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#51 FreeBee

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 11:01 PM

ahhh i hoped it was CET

off to bed then

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#52 MetroiD

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 11:17 PM

View Postlaka, on 31 March 2011 - 10:25 PM, said:

Excited to see what it can be. Can it fulfill the great expectations of people here...?
With all the hyping up going on in this thread, it'd better! :devil:
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#53 AussieJimbo

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:27 AM

Getting pretty bored of this thread.

For me hype creates suspicion not expectation.

Why does the product need to be hyped, is that an indication it doesn't stand on it's own merits?

If you've got a product to release, announce it and forget all the faffing about.

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#54 Eric J. Olson

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 03:49 AM

View PostAussieJimbo, on 01 April 2011 - 12:27 AM, said:

Getting pretty bored of this thread.

Stop by our site before you go to bed.  I promise you won't be bored.  :classic:

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 04:12 AM

Before you go to bed......when we in Oz don't go to bed for another 9 to 10 hours ! :grin:
I popped into ME's website, track, cars and engines.....but no items yet ! :wink:
Hopefully the wait will be worth it ! :grin:

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 04:32 AM

View PostEric J. Olson, on 01 April 2011 - 03:49 AM, said:

Stop by our site before you go to bed.  I promise you won't be bored.  :classic:

Overplayed.

Sorry, I don't mean to be rude, but your site is lacking any worthwhile information. Enlighten has been selling cheap compatable "China" track for some time. I trust you'll beat their prices, or at least offer new lenghts and radi.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 05:40 AM

View PostInkog, on 01 April 2011 - 04:32 AM, said:

Overplayed.

Sorry, I don't mean to be rude, but your site is lacking any worthwhile information. Enlighten has been selling cheap compatable "China" track for some time. I trust you'll beat their prices, or at least offer new lenghts and radi.


Yeah I don;t think these are LEGO as such either. I read that the Lego patent on bricks expired in 2008?

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 06:45 AM

View Postroamingstudio, on 30 March 2011 - 01:09 PM, said:

Thanks Wallace... sorry Mikka.

The voltage on C1 / C2 lines of PF regulates the speed; look up Philo's home page. The DCC module would need to generate the 9V line, and also split out the correct voltages to C1 / C2 for this to be viable.
http://www.newrailwa...dcc-control.htm

You might also need additional outputs for the Aux module of the DCC. It would be a fun project, but lego purists would not be too keen...#

And someone did it already
http://chezfilou.pag.../MoteurDCC.html

I'm really disappointed with DCC, I have an Intellibox etc. But making PF compatible trains with Arduino works a lot better!

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#59 Eric J. Olson

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 07:07 AM

View PostInkog, on 01 April 2011 - 04:32 AM, said:

Enlighten has been selling cheap compatable "China" track for some time.
You got the cheap part right anyway. ;)

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:22 AM

will we see some pickup metal wheels with it? im really chuffed about this!

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:33 AM

View Postmikka says, on 01 April 2011 - 09:22 AM, said:

will we see some pickup metal wheels with it? im really chuffed about this!
Well, by now, you all know where we're at, but the question of course is, where are we going.

As we said from the start, this is an evolution and as such, more products will be coming in due time.  The question of what and when, is still up in the air even on our side.  I can tell you that, as with any product, we will be gauging the recepetion to our latest products and those which we have committed to for May, but beyond that, the calendar is open and the skies are the limit.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:38 AM

Just tried, and the website isnt responding....

'Safari can’t open the page “http://www.me-models.com/” because the server where this page is located isn’t responding'

UCS does not mean 'Ultimate Collector Series', it means 'Unavoidable Cash Sucker'.


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Posted 01 April 2011 - 10:02 AM

Railbricks has the overview
http://www.railbricks.com/
http://www.railbrick...lvation-is-here

And will it be compatible with Indy-Jones track?

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 10:10 AM

well railbricks is true, salvation for 9v fan in the form of track is here... when i figure out paypal in next week, i will most certainly buy some :D

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:06 AM

Fantastic idea, half length pieces which form track as long as you like with ballast options !
Brown or grey sleepers.....very interesting.....note they are also planning rolling stock and engines in the future.
Gee, all you 9V'ers out there will love the stuff ! :laugh:
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:09 AM

I've never used 9Volts before I always use 12V, but with these metal rails you could easily replace the old gray rails and have the two types running together (with the use of conducting tape on the points and crossing).Posted Image

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:25 AM

View Postroamingstudio, on 01 April 2011 - 10:02 AM, said:

And will it be compatible with Indy-Jones track?
Theoretically, it should be.  AFAIK, the "IJ" track has the same "half-slot" connectors that the plastic rails and 9V do, so as long as the slots are the same size, then yes, the straight rails will work with narrow-gauge as well since the rails aren't fixed to the plates.  The only issue I can foresee would be connectors, but there should be easy solutions around that.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:25 AM

According to the bricklink article, if you buy track in quad length pieces then you'll have the equivalent of 8 tracklengths for $15.

