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  1. The 7715 was designed to add a motor later. Check out the instructions on www.peeron.com http://peeron.com/scans/7715-1/14/
  2. You need two of them to build a remote controlled signal 7860. Here is the instruction: http://peeron.com/scans/7860-1/ Have fun with your old 12 volt stuff! HoMa
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    Long Trains.... Show 'm !

    BR 10 steam engine with 3 dark green passenger coaches at BrickCityDays in Völklingen/Germany on R104 me-models.com curves. Here you can see my trains in action:
  4. Regional-Express with Bombardier doubledeck coaches and a Siemens Vectron engine Today I am presenting my new train set which is a typical German Regional-Express with doubledeck coaches and a modern electric loco. These trains can be found all over the place in Germany and some years ago I used one of the to comute to work. Since then I had the idea in mind to build a LEGO model of this train. The train consists of 3 Bombardier doubledeck coaches (one with the streamlined end cap) and a modern Siemens Vectron electric engine (you can find the original at https://www.flickr.c...oto/13558726015). The train is build in 7-wide and is powered by Power Functions and two train motors in the bogies of the engine. The Deutsche Bahn company does not use the Vectron engine to push or pull regional trains like this one but I felt that the "grill" structure on the head of the Vectron engine is a nice challenge to be captured in LEGO bricks. The most challenging part was in fact the end cap of one of the doubledeck coaches. Using various curved slopes I ended up in a result which is not perfect, but close to the original shape (see it at https://www.flickr.c...6man/9465049170). At least I've avoided the non-curved 75° slope bricks which would have been to square-edged for the latest version of the end cap. The design phase started with the windows of the upper deck. They have a very iconic bend in the lower half of the window. And I also wanted to have a complete brick-build red-colored frame around the window. The lower part of the window are transparent cheese-corners with the higher side facing outside. The bended part of the window is a SNOT transprent panel which is attached to a Technic hole somewhere inside the coach. The upper red window frame is build using the thin part of a 1x2 - 2x4 bracket element. Unfortunatelly the 1x2 plate of this bracket is facing right inside the interior so I had to modify the minifigs a little bit. The display on each side of the coaches between the lower and upper deck has an offset of 1/2 a plate height and again the thin part of a bracket was used to cover the small gap which is left over when a 1-stud-wide subgroup is build in SNOT wise. Videos I took two short, bad videos just to prove that this train is running. At the end of the "push"-video the power of the batteries died. Pictures You can find more pictures in my Flickr album https://www.flickr.com/photos/holgermatthes/albums/72157662500969610 Enjoy and happy new year to all of you in the Train forum! Holger
  5. Hi Sven, thanks for sharing another great 1:33 train MOC from your building workshop! Very well build, great details. The snow ploughs in red are really eyecatching. And the dark blue makes it all look very noble. I love the combination of a great design and functionality done with LEGO bricks (and some necessary custom parts like the wheels and the rods. The locomotive seems to be heavy enough that the dirven axle has enough grip on the metal LGB rails? Have you tested the locomotive pulling some of your waggons? These LGB rails and switches are amazing. Would be really nice if ME-Model or anyone else will come up with something like that in L-Gauge scale. Best regards, Holger
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    Huge train station MOC of 25.000 bricks

    Fantastic MOC! After all these years stopping at static train station both the driver and all passengers from your 7740 musty veer really happy to stop here, get out, use the escalator, get a coffee and meet many unique nerds at the platform and in the mall. Great video, worth the efforts making it!
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    [MOC] NYC J3A Dreyfuss Hudson

