Miniatur Wunderland Weekly Report

14.03.05 at 13:22 hrs

Weekly Report No 228, CW 10

From Monday, 07.03.2005 to Sunday, 13.03.2005
There are interesting news from our technical development shop this week: The MiWuLa- light control will soon be commercially available!
And there's a quick view to Scandinavia where we virtually get down "to the bottom"...
Light-control hardware

Available soon: Light controls à la MiWuLa for everybody!

The pictures show the hardware for the Miniatur Wunderland light control.

Each module features 24 outputs. The maximum allowed total current draw is 2.5 to 3 Amps.

Variant 1: The modules will (always) be delivered with a defaut setting. There will be several variants, like "fire-engines", "street lamps and traffic signals", "house lighting", "advertisements",... These are stand-alone modules which don't need a computer to work.

Variant 2: Using a software written by Gerrit (most probably freeware, if all legal matters can be clarified), the user can edit his own sequences for all 24 outputs and load them into the module (provided, the user has access to an interface). Each sequence may be 100 steps long and take on any brightness-value. The transitions may be dimmed ( a light that is dimmed from value 0 to maximum and back, needs only 2 steps. This offers virtually endless opportunities!). Current status is that we will also offer eproms. This means, the user sits comfortably at home, edits his sequences, exports them, and sends them via email. A couple of days later, he will receive a small chip that snaps into the module and voilà, the lights go on as intended! (prices are not known yet.)

Light-control hardware

Variant 3. The user buys the additionally available interface and is able to connect several modules (simple 2-wire cable, long distances are possible). In this case, the modules need a computer to function. Using your computer, for each of the 24 outputs of a module 5 sequences (at 100 steps each) are programmable which then can be activated time-driven, event-driven, or day/night-driven. The day/night-control can simulate a whole day in the range of 2 to 1440 (real time) minutes. The advantage is that the sequences are still in the module and thus the lamps are always constantly bright. Using other methods under Linux and Windows ( for instance, using ports) will result in unwanted blinking and certainly not support PWM. This is exactly the same technique we use in the Wunderland, including the software.

Lake for the water castle in Denmark

Now the reason for the small lake in Denmark becomes obvious:

Water castle in Denmark

The really nice water-castle, built by Helge during the last weeks, is located here.

Portals, streets, and bridges in Norway

More and more streets, portals, and bridges...

A bridge in Norway

are built in the rear parts of Norway.

A bridge in Norway

The bridge mentioned in report # 9/2005 (picture 14 & 15) also found it's place in the meantime.

Details on the Norwegian shores

Norway's shores are currently scenicked. The details will go right down to the ocean's ground:

A village in the Norwegian mountains

High above the waterline in the mountains, a couple of villages grow.

A village in the Norwegian mountains

Last week we just saw the streets, today the houses are already built. Seems, those norwegians are in a hurry...

Troll cave in Norway

Trolls and Norway belong together just like Adam and Eve! Where ever you are in this country, you are confronted with trolls - one reason, we have them in the Wunderland, too :-))

Even still today, legends about trolls are told at the warm fireplace during cold winter evenings. It is , however, good advice not to upset the trolls and maintain a good standing with them...

Central station of Bergvik in Norway

The station building of the main station in Norway. The top floor will be visible under a steel/glas construction.

Construction of the CarSystem at the ferry-dock

The Car System for the ferry port is built. Quite soon, we will have the first traffic jam with cars waiting for the boat...

Street lamps for Denmark

Apart from the catenary (who noticed it in picture 3), the first street lamps are erected in Denmark.

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