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  1. Well, here we go again Graphical or not: With the NXT LEGO software (NXT-G) I ran quickly into limitations - caused by TLG's >graphical editor capabilities< (and >not< by the programming features of NXT-G!) but you can do many things with NXT-G, e.g., using "TLG endorsed" 3rd party sensors, which are fully supported by NXT-G - but suck sh** using other programming environments. Man, it was so easy to use the IR-Link sensor from HiTechnic/TLG within NXT-G - and it was a pain in the butt to do so within other software. Actually, I installed NXT-G solely for that purpose. I "grew up" with NQC for the RCX and NXC for the NXT. I then I bought RobotC to go beyond the original firmware limitations. The thing is that the RCX and NXT bricks don't run RobotC programs without flashing custom brick firmware. My choice is always "stay as close as possible" to TLG software. Which translates to NQC and NXC. And they come for free! For me beyond that is always RobotC. It comes for free for the RCX - but you have to pay for other platforms. And once again: The RCX is a very cool, dead cheap, fully supported (use the NQC/BricxCC as programming environment for nada) platform. Best wishes and happy programming, Thorsten I fully agree! But: NQC/BricxCC runs without any slips on Win10/64bit when paying attention to the com port used for serial IR tower communication: Use a USB -> RS232 converter ($5 / Amazon), get the LEGO RS232 serial IR tower ($3 / BrickLink), set the COM port for the converter <= 8 - and there you go. Guess I have assembled a recipe for running all that "old stuff" on modern computers buried in the Mindstorms forum. Best, Thorsten
  2. I agree - but would like to extend that. When being "new" to micro controller programming (this is - IMHO - what Mindstorms is about) - all Mindstorms sets will do. EV3, sure, but this is a fully fledged high powered system with all whistles and bells. An RCX (sells for < $30 new(!) at BrickLink) is much less powerful, but much more so "intuitive". Nevertheless an RCX features 3 sensor inputs, 3 actuator outputs, and a whole lot of intelligence. And there are other LEGO platforms as well. The Scout. And for sure the NXT. Get any of them - and dive deep!!! And I believe this is also the reason why the Arduino, ARM, microchip and other micro controller folks are so excited about Jim's forum ideas. All the best, Thorsten
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    [WIP] Hungarian Railways Lencse-005

    How wonderful is this? This is exactly what LEGO is about: @ColletArrowcomes up with a simply stunning MOC (I will try to build this myself for sure!) - and shares relevant files. @Dorino is building the model using these fiels with real bricks - and has tips and suggestions. This collaboration alone qualifies both of you to get very high up in the list of OcTRAINber 2018!!! All the very best for both of you! Thorsten
  4. Jim, I am totally in love with this forum. For me, it is kind of home. When I came out of my dark ages, it was because for me in 1998, a dream came true: A programmable brick, the RCX actively responding to sensor readings. I chose my favorite LEGO theme, trains, to come up with machines replying to messages, sensor reading, and the like. However, that included also custom designs and changes to what LEGO was giving us. And this forum is exactly what I was looking for for such a long time, for the same reasons you took your motivatíon. Thank you very much for creating this forum. I am looking forward to seeing it growing! All the best Thorsten
  5. Phew - I believe there are too many boxes to come up with a reasonable answer. What do you judge as a standard LEGO train?
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    Phew - that is kind of a statement! "Build The Impossible" was recently a thread title here - with >nothing< as content, just "baiting for clicks". One thing (I guess) is, EB needs clicks. Without, it would go down tomorrow (I believe, that is all!) I do agree with your sentiments - entirely. I certainly do not like bear traps >at all<. Well, I do not like cannons, guns, tree "processors", brown coal miners, shooting devices, gasoline guzzlers called super cars, whale hunters (etc. pp.) >at all< and all were here as models on EB or even from TLG. In fact, I am very much engaged in fighting against such "machines". But I do like to see such creations in LEGO. Because I learn from them without doing harm. And then I becomes (for me) fun. But knowing @uefchen's creations from his various forum entries, I was just thrilled to see another of his creations. Not the real life variety but a "thing" made in LEGO. That is so much of a difference to me. I also do disagree (with all honor!) with your judgement about the video. Bananas and eggs - playing it right, I would have had folks around making an omelette and a fruit salad. No offense at all - I have seen what you build here on EB - and that is (for me) skill- wise uncomprehensible as well. Just my 2 cents. Best regards, Thorsten
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    Steam Locomotive Factory