    Hi Tony, it was worse the long design process! Your #5447 locomotive is just brilliant. Using all the nice curved elements makes this a very iconic LEGO model of a very iconic prototype. And the lettering and stickers add a lot to this model. And for you as a masterbuilder you incorporated both design and functionality on a very high level. Great that this loco can ride on all the curves, even the tiny LEGO curves. But obiously it will look much better on long ME curves (can't wait to see pictures from this year's Brickworld layouts and trains). Can you provide some pictures showing the body and the drive separated? I am really interested in how you've solved the piviot issue in the drive an how the drive is attached to the body. Would be great if your US streamlined #5447 could meet my German streamlined BR 10 some day ... Again, great LEGO train work! Holger P.S. Well done with the mirco gaps at the tender wheel covers. Did you use 1x2 panels here?
  8. Thanks for all your congratulations and feedback! Availability outside of Germany: The book is primary targeting the German-speaking market. But I assume that you will find an online book dealer in each country which will order and ship the book to your home. I already saw it on amazon.com (kindle and paperback versions) and on ebay.de. Maybe it will be added to the "Books" category at bricklink.com? German text but pictures, renderings and instructions are international: Yes, the text is German. And there is a lot of text to read through. But even without knowing how to read German texts the book might be inspiring for you. From 294 pages nearly 100 pages are instructions like you know them from LEGO. They can be "read" be everybody. If there is a demand of translating the book, my publisher has to find a publisher in the US or UK who is willing to buy a licence, translate, print and distribute the English version. 1000grüße HoMa
  9. Hi Udo, good to see your large Santa Fe Super Chief here! I saw the pictures already on your flickr account. And now we get the full story. Interesting concept using 9 Volt train motors and 12 Volt transformers from the 80s. Maybe you can make a picture how the transformers are connected to the track? 8-wide is super for this model, my only complain is the front window. You use 2 standard 4-wide windows in trans-clear. So the red frame is missing which is, at least for me, an important detail of this engine. Saying this, I can not think of an easy solution for this myself. Maybe red flex tubes or two of the old standard windows in 4-studs (http://alpha.bricklink.com/pages/clone/catalogitem.page?P=453ac01)? Looking forward to the video of the complete trains ;-) 1000grüße Holger
  10. I am currently working myself through this great tutorial using MLcad 3.4, LDView 4.1 and POV-Ray for Windows 3.7: [Guide] Rendering LDraw models using POV-Ray http://www.eurobrick...showtopic=65876 Now I want to gain more control of the the lights, so I've added a light.dat in the source .ldr file in MLCad. In LDView this light.dat is shown and I can switch it on and off and I can play around with "replace main lights". When it comes to the POW export I do not see any difference in the .pov file which is created. It always has the three default lights and I wonder where the only one light.dat is which I have inserted in MLCad. This is the //Lights section in my .pov file: // Lights #ifndef (LDXSkipLight1) light_source { // Latitude,Longitude: 45,0,LDXRadius*2 <0*LDXRadius,-1.414214*LDXRadius,-1.414214*LDXRadius> + LDXCenter color rgb <1,1,1> } #end #ifndef (LDXSkipLight2) light_source { // Latitude,Longitude: 30,120,LDXRadius*2 <1.5*LDXRadius,-1*LDXRadius,0.866026*LDXRadius> + LDXCenter color rgb <1,1,1> } #end #ifndef (LDXSkipLight3) light_source { // Latitude,Longitude: 60,-120,LDXRadius*2 <-0.866025*LDXRadius,-1.732051*LDXRadius,0.5*LDXRadius> + LDXCenter color rgb <1,1,1> } #end Is there any option in the export settings for the pov export of LDView to overwrite the default lights and just use the light.dat from the source .ldr? Anyone any ideas? Thanks in advance, HoMa
  11. Will it really make a difference to post here? I think, the money I send via kickstarter for the ME curves is gone for me. I am also waiting for the metal curves ... I've bought all radii in plastic when they came out, but this was a normal order via the me-models website. This normal order was ok. But this kickstarter thing is strange ...
