Ashi Valkoinen

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  • Birthday 05/08/1988

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  1. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Currently we are on the edge of great decisions. While switching to non-compressed cars we reached the 72 studs long traincars, and by this time TrixBrix came up with their nice points - especially thos double-slips. We operate a permanent exhibition from December, 2017, and we find 9V motors are definitely not for this task - mostly the power pickup parts get broken quite quickly, so many 9V locos were switched to PF (AA battery box + PF IR v2 + two PF train motors and this configuration does the job) and it wasn't problem anymore to have plastic-only tracks. While the permanent exhibitions has many plastic tracks now, the layouts for one-weekend events still have they R40-based 9V tracks with 9V traffics on them, just to keep our stations accessable for the only guy who owns 9V (but he is also thinking about developing a WiFi-controlled system on his own for his own trains). If FX-bricks succeeds with their brand new 9V tracks and after S32 straights and R72 curves the P40L and P40R points and R104 curves appear then surely we keep the 9V on very long term - for the look and and for the possible future DCC-options.
  2. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Thank you. I'll try to keep up, but for the following months I'll take my resources to improve my train station and layout, and less trains are expected. But two of mine owned ÖBB-cars will be renewed and also a third one will arrive to them to have a full EuroCity train for my MÁV Siemens Taurus locomotive as well. The giant modulars are built by Zoltán Pikkel (unfortunately, as an oldschool guy, he doesn't have any social media presence), he started with this style when we started to collaborate on City layouts together and he realised that for the "big" scaled trains (and not city scaled smaller ones) the original CC-houses don't look so good. As he owned many sets twice or three times, he decided to build them together resulting in a more realistic size of these sets. He also owns the town hall built from three sets: (yes, I was taking a photo of the freshly installed double-slip points but I remembered having his build on this photo)
  3. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    I'm happily reporting that my first builds of year 2021 are done. Yes, it was almost two months, but takes time to collect bricks and surely the money for these bricks. As I showed above I wanted to extend my GySEV train to a full inland intercity train having three waggons after my GySEV Siemens Vectron locomotive. The first waggon, an older Y-type car was built last year and now the other two has been completed. The newer ones are called "RaaberCity" cars (GySEV also known as Raaberbahn, having this name from the local river Raab near Győr city), the cars themselves were bought as used cars from ÖBB some years ago. They changed the ÖBB gray-red-white livery to some extraordinary one with different greens and patterns, and these cars became iconic on the mainline I'm used to live. First image shows the two traincars, the difference isn't visible, but one of them is Bmz, other is ABmz, having both 1st class and 2nd class seats. The only difference is the colour of the seats. Pencil and sharpener serves as size-reference - these cars have 72 studs long chassis! The two different sides of the cars differ in the underneath equipment details, and since these have cabins (11 of each) the corridor side has also ventilation grills in the green pattern part. End of the cars - door opener, 3 wide door with definitely lots of SNOT, and bogie framework. The bogies use ball-bearings. Also take a look at the 1×3×3 window frame in black I built for the toilet/corridor windows - surelywasn't easy to perform and also save the space for the minifigures in the interior! Roof removed and three cabins - I have 5 studsfor each cabin, including 2 seat in front of each other, a small separation between cabs using plate 1×2 with door rail parts and symmetric seating using headlights and brackets. I uploaded also a digital render of it how to place those seats just in the proper place (jumpers can't make the job). Building these and having the locomotive and the older Y-car make together the complete trainset! I also do own two different GySEV FLIRT units (FLIRT1 and FIRT3), and this will be my third completed green-yellow train. For the future I plan to equip all three green-yellow cars with indoor lights as well using old 9V battery box under the cars, PF-extension cable and 2 sets of PF led lights for each car.
  4. Ashi Valkoinen

    A review of the first elements from the FX Track system

    Thank you. In this case I'll wait until you finish your article.
  5. Ashi Valkoinen

    A review of the first elements from the FX Track system

    Thanks for your article. Do you allow me to translate it to my native language (Hungarian) and share is on our blog? With correct references, of course.
  6. Ashi Valkoinen

