Ashi Valkoinen

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  1. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Since the Stadler KISS proved that even 70+ long cars can safely handle the R40 geometries I started to rebuild my rolling stock beyond the electric motor units (FLIRTs, Talent) and started to make 72 long car bodies for cars with real length of 26400 mm between their couplers. The MÁV-Start BVmot ("Samu") train consists of four cars, three of them 26400 mm long, the motor car is a little shorter. The image below shows the current design (upper one) and the future design with 72 long car bodies and proportional to the real thing. M major mistake when building the first version was using the single LEGO train windows for the train - these are surely too narrow and a 5 studs wide unit (window and separation between windows) would be good. Surely the windows needed the hardest work in LDD, however I figured out a nice SNOT-design with the original one on the 1st class car. The middle two cars have the same length, between their doors as well, but one of them has 10, other one 11 large windows on one side. Fortunately however I decreased the height of the train with 2 plates, I was able to keep the front design - a great help it would be when rebuilding the train with real bricks! Large image: Large image:
  2. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    I built interior to keep the train similar to my other designs - I know ost of the people at shows don't look into the trains if anyone is setting inside but this is for me to know I built all the details I was capable of. Staying almost with everyhing on side studs 1 and 8 forces me also to think more about the possible solutions of different problems. I checked your flickr if you have any photos of the Stadler KISS and I was glad to find those photos. As far as I checked it seems 69 or 70 studs long which is a needed length for this train cars if you go for 8w! The only part I don't like is the front, it reminds me to the older Stadler FLIRT / SBB KISS front, but when I checked the real one it had been delivered with the updated front more similar to FLIRT3 design. The curves play off well, but for the older front :)
  3. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Video of first test runs and R40-compatibility:
  4. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Finally I could proudly present my Hungarian Stadler KISS EMU, built with real bricks! It happened more than 3 years ago when Hungarian State Railway company MÁV-Start announced that they will be their first double-decker train, and knowing the fact that at those times 123+20 Stadler FLIRT units were operating in our country (MÁV-Start and GySEV companies) it was quite obvious that Stadler may win the contract. The first previews and digital renders of the real train did have different colour pattern compared to the actual one, but is was only matter of time in LDD to match the LEGO-design with the real thing. The first version was very inaccurate though. I had no information about the car lengths, the LEGO-model was too tall and I had no information about the window distribution between two side doors. Stadler KISS trains were delivered to different countries with different lengths, window distribution and inside layout, at this point I played LDD almost blind. After starting with the redesign (height problems mostly) of my trains aiming for more accurate 1:45 scale I redesigned the Stadler KISS in LDD - it meant a lot of help that videos and photos of testruns appeared on the internet, and I could study the layout of the insidings as well. Later in March I found finally an accurate (but without exact details) technical draw, learning the major differences between SBB and MÁV KISS (each consists of 6 waggons, but as SBB KISS has different length for driver cars and middle cars the MÁV version has almost the same car length for each car, and windows are also distanced and toilets located differently). This year March I started to gather all the bricks, starting first with a very work-intense listing from the LDD-model, comparing what I already have in bricks. After I used all the bricks I found I started with BL-orders, and using 5 stores to order only a few batches remained to gather. Fortunately friends and LUG-members helped me out with the missing ones, so during May I finished with the train. Here she is: (large image: ) Total length: 349 cm between couplers: On long radius curves: (large image: ) The train is driven by the two identical driver cars - each has a PF AA battery box, SBrick, two train motors, 3 pair of led lights and a polarity reverser for the train motors inside. All the insiding except two stairs in the motorcars (where the battery box is placed) is designed according to technical draws, resulting in 300 blue minifigure seats (the real train has 600, but our figures are thick :) ). Inner cars have ballbearing underneath for smooth run, the 71 stud long train cars are fully compatible with strick TLC R40 geometry (however all our LUG is waiting for FX-bricks P40 9V switches to be launched to continue this hobby closer to model railroading). Challenging parts: The complete sidewall of upper deck. This part is built angled, however the authentic window sizes needed SNOT technic inside a wall element, and these walls are only connected to the main body at two points to keep the possible most space for the minifigures and inside design. The photo below shows the non-covered upper decks and waiting sidewalls to be built in: Closer photo of sidewalls and the two connecting hinge bricks. You can also study the SNOT-pattern in the line of the windows: The next challenge was to make these cars to hold their weight. They are 71 studs long, and as you can check on the following photo, the side walls are broken with the angular pattern between the blue and black parts: Since I prefer to use the internal 6 studs for inside layout, a funny fact, but all the cars are kept together with the one stud wide top centerline - plates and tiles. Before applying these on the top the cars are bent thanks to their weight. After figuring out these parts the merge of sloped front and angled sidewall on the driving cars was an easy task to perform: And as usual, I tried to make the LEGO and REAL photo, this needed some time to get the right permissions to get inside the train shed the completed trains are stored - their owner is still Stadler and thanks to the COVID19 pandemic the test runs were suspended for uncertain period of time which meant the completed trains didn't stay or run at publicly accessable tracks. But fortunately everything went well and I was allowed to make a try, however the engine shed at Dunakeszi city wasn't the perfect spot for this photo. Your comments and critics welcome!
  5. Ashi Valkoinen

