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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2007 03:25 am
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Critter looks awesome Bob!



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I think it is time for "Radio Control for Model Trains" to have its own Yahoo Group.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RadioControlledModelTrains

What do you all think?

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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2007 03:52 am
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Sounds good to me...I signed up :o)

That'l make 2 of us LOL:)



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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2007 12:43 pm
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I think it is time for "Radio Control for Model Trains" to have its own Yahoo Group. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RadioControlledModelTrains What do you all think?

I dont think much of it.

I hate the yahoo groups format for posting and replying........you spend more time re-reading posts others have copied to their new post plus there is no way for the photos to be included in the text.

Woodie has things going great right here.

Many forum members have embraced the trend rather than fighting it as they did in the group he was in...why leave?

It is up to you guys....good luck with whatever you decide.

It's been real nice having you around. :Salute:

We have been here, and will still be here, if and when you decide to come back.



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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2007 12:49 pm
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HO DOCTOR wrote: Bob;
     Looks good outside. Could you take off the engine & car shells, and show us the innerds?  I think it would be inneresting ;). (LOL)

     Thanks,  Doc.

I'll try to get some pictures this evening.



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Here it is:



It's just a Model Power Porter Hustler. You can see where I snaked the wires. The connector is the piece with the white dot on it.



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 Posted: Wed Aug 1st, 2007 01:23 am
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Gardenville-

Trains magazine had an article on McKeens years ago, with a good shot of the six cylinder engine/power truck out of the car. The engine, which sat crossways, of course, looked large enough to go from wall to wall of a std. gage car. You will have to use a four cylinder in a On30--- but then you may convince Woodie to work on it if you tell him it's out of an MG.

Speaking of years ago, Model Craftsman (before the Railroad prefix) had an article on building a McKeen "locomotive", which now days would earn the title of "critter". There was a photo of the model, and a crude plan, but no proto photo, or reference source. The article and model was the work of Bill Schopp, who was not above some leg pulling now and then. I have kept looking for info on the real one since then, but I've come to the conclusion that the whole thing was a put on by Bill.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 1st, 2007 01:29 am
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gardenville wrote: I think it is time for "Radio Control for Model Trains" to have its own Yahoo Group.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RadioControlledModelTrains

What do you all think?


I'm with Hotshot on this one. I have looked at some Yahoo sites, and like the way Free Rails works MUCH better

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I like the freerails site better than the yahoo stuff, however, all I have to do to send a photo on yahoo is click twice and it's there. You can see I am still befuddled by photobucket! Bob's little critter is great! I want to build some kind of little fellow like his and may do it with the Bachmann Davenport mechanism I have around here somewhere. I sort of promised myself that I don't need a bunch of locomotives but one little critter might not hurt.

The fact that some of you think there may be interest in an r/c model train website is great! I wouldn't mind such, but I like having discussions about r/c on a site where other views and ideas are present. The more exposure radio can get is for the best. With that said, anyone who wants to host such a site can count me in on the festivities

I am working on an On30 Climax for a friend which is built from a Bachmann HO loco and a Boulder Valley "tiny Climax" kit. This little kit is very nice and the resin parts are top notch. To make this r/c, I had to widen the bunker a mite for the 9 volt battery and the Losi board sits on the cab floor but is otherwise  "stock". If anyone is building this kit and wants to make it run with onboard battery and r/c, send a message if you need encouragement or have a question.  Have fun.

                         Woodie



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ebtm3 wrote:
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Trains magazine had an article on McKeens years ago, with a good shot of the six cylinder engine/power truck out of the car. The engine, which sat crossways, of course, looked large enough to go from wall to wall of a std. gage car. You will have to use a four cylinder in a On30--- but then you may convince Woodie to work on it if you tell him it's out of an MG.

Speaking of years ago, Model Craftsman (before the Railroad prefix) had an article on building a McKeen "locomotive", which now days would earn the title of "critter". There was a photo of the model, and a crude plan, but no proto photo, or reference source. The article and model was the work of Bill Schopp, who was not above some leg pulling now and then. I have kept looking for info on the real one since then, but I've come to the conclusion that the whole thing was a put on by Bill.

Herb:old dude:


Hi Herb,

I have a large collection of McKeen "How To's" in model train magazines. It totals 9 model train mag's or reprints and several books with a lot of good pictures in them. I also have pictures of 3 different engine versions such as the one you are talking about.

One of the reprints had the Bill Shopp "McKeen Switcher" (critter) article you mentioned. I have made 3 cardboard mock-up's in On30 of the Switcher. After a long search I found a picture of the real McKeen Switcher (prototype) that the article was written about. My guess is that my picture is the only real photo of the Switcher that has survived. Finding it was a piece of pure luck. It has MOTLEY COUNTY RY. CO. on the picture. It seems this engine was a "1" of a kind. When I get the rivet pattern traced out I will make my "for real" version Switcher and work on the power truck. The Switcher had a 300 HP gas engine in it. This is the same engine used in the McKeen Motor Car # 100. The story is that McKeen used that engine and power truck in the Switcher to test it before he put one like it in Motor Car #100. I have pictures of #100 that shows the 6 wheel power truck.

Thanks for your interest.

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