Ashi Valkoinen

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  1. BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Received my R104 Test Track recently. As far as I'm a 9V guy I need no RC-only tracks, but I consider to buy a full loop of R120 to carry out hight speed test for my trains. As others in this topic and in LEGO Train Fan Club Facebook-group, I'm totally satisfied with this single item. I showed it to my LUG members and they also find it really similar to LEGO-product tracks, the color match is really nice (don't you sacrifice cheap DBG bricks to get material? :D ), and the clutch power is just as good as LEGO's. There is no noticeable difference in the clutch power when connecting tracks to each other compared to LEGO-only, but the top studs have a little weaker clutch power. Bottom part is just as fine as LEGO's. Despite I'm a 9V guy (however with the exception of two locomotives all my trains are PF/SBrick, I want to keep backward compatibility with my tracks) I consider to buy a full loop of R120 to carry out high speed test for my trains. Hope it will help the buisness and 9V long radius curves will appear. I'm a patient guy, I'm waiting for such a product since 2012. :)
  2. I have quite different fears related to the new system. Compatibility is one thing, PF is compatible with 9V, PF trains are using only two cables of the four introduced with PF-accessories, and it makes compatible it with 9V system, but even halved PF-cable middle parts can be screwed into 12V stuff. But this is the fear of expert builders mixing the different systems to get the most of this hobby they can. I'm pretty more afraod of the new train motor - do you all remember what replaced the successful and good performing 9V train motor. So, yes, I'm afraid we get something less powerful, less good as our good and now old PF train motor. My other fear is based on the image goes around the internet about the battery box with integrated Buetooth controller. It seems that one port can only take one motor, light, etc, while PF-cables could have been stacked on each other, and you coulds easily build a dual-motor loco. Or what if I need more lights on my train? How can I plug more in? For third - both AAA batzery box and rechargeable one last not too much when running heavy, long, 8 wide or woder trains. I have seen no images circling around about the future AA-box, which was also a useful stuff in PF - actually ot doesn't turn off automatically after 2 hours, it is really annoying to turn it on when the loco is in the middle of the layout, or in tunnel. Based on the leaked images I'm not impressed - PF was introduced for trains in 2009 to unify the electric parts of LEGO toys, and now a new standard is appearing where trains should be merged.
  3. [MOC] Dual-voltage (9V-12V) GySEV Vectron locomotive

    Thanks for your kind words. It is special for me, because the book you had written has your Vectron locomotive on its front. :) Some straight 12V tracks arrived finally (this is my first order of such and old system excluding some 12V parts ordered before for the locomotive), and of course it haven't worked first as I hoped. It worked quite slow on 12V sections (they were powered from a 9V speed regulator, because I don't have any 12V :D), so I decided to measure voltage on the track, on the 12V pickups and on the light gray plug of PF-cable, which leads to the train motor. There was 9V in the track (I cleaned them and all connections before) and 5V at the PF-cable, and it came quite clear in minutes that there is a 2,5-3 Ohm resistance between the 12V pickup and the 9V motor. Since the current flows this through twice (+ and -), it results in 5-6 Ohm resistance, while the internal resistance of the 9V train motor is 10 Ohm. So, that's why the loco runs slow on the 12V section, I'm pulling electrics apart and cleaning every connection I have - the old 12V parts seem to be little corroded, while the PF-part is fine - when running on internal battery box, the 7,2V of my rechargeable batteries appear on the PF-plug as well.
  4. [MOC] Dual-voltage (9V-12V) GySEV Vectron locomotive