    Pets and trains, show em'. Cats vs. dogs in our hobby.

    My favourite photo:
  6. Ashi Valkoinen

    Scale Modeling General Discussion

    From "Index" topic: "Vehicles must be built in minimum scale of around 1:20." So 1:45 scaled train replicas don't play here?
  7. Hello fellow Train Tech members, As most of you know, FXBricks announced their track system for LEGO trains offering wide radius curves and R104 radius points and crossing, and more important, these are meant to be compatible with the 9V train tracks made by TLC. If you missed, you can read about in details at the following references: Announcement Updates Eurobricks topic As some of you know I'm building 1:45 scaled trains using LEGO-bricks, and while trying to make them move on R40 geometry the 64-72 stud long passanger cars don't look good on such geometry. The reason I stick to 9V and this way I got mad at R40 geometry is simple - in our LUG, Hungarian L-gauge Railway Club (MLVK) some members still use the old 9V-system to run their trains and - however I'm running all my trains through SBrick or Infrared V2 receivers - I kept the metallic tracks for backward compatibility, and, honestly said, these LEGO-tracks just look better and more realistic compared to the full-plastic ones. I'm really happy to see FXBricks starting on R104 (or in their terminology, P40 = point with 40 studs long straight section) points and also on custom size straight, like 4 (=length of flexitrack), 8 and 32 long straight. However we don't have these new tracks in our hands, I went forward in BlueBrick layout software and made the future design of my current train station. Since I have really no time to rebuild all my platforms according to the new track geometry given by these new products, I tried to make a tracks layout with these items matching the older, R40 based geometry - and during the try and error method I discovered some possibilities. In this text I'd like to show you how it went. I also avoided the use of exceptional "return" curves designed for custom points. (If you want to plan R40-geometries for station, this guide could be useful: ) Image 1.: My current train station at the latest event I participated. I think the image tells itself why I don't want to alter the width of these platforms and change the founds of the whole setup. Image 2.: This print shows the current train station (down) and my future plans (up). Due to the length needed by R104-geometry it will be longer with 5 32×32 baseplates - 125 cm. Some lengthening was needed because of the longer space need of R104 points, other was needed to keep the platforms' useful length. 16×16 orange baseplates show the 9V connection points, red marks the insulations. (You can find HERE a higher resolution map exceeding the forum allowed image width.) And now let's see the geometries in details. For first, the right side. Image 3.: The right side of my station geometry, current (below) and future (up). Basically R104 points do the job what LEGO's R40 failed to do - connecting two paralel straight tracks having an offset of 16 studs (8 studs between sleepers). This arrangement is quite common on LEGO-layouts, and except cutting 9V points for a single connection (see current version) or using non-9V PF-crossover we have nothing in R40 to smoothly connect paralel tracks. But TLC's R40 can connets according to standards paralel tracks with offset of 32 studs (placing one straight between the turnout parts of two points), which is not so easy to do with R104, they geometry is better for ladders with 16 offset tracks. Image 4.: it wasn't easy to line up the last track with the old platform. Unfortunately placing two straights beetween the turnout part of two R104 points resulted in one studs wider platform, which I wanted to avoid. And then remembered, that Holger's method of long radius curves is not only suitable for grand curves, but useful on smaller scale. The image shows the difference between fully connected track pieces (left) and not fully connected pieces, where there is a little (less than helf stud) gap on one side of the tracks connected. This method here served my good, but you can also think about it when you are in the nedd of a half or one stud displacement perpendicular to the track lines. You can also note this small line-up on image 3. Image 5.: And the left side... well, it's a little odd, but at least needs no major modification of my current setup. The uppermost track turn to paralel with platform with one R104 and one R88 curve, used together. The R104 point under the road turning back can be replaced with two full R104 curves and remove that track - but is a good new storage place for one of my electric motor units. Image 6.: Using long radius curves technique again - as stacking the R104 points gave a displacement from me current platforms I needed to turn back somehow - and long curves are the way to do it nicely. On these amount of baseplates the small rebuild of the platform is a fair and afforadble price for me (in time) - and fortunately a long-radius curved platform was tested 8 years ago when I designed my very first trains station. You can note here one piece of TRIXBRIX 1/16 straight - my station was always powered from both sides to train can roll over on this with no problem. Image 7.: My much more smaller station 8 years ago - now a build I used there will return in some altered form. So summerized - with the use of S4, S8 straights, the R104 9V points, R88, R104 9V curves I managed to plan a layout close to the current one based on R40 geometry. I'm hopefully looking forward on FXBricks releases, however, being more than 10 years in the hobby, it's almost irrelevent if I can use this at the end of 2020 or 2022. :) In BlueBrick layout software I used the R104 point of TRIXBRIX released some weeks ago and BrickTracks R88 and R104, since they were in my library already. Cheers, AshiV
  8. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Since my last post I was silent - mostly because watching at the 10th year anniversary photos I realised that I'm not satisfied enough with the shape of my trains built in the era of 2009-2019. So, as the new decade approached I decided to rework all my train fleet and get their proportions closer to the real-life prototypes and strictly stick with the 1:45 scale (even if this results a little "wider" track gauge under my trains). The 1:45 scale will result in 72-73 studs long traincars, which mean a new difficulty level to make it run on R40 - I prefer to run on wider radius, but they MUST work on R40, too. The first and most important step was to get out 2-4 plates of height from my trains (depending on the model), they were to tall to their scale. Some plates could be easily removed, when you built mostly horizontal, but this rebuilt resulted in the complete redesign of the front shapes I figured out some years ago. For my first, best and favourite Stadler FLIRT units it was a great help - with the appearence of the new, small wedge curved slope 1×2 with 45° cutout new dimensions appeared for train design, especially when two, differently angled surfaces need to meet. I brought some photos of the recently redesigned train, which is my four Stadler FLIRT units in different colours and my Bombardier Talent. Red Stadler FLIRT EMU was my first real train MOC - I really hope now I'm done with her after 10 years. :) Front view of GySEV and MÁV-Start FLIRTs - the wede slope 1×2 really makes the shape and pattern I wanted. A 5 seconds long photo in the evening of my Bombardier Talent EMU showing the motorised pantograph in action. I updated my GySEV Stadler FLIRT in March - and bought two sets of Audi Quattro of Speed Champions for the wedge slope 1×2 in yellow - at those times Bricklink didn't even know if it existed in yellow. GySEV FLIRT was an easier issue to update the SNOT front. And finally a video showing the freshly renewed trains running at full speed:
  9. Ashi Valkoinen

