
  January 15, 2013
I think this is a nice train, but the front ( I know how much trouble you would have with it) I think isn't nice, I'm going to put some of my trains soon you can watch them and maybe you could improve you train.
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  October 15, 2012
Quoting Tom Tom What are the white rounded bricks for the roof called ? cant find them
The roof element is: Slope, Curved 2 x 4 x 2/3 No Studs with Bottom Tubes http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=88930
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  October 14, 2012
I'm new to this site, just because of this AMAZING TRAIN!!! And, do you sell the plans to make this? LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!
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  October 11, 2012
What are the white rounded bricks for the roof called ? cant find them
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  October 11, 2012
excellent train!!!
  March 11, 2012
Very cool train!!! The best for me!!! I would like to build the ICE train, could i have the instructions plssss?
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  November 28, 2011
Can this train handle regular Lego curves? If it can, I would like to buy it. Name a price below $800. Please reply.
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  August 1, 2011
You have done an awesome job with this! Really enjoyed the pics!
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  April 10, 2011
This train is excellent. Its the best lego train I´ve ever seen. Its beautiful, well-made and looks great. It must have taken long to make it. The engine wagons are great and the use of the 6x6 dish was very good!
  December 28, 2010
very nice train except it lacks an interrior to put passangers in but my favorite picture is when they poured the liquor over the stick on the train
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  December 20, 2010
wow i love it especially the nose
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  December 11, 2010
this is excellent lego ice. where do you buy?
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  October 18, 2010
COOL ICE!!!!!
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  September 14, 2010
Is it possible to send me the instuctions so i can maybe build it please
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  September 4, 2010
Great!
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  August 20, 2010
cool very cool
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  October 27, 2009
Super!
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  October 27, 2009
Super!
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  October 27, 2009
Super!
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  July 26, 2009
Having spent a lot of time in and around these trains I have to say that the realism of this model leaves me speechless. Really innovative building methods too. I still have so much to learn! :o)
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  July 25, 2009
Nice smooth SNOT, and that is an intresting way of making the nose.
Holger Matthes
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Grrr 31
  July 1, 2009
Great MOC ! The render of the red stripe with the flexible part is very clever. I would never think about this ;-)
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  June 28, 2009
This is the best ICE train I've ever seen! I love how you accomplished the compound curve on the roof. Just amazing work! I'm looking forward to seeing more trains from you in the future!
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  June 23, 2009
ACE!! but how many moters is in it I would say there would be 3 one at the front one at back and one in the middle:) and can you put people in it it looks a little tiny
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  June 22, 2009
im impressed. couldnt be done better.
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  June 22, 2009
That is off the shizam! I really wizzle that shizzle!
  June 20, 2009
Awesome, i like the front and windows.
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  June 19, 2009
Speechless, awesome job!
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  June 19, 2009
cool looks like the real ICE 3 i'm planing on getting one in N scale 1:160 scale
Holger Matthes
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Marc Lämmermann
  June 18, 2009
My lovely mister singing-club! Das ist wirklich fantastisch. LG snowman
Holger Matthes
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Justin Bauch
  June 18, 2009
einfach nur toll. mich haben schon die anderen züge auf deiner homepage interessiert. am besten finde ich immer noch den braunkohlebagger und die frauenkirche
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  June 18, 2009
Oh... my... goodness... this...train...RULES dude!
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  June 18, 2009
Oh... my... goodness... this...train...RULES dude!
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  June 18, 2009
You sir are a genious, this is the best Lego train I've seen in a long time. I'm especially impressed with your SNOT work.
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  June 18, 2009
What an cool creation,nice job.
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  June 18, 2009
AWSOME!! Realy looks like the real trains.
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  June 17, 2009
Congratulations, and thanks for sharing. Beautiful.
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  June 17, 2009
Brilliant work! I ride on this a few times every year when I visit Germany, and this is certainly very accurate.
  June 17, 2009
Wahnsinn, das haut mich vom Hocker. Was für ein gelungenes Modell. Herzlichen Glückwunsch! LG Spinatundei.
Holger Matthes
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Thomas N
  June 16, 2009
That front nose cone on the front of such high speed trains has got to be the hardest shapes to recreate in lego, and you've pulled it off perfectly, superb. ~T
Holger Matthes
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Andrew Harvey
  June 16, 2009
This looks superb!
Holger Matthes
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Dave Sterling
  June 16, 2009
Impressive work as always Holger. The SNoT work to build the coaches is very intricate and you really managed to use that to your advantage to capture the shape of this train. The nose of the lead car is amazing! Your command of curved slope usage astounds me. Really, really awesome! You have come up with a great design here and I hope to someday be able to see it in person.
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  June 16, 2009
Very accurate and some great part usage!
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  June 16, 2009
Great train! For a person who has lost interest in trains this would get them very interested in trains- this is an amazingly accurate model. Great work! Nice detail all around! Keep building!
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  June 16, 2009
Good looking train, I wish we had those here in the U.S. Great brickplay on the nose, as others have said, and to get the gray curve pieces upside down at the base of the cars.
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  June 16, 2009
Beautiful train. Trains aren't my thing, but this is terrific. And thank you for giving such great insight into how you built it. Most people don't do that on here and it kills me when I can't figure something out :P
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  June 16, 2009
Das ist ein shicke Eisenbahn! Der Vorlokomotive ist sehr klug! (Wie ist mein Deutsch?)
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  June 16, 2009
Beautiful! I love the SNOT look! The build appears complex, yet very elegant and well though out. This is without a doubt the best lego train I have ever seen. Can't wait to see more from you! BTW, this design and the Walt Disney World Monorails are very similar. Perhaps you could give one of those a try? Anyway, fabulous work.
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  June 16, 2009
Imperssive!
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  June 16, 2009
Holla die Waldfee sag ich da nur! Großartige Arbeit, sehr beeindruckende Konstruktionstechnik!
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  June 16, 2009
Wow! Excellent work!
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  June 16, 2009
I don't usually look at Lego train, but this is very well done! I like how you built the front of the train.
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  June 16, 2009
Hey Holger, Great job using the newer element palette on a MOC that has been built before! And raising the bar on the ICE. SteveB
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  June 16, 2009
Excellent job, Holger. You really captured the forms right, it all works together really nicely. Now I can't wait to run my ICE-1 together with your ICE-3 in Cologne in 2010!
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  June 16, 2009
I'm Impressed
 
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