JWBDolphins

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  1. JWBDolphins

    River Canyon Railroad

    Agreed, you did a Fantastic job, this is truly Amazing!!!
  2. In the DCC world you can do something like this: https://www.digitrax.com/media/apps/products/autoreversing/ar1/documents/AR1.pdf Don't think this will work for what you're trying to do now, but the general idea is have some isolated sections of track that the metal wheels will energize when they short the gap which is electronically detected and switches the polarity of track between these isolated sections. Not sure I explained that very well!
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    LEGO Trains 2022

    I'm just glad to see new LEGO trains. Do I Love them?, No. Do I Like them?, Yes. For Me a lot of the fun is figuring out ways to improve the places I think LEGO came up short. Just by the nature of it Being LEGO there are trade-offs everywhere so anything I think I can do better I'll give it a shot. That's the fun of LEGO Trains to me. (And now I'll need to figure out how to make a Muppets Train! )
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    The last guide you will need to repair Lego Train 9v Connectors

    Thanks for sharing! I bought a used 9V system a few years back and those wires are starting to flake - this will be very useful! And I'll second the BNTECHGO wire, the silicone insulation is very durable, flexible, and easy to work with. I've used their 20 gauge wire to power third-party controls to run both PF and PU motors - works great!
  5. CONGRATS! Well deserved!
  6. JWBDolphins

    DCC (and other digital tech) for LEGO trains

    Great question! I think probably the Rightest of the right answers is, "its your hobby so whatever you want that answer to be is the right answer." Now if you are a reseller of LEGO, etc, that might be a different answer. But your question is an intriguing one and I think about it a lot! The only answer I can give is where I draw the line. Generally, if LEGO does Not supply an option for what I need, then I improvise and make my own. Once they do come out with whatever part I want, I swap to it. Also, generically, if I'm making instructions for a model (I like to do that for myself so I don't forget what I did!), I'll make the instructions with a "pure" LEGO build, and then a "oh, by the way, you can get around this problem by x" option. A couple examples. I built an engine around a Power Functions train motor and had the sides go down flush against the outside edge of the wheels. LEGO provides a 6L axle but that is too long. The pure LEGO option is put a 3L axle on one wheel that the motor will catch on one side, and a 2L axle on the opposite wheel. The sides will keep the wheels "trapped" so the won't fly out. The motor has the catch on the other end cattycorner from the first end so you reverse the 2L and 3L axles. I didn't like that solution - I wanted 4 wheel drive, so my option was to Cut a 6L axle to fit. If LEGO comes out with a new size axle that fits, I will just use it. Last example. I came to LEGO trains right after the 9V era ended, but I picked up a BNSF engine and want to run it. Power Functions doesn't provide a good solution because the battery box is too wide - you need to either have a big gray blob in the middle of the engine or try to color match stickers. My solution, use a much smaller LiPo battery (works great by the way.) (One caveat, Make Sure you fully research LiPo batteries before going that route.) Now, if I want to connect that LiPo to a PF Receiver - I don't want to modify the receiver at all - so my solution was to buy Power Function Extension cables, cut them in half, and solder on common connectors that will connect to the LiPo. In my case I chose XT30; they are a little big but very easy to solder and can handle a Lot of amps - more than LEGO will be a problem with. Yes, I killed a LEGO part (extension cable) but I fixed a problem LEGO didn't give me a solution for. In reality, I don't use PF or PU, but that's a discussion for later and really relates to the "and other digital tech" topic. Since PF is now dead, LEGO has moved to Powered Up which is Great, but they did NOT give us a backwards compatibility mechanism. LEGO Orphaned all the PF motors, lights, etc. My solution - wait until a Powered Up extension cable comes out, cut it, and add XT30 connectors to it. If they Don't come out with a Powered Up extension cable, I'm very close to buying a Powered Up LED and lopping off that connector and adding an XT30, as I don't really use PU. Or, more realistically, since the PU LEDs increased in price quite a bit over PF, just come up with my own Much cheaper LED option. Again - fill a need that LEGO doesn't really provide for me. I hope this didn't get too off topic, but that's pretty much where I draw the line.
  7. JWBDolphins

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Exactly this! When FX Bricks gets their power pickups done, I think this is something to look into. Several years ago I looked into adding DCC to 9V LEGO Motors and the issue I ran into was finding DCC decoders that would handle the stall amperage of a 9V Motor (which you need to do to run DCC without worry of burning up decoders.) But again, that was several years ago and there are probably a lot more DCC choices these days.
  8. JWBDolphins

    LEGO Trains 2022

    I'll buy this set just for "completeness" of owning LEGO trains (but just One copy! ) Once you grow past DUPLO trains, Hopefully LEGO's thinking is to cultivate a new crop of kids into LEGO trains that then become adult LEGO train fans. My only question is I thought LEGO got into hot water a while back by showing track on packaging that wasn't included with the set?? Maybe the clunky track is meant to show that, but I think it would be smart to explicitly say "no track included". Its clear from the pictures on the LEGO site there is no track, and maybe it is written on the packaging but I don't see it in their pics. What I think isn't so clear to a casual observer is it won't run on regular LEGO track.
  9. I Should add, and again preface with IF this is correct, I see the problem and I think you're on to something with that arc!
  10. If Hod Carrier is right, that roof may be a bit leaky!
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    Northern Pacific Z-6 Challenger UPGRADE for Lego Ideas

    That looks good to me! Hopefully LEGO is good with it too!!
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    Northern Pacific Z-6 Challenger UPGRADE for Lego Ideas

    So again, this is just a pure guess not having submitted anything to Ideas - but I would probably start by trying a light gray background. I think white would be too stark so I would begin with light, light gray. Also, I would crop the top and bottom so you have about as much space between the image and the top/bottom as you have space between the left/right sides (if that makes sense). That will give you a wide short image so maybe that wouldn't fly, but that's where I would start. If they still reject that, I'd see if there's a way to contact them for more info on what they see as the problem. You should be able to do these changes inside Studio too - have it render to any size and background color you want. Good luck!!
  13. JWBDolphins

    Northern Pacific Z-6 Challenger UPGRADE for Lego Ideas

    This is just a Pure Guess, but if the file size and image size are within LEGO's recommendations, just Looking at the image above I might try a Lighter background. There is a lot of Dark there and maybe that's hiding details they want to see. Again, this is just a Guess. Great model though!!
  14. JWBDolphins

    Trains in 4-Wide

    Those are really nice! That's a lot of detail for such a small scale!