    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    Thank you. I ran trough their blogposts but missed the information hidden in latter section.
  10. Ashi Valkoinen

    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    Do we have any news on the announced 9V-compatible track system?
  11. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Been there, done that, the upgraded design is available for almost two years by now. You can find the .lfx file and some instruction about building the MOC here: If you build it, or use any part of it, please refer both online and offline to my name (Raáb Donát), to my nickname (Ashi Valkoinen) or to my root Brickshelf folder ( ) as credit. :)
  12. Nice trains, nice credit for others work and I hope you enjoyed the playtime :)
  13. Ashi Valkoinen

    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    R40 is really easy to get in 9V since many serious builders have hundreds of them in stock somewhere in the house with no use. FXbricks seems to target those who have not even big spaces for layouts but at least bigger space that TLC imagined for a simple loop (75×75 cm including 3×3 32×32 baeplates). For a R88-R72 parelel loop you need only 150×150 cm, 6×6 32×32 baseplates), and you can still build inside the loop.
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    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    As previous comment, I'm also very interested in the switch you posted on the image and any - even if subject to postpone - release date of it. Also I'd like to know that the 22,5 degrees X40 crossing in your documentation will be a simple crossing, our a point like TrixBrix released?
  15. Ashi Valkoinen

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    @coaster: is there any way or price for the 3D-model itself to print on my own? I think with the H0 flexibe rail (am I right?) I can insert it, cut it and make it work. As far as I remember the point itself in consists of one shape, not modular like 4DBrix points. I understan tooling for 250k$ will never pay off, but on smaller scale maybe people can use the work you already done with that prototype. I'll PM legoman666 as well for details.