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  • Birthday 12/06/72

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    Dortmund, Germany
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  1. Best control method for Lego trains?

    Hi Spy, the LEGO 10V and 9V train system works as any usual model railway: A transformer powers the two metal rails. The train motor has pickups ensuring the electric connection to the powered rails. The LEGO 9V train motor block uses all four wheels as pickups. The 12V motor uses an extra brick with 2 spring loaded pins, which are pushed down onto the powered rails. In both cases, the train's speed/power is regulated by adjusting the voltage fed into the rails (and hence the train motor). In order to use power functions remote and receiver with the 9V-train system, you need to disconnect the motor from the power pickups, instead connect the pickups to the PF-receiver via an H-bridge to avoid polarity problems with the PF-receiver. Then, you can connect any LEGO 9V motor to the PF-receiver and set the rail voltage to constantly 9V. Doing so, you can set up up to 8 trains for control by PF IR-remote controls on a single electric rail circuit. Regards Xris
  2. Lego Train 9V Extreme - ready!

    Hi, Your layout and display room look tidy and very elegant. A great design! I am also planning a climbing spiral in order to connect a floor level with an "overhead" level, so I am very interested in the experiences you made. You mentioned the max inclination used, but what average inclination did you chose for the ramp sections? I guess the 180┬░ curve sections between the ramps are a mayor problem, even though they are leveled. However, did you also experiment with inclined curve section? Regards, Xris
  3. Hi, You can easily overcome this using a bridge circuit to connect any load to the train energy bus. Christian
  4. This is a really nice solution! (The remaining problem is a working solution for decoupling the wagons...) Respect! Christian
  5. Hi, just search for "pullback motor" on bricklink. As far as I've seen, they are all below 1$. Xris
  6. Couplers (not Kadee)

    Yes, the O-gauge Kadee couplers use a spiral spring for self centering. Christian
  7. Tramway line stations and depot

    Hello, this is a very nice build! In conjunction with the rounded corner, the trapezoid roof and the increased platform shown in the five topmost photos give it an elegant look. Thanks for showing it! Christian
  8. [WIP] Signalbox Lever Frame with Interlocking

    Hi, now I finally got it. The pictures of the transmission mechanism made it clear to me. Thanks a lot!
  9. [WIP] Signalbox Lever Frame with Interlocking

    Hi, your lever frame looks really nice. It looks like you can lock arbitrary combinations of levers in their positions, but did you try to model conditional dependencies between the levers (i.e. A can be set if B is set and C is not set)? Regards Xris
  10. Good uses for flex track?

    Hi, you can use flex track pieces wherever you may want to model the look of guard rails. Real world examples: Eamples1, examples2., example3. Regards Xris
  11. Power Pick-up Wheelset

    Hi, a reliably working power pickup would be highly welcome. I think your concept will be easier to implement than the other solutions favored by detail-oriented model builders. Xris
  12. Upgrade smoking effect to my QJ locomotive

    Hello Marbleman, congratulations for this solution! The generated "vapour" is less smelly and you also avoid the oily emissions produced by usual smoke generators. Could you please report on the problems you ran into when trying to use conventional smoke generators? Was it just insufficient voltage or current? I would be happy to learn from you. Christian
  13. Hi Udo, "8 VA" is the product of voltage and current that may not bee exceeded at any time. So, it will deliver 8 A, but only at 1 V or less (at which your motors won't move your train yet). However, the label also indicates, that at currents exceeding 0.8 A, the transformer should be switched off by the internal fuses. You should be careful when switching old 12V transformers in parallel: When you remove all but even one plug from the outlet, the plugs of all others will be powered with 230 V by the remaining wired transformer. Touching the plug contacts is hazardous! The newer 9V power supplies are switched power devices and hence less dangerous. Regards Christian
  14. New LEGO Train Magazine - A Proposal

    Hi Elroy, I doubt that localization and translation will gain enough additional readers to justify for the increase of work and process complexity. Stay with articles in English only. Most members of the target group should be capable of understanding English articles, especially if they come along with good photos, drawings or sketches to illustrate them. The magazine should try to unite fans, not to partition them into distinct groups. For the same reason, "value added" contents should not be considered in the first. There are established platforms, like Eurobricks, that allow for focused discussion within a special interest group like LEGO Trains (and even easily looking beyond one's own nose into other LEGO special interest groups), finding MOCS etc. A magazine should provide a platform for deep drilling articles and build a collection/an archive for central topics centered on its theme. While most people tend to prefer local variants of train motives, they will nonetheless appreciate "foreign" models as they can still extract building techniques and get inspired. Readers can also keep attuned by providing some kind of international mixture. So, even if an issue focuses on, say Chinese railways, there should also be some content regarding explicitly some other Asian, American and European railways - even a small collection with photos of according MOCs might already serve the expectations. I support Duq's thesis, that the magazine should become as much a "fully-fledged" LEGO model railroading magazine as possible, covering topics as rolling stock, railroad architecture and infrastructure, landscape, controlling (animation techniques, electrics & electronics, software), operation, layout design, customization of tracks, etc. It is easy to find pictures of great train related MOCs on the internet - but background information or explicit descriptions of challenges and their solutions are hardly found and make up the basis for a magazine. Christian
  15. Design Contest Proposition

    Hi, That is a nice composition. When adding parts, just drop some of the "ready to ship" logs and add some living, built tree instead - and a chainsaw, so that the lumberjacks can do their work fell it to get an additional function. Regards Xris