Extra items... You may need connectors between components depending on how pluggable you want to make it. You may need a charging socket although I prefer to charge out of the train. Even that will need a charge lead.
It's nice to have an on/off switch and even nicer if that is accessible from the top without having to remove the train from the track.
The Tx I have used in the video is the E-flite MLP4DSM. It's also branded as the Parkzone PKZ3341. It may have other names locally. It's the simplest and smallest for DSM2. It requires no modifications. Try local model shops or ebay. The Dx4e and Dx5e are the next sizes up.
Transmitters like these have two joysticks which operate 4 channels. 3 sticks are self-centering (spring-loaded) and 1 is not. My Rx41d-v5 is set up to use the stick that is not self-centering for power level and another stick is used to select forward/reverse as shown in the video. I call this 'full stick' throttle control.
You get lots of different levels of sophistication. Here are some examples. The DX8, DX6i, DX4e, MLP4DSM and my little Tx1-J. Many others exist of the Spektrum range. The MLP4DSM is the least intimidating and with 4 channels has some scope for experimenting with lights etc later.
Last edited on Thu Oct 11th, 2012 10:45 am by DavidT
I think your last response may create further confusion and does not answer the original question insofar that it is not clear that your joystick transmitter serves the same function (albeit more limited) as the 4 other commercial transmitters in the photo.
I will send you a PM regarding some thoughts on the transmitter in commercial terms.
Thanks Bernard. I confirm that I was only using the standard MLP4DSM transmitter in the video I posted. The N gauge shown uses an Rx45-v5 but it will work as shown with the slightly larger Rx41d-v5 without any mods or changes.
My joystick transmitter that Bernard refers to is what I call Tx1-J. I included it in the photo above for scale. It is a standard-sized receiver which I convert into a miniature standalone transmitter. I add a 5-way navigation switch which acts as a joystick to control 2 channels of any DSM2 receiver. It does not have any visual indication of channel position. It also does not have an integrated battery. So it's a bit DIY but it has enough to control a train by radio in a very compact size.