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  1. Hi all, at Brickworld Michael Gale, known for the PFx brick, gave us a first impression of his plans for the upcoming Fx Track system. Now his website is also updated: https://www.fxbricks.com/ You can find all his information in his preliminary information about Fx Brick Track system at https://www.fxbricks.com/downloads/FxTrackPreReleaseJun2019.pdf The plan is to mold all track elements and add the metal on the rails as LEGO did for the 9 V system. Later power pickups and further power related elements are planned. Hopefully there is still the change for ABS only 104 switches by BrickTracks!? Holger
  2. My contribution for this years Octrainber "Critters" is Vollert Robot DER 100 "Leonhard Weiss", a tiny little modern shunter engine I saw the other day in real live traveling from Stuttgart to Nürnberg in Germany. A quick google search brought me to www.eisenbahndienstfahrzeuge.de with some pictures and additional information about this a bit strange looking "thing" on rails. The shape looks a bit odd but it might be a challenge for a LEGO model, especially the dark grey triangle next to the front windows. But yes, not another KÖF, but something modern. And Circuitcubes Bluetooth controlled mini motors are waiting here to be used in a train MOC. The prototype was build by the German company Vollert. Vollert does offer a few shunting robots from very tiny to mid sized locomotives. The Robot DER 100 has a total length of 5,45 m and a total weight of approx. 44 tons. It has a pulling capacity of 2,400 tons. This robot is powered either electric (cable or battery) or diesel-electric. As option it can operate in explosive atmosphere environments, e.g. chemical plants. The version I saw is operated by the German construction and building company Leonhard Weiss which is well known in railway construction. The LEGO MOC also will be powered by battery electric but I will not pull 2,400 tons of rolling stock ;-) But it will (hopefully) offer enough space for at least 2 Curcuitcube mini motors to power the drive and as special function a decoupling unit. If this works, I will get a remote controlle shunter with a high play value. Attaching a small linear actuator directly to the motor seems to work. Now I need to squeeze in everything in the dark grey/yellow body of the Vollert Robot shunter. A few years ago I already integrated a decoupling unit powered with PF in a 12 Volt MOC engine. So I already have some knowledge to integrate LEGO set 7862 in a locomotive. Stay tuned for the further development of my LEGO version of the Vollert Robot DER 100 ...
  3. I finally made a building instruction for my Vollert Robot DER 100 Critter. Free download at www.holgermatthes.de/bricks/en/vollert-robot.php (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
  4. Upps, picking up an old thread. This gives me the chance to tell you about the Russian version of my book. I haven't heard of it for years and a google search finally proved that this version really exists: Source: https://eksmo.ru/book/bolshaya-kniga-poezdov-lego-ITD914123/ Due to a nice contact via Instagram to a LEGO fan from Russia and waiting a few weeks for shipping I was able to buy a copy for my collection. (The publishers were not able to send out a copy to the original author till today.) And from time to time I am asked about the blue engine on the cover image. Initially this picture was just taken to show the different width trains could be build: 6-wide, 7-wide and 8-wide. No Starch has just picked for the cover image, it was not mentioned to be the cover image. While taking a few shots of my recent project, I took out the blue engine and put it on track. The model was build back 20 years ago, 9 Volt, old-grey, 8-wide. Some blue bricks have faded or got yellowed, but a real 20-year-old locomotive also looks weatherded. ++ Source: https://brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=11811… my brickshelf account still exists and I know my password :-)
  5. HoMa

