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  1. To be honest, that FLeFluFli BlawBli ... sounds rather reasonable and sound to me, whereas the nomenclature TLG uses for their Powered Up system devices, apps, and protocols is very close to bananas - to me. I did get used to it, but in the beginning I thought: Who on Earth came up with that naming. See above for examples. As it stands now, I have no clue how TLG wants to steer that into the clear. Which is - as far as I am concerned, a major issue for the general audience appreciation of the PUP >system<. The individual sets are fine. For one individual purpose. Batmobile with the Batapp. Crocodile with the Crocodile app. The moment you want to leave that ground, it rapidly becomes worse than FLeFluFli BlawBli. In my opinion, PUP is conceptionally extremely powerful - both hard and software wise. The way TLG introduces and promotes this system though is, well, funny. It was that when they were giving us the first Mindstorms sets, back in 1998. Enthusiasts had to find out all the details. Back then, it was maybe part of the learning curve and all the fun. With PUP I am not sure anymore about this approach. TLG cranks out more and more sophisticated hardware devices (BLE servers, smart sensors and actuators, built-in and external), software clients (their apps) - which in turn are almost exclusively specific to sets. In contrast, the whole PUP concept is exactly the contrary. On the other hand, this concept is supported by the Powered Up app. Hmmm. I believe TLG has to find a way better way to "communicate PUP" (I believe that I understand the concept of the individual sets, including Boost and Boom, for 5 year old and so forth) But then - it is what it is. Best regards, Thorsten
  2. Toastie

    Powered Up and Arduino

    It really is. Got myself an ESP32 (nodeMCU, with not knowing at all what that thing can do - for 8 Euros - and yes, I know, I got the overpriced version, but it came in the mail within 2 days) and installed the required stuff for the Arduino IDE - and it simply >works<. It is amazing, what Cornelius and @GianCann and many others are creating on GitHub. I asked Cornelius (Legoino) about the implementation of the LWP code for the L motor on the 2 I/O hub - and he responded positively! That means train speed control (not power) with an ESP32 will be possible rather soon. And that makes the difference for me, as power regulated speed results in very smooth train operation, even when not using 2 XLs to simply kill friction forces. Thanks a lot to all the developers! Best Thorsten
  3. Nope, I'm from back to the future.
  4. I believe what @hawkwind was referring to is the system rather than the wear and tear, right? When you put a 9V to rest for 30 years it will most probably work after that. A remote with push buttons and some "hard-wired" or better dedicated IR stuff also. But: WiFi, BL, BLE, Android, Apple's stuff and Whatnot will not. Nothing of that stuff has ever survived 30 years. It looks good now ... but then 30 years ago there was no Android or I cell phone. 30 years in the future there will be no Android or i cell phone and BLE will be regarded as stone aged, short range, unbelievably slow and clumsy communication means. It is what it is, as somebody said recently. If you want to preserve Pup for 30 years, better put an Anrdoid or iphone aside with the Pup stuff. And a charger. Best Thorsten
  5. Toastie

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Same here, for sure.
  6. Actually, to me it sounded absolutely odd when the open source route was announced by TLG (regarding the LWP). Open source is so far away from TLG as the planning charts and demolition orders are at our local planning department in Alpha Centauri for the new hyperspace express route. So we better stick to the Pup "Teardown" thread - it also nicely resonates with the Vogon approach ... All the best, Thorsten
  7. Toastie

    1225 North Pole Railroad

    $1000? Never for me. Ever. But that is OK! There are people out there willing and capable to spend this amount of money and that is perfectly fine with me. I'd just suggest going PoweredUp (Pup) - and not PF. Pup is making its way. It would be really unfortunate to limit the things you can do with a >$1000 set by PF. The Pup L motor along with the 2I/O hub would not affect the price tag at all. In contrast: PF will phase out, I am pretty sure. Even including a Pup remote would not rattle on the price tag. But: You can do so many more things (given you have a smart device with BLE) - it would fit the set much more. Take speed control alone ... in case the train has to go through original LEGO track. With Pup it will do that at >constant< speed, provided you tell it to do so via the Pup app. Just my 2 cents. Best Thorsten P.S.: An ESP32 nodeMCU costs $10 max. It can readily control a Pup train in every regard; particularly an XMas set, where the train may go back and forth, or does this and that ...
  8. Toastie

