bricks n bolts

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    Computer programmer by trade, got into Lego Trains in the '80s when also inherited some blue era stuff.
    Came out of dark ages around 2010 with fatherhood.


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  1. bricks n bolts

    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    Totally agree. The electrical system I'm probably more interested in at this point, the 9V connection system has never been surpassed (just look at conductive plate!), and to see some new components to give it life again would be awesome. As well as not ageing well the 9V wires/plugs don't lend themselves to re-wiring, so if the system did a better job on that then the originals it would be doubly awesome. Also agree on that.. would prefer one wide sleepers, can still be Lego compatible.
  2. bricks n bolts

    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    Even just the wires would be amazing...
  3. bricks n bolts

    how to power pf motor on 12v track

    Or the other possible solution is to change the internal 9v motor to 12v, can get the right motor from here - have done this myself but in the end I just swapped most my 12v motors to 9v so I could just adjust the input power.
  4. bricks n bolts

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Wheely wheely good! Great concept realized, can't wait to try them
  5. bricks n bolts

    NSB Type 49 Dovregubben (Mountain King)

    Great to see it running. Also interesting regarding the other thread, that TrixBrix switch there keeps bumping one of the carriage bogies almost off the track each time it goes past.
  6. Yes, guess we are. That may be a way forward, we re-base the hobby with no allegiance to any one manufacturer. Some new BL with a brick quality score, based on manufacturing technique, plus age, etc.. who knows, small steps. Question, is the BL catalogue still considered open source as it was based to a large extent on user input? If so, any new site could adopt it as a base.
  7. Well they initially gave @coaster an exemption on that basis. Again, old Lego molds/ components not made anymore (a lot of stuff on BL) will not be continually QA tested either by TLG so not sure how that can stand.
  8. bricks n bolts

    NSB Type 49 Dovregubben (Mountain King)

    Such a beautiful build, from the valve gears to the carriage curtains.. deeply in awe. I hope the museum give you a mention somewhere.
  9. Very upsetting the objection to even the mention of BBB wheels in Tony's MOC instructions as well as the deletion without notice. BBB wheels should not be a target for them. They are not clones and not 'unsafe' as they are injection molded. The 'unsafe' argument I'm sure could be used against TLG's own items that BL sells that are no longer made, such as '70s transformers and battery boxes not meeting current regulations, etc..
  10. bricks n bolts

    LegoTrain Set Through 12 inches of Canadian Snow

    Like it, looks like a scene through a frozen valley. That's the Ausini light grey track
  11. bricks n bolts

    Which Train Motor is this ?

    4.5V TypeC 1976-80. The red bit on the top should confirm the voltage., Motor 4.5V Type C 12 x 4 x 3 1/3&category=[Electric, Motor]#T=C 12v versions existed but the red bit was yellow.., Train Motor 12V 12 x 4 x 3 1/3 Type C Old&category=[Electric, Train]#T=C You can though switch out the internal motor to change voltages as well as add pickups for 12v track ( )
  12. bricks n bolts

    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    I'm hoping it's just an administrative glitch and no reason to cause mass panic among AFOLS... but all mention of the new track system has gone from the Fx Bricks website.
  13. bricks n bolts

    Do Big Ben wheels need added traction?

    @Toastie 's method worked well for me, wheels are still good. Using just a small angled file and a locked down Lego motor essentially.
  14. bricks n bolts

    Lego Train Suspension

    That's cool! So does this mean you can do tight bends at speed?
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    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    Hoping the pickups will not be the size of the motors, the flyer @michaelgale posted just said it was an add-on item to the motor, doesn't mean they are the same size, the outline pdf here has some looking virtually the same as what @coaster proposed here. Agreed a more generic wheelset could be designed to hold bigger wheels, but then we would need a supply of metal wheels beyond 3D printing, so not sure on the practicalities. Looking forward to news regarding anything that uses 9V contacts, wires, etc, surely the PFx brick itself will need 9V stud contacts too...? Also think people are avoiding anything that could be deemed a clone of a Lego piece, even if retired, why risk it...