    Well, I never been to such a yard, but I have (German) magazines covering topics as for example "The BR23", "Steamers Part 1 … Part 5" and the like. And yes, I agree: There is stuff all about the place. Not only junk, but tools, large tools that is, parts everywhere and of course also - some - junk. Maybe Germans are too much concerned about tidying-up the place before photographs are taken (well, if somebody will ever want to take a photograph of my "workshop" in the basement, I would like to clean up before that happens). But: That yard is breathtakingly nice - from every aspect: Details, stages of assembly, building skills. Adding that junk part - which indeed would make a difference - is quite straight forward. Never saw it like that, but you are right! Best wishes, Thorsten
  8. True, but that "better one" will most probably also come from China … they currently make the best ones available on the market ...
  9. @LEGO Train 12 Volts Emanuele, your NOHAB was introduced after September 1st (right?) - which qualifies as "new", according to the rules. You could also build a coach for it or whatever … Best Thorsten
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    Layout first glimpse

    Ahhh … good idea with the new shed! Your beautiful LEGO creations should be on top of everything else. Best Thorsten
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    Build The Impossible

    I sure hope it is not the Bugatti - the whatever metal frame and the chain drive was such a disappointment. "All built with LEGO bricks" … garbage. Here in the Technic forum, folks learn the hard way, show it, know about it, that the >all LEGO< Bugatti 1:1 Scale >IS< impossible. Whatever it is - don't use an Aluminum frame - or any other kind of non-LEGO stuff. All the best and good luck for your project! Thorsten
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    [MOC] Transformer Sewing Machine aka Stitchmaster

    This is so cool - I believe you have assembled >all< LEGO is about: Creativity, surprise, the unbelievable, and most importantly - the unthinkable. My wife has a sewing machine on her workspace - the least I ever associated with such a machine was - a Transformer. Man, this is so cool - and so LEGO. And: You have super building skills. Thank you very much for sharing this! Best wishes, Thorsten
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    Layout first glimpse

    And there is a lot of woodwork going on as well! Do you plan on blending in your beautiful LEGO world or do you build around your LEGO world? I did the former - and the latter (with regard to furniture). Very, very nice. I even see some saw dust (I very much like to work with wood …) All the best, Thorsten
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    LEGO VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express (TEE)

    Damn, I forgot, Holgers question. I'd stick with the "shiny" light grey. As if it were directly from the production line, got seriously cleaned, waxed up - and came into the LEGO universe in all its beauty. All the best, Thorsten
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    LEGO VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express (TEE)

    TEE … the colors … the curves … the head lights … the sleek look … the ads they produced these days … it is all coming back - in full swing. I always thought that the BR 103 in that color scheme (I am color blind, but I believe it is the same color scheme, at least to some extent) was one of the the most beautiful LEGO engines (I saw) of the days after steam. I never believed that the BR VT 11.5 could be rendered with LEGO bricks in a way that it actually would catch. I was wrong. If there were another book you authored, the title could be: "LEGO BR VT 11.5. All you wanted to ask about outer space building skills". Below the title, the first photograph in your post and below that "Don't panic". You told me that you were excited about this project a couple of weeks ago. Believe me, I truly understand now. I thought it was the 2.5 meters and all the tricks you need to make such a train running smoothly on L-gauge. So wrong. 2.5 m / 6 = roughly 42 cm, assuming cars and engines are about the same length. Well. In essence this means that you found The Answer. In contrast to these folks facing Deep Thought, you also know the question - and we know all the implications that has - "What is the length of the most beautiful train ever seen, divided by 6?" Holger, for me this is brick building from another world. Not another level. I'd like to finish with what I have learned from @Man with a hat: Tipping hat, slight nod … and I would like to add, a deep bow. All the best, Thorsten