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 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2007 08:38 am
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It seems sir you do know alot about this arena. The DCC thing hasnt taken complete hold of the market so with all they have invested in that I dont think they will bring out the " next best thing ".

This thread has gotten me thinking, I have several R/C cars that have been retired   (  dont jump a $250 car off a 20 foot wall at 35 miles an hour, it wont survive!) I need to figure out how to the the works in an HO scale train.

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 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2007 02:19 pm
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Hi All,

Woodie helped me get started in radio control about 1 1/2 years ago and I've never turned back.  I model in 3/8n20 and Woodie got me started in this too! I really like the Kyosho/Losi boards and have also used the HO Crest boards too.  I bought one of the Crest receivers and Transmitter and thought it was worth the try of replacing the track power with the Lithium Polymer battery and it worked!  I wrote up an article on all of this about a year ago on the Texas Outlaws sight.  The Crest system works great for me but I know several people who tried it had problems with it.  There are a couple of key features that I like about the Crest system - You can adjust the momentum to make engines run REALLY slow, you can manually turn the directional headlight on and off and there is no noise from the board.  The board is actually a 72 MHZ FM board. I'm on my second transmitter though as the first one quit after about 4 months.  I saw on Walther's that these units are now being discontinued and are being replaced by a new 900 MHZ unit sometime in the future but I have not been able to locate any additional information about this on the Crest website.

Either way, I can vouch for the ease of using radio control.  I used to love the sound aspect of my trains but after starting a layout with no wires or electrical headaches, it far outweighs the sound.  I tinkered with using a Tsunami in one of the engines but thus far have not been able to tweak it to work to my satisfaction.  But, I'm still working on it!

Thanks again Woodie!

Travis in Frisco, TX

 

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 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2007 06:39 pm
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Travis-you are too nice! If you guys want to see some extremely fine modeling, persuade Travis to send some pix of his stuff.

I might warn some of you, all this talk about r/c and no wiring tends to outrage some modelers. I would suggest that you keep your mouth shut, install r/c gear, and have fun. If anyone asks, tell them you run by "FM"-^%$ing magic!

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 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2007 06:59 pm
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Woodie,

Eh, I can't really model but I sure am having fun!  What I really like doing is things that people say "that can't be done".   It's like the learning curve with anything you do out there.  I used to use DCC and took me a long time just to get up the nerve to hook up the wires and see if it works.    The first time I saw a radio control loco run I knew it was for me.   Now I can solder up a Crest board in about 15 minutes.   What is really boils down to is what you really want.  I wanted the freedom from wires and electricity.  Well, I do have to use electricity to recharge the batteries every 3-6 months with my lithium polymer charger! 

Keep up the excellent modeling and inspirations to us all Woodie!

Travis in Frisco, TX

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 Posted: Mon Jun 25th, 2007 05:57 am
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Woodie, thanks for making me aware of this site. I don't understand why some people would be outraged by R/C in small trains. Large scale has been using it for quite a while and it's gaining interest.

The next time i'm at the hobby shop I'll step over to the R/C counter to see what I can find out.

Larry T.



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 Posted: Mon Jun 25th, 2007 07:29 am
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Welcome Aboard Larry!! (tourists driving you nuts yet??)

I was out your way last year, It had been awhile.......I had forgotten just how nice that spearfish canyon area was :)

As to RC:

What we really need is a Bunch of How to do it with Photo's.

Convert an engine...do a How to for that specific unit.

I imagine it wouldnt take long to cover all of the On30 mechanisms available........HO might be a different story.

The only way to get people Really involved in RC is to take them by the hand and show them step by step just how easy it is..........

Marketing the RC products specifically needed for trains wouldnt be a bad idea either......Maybe somebody could even make a couple of bucks!! :thumb:



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 Posted: Mon Jun 25th, 2007 10:36 am
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OK-I will try to send some conversion photos, my problem is that I won't take my already running r/c locos apart for such stuff. I do have a Bachmann On30 2-8-0 which would work for a "how to"...really, these conversions are easy, all you need to have is the willpower and the ability to solder 4 or 5 wires together. I must relate that you will want to use a well-running loco for the r/c conversion. Radio won't make a poor runner into a jewel, you need to start out with a decent engine to get good results. Bachmann/Spectrum makes nice running locos(a little pricey) so I would look at these. On30 locos are pretty easy to do, large HO work also. Small stuff might require a trailer car with the equipment and then all you need is one trailer to couple behind several locos. You need to be un-afraid to use a razor saw and motor tool on your engine since the modifications may require a little more room for batteries, but it can be done! Also, I have found it easier and better (for me) to disable and get rid of the track wipers, pickups, etc. from the loco. I figure that when I convert something to r/c, I won't ever want it to run with antique technology any more anyway. My advice is to go to a hobby shop that has r/c cars and check oujt what's available. Your local train shop will just treat you like you're crazy-at least the big one here in town is that way. The small r/c units for cars work great and you don't need expensive rechargable batteries, the units can run off a 9 volt alkaline battery for a long time. I do use Lithium-polymer rechargable batteries in my stuff, but that's just me. I run a mining road with stiff 10-12% grades so I need the extra "oomph" these batteries provide. Write me if you need more info, there is more to this story than I can post at one time. Since you are reading this on a dedicated r/c site, I can make the statement that once you have tried running wireless, you will not go back! If you are planning on spending bucks on a dcc system, stop and think about r/c, it is far simpler, a bit cheaper, and without wiring and clean track problems, you are free to build a layout that actually operates and focus on other things besides complicated wiring, programming, short and open circuits, and where you put that stinkin' Brite Boy track cleaner!!! Have fun.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 25th, 2007 11:04 am
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Tileguy, Thanks for the welcome, nice to be aboard this forum.
Tourists bring money and that is mostly what our economy is based on so we don't mind the extra traffic. When the motorcycle rally is going on our population doubles.

We don't have a lot of the things available in larger cities but WHO'S Hobby here in Rapid City can usually have what I need within a week or so. They do have a nice R/C area and I hope to find what I need next time I go there.

I'm looking forward to trying R/C in 3/8" scale 20" gauge. Also thinking of trying one in HO standard gauge. I belong to a HO club up in Deadwood and don't understand the controls that well so R/C would solve that problem.

Larry T.



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 Posted: Tue Jun 26th, 2007 08:47 am
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Woody, I am all ears, this is really sounding like the way to go for my portable...I am thinking me and you will be talking alot!!

Ive got an On30 Shay and An O-4-2 Porter to convert...........R/C solves a few problems for me that Most wouldnt have to deal with and this alone makes me a prime candidate for stepping up to the plate!!

Looking forward to your conversion Pictures!!!

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 Posted: Tue Jun 26th, 2007 09:28 am
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I'm looking forward to hearing more.  I've a couple On30 Porters, a Shay and a Mogul that would certainly benefit from conversion.

 

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