  12. My Bucket Wheel Excavator MOC from 2001 (!), see more at http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=9483 An now a LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator set! Seeing the pictures from Nürnberg and following the discussion I have some mixed thoughts: (+) Great to see a huge LEGO Technic set. (-) Looks more like a parts collection rather then a cool model (+) Great new pieces for large turntables (or a bucket wheel), these look very promissing to me (-) The colors of the LEGO set seems to be randomized, maybe my very-very-old MOC with a yellow bucket inspired LEGO to come up with a yellow bucket themselves? (+) New kind of machinery as LEGO set, not jet another truck or helicopter (-) Just two tiny link treads for the complete machine? They opperate in muddy, non-solid conditions and they need big wide feeds. Even Wall-E looks better equiped with treads than this monster (+) Lots of parts, good to start a Technic collection if you don't have one already (-) The wheel looks great on the box. But the counterweight part? Just a tiny control board for the six functions? And the main upper frame? Is this the handle to throw away the complete thing? (+) The extra truck, reminds me of the little Rebel Blockade Runner in the #10030 ISD (-) they'd better spend these pieces in a longer arm and a real counterweight (-) None of the typical strings or links are to be found which hold the main arm (or the missing counterweight arm), just tiny linear acturators (?) I assume one XL motor is to weak to power all the functions. Especially the drive mechanism down in the under structure. From the video the motor seems to be far far away from the place where the power is needed. (-) No high end functionality like the steering of the Claas tractor (or I haven't seen it so far) Rarely a new LEGO set caused so much like and dislike at the same time for me. Normaly I like or dislike a set, but this one is ... different. Holger
  13. Hi papacharly, thanks again for your useful tips! Now I can use the light.dat and it's modifications to the object { lightsource ... Basically this is, what I wanted! The coordinate system is really helpful, I felt a bit lost in pov-space and did not now where "zero" is, which makes it hard to estimate which numbers needs to be changed. I also found out, that just using the 3 default lights plus an 4th extra light at the camera location is a great help also. But it is good to know, how to use the light.dat set in MLCad later in the rendering process. This might be handy for lights in headlights etc. (like you've done it in your submarine underwater scene. Also, thanks for the link to the pov tutorial. This is written in a language I really understand because it gives examples from the real world, e.g. describing a light source like the sun or a local lamp. Kind regads, Holger
  14. Hi papacharly, thank you for looking into my "problem". So far I was able to follow you: light.dat is now visible in the rendered scene using #declare LDXQual = 0; object { LDX_light_dot_dat ... is identified in the pov file. If I just use object { light_source { <0,0,0> color rgb <1,1,1> } matrix <1,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,1,-11,-41,0> } and delet all other lights, I just get black boxes and no light at all. It seems to be that the lights should be declared as light_source only, without object { light_source }. Adding the matrix information to one of the three default lights which were set by the LDView-2-POV export doesn't make a difference: // Lights #ifndef (LDXSkipLight1) light_source { // Latitude,Longitude: 45,0,LDXRadius*2 <0*LDXRadius,-1.414214*LDXRadius,-1.414214*LDXRadius> + LDXCenter color rgb <1,1,1> matrix <1,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,12,-90> } #end I think I do not understand the position definition <0*LDXRadius,-1.414214*LDXRadius,-1.414214*LDXRadius> + LDXCenter in the light_source. LDXRadius and LDXCenter are variables which are defined at the top of the pov file. But I have no idea what these four values are: 0*LDXRadius -1.414214*LDXRadius -1.414214*LDXRadius LDXCenter Anyway, thanks for your help so far and great to see your renderings at your http://www.flickr.com/photos/107790234@N02/ gallery! Kind regards, HoMa
  15. Hi Thorsten, what about publishing instructions via Flickr in the Lego instructions group or try mocplans.com (which I never tried neither as instructions author nor customer) Holger
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    A simple way to make 9v metal track