    OcTRAINber 2021 WiP: Köf II

    Amazing, now the Köf II even comes with lights. Brilliant. Congratulations to your great little Critter!
  6. Here we go ... the beast is on track an hard working to pull some extra long coaches from station #7822 to station #7822. To let it run without problems I had to do some modifications of the original design by @Paperinik77pk 2 red motors instead of 1 motor No ladder at the first motorised boggie New base plate at the front using a 2x6 Technic plate to allow the motor to be attached Replacement of macaroni bricks with 2x2 round brick at the third big wheel Remove the grey 1x4 plates underneath the baseplates to allow the wheels to articulate freely and I had to de-plug the lights cable from the motor because there is not enough space for the rear motor to articulate freely. The cable caused to much resistance and this caused derailments … and my Bricklink order with red minifigure heads with solid stud arrived :-)
  7. Time for an update … my Vollert Robot DER 100 "Critter" is done :-) I was able to squeeze in both the blue Curcuitcubes Bluetooth hub and a 2x6 weight brick for more traction. The "Leonhard Weiss" and further other stickers are just self-made prints on a transparent foil – @Toastie nope, no tin-foil this time – as reference once again I used pictures from eisenbahndienstfahrzeuge.de. That site also shows the Vollert Robot at work moving container wagons around which came by train from Stuttgart to the handling terminal at Michelbach. In Stuttgart a huge train project – called Stuttgart 21 – is ongoing, they are converting the main station to a underground station. Endless kilometres of tunnel are dug and the excavation is transported by track and road to it's final destignation. picture by Udo Plischewski, original source eisenbahndienstfahrzeuge.de While browsing the internet I thought, my "Critter" needs some work to do … so I started to build a yellow container (the original one are from German company Schmitz Cargobull and they seems to be designed especially for the Stuttgart 21 excavation transport). And then I build the next one, and a third and finally a fourth. But the picture from the terminal shows even more: A Liebherr reachstacker which will pick-up the containers from the train. And then? Where will it bring the containers? YouTube knows the answer: So I build a yellow/white reachstacker (not with the bowed design of the main arm, but a similar design. And I found an old 6-wide truck ... hmm, to small for the 7-wide container. So I had to convert the truck to 7-wide and add a trailer which allows to carry one of the yellow containers. The little Critter project now ended up in a whole diorama with a terminal to exchange the Stuttgart 21 excavations from track to road. Here are some videos I shoot at this grey and cold November Saturday: The uncoupling mechanism was already proven in an early work-in-progress phase. Luckily it also works with all four container wagons: And finally some more sequences showing the unloading/loading process using the Liebherr reachstacker:
  8. Another great little Critter!
  9. HoMa

    OcTRAINber 2021 WiP: Köf II

    ... time to show us the brick build version soon. Fantastic KöF MOC. Hopefully we can have a shunting party with your KöF and my Vollert Robot some day ...
  10. I would say it's a mix of various aspects. The 1980's LEGO style is the LEGO period when I (and most of us) was a kid. A reason enough to glorify this time and the sets coming out back then ... Legoland town, 12V trains, Classic Space, Technic not to forget. We knew each pixel of inspiration books like 6000 and 7777 or 8888 ... and we never had all the pieces to build all this. But we had that dream ... One day I will build all this. So we became AFOLs, a huge LEGO room, a million bricks, sealed sets in the basement with a new dream of making a fortune one day with the Cafe Corner MISB. We are challenging each other with even better building techniques, incorporating the latest fancy elements featured on newelementery.com and pushing the border of SNOT using all available brackets and tiles and bricks with studs not only on the top. Sometimes even no 90° angle can be found on some MOCs ... But we are aiming for simplicity, unconsciously. And then this childhood dream comes back in mind. Ey, I could afford a second 7750 to get the elements for the huge 7777 steam engine I never could build. What about a third one, building the B models? And after so many breathtaking MOCs we ask ourselves: what the 7777 designers have done, we could do the same or better. So we jump on the time machine, filter our LEGO room in pre and post 1990 elements, take the old ones and take our experience and let the dream become reality. Back in the 1980's we showed our creations to parents, siblings and friends and received a handful of likes. Now we found soulmates online, worldwide and we receive more likes (the new currency for well-being?) ... even better we push the boundaries even further ... a virtual model by @Paperinik77pk as inspiration for a brick build version. That is what the LEGO train community is about. Great to be part of it! ... but now I really should finish my Octrainber Critter first before I go back to 12V++
  11. @Paperinik77pk you gave me a great afternoon/evening converting your explosive image of the V 3210 into real bricks. Great fun and here the beast comes in real bricks. I've used three 12 V lights in total, on in the middle section giving a nice touch while illuminated. I have not 7760 stickers so I used some repro 7755 sticker I found in my sticker collection. Hmm, but no red head with solid stud in my collection. But Bricklink will deliver some the next days (less then 1 Euro per head is not to bad, if you compare this price with the price for black small windows. Most parts are original parts which existed back in the 1980s. For the structure next to the doors I've used the new type of jumper brics (and ran out of them on the other side of the loco). Maybe I try to rebuild the light grey radiators at the front and back of the loco this way (in light bluish grey) … what do you think? The most challenging part in reverse engineering this model were the cylinders on the front bogie. 1x1 round bricks are attached to a 1x1 plate with a ring, the lower ones are build in upside down to get the cylinders as close together as possible. So I ended up in a half stud gap on the red tiled surface. But I promise, I've just used 1x1 and 1x2 tiles and 1x2 jumpers, no other modern half-width or SNOT elements. I am really looking forward to the original solution @Paperinik77pk did use in his original design?! Again … a weird prototype which I never heard before. The weekend is not fare away, then I will set up a loop and give it a ride on 12 V rails. But now the night approaches at the quay …
  12. Hi Davide, I've solved the cable issue a different way. But I need to check if it really works using the top outlet of the motor to connect the cable. And for better turning I modified the 3rd large wheel chassis a bit. Nice reverse challenge with the cylinders on the front boogie ... Now let's go hunting for the small black windows ...
  13. @Paperinik77pk ... again, a wonderful MOC addition to the classic Grey Era scheme and the way would have build our MOCs a kids back in the 80's. Can you give me (us) a few numbers of the required rare elements? I see 3x large red wheels, 2x standard red wheels, 1x red 12 V motor, 4x black 2x2 windows, 4x black 1x2 windows if I get it right. Probably some red bogie plates from #7750? Anything else? I might loan some of those elements from other sets from my collection to give it a try in real bricks.
  14. HoMa