Finally 9V straight can decrease in price (and if it does not, I can sell some of mine and replace it by less expensive ME track).

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:51 AM

View PostGareth, on 01 April 2011 - 11:09 AM, said:

I've never used 9Volts before I always use 12V, but with these metal rails you could easily replace the old gray rails and have the two types running together (with the use of conducting tape on the points and crossing).Posted Image

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Does the 9volt system have crossed tracks? I know they have points but not really paid attention to the 9volt set up.

this news has really opened up a lot more options thanks ME Models!.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:54 AM

See it on Classic-Town.net

A well-played campaign to hype us all up and the product looks as though it's set to deliver. Great work there guys, I'll definitely be placing an order once I see the new curve radii.

Am I the only one who thinks that this development naturally leads to the need for new 9V motors? :cry_happy:

P.S.: @Gareth: Yes, 9V did have crossed tracks, although they were pretty rare.
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:02 PM

I was just figuring out what for myself but thought why not share it:

So we get:

Grey:
ME900-2G   Metal Rails "Double" - Gray (Box)   for $9.99
ME900.5G   Metal Rails "Half" - Gray (PolyBag)   for $6.99
ME900G   Metal Rails - Gray (Box)   for $19.99
ME900G-BAG   Metal Rails - Gray (PolyBag)           for $4.99

and Brown
ME900-2B   Metal Rails "Double" - Brown (Box)   for $9.99
ME900.5B   Metal Rails "Half" - Brown (PolyBag)   for $6.99
ME900B   Metal Rails - Brown (Box)           for $19.99
ME900B-BAG   Metal Rails - Brown (PolyBag)   for $4.99

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So calcuted back it cost per 16 stud length:
ME900-2....2 x 32 studs = $2.50 (without sleepers)
ME900.5....4 x 8  studs = $3.50 (with 8 sleepers)
ME900......6 x 16 studs = $3.33 (with 18 sleepers)
ME900-BAG..2 x 16 studs = $2.50 (without sleepers)

Nice  .....  :wink:

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:19 PM

Great job on these. I look forward to adding to my 9V and supplementing my PFS :)

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View PostFreeBee, on 01 April 2011 - 12:02 PM, said:

ME900-2....2 x 32 studs = 2.50 old track length (without sleepers)
ME900.5....4 x 8  studs = 3.50 old track length (with 8 sleepers)
ME900......6 x 16 studs = 3.33 old track length (with 18 sleepers)
ME900-BAG..2 x 16 studs = 2.50 old track length (without sleepers)

Not sure what you mean by your = X.XX old track length. All track so far has a length of 16 studs (except flex).

Edited by gambort, 01 April 2011 - 12:21 PM.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:30 PM

View Postgambort, on 01 April 2011 - 12:19 PM, said:

Not sure what you mean by your = X.XX old track length. All track so far has a length of 16 studs (except flex).

I changed the post. Hope it's clearer now.

I was just figuring out for myself what the costs are per 16 stud segment.
only for fun.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 01:09 PM

View PostEric J. Olson, on 01 April 2011 - 11:25 AM, said:

Theoretically, it should be.  AFAIK, the "IJ" track has the same "half-slot" connectors that the plastic rails and 9V do, so as long as the slots are the same size, then yes, the straight rails will work with narrow-gauge as well since the rails aren't fixed to the plates.  The only issue I can foresee would be connectors, but there should be easy solutions around that.
Points / Switch in IJ track and you will be fantastic... or track which can be 5 studs wide... for Narrow gauge / trams

Pick up connectors for PF motors ould also be nice.

Edited by roamingstudio, 01 April 2011 - 01:11 PM.


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Posted 01 April 2011 - 01:46 PM

View PostFreeBee, on 01 April 2011 - 12:02 PM, said:

So calcuted back it cost per 16 stud length:
ME900-2....2 x 32 studs = $2.50 (without sleepers)
ME900.5....4 x 8  studs = $3.50 (with 8 sleepers)
ME900......6 x 16 studs = $3.33 (with 18 sleepers)
ME900-BAG..2 x 16 studs = $2.50 (without sleepers)

Nice  .....  :wink:

The railbricks article also mentioned quad-length, which I think is the most interesting because it'd be $15 for 8 track lengths.  I'll place an order once that becomes available.  The half-length track is interesting too (I made one myself by cutting up a regular 9V straight and glueing it back together, that was quite a bit of work).



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