Ashi Valkoinen

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  1. Nice trains, nice credit for others work and I hope you enjoyed the playtime :)
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    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?
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    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.
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    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    Other question - are there any BlueBrick parts designed for FX track system to plan future layouts?
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    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    So some other way they could be produced in the future? :)
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    Fx Bricks (Michael Gale) announces Fx Track system

    However this topic is basically for FXBricks to share their infos with the community I'd like to throw my opinion here as well, maybe a little wall of text, but context is also needed. I started with RC (remote control) which was only produced between 2006 and 2009, with two trains, it was silly, weak, and I found the limitation quite quickly. People around me were using 9V, so I started to invest into 9V track, 9V motors - now I have a great collection of there tracks at my train station and layour (~400 straights), however no of my train run on 9V by now. As a person going to many events a year (both LEGO-based and railroad modelling events [it is nice that L-gauge is accepted here in Hungary by traditional modellers]) I found 9V-motors not sustainable and not fitting my needs - connectors inside wore out, the speed regulators can handle not that long trains I definitely need and also I have no great solution for functions - I hate when my train has lights only when its moving. I upgraded to SBricks and big AA-bettery boxes with PF-train motors, these items (and not mentioning PF-led lights) are almost indestructible, my trains ran hundreds of real kilometers during shows (and since December of 2017 they run at permanent exhibition opened every day) and only one or two PF-motors from my trains should retired since then. So this works fine for me, so why I'm keen on for 9V? Because many LUG-mates still prefer 9V, and putting a plastic-only track to my layout will end their journey there. A young club mate just brought a 4DBricks double crossover of R148 just here today for some durability test, I really love how my trains cross on there, but no 9V - no play for others I do respect and were there when I started the hobby. Also metal tracks look simply better. Plastic and 9V can't be compared, you can do the best looking ballasting but plastic still won't look as good as 9V. So I prefer the metal. On shows I do alone and no 9V player is on the loops, metal still gives advantage - you can put continuous 9V to the track with one speed regulator and power from the tracks the lights of your buildins or streets - just pick down 9V from track where you need to enlight some PF-leds. No cables needed under the table, no batteries, just connectors and lights and as you assemble the layout the lights' wiring is done as well. My MOCs are all 8wide and my waggons have some length-compaction - it is necessary to make them run on R40. But after a complete new system of 9V track with R104 or so will be released, finally I can go for the best proportions and make my trains looks as I always wished for. So, go on, please, make it alive!
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    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Thank you for your kind words. For the future 10 years I plan to improve my MOC-s - after completely switching from R40 to at least R104 geometry I plan to rebuild my length-compacted train cars - both ÖBB and MÁV-Start waggons need more length, I hope FXBricks, BrickTracks will release more tracks to buy, I'm especially interested in 9V however I keep no 9V trains anymore. About scale, windowing passanger cars I plan to write an article in January - I made a lot experience with LDD and real designs which should be shared with the community. Happy New Year to all of you!
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    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    @HoMa, thank you for the notification, I'm following both their webstie and their topic here, hope it will go well and 2020 will be a happy year for all L-gauge railroaders, but I've seen a complete product from coaster but couldn't find it anymore on the internet. @Ludo, thank you for information, and now we can let coaster's topic for BT-tracks. :)
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    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    @coaster, once you shared with me or somewhere an URL on Shapeways for R104 point design suitable to be equipped with H0 flexi track to work with 9V layouts. It was available only in white colour so additional painting was needed, but 9V. I could not find this design anymore, but as far as I remember well a single crossover of this was tested on some USA LTC event definitely with 9V. Are there any updats, news around these items? I know you work in correct order to get the buisness into motion, but I'm curious if any 9V-compatible large radius curve or point will ever appear, giving up hope on these :(
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    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Hello all, this day is very important for me in the LEGO Train fan hobby - this is the 10th anniversary of creating my MOC topik here on Eurobricks. I opened this one in 23th of December, 2009 to share my Hungarian railway related train MOC. During these years I created ten trains, mostly full trains with locos and cars or motor units (one single loco only) and five different trams - however two of the has no relation to Hungary so they won't be displayed here today. During this journey I got much help from those who started this hobby earlier, I got good tricks and ideas from people who are a decade or more younger than me. I brought you some photos today I took today at our permanent layout opened in the December of 2017 - a good place which forced me to make all my train MOC less fragile and durable - including power, controll system and rolling stock. My first "real" train MOC was the red Stadler FLIRT electric motor unit delivered for MÁV (Hungarian State Railway), I started the MOC in 2009, finished first version at the end of December (check the first post of this thread), however many rebuilds she had and got her maybe final form in 2016 with the front design update. She has SBrick with 3 PF train motors as powering and controlling system, switchable front/tail lights independently at both ends and indoor lights. She is able to run with my other LEGO FLIRTs. My second MOC was the Siemens Taurus locomotive - finished in December of 2010. These theys curved slopes were reailly rare, especially in my desired colours so I used SNOT cheese slopes for the front. With all her imperfections (position of lights, cheese slopes on front instead of curves) she is a good loco, the Power Functions train motors are controlled with