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 Posted: Mon Sep 19th, 2016 10:38 pm
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Or I might look at Gn15! I think I could do a quaint little regional railroad with the Gn15 stuff available. I need a little more research there regarding ability to do BPRC in those small locos. The ability to be out in the weather or not does not matter when comaparing to On30 (if not, same as On30).



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If your German reading ability is not too rusty, a lot of info about Gn15 BPRC can be found here.  And about Gn15 in general, this of course.



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 Posted: Tue Sep 20th, 2016 10:12 pm
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Nochmal, vielen Dank.



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1:24 scale family & bonzo the dog !

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Yeah - it would be somewhat neat but the apparent 'progress' of Playmobil is kind of a letdown.



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I found a couple of those Playmobil sets on eBay, the track powered locos. they are somewhat expensive although I am tempted.

But for my initial layout I am going to do On30. Track and equipment is far less expensive than anything else (that I want to use), and there is a lot of cool On30 stuff.

Looking at which rc system to use, planning to use S-CAB for battery board as I think they are the only one with an auto-switch capability between track and battery.

Thx to all for the advice and opinions.



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Howdy Helmut, all I can advise is that you might want to go totally "wireless", I have been in this hobby for over 50 years and 15 years back I threw away power packs and track cleaners. This one thing (radio control & onboard batteries) totally changed my hobby. Wireless is the way to go.

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Yessir - that is absolutely what I plan to do, with the possible exception of track sections for charging if I am able to use the S-CAB bps board with the eventual solution I select.



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The problem with 'track sections' for charging, as I see it is...
...you would need to maintain all the pickup-springs, wheel-contacts & tires etc. in a squeeky-clean operational manner, with no loss of conductivity, or short-circuits.
Just as you would having full track-power.

Having the 'juice' going straight to the motor; without this complex chain of springs, contacts & wires, just waiting to get clogged up with gunk & go wrong...
...means you should be able to plough through much more 'crud' on an outdoor track, without so much as a blink.

If I were choosing an R.C. system. I don't think I'd want to limit my choices so much, by only having the option of those that offer that feature.
Anyhow, I would imagine that the charging could be done from the rails with any system, if the wiring was adapted to allow it.

The 'auto-switch' feature, between battery & track-power seems to me not particularly essential either.
A small manual-switch added during R.C. conversion could perform this task just as easily.

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Si,
Understood, but I am also considering the relative fragility of the On30 models and trying to reduce handling.

I do intend to start somewhat small and see how it goes; that way i can amend the plan without a large loss of effort/cash.

I do know some amount of experimentation will be required, I am OK with that.

I do not think I am overly limiting the RC system by choosing to use the S-CAB battery/power board. I see it as adding a flexible option in a system. I can also NOT hook up anything to track power and just use a charging jack later as well, and if it does not work out I can adsorb the cost of one or two of those boards.



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