    Circuit Cubes

    I've ordered 2x Bluetooth upgrade kit a few month ago. The boxes arrived super fast from US to Germany and I had no trouble with customs. This years Octrainber contest was for me the initial starting point to use Curcuit Cubes. And yes, they are tiny and overall great in building LEGO MOCs like small Critters. The Bluetooth kit comes with two of the transparent boxed motors which are used in the tank chassis shown in the video. I don't have the "pink" motor and other 4x4 electric devices which are available from Curcuit Cubes. Integrating the motors in a MOC is a lot of fun, they offer a lot of attachment points for it's size, e.g. hollow studs on top or Technic Pin holes on each side. For a compact axle configuration I had to cut a 2L Technic axle down to a 1.5L version (upps, sorry). The control app is not documented well, that's right. But you will get through it and find a way how to remote controll your motors. The latest update for iOS now offers a custom control panel where you can select two Bluetooth hubs and then select the outputs on the hubs (1A, 2A, 3A, 1B, 2B, 3B). The custom control panel only allows to add 5 controls (as far as I could figure out), so you could control 5 motors on 2 BT hubs at the same time. Unfortunatelly the app does not remember the outputs you've addressed to each control, so this has to be repeated each time you've connected the hubs. But I hope the development of the app will continue and bring more stability and more options. To play around, it works for me.
  15. Well done Davide. Good job recreating this workhorse by so few dark images. Maybe a black 1x6 with light prisms was used as front light? Next challenge: what is standing behind the train on page 8? We can spot 3 yellow cones from the 7730 wagon. But it looks more like a stationary structure. And on page 11 we can spot a grey mudguard an a car wheel and a red slope behind the black locomotive. This seems to be the car shown on page 9 next to the transformer.
  16. HoMa

    My 12v layout

    Welcome to Eurobricks! Great that you had the opportunity to convert your living room into a LEGO 12 V train world. Huge layout and so many of the iconic locomotives, wagons and structures. The trains perform very well, e. g. 7740 pulling 5 coaches. Do you use two motors to pull such a long train? You should add a few streamers, 7777 style trains or build some own MOCs.
  17. HoMa

