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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2007 05:12 pm
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Eric-all you "old cats" are OK by me. My friend Mudge is 85 and while he has some problems with his hands, he is still an active modeler. Mudge (Bill) has a wonderful HO/HOn3 dual gauge layout that runs flawlessly. Mudge is also a fine r/c plane builder & flyer so he is promoting r/c in trains. Matter of fact, he has an old Mantua 2-6-2 Prairie with board and 9 volt battery in the tender, so he is an up to date sort of guy. My experience (so far) has shown me that different pieces of equipment are compatable. For instance, I have an old JR 2 stick transmitter which runs all my Kyosho board equipped locos nicely. I built a hand held throttle with an old Traxas r/c car transmitter and it works fine also. Mudge uses an old Futaba 2 stick car radio with his Prairie which has a Kyosho board also. To add to the fray, I have a Bachmann On30 2-8-0 with a Losi board and 9 volt battery in the tender and it runs great with my "hodge-podge" assortment of transmitters. My current layout (Mogollon Railway) is by far the most satisfying line I have ever built, it is wireless and runs like...well, like it should! I never got into dcc, I put all my eggs in the r/c basket and it has paid off handsomely. Matter of fact, I believe I need to get out there and bring some loads down from the Chupacabra mine to the monorail connection. Hard work for sure.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 10th, 2007 02:26 am
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Charlie-what do you mean about the "red thing"?? I assume that it is the receiver/esc (electronic speed control) and if it is, then just connect the wires that ran to the boat motor to the locomotive motor. Does this boat have "proportional" speed control. you know, like how a variable power supply is able to run the motor at different speeds? If there is no speed control, then I would reccomend looking at another board. You can use the ni-cad batteries if you have room in the loco or maybe a tender or trailer car, or you might try a simple 9 volt alkaline battery. This stuff is simpler to mess with than dcc and once hooked up and working properly just may spoil you forever in favor of r/c. Just think....you will never have to mess with track wiring again, never need to clean track again, never have to use any dpdt's spst's yadda yadda ever again to run your trains!  Now, I may not reccomend r/c to everybody-if you like to watch the train run around and around, then maybe you need dc or dcc. If you have a big modern mainline operation with 110 car coal trains and miles of pig flats, then you may not want r/c. But if you are a short line or narrow gauge modeler in perhaps On30. On3, maybe sn, or larger HOn3 locos and want to do switching, running short locals and all that, then you will love r/c..it makes operation possible with no hassles. I love this stuff!

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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2007 02:06 am
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Woodie,

I found one of the 6 names that I Signed on but I don't know what password I used but it seems to let me reply to your post. I still don't know why it took over a month to get the email but I got all 6 at the same time.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2007 02:38 am
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Hi Climax Joe

From your post should I understand that you have had a problem registering with us. If this is the case please let us know and we will jump on it.
During the last 6 weeks we have had a hacker on the site a couple of times but I am led to believe there was no damage.
Your feed back would be appreciated.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2007 04:05 am
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Welcome Climax Joe. Yes, Don, I know this fellow very well. Joe is one of my crazy On30 r/c buddies. We've been down some dusty roads together, I am happy that he is here! Joe won't carry on about himself, but I will. He is an excellent modeler and has embraced the craziness that I am fond of-r/c. Some years back, Joe & I went to the local model train emporium with our new r/c On30 locos. Joe asked the manager if we could run our locos on their HO layout. "I'm sorry, but the layout isn't running, the wiring isn't done." Joe replied "we don't need no stinkin' wiring!" and the employees and manager came over one at a time, watched us run our stuff, shook their heads, and walked off grumbling! Another store manager watched as we ran an r/c loco across his display case and muttered"that's unnatural!"

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Howdy Joe and Mudge sez "hey!"...                         Woodie 



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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2007 11:08 am
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Welcome Joe.

You received all 6 at once because I was contacted off forum about an issue with not being able to sign up such as you had.

In an effort to fix the situation I went in and manually resent the activation e-mails for all unactivated accounts.

I don't know why they were not sent automatically?

Anyway.Welcome aboard!



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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2007 02:50 pm
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Electricians, all!
O.K., so my emasculated B'mann Mogul is lying on it's side kicking at the end of a pair of wires touching a 9V Battery - A TeamLosi reclines awaiting dismantling - I'm about to unplug the wires for steering (?) remove screws for battery and receiver.  Once my heart beat returns to normal, I shall attempt to afix the receiver up into the cab, connect the battery via the tender and give it a go.    All things considered, does this sound right?

Looking forward to your suggestions--:Hmm:
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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2007 04:29 pm
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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2007 05:11 pm
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Charlie-it sounds OK to me. Why don't you put the receiver and battery in the tender? Then you would keep the cab clear for the "all important" cab detailing and crew. The loco could be "rigged" up without the superstructure to see how it all works.  Then when you are satisfied, get rid of the track pickups bearing on the drivers and you are ready! I know this step isn't viewed as necessary by most, but those little wipers cause undue friction on the backsides of the drivers and sometimes, SOMETIMES, can get caught between the spokes and cause %$#&*^%$#. Do whatever you want. Remember that when you get ready, turn on the Transmitter first, then the loco. Shutting down is just the opposite. Mudge says I'm crazy for doing this, but my r/c guru (flys r/c jets) says it is the right way. Bob knows what to do and either one of us can advise you. A new member, Climax Joe, is an r/c guy and knows all the tricks also. We're all waiting for you to either write and say "WOW" or not write at all since you will be totally engrossed in running your new r/c loco! Have fun and don't get bogged down in the details. By the way, just string out the antenna wire for now, each loco will have it's own way to mount the antenna anyway.

        Woodie



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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2007 09:14 pm
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Thanks, Woodie--
Wipers removed at the start so tomorrow after PT (!) I'll try to rig the tender.
  I feel  like I'm walking blind but we'll 'see' how the intuition work!

Let's see,
"kneebone connected to the jaw bone, jawbone connected to the rib cage".....I think I got it......wot's that smell.....?    sigh!

Charlie       Asheville  NC  :Dance:



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