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 Posted: Tue Aug 7th, 2007 09:59 pm
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Charlie, Woodie is right, you have some nice stuff there.

I find that even with short rolling stock, 10-inches is about the minimum radius unless you want to have a lot of space between cars.



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 Posted: Tue Aug 7th, 2007 10:01 pm
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Woodie,

What is your take on the Artiso-Craft HO Train Engineer?



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 Posted: Tue Aug 7th, 2007 10:39 pm
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Woody et al:
so I dug around and found these - please advise whether to keep or toss - thanks!
A Hi-Tec Ranger III  FM 3 channel controller.
A Hi-Tec HFS 0,3mm receiver PO 1119275 with three plug in - 3pin thingys and a DSC Batt space. Single Conversion, Narrow band.

Pluged in to the  DSC hole is an 'on/off' switch that plugs into a black box w/4 Rayovac AAs due to die in Dec.2011 !

Also there is a slightly modified Mogul Bachmann 2-6-0 quietly awaiting care! hehh,heh,heh!

As you can see in one or more of the pix, I have set up a 'snap-together' layout at our local train show to demonstrate 0n30 as well as a switching set-up for us spatially deprived, Condo dwellers in our twilight years to encourage into activity.

This R/C thing is FANTASTIC!  Shelf layouts, closet switchyards, creativity, artistic expression, fairly inexpensive, satisfying AND no wires!

Final thought, are you all saying, -  all I gotta do is shoehorn this little receiver on board an engine, run a pair of wires to a battery, sit back, open a micro-brew, flip on the transmitter and play trains??   WOW!  and thank you all for the combined energy to let this concept emerge!



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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2007 01:54 am
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Bob-if this is the Aristo DC ENGINEER with the small board-get it! They make one that fits into large scale and another that fits into HO. Funny thing is that in their literature, they talk about how all you do is turn up the track power (like dcc) and you can run 999locos!  They tell about using track power, but there is no mention of"track power or batteries"...nowhere! That's thinking! My friend Travis Glass uses the Crest stuff in his 3/8n20 locos and loves it.  It has a "standard" Crest wireless throttle that doesn't look like Capt Kirk's phaser pistol. What Travis found is that the throttle has a programmable delay (momentum) which is cool, but I prefer the instant startup and stop, I do a lot of switching. The board is a little smaller than the Kyosho I use and hooks up about the same way. This unit costs more than if you bought car stuff, but you know how pricing for model railroaders is! If you see one of these available, get it! We had them at the store and then Crest "back ordered" the units, they say they are revamping the system.

Charlie-keep all your r/c stuff You should be able to use it all for your trains. Now, there is some ballyhoo about using "air frequencies" on ground (trains) vechicles, but unless you live next to a flying field, I wouldn't worry much. Sounds like all you need will be a good ESC (Electronic speed control) and you're set. A good one to look for is the NOVAK SPY, a micro esc for cars. I believe all this will fit into a Bachmann On30 2-6-0 tender. You might consider using a 9 volt alkaline for power, those old ni-cads may be too large. Any servos you have can be used for animation, railcar drives, etc. so there is something to think about.

No wiring, no hassles...I am old enough to not want to mess with such trivial stuff! True-I spent the morning fixing some track problems and messing with scenery, but any time I put into the layout is really a joy, my Mogollon Railway has never felt a brite boy track cleaner and the only worries are the ants that sometimes get on the track-the layout is set up outside-but the old Shay usually squishes them when a train gets going. Ahhhh, realism!

                      Woodie



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  Am a 'newbie' from across the pond into On30 with DCC(and some sound). I am thinking of using RC on a couple of bashes of small HO diesels to start. They will probably be built as Boxcabs so will have room for the equipment. Spent a few hours yesterday surfing and found a UK dealer who stocks the LOSI cars but not the separate boards. Do you get yours from the shop where you work or elsewhere? Could you give me details of a US stockist who does overseas shipping?

Eric 

 

 



                               



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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2007 01:37 pm
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Eric,

The part number is LOSB 0803. If you do an internet search, it pops up in a lot of places, including Ebay.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2007 06:30 pm
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Eric-believe it or not, the fvolks here at the Dallas Hobby Town USA can and will ship to the UK. I have no idea about what it costs, but we have shipped there before. You can contact me at my e mail   mogollonry@sbcglobal.net and I will see what we can do. I only work Friday & Saturday there, so if you need this shipped soon, you may call  214-987-4744 here in Dallas, TX and they will take care of you. Good luck with the project, you can run your dcc with the r/c locos, but remember that the r/c locos MUST HAVE the track pickups disabled to keep from frying the board, and the wheels must be insulated properly to keep from frying your dcc equipment!

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2007 08:58 pm
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Woody et al:
Checked out yer narra gage pictures  -- O.K. So you drove the anasasi (sp?) from the rim!  Wow, some pictures, some total presentation! Really exciting quality - and in 0n30!! Simply Beautiful work! thanks.

Now, wot do I do with this 'red thing' - receiver+crystal - does the whole unit need replacing? 

If I cut the three wire  leads plug from the (boat) motor, can I use them to connect  the train engine to 'red thing'?  I'll ask first and then plunge ahead!!

Asheville is sort of 'back of the woods' for hobby stuff so it's a bit chancey running across any R/C folk for help. 

Blessings +

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     Bob,

  After more 'surfing' ,found Horizon Hobby website with a link to the site of the firm they bought in UK. They are only Distributors but have list of stockists of TeamLosi items. Half a doz.have the complete Micro-T car kit and two have parts lists which include the 0803 board but there are no purchase links for it. Must make a couple of phone calls to see if they actually stock or are willing to obtain.

  I am banned from Ebay and Paypal since I closed my accounts with them many years ago after some hassle; altho I can still make payments with my credit card thru Paypal on some sites.

   Eric



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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2007 05:44 pm
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   Woodie,

Thanks for your offer of help and apologies for delay in reply. Living alone,I have such mundane things as shopping,cooking,housework and laundry that must be done. Having reached the 'tender'age of 80, these take rather longer than they used to do--plus the time spent visiting all my On30 and allied groups and forums on the net and my one-finger typing of replies doesn't leave much time to actually make something. Often wonder how I ever had time to go to work.LOL

 I really need a dealer who has a website with online shopping that takes credit cards. Wish someone like Tony's Trains would take RC trains on board.

 As a (23yrs.)retired Telecom engineer I am happy with things 'electric circuit' wise and as a (dormant)RC scale model boater I have both Futaba and Acoms transmitters plus chargers,various rechargeables and other stuff. I have a Lenz 100 DCC set on my main layout and a Bach EZ-Control set on a small portable; and you are making it all redundant.

    Eric.

  



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