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HOn3 Radio Control for an MDC 2-8-0 / Kit-Bash K27
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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2010 08:10 am
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Bill Fornshell
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I am installing one of my All-Trol Radio Control Systems in the Tender of each of my HOn3 Kit-Bash K27's. To give me room for the RC Receiver and my Battery it is necessary to modify the Tender. I had to cut open the top of the Tender and mill most of the metal used for weight on the Tender chassis.

1a. Before and after shots. Looking through the top of the Tender.


1b. Looking through the bottom of the Tender.


2. To make the Radio Control Receiver easier to install I organize the wires. The gray and orange wires go to the motor on the engine. The red and black wires go to the Battery and the white, yellow and blue are for the front and rear lights. The blue wire is the common wire for the lights. I will solder tiny connectors to all wires and use heat shrink on the ends of all wire.


3. Everything ready to go into the Tender.


4. Ready to connect the wires.


5. The different wires that go forward to the motor and the lights.


6. I will add small connectors to the ends of all wire, plug it together and this part is finished. Using the All-Trol Radio Control System makes installing Radio Control in your trains very easy.


If you have not found the complete thread for my K27 Kit-Bash Project follow this link:

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2561&forum_id=51&page=1

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Very neat and tidy installation. Congratulations:2t:

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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2010 11:34 am
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bill, do you have part numbers for this?  looks easier than what i thought.    steve



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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2010 02:59 pm
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pibull63 wrote:
bill, do you have part numbers for this?  looks easier than what i thought.    steve

Steve,

Part number for what? or for which item?

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Bill-very cool. From now on, I won't listen to those "backward thinkers" who say that "you can never put r/c into an HOn3 locomotive". Thanks for doing this pioneering work, I will send a link to this thread to all those dis believers that I cross paths with. Tell me, does your local club have HOn3? If so...what will they think when you run your K's on their track...or across the floor!     Great work-keep it up.  Woodie



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Bill-

Super!!

A lot of work, but you proved that it could be done.


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Hi Woodie and Herb,

Thanks for the nice comment.

The HO Club does not have any HOn3. We do have a few members that model in HOn3 and have home layouts. I have thought about trying to start a Module Group for HOn3 and build a small layout that could be setup at the few local train shows we have.

Hon3 will get a bit easier when All-Trol releases their new smaller receiver.

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Playing the "Hide the Battery" shell game:

7. I have several of these Bachmann Ballast Vehicles that I use for "donor" power units for On30 Rail Trucks. The "ballast loads" where saved along with the other parts not used - yet.


8. I wanted something to cover the battery and got one of these out to look at. It was a little long. My razor saw took care of that.


9. The inside was a little small. My "mill" removed the necessary extra metal.


10. Now the Team Lois Battery fits like it was made for it.


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13. With the weight removed from the chassis and then adding the weight of the modified ballast load, I got a Tender weight increase of 7 grams.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2010 06:53 pm
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bill, picture # 3.....whatever parts you have installed for altrol



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pibull63 wrote:
bill, picture # 3.....whatever parts you have installed for all-trol

All-Trol Receiver:

M2HR HO Receiver 2.1"L x .640"W x .25"H 3.25" Ant. 2Amps (With Connectors) $45.00

All-Trol Hand Held Controller:

M2HH Handheld Transmitter up to 60' 4AAA Bateries (6" L x 2" W x 1" H) $180.00

Call to order: 1-508-481-2238. Ask for a first time buyers price and see if that gets you a small discount. Make sure you tell them you plan to run with Batteries and not track power.

http://www.all-trol.com

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Team Lois 7.4 Battery:

LOSBo863 2-Cell 180mAh 7.4 volt Lipo cost about $38.

Make sure you get the battery charger made for this Battery and works with LiPo Batteries.

Check your local Hobby Store RC Department for this Battery and Battery Charger.

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