    Hi Steve, looks like a really straight forward method to to get metal rails. Can you also upload some pics showing the comparrison between standard ME rails and the modification? And what kind of metal is this? Is there an online resource to get this kind of metal? Greets, Holger
  17. Over at brickset a new version of the LDraw "All In One Installer" (AIOI) was anounced: http://brickset.com/...1-now-available On ldraw.org the full package is available: http://www.ldraw.org/article/104.html Before running this new AIOI I have some questions regarding my existing (and working) setup: I have downloaded and installed the latest parts update als complete package a few weeks ago (http://www.ldraw.org...test-parts.html) ... would the new AIOI overwrite this? I have downloaded various unofficial parts over the past months ... I want to keep them and does the new AIOI overwrite this? I run MLcad 3.4 ... 3.5 is out now. What are the differences/improvements? I run LPub ... This seems not to be supported any more and the newer LPub3D is part of the AIOI. If I run the new installer, will my old LPub will still be available in parallel to the new LPub3D? These are my major questions. I would be happy about clear answers and experiences of others upgrading a running LDraw setup. Thanks in advance, HoMa P.S. And a big big thank you to all the volunteer workers who helped out to update the LDraw world!
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    MOC Pioneer Zephyr

    Thanks for showing your latest model. I was not aware that the started streamlined, non-steam trains back in the 1930s in the US. Good to see that you also had a good challenge with a streamlined nose using all the curved slopes and 1/2 plate offsets. You captured the front very well! Especially when the prototype does not have much details (which a modern streamlined train does not have in comparison to a steam engine or freight train) it is very good to see little details like 1/2 plate offset door etc. Great work, now rebuild it in rare LEGO metalic silver (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?v=1&pg=1&colorPart=67&catType=P) ;-)
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    A simple way to make 9v metal track

    Steve, good to read about the action you took concerning metal track. It seems that there are still enough train folks out there who will run trains the "9 Volt Way". But somewhere here on eurobricks was a tutorial how to use the motor from the PF train motor in a 9 Volt train motor housing. This might becomes important when the old 9 Volt motors are used more often on various metal radii (and long switches). Maybe contact Michael Gale (http://l-gauge.org/wiki/index.php?title=L-Gauge:About) for further cooperation, especially track geometry for switches ... but step by step ... I really would love to see metal track for both my 9 Volt and PF trains. All the best, Holger
  20. On request at social.sbrick.com there is a public Profile "Horizon Express" back in the public list of profiles for screen ratio 16:9. All controls should work except the "coast" button. SBrick staff anounced new controls for custom profiles for November 2015 ... will see
  21. Thanks for your review, Benn! I got mine SBrick around XMas last year from the kickstarter campaign and after some first troubles I was able to run some trains with it. See my little review at: http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks/en/sbrick.php Also check out this little video: Unfortunatelly the predefined GUI for the Horizon Express was gone after an update of the firmware. And the profile market just offers Technic related GUIs, none Train related GUIs at the moment. Haven't played much with the current options, maybe I should?! Holger
  22. Hi Philo, many thanks for your quick and helpful answer. I will try your suggested new values for black and black edges. Kind regards HoMa
  23. Hi all, I want to create printable instructions of some MOCs. The printing agency told me that black bricks are hard to identify on the proofs they made. Especially if a lot of black bricks are used, e.g. in a steam engine. The little white/gray edges are not very well visible. It there any option to modifiy the color black so it will be processed after MLCading instead of black in – let's say – black 95% (a very dark gray). Is there any .ini file which defines the colors? The only other alternative I know is use a different color in MLCad while builing the virtual modell. But then it becomes hard to differ between dark gray as substitute for black and real dark gray. Thanks in advance for your help! HoMa
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    My trains running at MODEL EXPO ITALY

    Thank you for sharing these videos! And congratulations for this great layout. The long curves are great, especiallly the bridge section. You were using normal 9V train motors and 20V as input to the track using a custom speed regulator? How many power inputs from the regulator to the track were used? Holger
  25. Duq, thanks for these virtual elements – downloaded! What's next? All ME curved rail elements?