Ludo

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  1. @coaster I can't follow your calculation here above (D=(R x 2 + 1) x 8mm / 25.4mm/in). Could it be you made a mistake in the used numbers (+1 ?) Example: R40 curve is the diameter from the circle center point to the center of the track. To get the outside edge of the curves you need to add 4 studs (from center track to the outer edge of the sleepers) = R+4. Adding an extra 4 studs for the space between the sleepers edge & the edge of the module(MILS or whatever) result for a R40 curve in: R= 40+4+4 = 48 studs (= gray baseplate) Full diameter result in 30,23622 Inch or 2,519685 Feet. My calculation for a R168 inclusive the space needed for the sleepers result in 108,3465 Inch or 9,028871 Feet (R = 168 + 4 = 172 studs) Adding the extra 4 studs space between the sleepers and the outher edge of the module result in 110,8661 Inch or 9,238845 Feet R = 168 + 4 + 4 = 176 studs. D = R x 2 = 352 studs in metric: 352 studs * 8mm = 2816mm or 2,816m in Imperial : (2816/25,4)/12 = 9,238845 Feet. Or am I wrong?
  2. Well, here are some calculations of the different R's. A R104 = 32.75591 Inch. I hope that the calculating to Feet is right. (Inches / 12 Being European and use only the Metric system, i'm not familiar with the US dimensions. Way too complicated for me. R 1 stud (= mm) 1 Meter(= 1000mm) Diameter (= R*2) 1 inch (= mm) Feet ( = Inch/12) Diameter (= R*2) 8 1000 2 25,4 12 2 = mm = meter = meter = Inch = Feet = Feet 40 320 0,32 0,64 12,5984252 1,049868766 2,099737533 56 448 0,448 0,896 17,63779528 1,469816273 2,939632546 72 576 0,576 1,152 22,67716535 1,88976378 3,779527559 88 704 0,704 1,408 27,71653543 2,309711286 4,619422572 104 832 0,832 1,664 32,75590551 2,729658793 5,459317585 120 960 0,96 1,92 37,79527559 3,149606299 6,299212598 136 1088 1,088 2,176 42,83464567 3,569553806 7,139107612 152 1216 1,216 2,432 47,87401575 3,989501312 7,979002625 168 1344 1,344 2,688 52,91338583 4,409448819 8,818897638
  3. @Coaster, I would rather say disadvanage of 3D printing, as this is much cheaper to make and faster done than coughing up the cost of an expensive mold. Sorry to read this too. Then it easy to understand that you don't share a lot of information. Keep up the good work, still wondering what's coming up. Best regards from Belgium.
  4. @Hod Carrier, Thanks for this information. Those bands are indeed cheap and my package contains 200 black bands, so you can do a lot with one package. I used some of them on my wagons to center the single axle wheels back when it exits the curved track. One band for each axle. So far no problems, but i don't attend every wheek an exibiton, so time will tell if I need to remove them.
  5. @CSW652, I think the mold is too small for the crossover. my guess it's the mold for the missing curved tracks, R72 & R88.
  6. Ludo

    Power Pick-up Wheelset

    @coaster As we see once more a 'new' system from LEGO, i would defenately leave the path of using the 9V connectors. 9v used 2 wire PF used 4 wires Powered up use 6 wires following system use perhaps 8 wires, then we can use UTP or telephone cabling. Guess this kind of connector is worldwide available and cheap too: and the male connector like (90° pins & straight pins - pitch = 1/10 inch = 2.54mm):
  7. Glad to read that's not dead. Don't rob liquor stores, when they catch you there won't be 9v or PF tracks. I can imagine that you don't have a lot of time for it, but how's the status of the 9V track? Problem solved?
  8. @coaster I found following message in my mail box regarding the kickstarter project for the R104 points : whats next? Ludo
  9. Hi @coaster, Just backed for 2 left & 2 right points. I hope it will be funded as there's still a lot to go. I wish you a lot of success. Regards from Belgium. Ludo
  10. @coaster keep in mind, that people running with DCC need to bridge the contact in the switch arm. I think its better to make it possible to open the bottom plate to bridge the contact, and re close it on en easy way. Melting pins like the LEGO switches is not the best solution. Perhaps using small screws instead of the plastic pins to melt? It's just an idea you know, but I've seen already - very few - people running their LEGO trains with DCC on a 9V track. Best regards, Ludo
  11. Hi @coaster.. Thanks for this update. one question: the kickstarter project for the switches, are they for PF trains only or also prepared for 9V use? I guess, with the high cost of a mold that this mold would be used for PF track as well as for 9v track, or am I wrong? just thinking that the mold could have a metal inlay for molding the 9V version (where the metal track would be inserted), and when removing this inlay, you fill the gap with ABS and become a 100% PF track. I know nothing abouth molds and the possibilities to make them 'universal' so from there my question. b.t.w. I've met yesterday someneone on a LEGO event here in Belgium and he's - as all the reviews i've read so far - also very positive abouth the quality of the PF curved tracks. Keep up the good work. Ludo
  12. Ludo

    Bluebrick Layout Software

    Hi antp You can use marks in meter. Add a ruler layer. draw your line by selecting: Edit | Ruler Tool | Add Ruler once done, double click on the line you just drawed. The Ruler Edition window opens up and you can in the 'Measure Value' frame select the unit you want to use. you have a chooise between: Stud LDU Straight track Module Meter Feet you can use the rules also for a "wall", just deselect the 'Display Measure Value' in the 'Measure Value' frame see the uploaded image. p.s.: will you visit the Brick Mania Wetteren event next weekend? i'll be there as exhibitor and volunteer. Best regards, Ludo
  13. Ludo

    Bluebrick Layout Software

    Hi Alban, Also, once again a thank you for the support and the verry good communication regarding the 'bug' and the implementation of the MILS connection points. it's a pleasure to 'work' with you. Once i'm done with the final review of the MILSMultiRoad pictures & XML files (Generic City & Generic Terrain = 196 files), i'll send them to Michael Gale to publish them on L-Gauge.org Then it's up to Michael to publish them when it suits him. Ludo
  14. Ludo

    Bluebrick Layout Software

    Hi Alban, Thanks a lot for your fast reply on my question. Just did a quick test, and made a few minor changes. I'll contacted Michael Gale to see if there are still some changes to be made and keep in touch through e-mail. Best regards, Cordialement, Ludo
  15. Ludo

    Bluebrick Layout Software

    @Alban Nanty, As you might know, some people and more and more LUG's are using MILS modules. Is there a way that you can implement a few new connection point definitions (0 = .., 1 = ..., 2 = ... , 10 = MILS Terrain,11 = MILS City, 12 = MILS Track, 13 = MILS Airport ) for those modules? I'm thinking on Terrain modules, City modules, Airfield runway modules and train modules. I created almost 100 different xml files for the different combinations of the MILS MultiRoad Modules from Michael Gale, see: http://l-gauge.org/wiki/index.php/Reference_Instructions and used the existing definitions for Road modules. If you can define them, and implement them in the next update from BlueBrick, does this mean that those connectionpoints will be generic for everyone using BlueBrick worldwide. If not, it could generate problems when sharing files among LUG's working on a common MILS project. Those XML files are intend to go public on L-Gauge.org, no release data known yet, as this is totaly in the hands of Michael Gale. So IF you can do this, i'm going to update the XML files with the 'official BlueBrick' connection points. Defining the connection point colors leave I up to you as you know best whats already in use. Hopefully I explained it in a way you understand what I mean.