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  • Birthday 08/06/79

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  1. Lego City animation series

    Hi all, I'm working on a 3-episode Lego animation series. The series involves most of the characters that can be seen in my other (train related) videos. But now for the first time, they are featured in an animation series. Enjoy and let me know what you think of the first episode! The second episode will be uploaded in a few weeks :)
  2. You can't directly export from to lXF but thanks for the tip: because of it I noticed the export possibility to LDraw, I totally overlooked that! LDraw is again importable in LDD. Had to change some item numbers but it works just fine.
  3. Hey all, I organised an LDD contest on my youtube channel and I've received some designs in LDD and format. The ones from LDD (*.LXF) can be opened in, but not the other way around. The winning design is a file. I've uploaded it to a Bricklink Baseplate but I can't find anywhere how to generate a building guide. I can click "step view", but it doesn't do anything (the desing appears to have 2 steps with all the changes in the first step). Is this where the building guide should be?? 1. Is there a way to generate a building guide in, if so how? 2. If I can convert the file into an LDD file, I could open it in LDD and use the Buidling Guide view mode but it seems this is not possible? Do you have encountered this problem? I really need a solution, since the design has over 1500 parts I hope you can help me out!
  4. [MOC] Trossingen Station

    This is just wow! So many details, very well designed!
  5. LDD design contest: design a Martian surface

    That is one awesome design, nice job! A bit too big though ;) Thanks for the link though, maybe I can get some ideas from your layout.
  6. LDD design contest: design a Martian surface

    Cool! Good luck with your design!
  7. Hey everyone, The people who know me know that I do always stuff with Lego trains. While I'm designing a fully automated container terminal, I want to upload some non-train related animated episodes. Since some of the scenes will take place on the surface of Mars, I need to build a Martian surface display. But I lack time and eye for detail so I came up with the idea of making an LDD design contest of it. If you are interested in participating, have a look at the video below!
  8. My biggest layout so far: 9 running trains

    Yes she was a weekend gone with friends so I took my chance :) I keep all of my setst built so it was only a matter of placing them after we had laid down the track. It took 1,5 day for two persons to set it all up. I shot the video for a couple of hours and then put everything back to the attic. There were 7 loops and two tracks on which a train automatically stopped at a station at both ends. Some of the 7 loops were crossing each other. These crossings were automated too so in theory I didn't have to do anything. Ofcourse so now and then a train derailed for whatever reason.
  9. My biggest layout so far: 9 running trains

    Yes it is! I liked the design of it so I stole it, haha. Both trains that run up the bridge have both 2 motors, so in total 4 motor drawing maximum current: this was too much for a 9V regulator so I had to use a 12V regulator which can deliver more power. For the lights in the trains: I've put a huge capacitor pack in the locomotive that makes sure that the lights don't dim in case of short power surges (which occur a lot in the 9V system during short periods of bad connection between the track and the wheels). The lighting draws a lot of power and to make the lights stay on during a stop I'll need way more capacitors. I was thinking about a capacitor pack per wagon instead of one pack in the locomotive. Or maybe switch to a lithium battery that is charged when the train is running. Haha, not all of my videos end with a crash ;)
  10. Hi all, A new video of my biggest layout so far is online. It has a huge bridge in the middle and has 9 trains running at the same time. Enjoy :)
  11. Huge train station MOC of 25.000 bricks

    I'm not going in detail about the costs but I needed about 100 Bricklink orders to get all the bricks...
  12. Best control method for Lego trains?

    If you want to do real automation like I do, the 9V system is the better candidate. Example: you want to automate a rail crossing. That means that you have to stop one train to let the other pass. If you have multiple trains running on the same track where the train needs to stop in front of the crossing, you have to find out to which train you need to send the stop-signal (for example by RFID). Plus an extra sensor to detect the train close to the crossing. When using the 9V system, you just cut the power from the rails (isolated track segment (that is controlled by an arduino using an L293D motor driver)) and a train that arrives at the crossing stops by itself because it's no longer powered from the rails. Just an example of many. You can find the above described situation in more detail in this video: Think about what you want to achieve with your automation in detail and write down the pros and cons of each system.
  13. Full Train Layout Control with Tablet

    Wow nice work! I design my own electronics for my automation projects but this is really great stuff! This gives everyone the ability to automate their layouts, very nice!
  14. What is happening to lego trains?

    We've already had the winter train so I assume we'll have to wait a while for another creator train.
  15. Lego train random controlled by Arduino 2.0

    Thanks for the positive comments! I've thought about it yes, but the commissioning of a layout like in the video takes a lot of time, like 40 hours or so which is too long. I could scale it down a bit, with for example two side tracks instead of six which makes everything a bit more easy. But shows aren't my cup of tea: standing there while people have a look at my layout, not really my thing ;)