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Radio Control Goes STEAMPUNK ! - Part I
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 Posted: Mon Oct 3rd, 2011 12:05 am
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Hi,

as some of you know, I'm using a Spektrum 2,4 Ghz system for controlling my trains. I love controlling a loco with a stick transmitter, but want to get the whole thing more handy and suitable for one-hand operation.

And as I am a fan of steampunk design, I try to give it this certain look.

Here's my start. I first made a testing case from cardboard and put in the electronics from a Dx5e transmitter. The analog voltage indicator is from an old Kraft transmitter.
To get a feeling for the later look, I covered the front with wood veneer and put some brass applications on.



Not finished at all, but it's on the way to meet the image that I have in my head.

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Juergen-that's cooler than $%^&*&**(* !!! Looks like I will have to morph one of my old Kyosho transmitters into a thing like yours. What an imagination!!
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Pleased that you like it Woodie.



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Yeah it looks very period for the era of the layout. Nice touch!

Not criticising here, but I might suggest some sort of decal for the front panel or else some kind of inlay. :)

Maybe you can produce a road name decal to go on it as a decopage (sp?).

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I really like the minimalist look. I know from experience that any decals or stickers won't last on something that gets lots of use. A brass inlay might look cool however.
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Hi Traingeekboy,

thanks for your interest.
As I said, it isn't finished at all, but no, there will be no decals. Doesn't fit to a steampunk look.

Next step will be brass coverings for the stick the switches and the voltage gauge, which are milled by a friend of mine. And if this is satisfying, the coverings will later be etched with inscription, much later.

There will be also some illumination, a lamp with a green/blue shimmering liquid exited by UV-Led's, like a plasma lamp.:bg:

Juergen

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Hi Juergen,

I like the idea! :2t: One technical question occurs:

a) Can you with this one stick control all the channels just by selecting the right switch?

b) Or is there a lot of additional electronics or computerisation?

c) And if a) ; how? :)

Albert

(Who just blew up his Lipo-chrarger.............. :bang:..)

 

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Albert,

yes, I could control all 4 proportional channels with one stick. It would need toggle switches or relays that can switch 3 contacts at the same time. If activated the channel is connected with the stick-potentiometer and if deactivated the channel must be connected with a set of resistors simulating the "zero" position of a stick.

But, I don't do it this way. First, being activated all the time the quiescent current of the receiver and headlight (that I use for indicating that loco-power is on) of the loco would  discharge the battery too fast. And second, I just don't need it, because with the magnet switches I use the on/off switching of a loco is so fast and easy.


Juergen

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Ah, very clever, this way you can drive an endless range of loco's, using 1 stick, but only one at the time. But therefor trying to drive two or more loco's the same time will end in disaster anyway. 

I guess it is wise to invest in those permanent switches......

 

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I have resisted commenting here, as quite frankly "Steampunk" isn't my thing.

Juergen certainly did a very creditable job on rehousing his transmitter, but, if I understand the Steampunk philosophy--some exposed runs of heavy bare wire or tube, and pseudo pipe fittings could be added. The ultimate would be an old smoke unit from a tinplate train, controlled by a push button (and probably another battery) would add to the spectator excitement.

Then again, I can recall times when I succeed in creating "real" smoke with radio gear--but the suggested system might be cheaper in the long run


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