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  1. aawsum

    Climbing 20 degrees hill

    Clear. Normally a train does not have to go up a slope that steep of course ;-)
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    Climbing 20 degrees hill

    So what did you design exactly, is there something special on the engine?
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    Large Layout Questions

    Last year on Legoworld we ran our layout for a week about 9 hours a day. Based on experience from the previous expositions we knew that during the night large vacuum machines run around and throw dust and grease in the air. This all comes down on the track. Same as during the day from the audience and eating places we receive a lot of grease, dust and other small stuff on the track. Last year we cleaned the track in the morning and afternoon each day and covered the layout during the night with a dust cloth. Where in previous sessions we ruined multiple motors and also experienced slower running trains, last year we ran without any serious trouble. So indeed, I think cleaning the track is the most important thing to do.
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    Powered Up FAQ and Community Wishes

    Understatement in my opinion. All the questions on interchangeable and powering multiple components via 1 cable or via hubs have not been answered or in a professional way ignored. For now I don't see any reason to move to powered up.
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    Unfinished projects?

    I have some 6wheel bogeys on one of my trains. I use the standard wheels there. Works perfectly. Bogie_Top by Aawsum MOCs Lego, on Flickr
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    Arduino Clone and PF Train Journey

    Sorry for bumping the topic. I see you are using a very simple setup to send code via an ir led to the train. I tried the same which works fine, however ... I experience that the IR led has difficulties to send a strong signal towards the receiver. I found it was ok in a straight line but only upto aomething liek 20cm. What is your experience here, it looks in one of your videos that your range is pretty ok.[/s] My bad, you answered this in another post already.
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    Controlling 9V trains with Arduino

    The IR control of a PF train is real simpel btw. I found a small library on the internet and managed to get a pf train running, where the speed was handled by the arduino via a infrared led. Only issue I have so far is that the signal from the IR LED is very weak and only worked directly in front to a max of 20cm. Still have to manage that, but the control functions worked fine.
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    Long Term Modular Layout, Phase 1

    On MILS and train layouts I wrote a small article. It is in Dutch but pictures tell a lot here: http://www.lowlug.nl/brickbieb/modulaire-lowlug-trein-layout/ We used this building style during our last exposition on Legoworld 2015 (NL) Some pictures can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskhLXRTC
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    will adding extra motor give more power

    I am running several trains with 2 rc motors especially because I have some inclines where this is needed for traction. On our layout this year we had a horizon express with multiple motors. It ran without issues. Not sure what a reverse polarity switch is or why you would need it.
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    will adding extra motor give more power

    2 motors will give you more traction so yes this would help.
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    Long Term Modular Layout, Phase 1

    Nice start. Like UrbanErwin said, the green hill looks organic. Good touch there. The way you build is really solid. I have experienced in my own modular builds that I was trying to limit the use of bricks that are underneath to cut costs. However this always leads to issues afterwards when pushing somewhere to hard or moving elements. Best thing to do is to use old used lego underneath, or cheap bricks in colors that are not used often. This will give you more budget on detailing the outside looks. One small other tip, not sure if this layout is for display purposes, but in the modular layout we have created where UrbanErwin also was participating we made some agreements on how to create the outside border. In our case we always used a black brick as a base which gave a nice line throughout the whole layout.
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    Controlling 9V trains with Arduino

    So this is really cool. I have been thinking a lot about automating part of the layout we used. Last Legoworld (in NL) we had a big layout but ended up with only one train driving at the same time. We had to switch manually, I think the arduino can do a lot for us here. I really appreciate how you started in small steps, this will definitely help, and yes you finally made me choose between the pi and arduino. I am going to start simple as well, just by doing some basic learning and then start with automation of the train, switches and railcrossing. I think that is enough for now :) As I am a newby, I do have a question. In video 1, you connect the L298N Motor driver to a power supply, what kind of power supply can you use here. Is this just an old 12V powersupply where you cut off the end and used both wires to plug in the L298N?
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    MOD: Power Functions Tram 8404

    Looking good, although I am wondering what it would look like if you joined cart 1+2 and 4+5, because now there are 5 small wagons. In the past I did a try as well to RC the 8404, and I managed to squeeze both the batterij + RC in the middle cart. It takes a bit more work to switch the battery, but it worked for me. 8404 mod 4 by aawsm, on Flickr
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    Android App to Check Lego Set price

    In some countries (like Belgium) not all applications are enabled in the market, it also seems there is a restriction depending on the provider you use. Check a local android forum or more advice
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    Android App to Check Lego Set price

    Wow, this is a really cool app. I just found out about it 3 days ago, and have been using it every day now. Prices seem to be working fine in the Netherlands. Actually I was looking for a simple app/database that I can have on my android where I can save a price of a lego set with the company that sells it. Just to know what the cheapest price is to have a quick look when I run into a set at a local shop I visit. The getprice app is helping me very much in this. Thanks.