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  1. In principle the wheel is a passing unit where the trains cannot collide and have to wait for each other if two trains are used. My double functioning passing unit works that way but I imagine it will be difficult to use that mechanism in the Falkirk wheel. I expect with two trains, one train will empty in the rotary dumper but that train has to wait until the bottom train is back with marbles. Depending on what the other train receiving the marbles is doing, it could take quite some time and the train on top is idling a lot waiting for the other train to be back. Why don't you make it easier on yourself and just use a counterweight instead of a second train or start with that setup to get it working? With a second train the filling process must be quite fast or a third train must be added. With one train in the 'Falkirk' wheel you have more control over balancing the train action with the position of the passing station.
  2. I have this specific part in Black and DBG and the bar does NOT go through all the way.
  3. I use all hubs and Pybricks is the way to go. I just bought a few small Spike hubs and am using the large hubs more and more because I like the fact that they have a rechargeable battery so the use of AA or AAA batteries can be avoided (even when rechargeable). I also use Technic hubs but in fixed applications with a 3rd party USB power adapter. Together with a few extensions cables the power supply are the only 3rd part components I use, simply because LEGO does not have them. With Pybricks and Control+ and don't need 3rd party hubs or controllers, it can do everything I need. On my Rebrickable are the VW T1 Crawler and Load Zone project as Control+ examples with free instructions, and even a mouse jiggler: In Eurobricks Technic competitions I have also used Control+. My latest project is also a Control+ project with a large Space Solar Mining layout and 8 motors, in this WIP 4 of them are build and in operation controlled by Pybricks.
  4. Just tried with real pieces, Fez piece (cone) goes in all the way and looks like it will clamp the last mm. I didn't try all the way because getting it out again will be a nightmare or even not possible. Putting round bricks 1 x 1 under the Fez should help but Fez will wiggle.
  5. Is also use up to 4 modes with the PU remote and Pybricks with the center green button as a mode switch button. That's 6 x 4 = 24 options to control. You can also use pre-programmed motions like I also did in my Load Zone project. One button press moves the fork-lifter to fetch or put a pallet using 3 motors. Recently support for Xbox controller has been added by Pybricks. So may be it's time to learn a bit of Python. Worst thing that can happen is that you learn something.
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    HA Bricks in Legal Troubles

    The trial case was today and the verdict is there, in short: HA Bricks has to stop sales within 2 days and has to share all sales data with TLG. If HA Bricks does not comply, a fine of EUR 1.000 a day has to be paid. TLG could also demand a fine of EUR 500 euro per sold product. HA Bricks has to pay the EUR 16.000 legal fees. Main points: Printing of bricks and minifigures without permission of TLG. Adding metal bearings to LEGO bricks. Printing and bearings alter the LEGO bricks permanently and are used in combination with the LEGO trademark in products and on the website, this is not permitted. Full verdict (in Dutch) here with English quotes. TLG has done a test purchase of a HA Bricks train to support their case at court. If I understood correctly the trains are not the only business of HA Bricks, there is also a large Bricklink store.
  7. Nice one @Appie! Hope to see the video soon.
  8. I've made this one for this competition, it will participate in the LUG meeting in August. Free building instruction on Rebrickable. I'll probably only use the Pick-Up configuration in the competition, that one worked best.
  9. I run my trains with M motor and rechargeable PF battery at 7 day events. The trains running the Rotary Dumper and Crane Loader run for 4 hours before they need recharging, the trains with the lighter running modules sometimes a full event day.
  10. Welcome. Why don't you use the elevator I use with the best of both worlds. Drive on all 4 corners without a worm gear and higher speed. It's in the video above your post including links to free building instructions.
  11. I'm building this and have started removing all visible studs from the launch platform. I plan to do the same with the tower. I like the set but not all those visible studs. If there is interest I can make a few pictures and describe how to achieve this.
  12. That is the exact reason why I keep Rebrickable Set lists like 'Box, Build, Part Out' and put the sets (and MOCs) in these lists. The parts in the sets (and MOCs and loose part purchases) I add to Parts lists like Bricklink, TLG etc.. This way I know how I got the parts and where they are at the moment. Downside is that parts are double counted on Rebrickable, but by making the correct parts lists available for builds you know the inventory at hand and if not at hand, where the part is at that moment. For temporary MOCs I have taken parts from builds to put them back later. Adding sets and parts is easy, subtracting parts from parts lists a bit more difficult but works okay for me. Next to Rebrickable I keep an Excel of all what goes in and out with costs in the same categories but without the exact parts (but with part count). So, Rebrickable tells me nicely what I have, how I got it and where it is with images of sets, MOCs and parts. The Excel tells me when and where purchased (and sold) with how many parts (with average part price). Just yesterday I used it to see where I have black 6.6L umbrella stands for a MOC and Rebrickable showed me that perfectly. To get back on topic, I don't know if that system is workable for the topic starter as we don't know where the lists are for, but it works for me to get an occasional HTML/Excel list of parts with images.
  13. Probably a better way to make these lists if you need them often, but I already use Rebrickable for parts and set lists to not only keep track of which bricks I got but also where they are, including online connection with Bricklink Buy. Via Rebrickable also works online without installing anything, better for the two occasions I needed it. But I might give Brickstore a try (although it seems more a Bricklink Store Inventory manager rather than AFOL brick collection manager), thanks for the tip.
  14. I do that via Rebrickable where you can make a parts list and import a Bricklink Wanted List XML and then Export the Rebrickable parts list to HTML and copy/import the HTML to Excel.