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  1. legotownlinz

    Are the Creator Expert trains finished?

    It's Creator Expert and it's a train. You questions cannot be answered without taking the Winter Holiday Train into account. It's very likely that Lego will not consider a new train until the Winter Holiday Train is retired.
  2. legotownlinz

    Are the Creator Expert trains finished?

    The last one was 10254 Winter Holiday Train, which is still on sale. Thus, Creator Expert trains are not finished.
  3. legotownlinz

    Chances of an Emerald Night re-release?

    But shouldn't be a re-release be profitable even at low quantities? There are no costs to design the model, even the instructions already exist. I wish they did a re-release every few month, available for a limited time in the web store only. Lego produces so many sets, it can't be a big deal to produce some re-releases.
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    10264 Corner Garage

    Putting my two cents in, the Corner Garage is average. Too colorful, too ragged. The style reminds me of a blown-up Creator 3-in-1 building. If images of the Corner Garage would have leaked, I would have bet that it's fake, pics of an average MOC.
  5. legotownlinz

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Right, at the moment BrickTracks is known by a few fans only. But the potential is greater. The stores were I buy Lego have some third party bricks. They may be willing to sell BrickTracks products, too.
  6. legotownlinz

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Nice concept, but nothing the average Lego fan will do and definitely nothing for coaster to base his business on. Coaster does molded tracks, not 3D printed one. Molding is economic for large quantities only. A few LUGs and power users buying 9V tracks is not enough. And once these customers have bought the track they need, no more sales will happen. Plastic tracks are appealing for millions of Lego customers.
  7. legotownlinz

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    This one looks amazing:
  8. legotownlinz

    2018 Lego Trains

    I thought about writing an alternative firmware for exactly the same reasons plus to support acceleration/deceleration ramps and to swap the direction in software instead of changing the motor polarity with the soldering iron. I hope that Lego offers a few of these features in the official firmware so I'll wait at least for the next wave of Powered Up products before I start such a project. Overall, the official firmware is not too bad, the handsets allow to pair each train with each handset and trains with two motors are supported, too.
  9. legotownlinz

    Changing the polarity of Powered Up train motors

    Sure. Lego could add an option in their firmware.
  10. I've already written an article on how to change the polarity of PowerFunction train motors. This is a follow-up on how to do it with the new Powered Up motors. From the outside, the old and new motors look very similar. Inside, a printed circuit board (PCB) has been added, due to the increased complexity of the Powered Up system. Fortunately, it is not necessary to understand how Powered Up works in detail, because there are still two leads that directly drive the motor. We just have to swap these leads. This is easier compared to the PowerFunctions motor because it can be done without removing the PCB or motor from the housing. Lets start. What you need: Powered Up train motor Soldering iron Torx T6 screwdriver Instructions: Remove all four screws at the bottom of the motor and open the motor housing. Unsolder the leads labelled M1 and M2 from the PCB. Swap the leads and solder them to the PCB again. Close and screw down the housing. Motor after opening the housing: Motor with unsoldered leads M1 and M2:
  11. legotownlinz

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Reliability, simplicity. My experience with H0 and N model trains is that power from the rails is often unreliable. My Lego trains never failed. Terminal loops and wyes are difficult with 9V tracks and impossible without using third party electronics. Plastic tracks allow easy control of multiple trains.
  12. legotownlinz

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    I hope not. 9V is gone for good, the future belongs to plastic tracks.
  13. legotownlinz

    Hogwarts Express 75955 Modification

    I wonder why Lego never gets the Hogwarts Express right. Is there anybody who has not modified it? It must be even more frustrating for children than for AFOLs that motoring the train is difficult, that the coupling is incompatible with other trains, ...
  14. legotownlinz

    Lego Idea Chemical Plant

    Ideas buildings are rejected when they are too similar to the Modulars. Lego releases one Modular per year and they won't release a second one as Ideas set. The Chemical Plant is different, it does not compete directly with the Modulars. The Chemical Plant fits in the minifig world, but its far more detailed than City sets. It don't think they reject it because its too close to the City theme. The Chemcial Plant is exactly the kind of set all fans into building a Lego city are waiting for, a set that goes beyond the reiterative City sets, a set that adds something completely new to a Lego city. Nearly all Lego cities I've seen have trains, buildings and an amusement park and some a monorail. It's time that the minifig world becomes more diversified.
  15. legotownlinz

    [MOC] Intercity Rheingold

    This is an awesome design, yet simple and small enough to blend well with existing Lego trains. It is a perfect successor for 7740 and the Horizon Express and deserves to become a product. Let's support it!