    [MOC] Westbahn Stadler Kiss 2

    I can totally feel your pain. :D
  7. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Truly said I got used to measure every real-car dimensions also in mm-s since somehow it is more comfortable when it cames to calculate with 1 stud = 360 mm, 1 plate = 144 mm scale. Total car length, lenght between windows, width of windows, height of roof and all details come easier to be measured in mm for me.
  8. Ashi Valkoinen

    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    The image above is the only reason I haven't upgraded my own layout with BT or TB R104 tracks, however on our club layout a nice amount of TB points appeared. I waited around 10 years for large radius 9V points, I think one or two more years won't make difference.
  9. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    I modified my post so now it is clear that 24500 mm goes for the real train. If both of you think the same, then maybe my post isn't clear. I ordered some parts for the RaaberCity cars the last week but I need an another big order to complete them so I guess it would be around March when I finish them.
  10. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    No, the real thing is 24500 mm long between buffers, resulting in a 67 studs long LEGO-chassis in 1:45 scale. :)
  11. Ashi Valkoinen

    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    My latest MOC and last MOC of 2020 is a single Y-car of GySEV railway company. In real life this is a 24500 mm long car, with 10 large side windows and 2 small toilette/corridor windows on each side. I tried to replicate the real thing as good as I could taking care of exact sizing of windows and the separation between windows as good as it possible from LEGO bricks. My scale is 1:45. The following images show the two, "fortunately" different sides of the passanger car. You may also notice one separation between two large windows to be wider than others - most of the are 4 plates (9 plates wide window glass), but one of them is 4,5 plates (1 stud + 2 plates), this is the place where the smoking and non-smoking areas were separated in those times when smoking was allowed on trains. I made the entire row of windows in SNOT, with 9 plates wide and 7,5 plates tall glasses - the half-plate gap above the glasses is filled with 1×2-2×2 green brackets. This technique allows a plate-sized step making the width of windows and the separations inbetween allowing many different type of cars to make. I was forced to figure out and use this technique when I realised that the regular 1×4×3 train frame doesn't serve my needs due its bad proportions but now almost all my traditional traincars do use the technique above instead of using the train window frames. Other noticeable building technique is the toproof solution eliminatint the 0,5 plate high edge of double curved slopes 1×4 and curved slopes 2×2, depressing them 0,5 plate into the row of 1×2 45° slopes with cutout. This is the end of traincar - the top part of roof using curved slopes is held be brackets (making the half-plate Z-offset) and all the second row of 45° slopes is made the 1×2 slope 45° with cutout part. Next photo - the insidings and the roof upside-down: And lastly, the new passanger car behind my GySEV Vectron locomotive - I plan to build another 2 GySEV RaaberCity car to complete an inland GySEV InterCity train.
  12. Ashi Valkoinen

    Bluebrick Layout Software

    You can handle unprecise track segment as well. There is a tool on the upline, where you can choose putting down pieces on different grid sizes - 32,16,8,4,1,0.5 studs - but if you click the grid icon directly, track pieces won't attach automatically and you can play a little with offsetting them. Here, on the "left" end of platforms I used this option to create the Hogler Matthes grand curve connections.
  13. Ashi Valkoinen

    [MOC] Westbahn Stadler Kiss 2

    Regardless of this height-problem the model is still far one of the bests I have seen in the past 11 years and make sure you don't forget to enter it to BrickTrainAwards 2021 competition! And hopefully, after the borders are free again, we can do this as well:
  14. Ashi Valkoinen

    [MOC] Westbahn Stadler Kiss 2

    Amazing build - especially the building techniques here. I was lucky enough to see the first car of this built and I maintain what I said at those times - all details in place but train height is really mismatched if we play the scaled trains thing. But also - this is my opinion and the height problem is almost invisible thanks to the fantastic sloping pattern and the play with the different blue colours. I think this page (second photo, around the middle) highlights my critics if you compare the photo to your train's sideview. Hunting the real train while only on remained in WB colouring - I can understand the pain. When you started to build it, there was no any sign of the contract DB and WB made about selling the couple of years old trains.
  15. Ashi Valkoinen

    Motorised Narrow Gauge Trains

    Okay, didn't what you have under the second car. I went mad two years ago poweing my Siemens-SGP ULF tram (two wheels were driven, 6 running), and the tram started to operate when I removed those O-rings from wheels not driven. On the other hand - your design is the most well-packed I have seen in years, those locos are extremly small, very nice job on them.