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Hee hee ... Thank you very much for that very nice summary. I really enjoyed reading it - well I do enjoy everything you write ("post" is not appropriate). Also, I notice that you have become a moldy tax expert - this forum is just so far ahead and educated - I am proud to be here. Thanks again. All the very best, Thorsten
  9. Toastie

    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    Do the conversion to PoweredUp (i.e., 2I/O Hub + Pup L motor). Here's my reasoning: I changed my custom PuP control program (VB6 + nsoftware BLE stack) today to use "speed" instead of "power" for LEGO motors providing that feature (L and maybe XL PuP motors - for sure I know the L PuP motors advertised for this model can do). Set the speed (not power) to "5%" and the maximum power to be applied to maintaining that speed to 100%, your crocodile will negotiate whatever track geometry is present at constant speed - 5%is really slow. It just continues to plow through whatever track geometry. The PID algorithm in the Hub's firmware is really powerful. It may be worthwhile to investigate what the "max power" parameter does with regard to maintaining the speed (I believe it goes into the PID algorithm) but nevertheless: This is one >major< advantage of PuP vs PF for controlling trains, as far as I am concerned. And you can do that with the Pup app right away. Best Thorsten
  10. Toastie

    12V style railway station MOC

    The olden days were better. Very nice. Hope you will find time and space to rebuild and expand! All the best Thorsten
  11. @Gimmick sorry, no idea; to me it looks the same. But that may be wrong. But I have a remotely related question and no idea where to post it: The LEGO Wireless Protocol 3.0.00 (r17) Document on github has never seen any updates, is that right? Best Thorsten
  12. Toastie

    CP2501 - Electric Locomotive

    Hi Sérgio, you should be 150% with this solution - it is incredible!!! Your building skills are unbelievable. This is a fantastic model - your creativity alone is beyond anything I can imagine. Congratulations - I would use paint too. Right away! All the best Thorsten
  13. Absolutely yes - but this is no system or the like - I just made it from scratch. The idea was to have something as light as possible but sturdy enough to securely support the crocodile on its journey. All material is from a local hardware store: The horizontal supports attaching to the sloped wall are cut from 2x2 cm2 2,4 m long pine tree strips, same for the vertical wall mounts. The wall angle was a bit tricky but it worked. The vertical bars are cut from 5 mm diameter 2 m long anodized aluminum rods. The short vertical wood mounts have 5 mm, 25 mm deep blind holes receiving the Al rod; the horizontal supports have 5 mm holes where the Al rods can go all the way through. Both ends of the Al tube are secured 16 mm long 2 mm diameter wood screws; After alignment, I drilled a 2 mm hole accepting the screw in the wooden part all the way through the mounted Al tubing, but not further into the wood at the other end - this then allows to secure the screw well enough in the wood. The Al rods were initially longer than required; the entire was support mounted, adjusted and then the rods were cut to length. The board stripes are cut from 10 mm laminated poplar boards (1,2 m x 60 cm) - each 15 cm wide and are attached together with 2,6 m long 10 mm U-shaped Aluminum profile - these were available in the store in white. All wooden parts (supports and boards) were painted with white acrylic paint. The whole thing is surprisingly sturdy, I was absolutely not sure about that. When you need more info feel free to ask, I can also make detailed photos of course. Best Thorsten
  14. Just picked one up at Smyth's - and made in time to the next teleconference. Cool. Thanks again! Best and have a nice weekend! Thorsten
  15. Thank you very much! If I am correct the McLaren Senna set (75892) has both 5 of the left and 5 of right parts in dark bley, which would fit me perfectly well. LEGO's site is down at the moment, will check tomorrow morning and then off to Smyth's. Best Thorsten