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  1. Apologies for the delay Ian – Lots of family birthdays, (including my 65th) in the last 6 weeks or so. List as follows: RX61 Receiver from DelTang http://www.deltang.co.uk/ - Current price £27 Trustfire Li-Ion 10440 batteries .. 4 for £4.45 - Ebay (free shipping from China – Approx 2 weeks delivery) Sil socket strip – Turned pin (10) – Ebay - £1.59 Heat Shrink tubing for above – Ebay - £2 DIP switch - 1 way SPST - Ebay - Approx £3.00 for 10 That just about does the Loco receiver wise – You then need a Spektrum DSM2 compatible transmitter or one of Davids TX20 kits - £21 - http://www.deltang.co.uk/tx20a-kit.htm Also a suitable Li-Ion charger for the batteries – I use an IMAX B6 LiPo charger/discharger only because I had one which is used for the grandsons R/C car racing, again available from Ebay for around £30 or cheaper. Not sure if you aware of the FreeRails forum at http://www.freerails.com/ but there is a lot of info there regarding RC trains Hope this helps – BTW, I watch the DVD of the K &WR every so often and it keeps my enthusiasm going to one day build my R/C garden railway .. Thanks .. Andy
  2. I have now installed the new DelTang Rx60 Receiver/ESC in a Hornby Clan Line Pacific loco (or rather tender) and thought I would share this. I wanted to make the installation relatively Plug and play so have installed a 4 pin socket for power and motor connection, made from SIL turned pin miniature sockets (Turned Pin sockets ) and have made the plugs from the same pins removed from the plastic casing, soldered and shrink tubed to the wires. Rx60 - Rx61 and Turned pin SIL socket strip SIL pins soldered to wires which were connected to the tender wheels power pickups The tender pickups originally transferred track power to the loco via a live connecting pin - This now transfers power from the Rx60 to the loco The completed installation .... Quit neat even if I say so myself The batteries are Li-Ion 3.7v protected cells - They have a small circular protection circuit board which limits charge voltage and cuts power when low voltage limit is reached. I have yet to fully test these by charge cycling but the protection PCB can be removed if necessary ... This conversion was my second, so only took about 1 hour .... Will update after testing Thanks .. Andy
  3. Just one more question - Is there a recommended expansion gap for Peco code 100 track (yard lengths) when used outdoors - Thanks
  4. I think that is where I got my interest in steam railways Roddy - I lived in Clapham and like you, the Golden Arrow was one of the many trains that passed the bottom of the garden. I would like to re-create that with full length trains so the garden seems the logical place to have the space to do this and with RC I would not have to worry about wiring the track, apart from points operation. Having investigated the conversion of several locos and EMUs, it is clear that tender locos (non tender drive) are easy to convert as there is space for the LiPo, Li-Ion or LiFe batteries but smaller tank locos are much more difficult. If you want to keep the 12v motor you either have to use a voltage booster with a 3.7v 1s or single cell battery or find room for a multi cell pack. Alternatively, replace the 12v motor with a 3-6v item. So this will limit the choice of locos but as I intend to primarily run long trains, I can live with this .. - until battery technology allows ..
  5. After the successful conversion of my Hornby West Country 'Torrington' I have now installed the new Deltang Rx60 receiver/esc in a Hornby Clan Line Pacific loco (or rather tender) and thought I would share this. I wanted to make the installation relatively Plug and play so have installed a 4 pin socket for power and motor connection, made from SIL turned pin miniature sockets (Turned Pin sockets ) and have made the plugs from the same pins removed from the plastic casing, soldered and shrink tubed to the wires. Rx60 - Rx61 and Turned pin SIL socket strip. SIL pins soldered to wires which were connected to the tender wheels power pickups. The tender pickups originally transfered track power to the loco via a live connecting pin - This now transfers power from the Rx60 to the loco The completed installation .... The plug and pin configuration makes for quite a neat installation The batteries are Li-Ion 3.7v protected cells - They have a small circular protection circuit board which limits charge voltage and cuts power when low voltage limit is reached. I have yet to fully test these by charge cycling but the protection PCB can be removed if necessary ... This conversion was my second, so only took about 1 hour .... Will update after testing Thanks .. Andy
  6. Finally made it to the local club to test my Hornby loco modified with the excellent Deltang micro 2.4 Ghz Receiver/ESC and TX2 transmitter module. Electrical pickups have been removed from the loco and tender wheels and the power is supplied to the loco motor via the tender to loco pickup wires and connection. The track had power applied just to light the Pullman coaches. Battery power is supplied by 3 x 3.7v Lithium Ion cells of approx 300mah in series giving a nominal 11.1v. I initially tested the loco with 6 heavy Pullman coaches but suffered severe wheel slip on the gradients. The Transmitter is in a test box and has 2 independent speed controls, 2 direction switches and an inertia/brake slider. The purpose of using RC is to eventually build an OO garden railway and having power and control onboard, means no worries about electrical connections being affected by the weather The table top running without rails was for any sceptics ... Thanks to the Bracknell Railway Society for allowing me the use of their excellent facilities (I have yet to build my own OO garden railway) .. Thanks for watching P.S. Apologies for the cheesy choice of music ... Andy
  7. Thanks for the info chaps ... I have found a guy who has a large amount of track for disposal but it is steel and not NS - Would this just mean occasional de-rusting of the top working surface of the rail bearing in mind I am not interested in the electrical integrity of the track as I will be using radio control and on-board batteries? Ta .. Andy
  8. I have one of Davids micro receiver/ESC units and am awaiting a voltage booster from HK to run on 3.7v lithium batteries installed in the tender ... http://freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=4576&forum_id=45 David will be working on a receiver/esc which will handle 3 - 16v so 3S lipo will be usable doing away with the booster ... Cheers .. Andy
  9. I like this idea and searched the Bay for magnets .. Came across these which could be used with a 1mm rod in 1 magnet, locating in the 1mm hole in its partner - A little more expensive but might make alignment more positive .... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pack-of-25-very-small-Neodymium-ring-magnets-3mm-dia-x-1mm-dia-x-1mm-N35-grade-/130650106975?pt=UK_Collectables_WeirdStuff_RL&hash=item1e6b5a6c5f
  10. Years ago I had a Gaugemaster controller with a separate 'Inertia' simulating control - I have to say, compared with the standard controller mode the trains moved so much smoother and more realistically. Apparently, this function can be easily incorporated in my proposed Radio Control system but I just wondered how many modellers use this feature in DC and DCC ....
  11. Here is another application of RC in OO/HO modelling; [video no longer available] A bit if refinement required but the hard work done - I have just bought the same model of 2.4Ghz Transmitter on Ebay for £12.50 for my RC loco test so not expensive ..
  12. When the rail sides have been painted/weathered, I guess the difference will hardly be noticed so code 100 it is .. Thanks for your comments ...
  13. I have just spent my extra hour (BST) reading this thread and watching the videos of the superb K&WR garden railway. I am in the process of collecting rolling stock, track etc. ready to start after the next house move and this will certainly inspire, encourage and enthuse me to get started asap ... One thing that strikes me, especially watching the videos of the driver and brake van views is the incredible detail and also the amount of time and effort this must have taken .. Hopefully we will have a summer next year, so I look forward to updates on this special railway - Great stuff Ian
  14. One option for re-charging is to have a short section of siding 'live' - This would obviously need pickups to the wheels but no fiddling with connectors etc. Most small Lipo batteries will accept a charge of 2C or twice their capacity so a 30 minute charge should be sufficient - Provided the receiver/esc has a low voltage cutoff for lipos and the correct charger is used, all should be hunky dory
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