MOC: Power Functions Intercity Train with Automatic Sliding Doors
Posted 10 April 2011 - 12:33 PM
This MOC is my third attempt to incorporate automatic doors in a 6-wide train.
My Power Functions High Sped Train with automatic doors featured a simple design with a single pivot point, while the Power Functions Commuter Train with automatic sliding doors had actual sliding doors as well as retracting stairs.
This time, my goal has been to simplify the basic design of the door opening mechanism of the latter and expand the functionality to several cars without compromising the design and the interior.
The two minute video shows the result as well as some footage of how the mechanism works. More pictures and detailed explanation below.
All pictures in this Brickshelf folder (after moderation)
The train consists of four cars on shared boogies. All PF equipment is hidden in the front car (36 studs), the two center cars are identical (28 studs) while the end car is a shorter version of the front car with full interior (32 studs).
The curved front features working headlights and cabin light for the driver. The lights are placed behind a 4 x 6 wind screen.
The cars have a sliding door on one side and full interior.
The door opening mechanism only takes up a 1 x 1 column inside the passenger cabin.
The roof of the train is taken off in one piece.
PF battery, ligths and M motor hidden in the front car.
More construction pictures can be found in the Brickshelf folder.
So, what do you think of it?
Posted 10 April 2011 - 01:17 PM
I was pretty certain you'd continue developing this idea and I must say it has come a long way, especially in terms of design. Your initial opening-door PF mechanism and train was awesome, but this one is even better. The fact that you've managed to provide 100% functionality and still keep as much of the interior as possible is awe-inspiring!
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 01:37 PM
here is what I think: F - a - n - t - a - s - t - i - c. This is ingenious. No other thoughts ...
The first two versions already took my breath, particularly the retracting steps. I didn't think it could get any better. Seeing this now: I was wrong. Wow, I love that entire mechanism. Brilliant.
Posted 10 April 2011 - 04:29 PM
Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:00 PM
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 11:18 AM
I would love to rip off your design and use it on my own MOC, but I wouldn't know where to start!!! Saying that, I can see TLG actually pimping your idea for a future passenger train set. You know what they say - imitation is the best form of flattery!!!
Posted 11 April 2011 - 12:18 PM
Posted 11 April 2011 - 05:38 PM
Thanks for your nice comments. I must admit that I am pretty happy with the result too
Nope, no instructions. But I have taken a number of close-up pictures of the construction in the Brickshelf folder (now public). That should enable you to re-create the basic functionality if you wish.
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:25 AM
I too have been following your designs and this is a great next step, good job!
A possible new challenge, perhaps? Create opening doors on BOTH sides of the train (as far as I can see, your design already has the room for it), and make it possible to open them independently from one another, just like real life trains. :)
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