    Octrainber 2021 and lots of coke

    Heavy industrial stuff on rails :-) Does the waggon carry melted ABS for new LEGO bricks?
  18. The work on my Vollert Robot DER 100 Critter continued. After solving the mechanical and motorized functions I concentrated on the design of the body and the wheels' cover. Therefore I started to build a second copy using brick-build dummy motors instead of the Curcuit Cube motors. The biggest challenge were the corner of the body between the hinged front/back and the side walls. But the little gap of the windows on the sides allow a droid arm to hold a dark grey double cheese slope at the top of the corner. Internally the droid arms are put in position using the "bar with 1x1 round plate (32828)" elements which are highly recommended for builds off the grid. Getting thinner and thinner the way down I decided to use just a 4L bar and a 3/4 Technic pin on the top. Not ideal but the best compromise I could realise at this point. I had the same thoughts like @zephyr1934 on the ladder steps on the sides. First I wanted to use the grille tiles but they stepped out to much. The flush solution came using 2x2 modified plate/tiles with 2 studs (33909). That means I will lose the "grille" effect. But never mind, the real one shows a very clean and flush design covering the wheels. I also played around with bars for the handrails on the side doors but ended up using inverted brackets to get a thin dark grey stripe on the all yellow side of the Robot. The 6 studs height of the door fits nicely in the 5 brick rows height on the side. I only had to replace a part of the dark grey "baseplate" with some tiles. But stability is still fine. Next: Squeeze in the Curcuit Cube and make it accessible to turn it on and off easily. And stickers? Stay tuned …
  19. HoMa

    7730 real-world locomotive

    You might find my review of the famous 7777 idea book helpful: https://brickset.com/article/25119
  20. HoMa

    TGV Réseau WIP

    Great that you like my book :-) Back in 2010 or earlier Kai built his Thalys LEGO dark red was a new, rare color. No way to build such a MOC. These days it should be possible, even of dark red is more expensive then classic red.
  21. HoMa

    TGV Réseau WIP

    Dark red looks really good for the Thalys! 11 (!) years ago a friend and I realized a huge train layout at LEGO Fanwelt in Cologne. The old video shows Kai‘s Thalys and my ICE 3
  22. Work on my "Critter" continued today with testing the functions. Both Curcuitcube motors are placed inbetween a chassis build by 2x 1x10 Technic bricks. One axle is driven, but I hat to cut a 2L axle a bit to make it a 1.5L axle so it fits well in the motor. The second motor drives the linear actuator which moves the magnet in and out. Yes, this idea is not my own development, @Selander did a great job on this technique already. Even with one buffer as counterpart the wip test shows that this concept works well. I need to add more guidance for the actuator when it moves out and in. The pulling power of the Curcuitcube is phantastic, one diven axle and moreless no balast on the Critter is enough to pull an old heavy 8-wide freight waggon. For a better clearance between the drive motor and the rails I replaced the original O-rings with larger ones from the sanitary department of the local DIY store. The have an outer diameter of 17.8 mm. The picture below shows the difference: Beside the extra clearance those O-rings also have more grip and I've been using them successfully on my BR 10 and other trains. Stay tuned ... And a big THANK YOU to @Ts__, @Asper, @Feuer Zug, @Tenderlok, @Paperinik77pk, @XG BC, @Hod Carrier, @zephyr1934 and all the others taking part in this years OcTRAINber challenge. Great to see all your Critters coming to live following your wip stories.
  23. ... my full loop of R88 curves (four packs of FxTrack 8888) also arrived today. Thanks to @michaelgale and European distributor JB Spielwaren. From the first quick look the R88s come in the same high quality as the R72s and S32s I already got. Looking forward for more great FxTrack stuff!
  24. HoMa

    [MOC] DB Class V60 Diesel shunter

    Great little engine @Asper ... I just saw the real thing the other day at the station here in Bamberg. Highly recognisable. The V60 also seems to the prototype for the old LEGO set #7760 Great to see how LEGO train designs have developped over the years and fans like you and me and many others create LEGO MOCs even closer to the real thing.
  25. Great MOC and very close to the real train. I also like the roof using the door-rail plates. Never seen such a design before.