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 Posted: Thu May 4th, 2017 08:40 am
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" Si how's that? "


Hi Helmut :wave:


Not bad !

You're getting the hang of this buying cheap crap operation !! ;)


I did see the all-in-one 4,5, or 6 batteries + charger deals.

Pretty good, I think, I'll do the maths on it.


Doesn't look as good as £1.36p inc. P&P each though.


I have actually bought a 'proper' charger also.

I was gonna do a benchtop 'lash up' on that, to save £0.99p or so.

But thought, hey ! this is 'proper stuff', gonna need a PROPER charger.


Chargers next . . .


:moose:


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Dave the postman hurled the 1st 380mAh battery at me on Saturday morning !

Looks in nice shape, and has what seems like a 'healthy' 3.98 Volts on it. :bg:



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A further 'slow trickle' ;) of R.C. components, has been arriving at Mysterious Moose Mountain H.Q.

My 2nd 380mAh £1.36p inc. P&P LiPo battery arrived today. :cool:

So did my new LiPo battery charger, more on that  l  a  t  e  r  .  .  .


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In looking at all the possible options for the project, one thing was paramount ...

... COST !

AND high-quality !!

It seems to me that economy AND quality, are easily achievable TOGETHER, no problem.



I might come back and describe another option I came up with also.

But I do have an R.C. receiver winging it's way to me at this very moment.



I went for a 'modular' approach, rather than an 'all on 1 board' scenario.

This will allow easy & cheap 'swop-out' of any individual failed components, in that unlikely event.



I looked at 27MHz AM/FM, 40MHZ, 35MHZ (I think ?) & a couple of others as well.

The overwhelming conclusion I came to, was that a 2.4GHz system, was by far the most economical & easily available.



It was not possible, despite a lot of looking, at both new & 2nd hand R.C. gear ...

... to buy ANY receiver, as far as I can tell, that is cheaper than this one  .  .  .















Easy to get from tons of suppliers.

No soldering required, although pins CAN of course be soldered to if needed.

Probably easy to remove the plastic case, for an even more compact board.


And of course cheap !  .  .  .  VERY CHEAP !!


£3.84p inc. P&P


It's not actually possible to get a whole pint of beer for that these days. :f:


( they can also be bought as a Rx. & Tx. 'FlySky' twin-set, for around £20 inc. P&P )



:brill:



Si.



More  s  o  o  n  .  .  .



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Well...
now you need an additional full-bridge controller for brushed motors ( nowadays not that easy to find in small size ) plus, in case you want some effects, another controller for on-off outputs. Lots of space if you're in 1:35.... Those R/C jacks aren't that space-saving either.



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Hi Helmut :wave:

Thanks for your encouragement ! ;)


2 VERY-compact & VERY-cheap E.S.C.s will be arriving here soon. :cool:


I'll probably save the 'effects' for when I get the $1000 loco. :shocked:


The plastic receiver-casing & R.C. connectors will most likely get binned & replaced by a custom installation.


It won't fit in my N-scale 0-6-0T though. :f:

Maybe one day something that small might be possible  .  .  .  maybe  .  .  .



:moose:



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" We don't tolerate failure at  S.P.E.C.T.R.E  Mr. Bond ! "



:w:





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What kind/size of jacks/plugs do you use on that receiver?  What kind of transmitter will you be using?  Inquiring minds want to know.  You're keeping me in suspense.

I have a couple of 3.7v LiPos and a voltage booster that I've picked up along the way.  Maling everything fit inside a loco seems to be a challenge.



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Hi Michael :wave:



There's the 'FlySky' 2.4 GHz high-quality frequency-hopping FS-GT2E transmitter. :cool:

It comes in a twin-pack, with a receiver included.

You can find the 'twin-pack' listed on eBay for around $20 inc. P&P. :bg:



The connector pins on the receiver are of a standard 0.1" pitch.

They are used in 3s, with a 3-way cable-socket.

They can be easily bought, or even got sometimes from the inside of scrap computers etc.


However an E.S.C. ( electronic speed controller ) often comes with a number of connectors already wired to it.

From left to right ...

0.1" pitch 3-pin receiver plug.

On/Off switch.

Motor Connector.

Battery connector.





You may wish to shorten the wires, or use different connectors ...

... but it is essentially 'Plug & Play' as it stands.


The only change that is really needed to run a loco from 1 battery ...

... is to simply 'splice-in' your 'DC-DC 9 Volt step-up regulator', in the battery line.


:brill:


Si.


I bought the one in the photo for ... £2.54p inc. P&P :bg:

The main-board is about 20x20mm if I remember right.

Can't say fairer than that Guv. ! :P



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Si,

I still want to see your shopping list for all of the parts.  What transmitter do you use with that tiny receiver?

I was thinking of picking up one of the small R/C tanks that come with two speeds for about $12 to install in my new railbus that I'm starting to work on.



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" I was thinking of picking up one of the small R/C tanks that come with two speeds for about $12 to install in my new railbus "



Hi Michael :Salute:


The mind boggles !


Sometimes even I am lost for words  ;)  .  .  .






:shocked:


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That'll work for me.  Wonder if I can make the canon really fire.



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" I still want to see your shopping list for all of the parts.  What transmitter do you use with that tiny receiver? "



Hi Michael :wave:



When I decided to have a go at R.C. I wanted to find an economical & workable solution.

I thought that a 'decent' workable solution, might be possible for about £15.

This was when I was still looking at a certain type of car/transmitter, to use for parts.



Having made the decision to go for a 'modular' system, rather than 'on one board', I needed a cheap transmitter.

I actually bought a 2.4GHz transmitter recently, for £0.99p + £3.45p P&P.

I could not resist it at the price, as it also looked simple & ideal for 'customization'.

Whether it will work with the receiver I have ordered, is as yet unknown.

Also, for most people, the option of picking up a transmitter for this price, is pretty minimal.



In deciding not to go for the initial 'cheap car' option, my budget 'realistically' possibly went up by about £10.

If the transmitter I have works OK, then I am 'on budget' to do the lot for £15.

If the transmitter I have doesn't work OK, then I will need to get the 'FlySky' transmitter.

This means my budget will increase, to an 'all in' price of around £25.



The setup will still be 'modular', so any toasted-parts can be easily & cheaply replaced.

Also the 'availability' of parts is important as well.

The 'FlySky' TX. & Rx. is not only very cheap at less than £20 inc. P&P, but very widely available.



I thought I would slowly but surely, document my 'economy system' for those who may be interested.

One thing I aint, is QUICK !

Spare time, other models to be made etc. etc. means this isn't 'a race' for me.

I would just like to come to the cheapest & highest-quality solution that I can reasonably find.



£15 or perhaps more realistically £25 spent, is an encouragement to those who might not want to spend 'the big bucks'.

Since I am still waiting for many parts to arrive, it is obviously hard to recommend anything.

Although what I have speced. is not 'rocket science' & is essentially tried & tested R.C. practice.



The bottom-line for this project, will however, always be quality AND cost !

Moose Mountain money, goes on modeling materials, NOT microchips !! ;)



:moose:



Si.



This is the transmitter that 'went for a song'. ;)

I have it here & have had a good 'nose around' inside it ! :shocked:





This is the 2.4 GHz 'FlySky' frequency-hopping transmitter & receiver twin-set, available for $20 inc. P&P on eBay.





:thumb:




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