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Dr. StrangeLiPo ... or How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Love The Battery !
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 Posted: Wed Jun 7th, 2017 02:31 am
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Rod Hutchinson
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Bob,

I have been using 2S battery and Pololu step up to 9v. My locos are mostly 1980's era HOn30 Sugiyama built with open frame Mashima motors. All my OEM motors are running nicely with this setup.



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Hi Guys :wave:


Well ... The battery connectors I ordered finally arrived. :cool:




They fit the batteries & charger I have.

So I think I now have all the parts.


:!:


Si.


An update on the Plymouth to follow.

I saved $980 by buying the Model-Power, rather than the $1K loco.

So I figured that spending a few Bucks on an ultra-cool bespoke 1:35 body wouldn't melt the VISA !


Smallbrook Studios 1:35 'Blackbird'





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Si,

Really like that Plymouth body.  Should turn out to be sweet looking loco.  Wish my budget could afford something like that.  Well, maybe later.

Ran across a 4-wheel 2-axle Camco Models HO wagon.  Was thinking it might have possibilities in 1/35.

Anyone know why European railroads often favored 4-wheel cars compared to the US where just about everything is 8-wheel even narrow gauge?



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Michael M wrote: Si,

Really like that Plymouth body.  Should turn out to be sweet looking loco.  Wish my budget could afford something like that.  Well, maybe later.

Ran across a 4-wheel 2-axle Camco Models HO wagon.  Was thinking it might have possibilities in 1/35.

Anyone know why European railroads often favored 4-wheel cars compared to the US where just about everything is 8-wheel even narrow gauge?
Interesting question and almost nobody here in the UK seems to know the answer. My single reply when asking suggests it was the way US railroads were constructed, quickly and over vast distances with the emphasis on getting trains running and only later improving the track quality. The compensated 4 wheel bogie gave superior running over poorer track with the advantage of allowing heavier loads to be carried.



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Davecttr,

That's the best answer that I've gotten so far.  It made me think of the movie The Train starring Burt Lancaster.  It's a pretty good war movie.  Towards the end of the movie you see Lancaster removing the bolts that secure the rails to the ties, whereas US practice was just to spike the rails.

Could it be that in Europe because of shorter distances 4-wheel cars were just easier to use?



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@Michael M
Not at all. There are international runs where the cars travel 2500+ kms ( From e.g. Germany to Turkey - still scheduled once a week ) i was very surprised to learn that by accident when I roamed Pendik station ( Asian side ) and ran into several Deutsche Bahn 2-axle cars.
The trackage standards are just higher - period.

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Hi Guys :wave:



Although I started out with the idea of R.C.ing my Model-Power Plymouth, which may still happen ...

... I also have a few other options for my first R.C. loco.



I have done some basic assembly of the Smallbrook Studios 1:35 Plymouth resin-kit.

I measured the hood of the Model-Power Plymouth very carefully before ordering a number of R.C. components.

It was internally about 22mm wide & would easily fit eg. my new LiPo batteries.

Since getting the resin-kit however, because of the extra thickness of the resin-parts ...

... the internal width of the kit hood is LESS than 20mm. :f:

The stuff will still fit in, just a bit of a rethink is needed.



Also a dear friend of mine recently gave me a Bachmann HO G.E. 44 Ton mechanism.

This is a lovely running chassis with side-rods, but visually a bit on the small side for 1:35n2.

I know this is probably a MASSIVE CHEAT ... :shocked:

... but it would fit a modded Smallbrook Studios Plymouth & would be 100% invisible under the very low axle-boxes etc.

It is very very tempting to consider using this very nice mech. in the resin-kit.



I have also been slowly building a tender for my now modded to 0-4-0 Bachmann 0-4-2 Porter.

The idea being that this engine might well be better as my first R.C. loco.

Decisions, decisions  .  .  .



I was a bit hard on the JST 1.25 connectors.

I have messed with them a bit & am coming to accept them a bit more than at first.

The wire is still way way thinner though, than all the other wires on eg. the E.S.C board etc.

Mmm ...



:moose:



Si.



I never said I was QUICK !



Possible antenna question, for all you experts, coming up as well  .  .  .

Later  .  .  .





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I'm by no means an expert but when I put RC in my Plymouth the antenna was only about 2 inches long.  I haven't experienced any trouble with the signal so far.  The RC car for my rail truck has a much longer antenna, about 10 inches long, so I'll have to come up with a new solution there.

It's surprising how room under the hood for RC electronics gets filled up so quickly.

That resin kit is a beauty!



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If we assume the standard 1/4 wavelength antenna, then 1.25cm or 1/2" is all length you need with 2.4GHz



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