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#1 Esben Kolind

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:43 AM

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Hey everyone,

My latest train is a High Speed Train based on the RC base and packed with Power Functions functionality. The train includes working front and back lights, interior lights, a rotating fan on the roof, automatic doors and a (new?) close coupling technique. See below for detailed pictures and description + YouTube videos of the functions. More pictures can be found in the Brickshelf folder (after moderation)

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The front is SNOT in all possible directions. It's built around the window piece which I thought would make a great front at the right angle and with the right curves. The picture shows the inside of the front cabin. I used a similar technique on my latest Intercity train.

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The door is custom built by Technic pieces and is opening using a rubber band:

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The inside of the center car contains:
  • 1 Medium PF motor
  • 1 Micro motor
  • 1 RC Battery box
  • 1 PF Rechargeable battery
  • 4 PF light wires (8 lights)
  • 1 PF to 9V cable
  • Gears and axles for the door functionality
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The front cars have interior light as well as working head lights:

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As shown on the picture below, the boogies closest to the center car are not attached to the car but can move freely. This allows for a close coupling where the cars are always aligned. Hard to explain, see the picture. I have simply put the rubber band on the roof, think of it as wires of some sort.

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The train was displayed at Danish LUG Byggepladens annual Klodsfest recently. The kids were allowed to run the train with the remote controllers and it was great fun to watch their faces when the doors opened  :classic:

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Finally, two videos showing the functionality:





I am looking forward to your comments.


Esben

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#2 Bricktrix

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 04:33 PM

The engineering within this model is great with nice features. The way the doors work is lovely.

#3 lightningtiger

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:56 PM

So simple, yet so smegging AWESOME ! :grin:
'Esben Kolind' you are a genius ! :sweet:
That door opening idea, man that is one of the best MOC ideas I have ever seen !
Isn't PF wonderful !
Really nice train design too !
AWESOME work !
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#4 Duq

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 12:26 AM

Nice work Esben! Those doors are somehow familiar... ;-)
What controls them? You say they're automatic, does that mean something triggers them when the train stops at the platform?
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#5 peterab

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 12:48 AM

View PostEsben Kolind, on Apr 25 2010, 09:43 PM, said:

Hey everyone,

My latest train is a High Speed Train based on the RC base and packed with Power Functions functionality. The train includes working front and back lights, interior lights, a rotating fan on the roof, automatic doors and a (new?) close coupling technique. See below for detailed pictures and description + YouTube videos of the functions.

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I am looking forward to your comments.


Esben

I really like all the little extra functions. The doors and rotating fan are really clever.

#6 Captain Zuloo

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:21 AM

Clearly a lot of time and effort into not only giving this functionality, but also a good exterior appearance. And it's kept in 6-wide. Well done, an exceptional model!

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#7 broomhandle

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:59 AM

very nice. i cant wait to play with PF. i got stuck with RC, but PF looks like a lot of fun! love the doors! and your LED lights, how to those connect into the system?

#8 Esben Kolind

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:10 AM

View PostDuq, on Apr 26 2010, 02:26 AM, said:

Nice work Esben! Those doors are somehow familiar... ;-)
What controls them? You say they're automatic, does that mean something triggers them when the train stops at the platform?

Thanks. Yes, I guess you were present when the doors were "invented"... I have been wanting to put them in an actual train for some time now :-)

The train is controlled by two remote controllers (stacked on top of each other): The RC controller for moving the train and the small PF remote control for opening the doors (red) and all lights and the fan (blue).

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:45 PM

Awesome work!!!  I love the use of the RC and PF components and I think this really goes a long way to show what kind of innovative options those two systems bring to the Train community.  I applaud you for embracing both systems and especially on a display layout!   :thumbup: :thumbup:  The working doors and lights just really add realism that makes this MOC fantastic.  And the SNOT work to get the nose of the train to look right is spot on.  Really nice work.

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#10 gunm

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:06 PM

Oh wow, that is really wonderful...exterior AND interior lights!  And of course, the automatic doors are awesome!  I don't have any Lego trains, but this really makes me want a train and power functions badly!  I may have to break down and grab an Emerald Night from S@H sooner rather than later now!

#11 kingrixy

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 11:23 PM

nothing to say but "Well Done" a awesome model great work on the engineering, my father was a lego train head, and he would have killed to be the man who created this, good show  :classic:

#12 Marin Stipković

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 11:50 AM

It's amazing! I'm loving all the functionality and it also looks great. Makes me wanna do some more PF stuff...
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#13 Commander_Rob

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 03:19 PM

Wow, great train, the functions are wonderful and the appearance would probably blend seamlessly with modern rail traffic.
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 04:11 PM

Wow, one of the most awesome trains I've ever seen! I love all the detail you've put in, from the running fan and lights to the opening doors! sheer brilliance indeed, definitely truly keep bricking :thumbup:
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#15 mautara

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 07:09 PM

Very very clever and beautiful at the same time! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 07:58 PM

I forgot to add that the angled front of the train is really well done--yet another unique feature of this very well-engineered train!

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 09:39 PM

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#18 andy16806

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 11:34 PM

Well done. I really like the powered doors.
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#19 legofan

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 11:32 AM

!!!

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That's it~

It's simply wonderful! My eyes popped out the moment the doors popped out! Absoluate genius! Great working doors! Can i just ask what the rubber band inside the door is for?

Wow... Interior and exterior lights, opening doors, PF functions, IR...

Simply amazing train that will definately wow everyone...

Thanks for sharing and truely remarkable creation!  :thumbup:

#20 benny

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 03:05 PM

Wah! Very nice auto-door!! I like it so much! Good job.

#21 Lasse D

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 05:08 PM

This is truly great. Not only are the doors functional, but you also managed to have interior details - and lights! ... and a rotating fan! in a small 6 wide train.

The front itself is enough to make the design of this train great, but you just couldn't help but take it a step or two further, I guess.

Now you just need an automatic remote.
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