    Thanks for all the replies so far. I'm currently working on a video showing the locomotive running between differently powered sections, the only problem occured I don't have enough 12V straight tracks! I'm waiting for a bigger package of track to arrive, then I can continue with the video. :)
  5. Hello all, I'd like to introduce my latest MOC, the Siemens Vectron locomotive of GySEV/ROeEE railway company. These locomotive appeared only months ago on Hungarian rails, the Austrian-Hungarian railway company, GySEV/ROeEE bought 9 of these with different equipment. Some of them are dual-voltage and run under 25kV, 50Hz (Hungary) and 15kV, 16.7Hz (Austria), some of them are capable to work with DC supply as well, and 2 of them with the two different AC-supply will get diesel units inside to ensure the locos can move on industrial tracks not electrified at all. When these locomotives started to appear I designed it in LDD, there was a little competition between Hungarian LEGO train fans with the design. I was the first who finished the virtual build and I loved it, so I decided to build it as soon as possible. This was the first versions, but only AC-DC locomotives have 4 pantographs, the AC-only types have only two of them. I'm quite proud of the angular green tile in the side pattern and also the angled front needed a little thinking around. I started to love the old hing plates with two and three teeth - these teeth do NOT brake the line of the hinge plate and the whole LEGO part fit into less space and easier to build other things on the top of these bricks. The slots for lights are also capable of to be lit by LEGO LED lights - another good invention introduced first in my Stadler FLIRTs to use the flexible exoforce tubes which are capable of bringing the light of PF LEDs where I need that light. You may ask why is that M-motor hanging around - it has a great importance in this model! As the real thing with two different AC-supply, my Vectron works under two different LEGO-voltages - it is compatible with 9V track and 12V track as well! The M-motor switches a polarity switch brick, which cuts off 12V pickups from 9V train motor's contacts - when the locomotive runs in 9V mode, the pickups for 12V track could touch the same rail when going through 9V points, and the loco could short circuit herself! When the loco runs in 12V mode, the polarity switch is ON, and the 9V train motors are supplied from 12V track. At the other end of the locomotive there is an another M-motor - it cuts off the 9V train motor from the output of the controlling SBrick - it won't be a wise idea to power that SBrick both from battery box and both from the 9V track, through its output... Look at the next image, how it works: So if the locomotive reaches the end of electrified track (12V or 9V), it still can carry her train forward - it can run on internal battery box as well. And finally, yes, these stuff did fit into the model: (Since the lower light on each side serves as red and white light on the real thing and upper slot serves for long distance lights at night I put white lights on the upper, red lights on the lower slots.) Also some other images and further details can be found in Hispabrick Magazine #29: Comments and critics welcome! Some other photos:
  6. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Thank you. It was worth redesigning it, but truly said I'm still thinking about how it could be improved. I will never finish this project. :D Each motor units has one big (Technic, AA) battery box (I prefer these because of the bigger capacity and the fact that they don't turn automatically OFF), an SBrick is plugged on the battery box. Three PF train motors (bogies 2,3,4) are under each train, the remaining three outputs of SBrick are reserved for front tail light ("A" and "B" end of train) and indoor lights.
  7. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Yeah, the two above photo was taken when the real thing was moving in the background (freight trains rarely stop at tracks with platforms, and even when they stop, the locomotive surely won't be next to the platform, on the other hand I was going for open lines, not train stations :) ), and by the time both the V63 and Railjet arrived it get darker and my photo machine needed more than 1/500 sec to take the photo. Last weekend I shot couple of videos about my finished FLIRT trains - finally at last the yellow-green colored train got an SBrick, so now the three differently colored EMU can work nicely together. I tested them in different configurations by running, and I found that even a non-working motor unit can be pulled with a working one or with two working ones in "sandwich" configuration. Good to know, if the batteries die in one of them, they can still be pulled to the next station for changing the batteries inside.
  8. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    I took some photos during the last weeks, trying to capture my LEGO trains with their REAL sisters. To take this photo with Ganz V63 locomotive was quite easy, the only thing I had to do is wait next to a busy line until it appears with a freight train: Railjet train wasn't a hard task to find, but I had only one hour to go out for the photo and the first place where I planned to take the photo was unreachable, someone blocked with huge rocks the old road leading there. I had no plan "B" for this so I quickly decided to go to the nearest train stop, but railjets do not stop there and that stop was in shadows by the time I got there. And ÖBB sent this train with reversed locomotive, showing it's black end on the front and braking the nice red color pattern going through on the side of this train: The hardest photo was my new BVmot train, there were only three sets of them produced, BVmot 001 was stored at an engine shed, BVmot 002 was stored far away from me and BVmot 003 ran on daily routine, but not with her cars. Fortunately the guys at the engine shed were kind to let me in for a photo - BVmot 001, one of her middle cars (2nd class) and her driving car (Bmxtz 001) was present, so I could take this photo: I haven't stopped building train, I'm currently working on the Siemens Vectron locomotive of GySEV / ROeEE railway company, and the FLIRT3 train of the same company. FLIRT3 won't be the only Stadler vehicle under contruction, the 6-carriage MÁV Stadler KISS should be ready until the end of 2018!
  9. MOCs: Models of trains running in Hungary

    Some friends of mine and me assembled a long radius curve loop last weekend. There was no exhibition, just some fun playing with our long, 8W trains, and due to the lack of the right size room and thanks to the good weather we decided to go outdoors. Here are some photos of my trains on these curves built from straight track pieces, my 8W trains really like these turns. With coaster's future 9V R120 points I can redesign my exhibition layout as well. My latest creation MÁV BVmot train: MÁV Siemens Taurus locomotive with some passenger cars: ÖBB Railjet trainset:
  10. 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. :)
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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:
  14. [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.
  15. 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