legotownlinz

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  1. legotownlinz

    Powered Up Lithium DIY

    I don't consider the lower voltage of NiMh batteries a serious issue when using the train motor because the train motors are too fast. The higher capacity is more important. The only exception is the Crocodile with the slow Technic motor, I'm planning to replace the NiMh batteries there. It has certainly be mentions several times in this forum, but I would like to repeat it again since it saves lots of money: The IKEA Ladda NiMh recharchable batteries come from the same factory as Eneloops and have an identical performance.
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    Let's hope so.
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    The color scheme of the wildlife sets is disappointing. And the vehicle in 60302 is really ugly, not only the red/tan color scheme but also the shape.
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    R 56 and R72 curved Tracks from Bluebrixx

    At 1:51 you can see that the Bluebrix tracks are warped. Sprue marks are also clearly visible. In comparison, all Trixbrix tracks I ordered so far, both moulded and 3D-printed, are perfectly flat.
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    Functional Train Bridges

    This is my Technic bridge. All segments that are built at full height are very stable. It would be no problem to increase the distance between the two pillars.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    I meant both the 10001 and the 4558, they are identical besides the slightly different grey color. I don't want to see a release as it was done with the 10001, but a new design that is only inspired by the 10001.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Lego tends to stick to proven concepts, thus a modern interpretation of the Amtrak Metroliner is overdue. I'd love to see it because the original one is still missing in my collection. The Crocodile is European, so it's possible the next set is based on an American train.
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    My first Lego trains book

    Will there be an English version? Does it make sense to buy the Italian version if I don't speak Italian (few texts, mostly language-idenpendant instructions)?
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    [MOC] Botanical Gardens Station

    Can't see the images.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    The city sets names of the second half year have leaked (see city forum), but unfortunately nothing train-related. There's still hope for a D2C set...
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    TrixBrix introduces injection molded double straight track

    Injection molded curved tracks R56 are also available now from TrixBrix.
  12. https://trixbrix.eu/en_US/p/Double-Straight-Track-Set-10-pcs/288 I really appreciate this product. I contacted the Lego support a few months ago to buy 250 pcs of straight tracks, but their offer was more expensive than just buying 60205 and disposing the curved tracks. I wonder how Lego will respond, now that their switches AND tracks are inferior to third party products. I think their only chance to disrupt the market is to make vastly improved tracks, e.g. a dual molded track that looks much better. Otherwise, they are out of business in the AFOL market. Will you still buy Lego track? I won't.
  13. I've finally received the Mouldking Qinghai–Tibet railway train (set #12001) and the additional coach (set #12001CX). I received both in one box without nice packaging. Combined, you get the engine and two coaches. The train is 7-wide and is larger than Lego trains. The quality of the bricks is excellent, the clutch power is better than Lego's and the gate marks are as small as those of Lego bricks. There are scratches on the bricks. No parts were missing, damaged or had a low quality. The instructions are ok, but the dark green color is hard to see. The set comes with a remote control, a rechargeable battery box, LEDs and a XL PF motor. A micro USB cable to charge the battery box is included. The remote control allows off and full speed only. There is a QR code to download an app, but I couldn't install it on my Android phone. The building experience was good, lots of interesting building techniques are used. As a display model, the train is perfect. The problems started when I tried to run it. There were lots of cracking sounds from the 90° gears and after a few minutes they were damaged. I could fix that by adding two polyamide washers (see images) to bring the gears closer together. After this modification, there were no issues with the gears anymore, slipping only happens at the wheels but not between the gears. Two 2 x 6 x 2 weight bricks are used to increase the weight of the engine, but they do not prevent slipping. Slipping occurs as soon as a coach is added. The engine doesn't move at all with two coaches. Here's a video where you can see how the engine handles different track elements and an incline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWRzCyEosS4 The middle axles of each bogie use the new wheel elements but they are not fixed. There is a high risk they get stuck in switches and derail the train (as can be seen in the video). I made two changes to the engine to make it more robust. I replaced the transparent brick round 1 x 1 with a plate 1 x 2 and two plate round 1 x 1. This prevents that the power-on knob falls out when you turn the engine around. And I've inserted several bars to the submodel below the engine's base. In summary, the train looks great, but unfortunately it doesn't work. It can only be used as a display model. To run it, a second motor would be needed as well as ball bearings for all unpowered axles of the engine and the coaches. The derailing issue caused by the middle axles would have to be solved as well. Therefore I do not recommend to buy it unless you are interested in the parts like the battery box and the weight bricks.
  14. I'd like to add better axles to some of my coaches. BrickTracks and HABricks offer wheels, axles and technic bricks with ball bearings. https://www.bricktracks.com/product-page/wheels-and-axles-6-sets https://www.habricks.com/product/ball-bearing-wheel-sets/ I'm now wondering how they are meant to be used. There are no instructions on the product pages. Can I use them with the new Lego train wheel holders or do I have to build new bogies? The problem I see with the train wheel holder is that I cannot put the technic bricks with the ball bearings at a distance of two studs, so there will be some lateral movement of the wheels and fiction between the side of the wheels and the wheel holders.
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    Flawed - Mouldking 12001 Qinghai–Tibet Railway Train

    Indeed! No chance, it would drive me mad knowing that the wheel is missing. Maybe I'm milling the Lego wheels to remove the flange, that should give the best look. Thanks for sharing all these details! Wow, that's a really expensive part.
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    Flawed - Mouldking 12001 Qinghai–Tibet Railway Train

    I made tests today and must correct myself. The Lego wheel, although visually identical, are at least twice as good. And the old Lego wheels with metal axle are much better than the pastic-only wheels. I'm now using the metal axle wheels and now the coaches run quite well. Unfortunately I found no solution for the middle axle of the three-axle-bogies yet nor a solution to increase the speed. Are there good reference designs for three-axle-bogies? I guess many people with more talent already thought about it...
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    All companies offering Lego-compatible parts rip off Lego in some way. For example, all the third party track manufacturers copied the design of the Lego tracks, nevertheless they are welcome here. Copies of entire sets are a no-go and there are good reasons such sets are illegal in Europe and the US, but everything else should be allowed to be discussed.
  18. Thank you for the infos!
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    No.
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    Don't complain and appreciate it's just tan and not pink.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Take a look here. The train window frames are available in several colors, too.
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    Flawed - Mouldking 12001 Qinghai–Tibet Railway Train

    Very interesting. It explains why the quality of the bricks is on par with Lego's. If only they handled the bricks more carefully to avoid the scratches... Is Bluebrixx using Gobricks parts?
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    Flawed - Mouldking 12001 Qinghai–Tibet Railway Train

    I completely missed that there are more options when scrolling to the right... The Mouldking battery box supports more than just on/off indeed when using the app instead of the remote control! This makes it a cheap alternative to the very similar BuWizz.
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    Flawed - Mouldking 12001 Qinghai–Tibet Railway Train

    I got the app working. Like the remote control, it supports only 0% and 100% speed.
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    Flawed - Mouldking 12001 Qinghai–Tibet Railway Train

    All the electronics are PF compatible. The motor looks identical to the Lego XL PF motor. I've connected a Lego IR receiver and train motor to the LiIon battery box and it works. I don't think the wheels are worse than the Lego wheels, they are identical. For the coaches, the new plastic wheel type without metal axle is used. I doubt that replacing the wheels with Lego parts solves the issues. Using the old wheels with metal axles might help a bit, but in general the engine and coaches are too heavy to use axles without ball bearings. I assume MOCers building in 7- or 8-wide also use ball bearings? The engine definitely needs a second motor, one motor is not sufficient for such a huge train. Other motors or gears should be used to increase the speed, the engine is annoyingly slow, even without coaches. It has black bogie plates. But those are also available from Bluebrixx. The other interesting parts are the 2 x 6 x 2 weight brick (two are included in the set), the LiIon battery box (it can be used with the PF IR receiver, no need to use the crappy Mouldking remotre control) and the PF XL motor. The LEDs might be of interest, too, but they are not the same as Lego's PF LEDs. They are very delicate and I didn't mount them yet because I'm worried that they get danaged when I open the engine often. I'll order metal axles and ball bearings when I make the next order at HABricks / Bricktracks. This should fix the coaches. Not sure what to do with the engine yet. The parts are not the problem, replacing them with Lego parts would neither fix the gear problem nor would it solve the traction issue. The motorization is flawed, there is no easy way to fix it, a redesign of the entire model would be required but I don't have enough time to do it.