|Location: Switzerland, beautiful Bernese Oberland
Type: Minifig, female, with many tools and books and interests
Age: proud to be born in 1975
Gender: Brick, modified, decorated, with 2 studs on front
Height: approx. 178 bricks tall
Brick interests: Train, Structures, Space, & more, also looking for suitable Minifig of male gender ;)
Track system: blue and grey system (4.5V/12V)
Power system: 12V, central power rail
Favourite brick colours: reddish brown, dark green, tan, dark grey, good old light grey, red, and most of the others, too.
Train prototypes: Swiss - RhB (Rhaetian Railway), SBB (Brünig line) / Scandinavian trains (malmbana?, others?)
Structures interest: rural, classic and belle-epoque Swiss buildings, buildings inspired by mediaeval and Lord of the Rings motifs
Space prototypes: built a neo-classic "LL912" recently
I like to expand the possibilities of the classic technic and the 4.5/12V trains systems. Using three slightly modified electric rails, things like automatic terminal loops without short-cirquits become possible. Yes, even 12V motors can be serviced, cleaned and repaired (well, most of them...). Installing the very old 12V electric pickup bricks, many new or self-constructed locomotives can be 12V-ed. If they don't fit under the locomotive, they will surely fit under the wagons. Broken old 4.5/12V technic motors (most of them got internally fried somehow) can be refurbished using a Maxon motor inside the old housing - the power and torque efficiency gets tarted up to approx. 85%. This is approx. four times the force of the original one, yet consuming considerably less power.
Why do I write this? For such handicraft, I need the still usable parts of such broken things... broken/bent 12V electric rails and switches, motor parts like drive shafts, bearings, cogs, housings, commutators, rotors, axles, and so on. They can hardly be listed or found on BrickLink - but people like me can use them. So if you have some stuff, let me know ; )
Yes, you can wash LEGO bricks, at maxmimum 40 °C. However, do not put them into a washing machine, not even inside a "protective bag". Don't even think of this. No, really not. Washing machines are made for washing textiles, for nothing else. Laundered bricks get totally sctratched and dull. No one should sell such poor maltreated bricks unless they get declared as "fillers". Bricks deserve better treatment: clean them using washing liquid, hand-warm water and a supersoft toothbrush. Any other treatment (e.g. for removing sticker remains or permanent marker), such as solvents or an ultrasonic cleaner, shall be reserved to specialists like me).
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