Ludo

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  • Birthday 10/22/1958

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  1. Ludo

    [MOC] NMBS HLE 25

    @gvb2003, I see you are from Holland. I ordered a few weeks ago my ball-bearings in Germany, at https://www.kugellager-express.de/deep-groove-ball-bearings__2_3__5_3 The numbers at the end of the link send you straight to the MR52 type of bearings. Then you can select with or without flange, ceramic balls, ... Thats up to you. Save you import taxes - on large amount - and according to the text on their site, they should be of well known ball-bearing manufactures. They are not cheap and I hope they are of a better quality of the cheap Chines ball-bearings. Some of my Chinese ball-bearings suffer from friction inside the bearing, and this only after one show (2 days). Perhaps there's no grease in them, and are running dry. The bal-bearings I ordered are the: https://www.kugellager-express.de/miniature-deep-groove-ball-bearing-mr52-zz-2x5x2-5-mm I need also to be honest that most of the original LEGO train axles don't fit into the German ordered bearings, due to the tolerance on the axle diameter. Lets hope we can order the axles from BT (https://www.bricktracks.com/) soon in Europe.
  2. Ludo

    Successor to Bluebrick?

    @Dragunov2, can you explain a bit more what you see as difference? How many base plate you used and the difference in mm or cm. I use always BlueBrick to draw my layout for exebitions, but never used LDD. BlueBrick use 8 pixels by 8 pixels for a 1x1 plate / brick.
  3. @ivanlan9 I think you miss understood me. I'm exited to see the 9V track comming up. I do have a sample of a double length straight and it looks promissing. 99.9% of my tracks are 9V, so it's obvious to keep it so. The only thing I wanted to let know to @coaster, is to keep going with his PF tracks, and not waisting development time and financial resources to develop 9V track. The market is already small, and could be very challenging to keep the bussiness up and running. I wish both, @coaster and Michael Gale & Co all the best and good luck in their bussiness. Ludo
  4. @coaster, I read on the PFx site the anouncement of the 9V tracks comming up this summer. see: https://www.fxbricks.com/fxblog/?archive=2020-03 and scrol down to 3. Fx Track System. when this can be done, I think that you can use your time and money for new PF tracks and not into 9V track. That's just my opinion. Regarding the wheelset, be sure it's compatibe for ballbearings too. Best regards.
  5. Ludo

    Bluebrick Layout Software

    @CoNSpiracy, You can add rulers. Click in the right bottom corner on the Ruler Icon (between the T icon & the Garbage bin icon in the picture here below) to add a Ruler layer. Then becomes the Ruler icon in the top icon bar (below the File / Edit / View / Budget / Help buttons) activated. Click on it to open the dropdown box and select Add Ruler. Add your Ruler. Once placed, you can change the dimensions by double click on the newly placed ruler. Then you'll see a new window apearing, Click on the down arrow of the Unit dropdown box. There can you select the dimension you want. You can choose from: Stud LDU Straight Track Module Meter Feet Unfortunately I can't upload this picture due to the verry limited upload to this forum. but you should be able to place a ruler with the info here above. Success, Ludo
  6. Hi Ashi, The only location I know from Coaster is: https://www.bricktracks.com/ I wish everyone on the forum a Happy 2020 and a lot of building pleasure.
  7. Hi all, I wasn't on the latest Afol meeting in Skaerbaek (Denmark), but some members of my Lug where. Michael Gale was also present to annonce the 9V track and got some samples with him to distribute among the train fans. I received trough one of my AFOL collegues a double length 9V track, and I can assure you that it looks great. I'm also looking forward to those tracks as I have only 9V track at home. My collegue kept the curved 9V track sample. I'm not quite sure, but I think its a R88. And, also interesting for the Europeans, Michael confirmed me that there will be a European distribution point. Where this would be is not yet known. I hope this answer some of your questions.
  8. @legotownlinz, This is exactly what Michael want to obtain wit his project. Larger radii, better and more points, just like the BT tracks, but for 9V. I'll stay with my 9V track, easy to adapt the track, like the model train fans, in sections, make it possible to run multiple trains on the same track. Or integrate DCC decoders into the train motor, remote control of the points, ... There's indeed a potential use for those tracks.
  9. Hi all, Different question. Are there somewhere LDRAW files available for the upcoming track geometries (like the switch mentioned in this tread, track crossing, ...)? If so, can you post here a link to it? I know there are for the different radius track, but not for the switches.
  10. Ludo

    Power Pick-up Wheelset

    Hi @coaster, As i see more & more Afol's using ball bearings on their rolling stock, any considarations of implementing ball bearings into the power pick-up wheelset?
  11. @coaster, Great point! Also nice to see the angled in- and out's of the guard rails. A lot more realistic.
  12. Ludo

    Ball bearings!

    Thanks both for this information. Next time I'll place bearings into Technic bricks, I'll press them into the brick. Unfortunately, not every Technic piece will withstand the extra pressure. Can't find the picture now, but I've seen a picture with a cracked 18677 plate 1x2 with offset peghole on underside, due to the extra pressure of the bearing. update: found the picture of the cracked plate. https://www.flickr.com/photos/162569845@N05/48568121336/ see:
  13. Ludo

    Ball bearings!

    @ALCO The 'problem' i'll noticed is that some bearings dont fit the axle while others do fit on the same axle, So I guess it has to do with the inner diameter of the bearing, perhaps little deformation or a blurr. Putting the axle in a drilling machine or lathe, and use some sandpaper or Schotch Brite to polish will solve the problem. Provided now 4 LEGO wheel holders with ball bearings. Due to the fact I can still use a milling machine, I removed 1mm from the 4 supports. This means that the bearings are 1mm deeper into the wheel holder, and the outher diameter of the bearing makes now one plane with the long sides where the bearings are fitted. This 'trick' ensures that the height of the wagon with or without bearings is the same. To be sure i'll don't loose them, i'll used a drop of hard PVC glue.
  14. Ludo

    Ball bearings!

    Hi, I know, I'm late on this toppic, but my ball bearings arrived today, so I will give it a try. I have some mechanical background, and was thinking to use a 5mm HSS reamer to enlarge the Technic hole. @coaster see picture: HSS reamer for those who don't know what it is. It's not cheap, I can use one from my company. I can also use a milling machine to cut a part of the supports on the original wheel holder, as you can see in this picture. https://www.flickr.com/photos/162569845@N05/25210157997 then i can place the axle deeper into the wheel holder to reduce the added height due to the ball bearing at a minimum. Cross my fingers and hope it works. I noticed also a difference in bore diameter, some axles fit perfect on the bearing, others do not fit. I'm almost convinced that this 'problem' is on the bearing side, not on the axle. I guess that the used axles are of the type G7/h6 according to the ISO fitting system (loose fit). the mating hole need to be a H7/g6 Loose fit: combination of axis and a hole, whereby the largest possible axis (according to the given tolerance of that axis) will always fit into the smallest possible hole (according to the given tolerance of that hole)
  15. @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?