V2 IR receiver and these motors run still perfectly after 300-350 real km-s she already run on shows. Pulled cars are Austrian (ÖBB) IC cars which appeared previously on Hungarian rails before the Railjet trains came. Gray car was built in 2015, the red-black just days ago. After the red FLIRT EMU was built I discovered that MÁV also operates 10 pieces of Bombardier Talent EMUs as well. I built one of them also in 2011, however she ran not so much compared to my other trains - this EMU was always the first to pull out a motor or other electric component I needed for other train designs. At the end of 2019 I totally renovated her adding an SBrick, pantograph-moving mechanism which is quite unique around the hobby and I also introduced my solution for "bicolor" LED lights on this train (the trick is the light transmitting cable cut in half lengthwise - on half is enlighten by a PF led light through a trans-red plate, other side with trans-clear, so depenging on which light is turned on the correspondent colour will lit) The typical Hungarian locomotive, Ganz V63 is a little outsider in my collection - these locomotives are now 30+ years old while most of my trains were built after year 2000 for real. The locomotive is pulling a so called "3G InterCity cars", which are some old cars rebuilt for the needs of 21th century. The locomotive runs with two PF train motors controlled by V2 IR receiver, other output of this is used for lights (cabins can be switched on depending on direction of run). Blue-white-yellow coloured Stadler FLIRTs were delivered for MÁV first in 2014 and by this date my model was ready to be brought to the ceremony where the State Railway Company showed the real train to the public first. She got a controlling system update in 2016 (9v -> SBrick) and also a front update in 2017. She can run with all my FLIRTs and has the same features as the red one. In the same year GySEV/ROeEE company also got some FLIRTs in a delightful yellow-green pattern and I was fortunate enough to cooperate with Stadler Trains Hungary Ltd. and they paid me to build some models for themselves and also covered the full cost of the yellow-green EMU built for myself. Got the same updates and features just as the blue one and now runs together with newer GySEV FLIRT3 EMU. I started with my Railjet in 2015 and for one year she ran with four cars and a loco for one year on 9V - then I added the missing three cars and SBrick both to the loco and to the driving car. Four PF train motors serve under the train powered from two battery packs. The Taurus design follows my older Taurus - it will be a great task when I decide to update the complete train. This electric motor unit is really rare - only three of them were built in 1994 and only one operates on daily basis. I choose this train to built with LEGO-bricks in 2017 because she is unique and it is one of the last products of Hungaran Ganz-MÁVAG train factory. She runs on V2 IR receiver with two PF train motors and has lights both ends - so the driving car has an IR receiver and an AA battery box to controll power those lights. I faced a really interesting building problem with this train - the middle two cars have the same length but different number of windows - 11 big side windows in the 2nd class and 10 in the 1st class car. This was a great step in my hobby to realise that I can imitate train window parts nicely with some SNOTting - further application of this method is expected in other MOCs I have in my mind or LDD. GySEV Vectron is or was one of my most difficult builds. Not only the colour patterns and the shapes of the loco were hard to design but she could operate from both 9V and 12V LEGO-systems and also could run on battery. Since I gave up on 9V and never had 12V more than a test loop I removed these functions and left only lights and SBrick-based powering inside. However I think she is still great loco and I'm satisfied with her - but she needs some cars to pull. 2018 was the year when GySEV FLIRT3 EMUs were introduced to public and I finished with the LEGO-replica just in time. This EMU was equipped from the start with SBrick and has the same functions as my other three FLIRT units. So, here I am, ten trains for ten years. The double-deck Stadler KISS with MÁV colours is on her way... Trams. Sometimes I wish I started with trams theme only and not with long trains - I could have been finished with all the trams running in Hungary. But I build trains mostly so I have trams from three different eras. My first tram MOC was "Muki", a little gray freight tram built back in 2011 - however the real things are now 70+ and 80+ years old. She runs on 9V but not so much - I keep the motor underneath in good condition. Tatra T5C5 type trams are quite common on the streets of Budapest - many lines are served with them and these 30+ year old trams are still bright, comfortable and well-operating vehicles of Budapest's public transport, despite of the lack of low floor service. The hardest part of the MOC was to connect the cars in some aesthetic, but working way, including sharp turns on R40's of TLC. In January of 2017 I won a building competition with this one organised by the Public Transport Services of Budapest. The LEGO tram was built in 2016. Since March of 2018 she runs around 5-8 hours each day at our permanent exhibition - the wear couldn't be unseen but the small battery box, the IR receiver and a single PF train motors still doest the job - after approx. 2500 real km-s run. The rolling axles - just as at my any other MOC - are updated with ballbearings. Another and last tram from year 2016 - CAF Urbos 3/5 of Budapest. This was a hard one on built - the narrowing and curved front, the suspended 2nd and 4th sections meant many work hours to figure out how she could work. Fortunately now she is done, running quite lot a day. She has two PF train motors, V2 IR receiver underneath, however I'd like to figure out how can I put the big AA battery box inside without consuming too much from the interior. So, this is my 10 years works, trains, trams - comments and critics, as always, welcome. :)
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    (MOC)(WIP) New loco from Spark Industries

    Very nice progress and well documented building. Is this the loco you plan to enter for the Hungarian contest? :D
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    [MOC] Romanian Wagon (CFR)

    As a 6 wide and city scale render it is a good MOC. I'd add some details on the bottom of the car (the bulky and maybe too tall thing underneath doesn't fit good to the original). The door also needs to e represented in bricks, fortunately you have only one door on one side so you may have the space for it keeping the length of the original MOC. Colors and proportions of colors are good. You could also add an 1×2 modified brick with grill on the side in the light bluish gray row.
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    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Aaand... prototype-design is alive!
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    MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    @n3t3rb Then you should really check my update in chasing a good pantograph saga: