Ashi Valkoinen

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  1. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Thanks for both of you. Hopefully I can shot a video of the train going around in two weeks. :)
  2. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    And for today I'll post about a train I posted about in 2014. Since 8W trains cost a lot (each of my trains are working), it took 3 years to collect parts and finish, today I received the last missing 60 green seat parts. I'd like to introduce the brick-built version of Hungarian BVmot (nickname: "Samu", 434 series) train, which is a four-car electric motor unit designed for long distance (InterCity) travel in 1994. Only three of them were built due to financial reasons, however they could have been the base of Hungarian InterCity travel. Each train consists of four cars - a 2nd motor car, a 1st class middle car, a 2nd class middle car and a 2nd class driver car. The motor car and the driver car was challenging, the angular patterns (orange-white, white-blue, blue-yellow) took lot of cheese slopes, but the designed I dreamed about in LDD worked fine in reality. I used quite lot of SNOT around doors - they are built mostly in SNOT, but the positioning and size of train door window required some SOT parts inside the SNOT design. Closer photo of motor car: Other challenge was offered by the middle cars - they have the same length but the 2nd class has 11, the 1st class car has 10 large windows n each side. I used regular blue train windows on 2nd class car, but a different solution was needed for 1st class car - I could not fit a simple tile between each window, because they are 9 plates high and one 1×4 tile put between with SNOT is 10 plates high... So I decided to throw train window and design something having approx. the same size. It resulted in SNOT transparent bricks and plates, with separation of 1×3 SNOT brick. The top of the windows were closed with half-plate thing brackets (9 plate height of normal windows = 1 tile, 7,5 plates height of 3 SNOT studs, 0,5 plates height of bracket. With this technique every unique window separation could be done in LEGO. Just make sure you push everything strongly together, it is quite hard to fit! The train is driven with two PF train motors, controlled with PF IR v2 (v1 simply won't make it move on curves). The train is able to work properly on standard track geometry (including points after points and 180 degree turnbacks), however it would look better on custom large radius curves. In the future I plan to built indoor lights and front/tail lights as well (total of 14 PF leds will be used for this), but because of the cost of LEDs and extension cables it will take couple of months. The LDD-design is available to be downloaded from this folder: Comments and critics, as always, welcome.
  3. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Still, your point of lacking bogie details is valid as well, I'll try to design something that fits the model and my expectations about not being so fragile. :) Hopefully this train will be finished this year or in the first months of 2018.
  4. Karlsruhe Tram (GT8-70D/N)

    Very nice tram-train model! I read lot of articles about the "karlsruher model", I always loved it for the mobility it offers, very nice to see a render in LEGO. The tram's body and the solution for bogies is perfect, the only thing could be improved is the coupling and the gap between cars. Since there is only one pivot point around each gap, maybe this method could also work for you to hide the gap:
  5. [Narrow gauge] Ponfeblino

    Maaan, this is wonderful! Lots of creative solutions, but still simple and clean lines! Amazing! The only thing I'm missing is the video while these locos and carriages going around.
  6. DB 152 019-6

    Nice and simple solution, with a dedicated sticker set it could be easily a locomotive of a nice selling MOC set. :) I often think about to give some try to 6W, simple MOC trains as an "enter level" for kids in age 6-10, but I always end up with designing some 8W monster. :D
  7. My biggest layout so far: 9 running trains

    Very nice layout, but man, how many hours did you spend to assemble it and how long could you play with it before dismantling? :D My favourite is the commuter train running on a smaller loop. You should have more MOC trains going around and less official sets, the newest white passenger train is deeply below the average quality of the trains running on your layout! 7740, and trains from that 12V era are totally different (and better) than nowadays train sets, however there was less part diversity in those times.
  8. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Yes, those gaps will be filled with cheese slopes. LDD won't allow to place them there, because as I found two cheese slopes facing each other result in 2.6 plates width (a little more than one stud which is 2.5 in plates), but this method of stressing work fine in reality. Most of the cheese slope mosaics use the same dimensions as the "smallest" unit. The upper part of missing yellow cheese slopes will be filled with 1×2×2/3 slope (double), since there is no stud next to driver's cab's window to put it on. You are right about bogies, they are the weak point of almost all of my models, I prefer to keep them clean since these trains run many real kilometres on shows, I simply don't like when trains derail on parts they lost on previous loop. I wish I could build a framework around bogies which are strong enough to resist forces awaking when bogies enter sharp curves and points.
  9. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    While my BVmot train still waits for some parts (seats and curved slopes for roof) finally I decided to make a try with Stadler FLIRT3 train front. Those who follow this topic from the beginning, or at least for a while could know that I built 3 differently colored Stadler FLIRT units in 8 wide, 1~42 scale. The original FLIRT design has to go for real - the changing standards for safety in the case of collisions made Stadler to redesign the train itself and sell the next generation of FLIRTs named FLIRT3. The Austrian-Hungarian railway company, GySEV/ROeEE owns 10 Stadlert FLIRT units from the first series and they ordered 10 additional FLIRTs, but these will be FLIRT3-s as they are not allowed to buy the older and less safe design. There will be some changes - slight variation of coloring, increased car length and placing 2 toilettes instead of one makes FLIRT3 looks different. And of course, the front part. So, here is the result of work in LDD. I plan to build this for real, planting SBrick into it will make it able to run with older sister (also shown in screenshots). Old (back) and new (front) FLIRT trains of GySEV/ROeEE. Comments and critics, as always, welcome.
  10. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Thanks. :) That pattern you mentioned through the last two window was one of the reasons (other was pricing) led me to discard train windows and design a SNOT, brick-built version. I looks like pixels still (no space between two windows for SNOT cheese slopes), but at least the pattern is there. Thank you! Since almost everything I need can be found in LDD, I can take my time and try to contain as many details to my models as many reasonable can be done. For freight train, they are really not for me. I built four of those simple cars (they are not even model of something, just fantasy-cars), then later I built 3 additional ones for one train, but I'm not impressed by long freight trains, I prefer those which carry minifigs. And real passenger cars are more colorful, I like sloping or curved fronts, endings and patterns, freight cars doesn't offer these details (however they offer many challenges and there are wonderful MOCs around the internet, but personally I'm not interested in them).
  11. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    For the time I'm waiting for the final parts to arrive to my BVmot train I started to design its sister, BVhmot train in LDD as well. Both train sets consists of four wagons, a motor unit, two normal train cars and a control unit, but BVmot with orange pattern is designed for long distance traffic, BVhmot is the suburban version. These vehicles were the last products of the Hungarian Ganz-Hunslet company - three of BVmot trains and two of BVhmot trains were built. They are also compatible with each other - a BVmot motor unit can handle a suburban train set and vica versa. First screenshot shows the whole train herself. The front is slightly narrowing and it has a side window on the narrowing part - this part of the train's front and the angular color patterns right behind the front offered a lot of challenge in LDD. Front view - it narrows from 8 stud to 7 studs, and I had to fit the driver's front window and room for lights as well. Motor unit. The control car:, note the window design. Since blue train window parts and their glasses cost a lot in the quantities I need them I decided to leave them and look up for other solution - the SNOT-built trans-clear parts allow to construct windows having almost the same size as the train window offers. Other advantage of this technique is that you can have nice amount of variations - the window spacing, the width of windows can be changed from plates to plates instead of studs. It also enabled me to have the angular white-blue pattern border between the first two windows on the side after the driver's cab - this is impossible to build with traditional train windows. The entire train again, unfortunately there is a long way until I can build it - MÁV KISS and GySEV FLIRT3 trains are waiting for to be built...
  12. PF Receiver V1/V2

    For dual-motor horizon express or metroliner V1 receiver will work fine. If you are thinking about bigger (8w) and heavier trains, go for V2. For example my Bombardier Talent train was equipped first with V1 but on curves the current output of V1 receiver was simply not enough to keep the speed of train or starting the train on the curve. Since I changed receivers in my PF-based trains to V2 I have no traction problems.
  13. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    While I'm waiting for real bricks to arrive for my previous project MÁV BVmot EMU I grabbed my LDD and designed the newest IC (InterCity) cars of GySEV/ROeEE railway company. These wagons are not brand new - GySEV bought them from ÖBB railway company. The whole train car: The real thing (photo by GySEV/ROeEE company): Seat inside, four seats for each cabin, cabins separated by tiles hanging from roof with bracket parts: 3-wide SNOT door with SOT glass inside - 7.5 plate width built using yellow brackets: Train car's end - some SNOT inside: Three cars after each other - I need to design a locomotive for them as well. Maybe the brand new GySEV Vectron will be good for them. :)
  14. Lego Train 9V Extreme - ready!

    Nice layout and lots of work hours put into that, however I adore your MOC trains, they are wonderful!
  15. WIP - SNCB/NMBS AM08 Desiro

    Panels: older design, ID 4215 newer design, ID 60581 on 60581 there is a side support to prevent accidental break of the part, since it mean thicker material from side view, in case of trans black panel it looks almost black from side view. I looked around for photos on my laptop, if I have any about the trans black part, but currently I haven't any photos like this. It is good to develop MOC only in LDD, but it happened to me more than once that something I liked in LDD I dislike in real life, and I started to order parts after the first build. In some cases some builds are not stable enough to run it for many days without cracking apart, and with my Stadler FLIRT I designed a totally renewed front after 5 years I built the first train. So there was no chance to fix it in LDD. :D I'm looking forward for the finished MOC, if they were supposed to run in Hungary, I would build this color-variation of Desiro ML: