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    • March 27, 2020 1:42 AM EDT
    • It has taken over three years, but at long last the DSM2/DSMX RCS Rx107 programmable Auto Bind 2.4 Ghz Rx is now available.
      The Rx107 has been designed to improve upon the well known Deltang Rx102-1 and be competitive on price.
      There are two versions, End mount pins and Top mount pins.


      They are designed for both Live Steam and Battery R/C.
      The hardware is made by Xenon R/C in China and the completely new Firmware comes from MICRON R/C in the UK.
      The regular MSRP will be A$39 each (US$ 26 and the
       GB £20).
      There is an introductory price of A$ 29 each whilst stocks of the 10cm antenna versions last.



      For full information go to

      Specific instructions can be seen here

    • September 23, 2019 11:37 PM EDT
    • Remote Control Systems (RCS) has a new Automatic Bind 2.4 GHz Rx available.
      Works with DSM2/DSMX protocols and has 6 channels.
      End mount and Top mount servos.
      A$ 29 (US$20) each post free.
      Suitable for Live Steam and Battery R/C.

      Full details about them are HERE

    • September 17, 2019 10:33 PM EDT
    • MTO Batteries is the way to go.  Used by our special operators overseas.  You can get them from Don Sweet at RCS of New England.  He advertises on this site. 

    • September 17, 2019 10:33 PM EDT
    • MTO Batteries is the way to go.  Used by our special operators overseas.  You can get them from Don Sweet at RCS of New England.  He advertises on this site. 

    • September 16, 2019 10:41 PM EDT
    • Thanks Bob.  I have several MTO packs and they have been great. From what I read; they have much more robust protection; especially short circuit; than standard packs.

    • September 16, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

    • September 16, 2019 7:06 AM EDT
    • Can't help you there but I do wish you luck .. 


    • September 15, 2019 7:23 PM EDT
    • Thank you Mark.  Very helpful.

    • September 15, 2019 6:41 PM EDT
    • I use All-Battery, now called Tenergy Power.  I buy mostly their Tenergy Li-Ion 18650 14.8V 2200mAh Rechargeable Battery Pack w/ PCB Protection for my Bachmann geared locomotives.  I see that they offer 18.5 to 25.9 packs


      In my experience their batteries have been extremely reliable as I am still using the first pack that I bought in 2013 plus all subsequent packs that I have purchased for other engines.

    • September 15, 2019 6:20 PM EDT
    • I have a client in the USA who needs to get an 18.5 volt (5s) battery pack made up for an Engineering Museum project.  Aristocraft E8 and 5 passenger cars. So it will need seriously big capacity.

      I can supply battery packs from Australia but they are expensive to buy and expensive to ship.

      Would some kind soul in the the USA steer him to a reliable battery source please. Pack must have pcb protection.

    • June 20, 2019 10:54 AM EDT
    • I recently had the opportunity to fit a new RCS R/C system and Fosworks COBRA-260 ESC to a latest run USAT GP38-2.
      Knowing that USAT diesels have in the past been very susceptible to gear failure I very carefully checked out this example.
      All the axles were perfect.

      This particular installation was to be fitted with a Centre OFF 100 Watt COBRA-260 ESC.  These are virtually identical to my new Low OFF RCS # OMEGA-10 100 Watt ESC.
      The owner wanted to use one Tx hand-piece to be able to control 1 x battery R/C loco and 1 x TITAN track-side R/C separately from the same hand-piece.  The EVO-DUO+ hand-piece can do this and also provide 4 x sound trigger functions for the diesel.

      The GP38-2 was ripe for some creative internal layout of components.

      I started with the MyLocosound, Speaker and MRW-SSQS quad R/C sound trigger by mounting all of them in the fuel tank.
      The Infra Red sensor for programming was mounted up under the frame of the loco. Top left in pic below.
      The wires were neatly bundled together and fed up into the loco body for connection to the control panel on top of the loco.

      The 2,600 mah 5s Li-Ion battery pack was mounted between the stanchions on 10 mm square styrene tubing glued in place with silicone adhesive and secured to the loco frame by a cable tie.
      I never re-wire USAT locos. Instead I leave the stock wiring in place and feed the motors direct from the ESC.  I power the loco electronics by the traction batteries fed via a DPDT relay which is controlled by the directional lighting outputs of ESC lighting outputs.  The relay is mounted on the battery pack for convenience.

      The result is constant brightness directional lights and the two marker lamps change colour with direction change.

       Whilst working on the loco body removing the two smoke units (they eat batteries) I discovered that the top centre section of the loco body could be made removable.  It is held in place by 4 x screws which are easily removable.

      Once the top cover was removed making a control panel to hold switch, charge jack, Rx and ESC was easy peasy.

      The dimensions are here:

      The DSM2 Rx was mounted on the top side of the panel.  The servo leads to the ESC and quad R/C sound trigger pcb in the fuel tank come up through a slot in the panel.

       The COBRA-260 was mounted on the underside of the panel.

      In hind-site that was not a good idea.  The minute amount of radiation from the ESC interfered with the Rx because it was too close to the antenna.  The thickness of the styrene is not enough, although only an inch or so separation is actually needed. After testing I replaced the Rx with a Deltang Rx with a long range antenna the receiving part of which was well away from the ESC.

      The panel is supported by 5 mm square styrene tubing glued to the insides of the loco body.  The panel sits on top of the tubing and secured in place with 2 x spare USAT body mounting screws.
      I glued some small pieces of styrene tubing in the old screw holes to act as guide pegs when removing and replacing the body cover.
      The result is no holes drilled into the loco at all.

      It runs really well on the 4s (14.8 volt) pack although a 5s (18.5 volts) pack would give a higher top speed which many users would prefer.
      Range is about 200' and duration around 2 hours with a 10 car train on a flat layout.

    • June 4, 2019 1:45 PM EDT
    • I can confirm that Tony's TX works with many different DSM2 systems.  I've tried 3 different RXs with mine so far.

    • June 4, 2019 12:19 AM EDT
    • Hi Rooster.

      The problem had always been, no matter good and reliable R/C car ESC's were, the big drawback was always the big cumbersome two hand operation Transmitters.

      Not any more.  The Tx's I make will fit in a pocket and can be operated by one hand if you wish.

      They vary from a basic three channel entry level handpiece with one sound trigger;

      To a more advanced 5 channel hand-piece with 5 x sound triggers. 

      Unlike some R/C systems the RCS R/C is compatible with quite a bit of DSM2 protocol equipment.

      Rx's start at A$ 22 ea Xenon Rx's.  ESC's from A$ 49 ea.

    • June 3, 2019 9:57 PM EDT
    • I personally "was" wired into the RC car business many moons ago and often wondered why no one grabbed the ESC and related it to the model train hobby.

    • June 3, 2019 12:00 PM EDT
    • Hi Peter.


      I deliberately call my Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC's) just that, to differentiate them from DCC.

      The # OMEGA-10 can use any type of Rx that has standard servo signal throws and not just DSM2 protocols. Although I only produce and sell DSM2 compatible R/C.

      The only maker I know of that has combined Rx/ESC's are Deltang DSM2 compatible, and only one of which can actually be used up to a claimed 18 volts. The others are all a maximum of 13 volts.

      The ESC in this thread can take up to 28 volts, although I only say 24 volts.

    • June 3, 2019 11:28 AM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:
      Tony Walsham said:

      Hello Pete.

      Did you have a question?

      Probably not only challenging as a few do.

       Rooster, that is a very weird sentence.

      Tony, I am not wired in to the rc car biz, where talk of ESCs is common.  I am used to trains using "throttles" - electronic ones in this case.  And many DCC systems have the receiver and the esc built in to the same module.


      As you didn't mention DSM2 I assumed it did not have an integral receiver, so I went to your site to check - hence the red writing.

    • June 2, 2019 8:03 PM EDT
    • Tony Walsham said:

      Hello Pete.

      Did you have a question?


      Probably not only challenging as a few do.


      Nice product Tony !

    • June 2, 2019 6:43 PM EDT
    • Hello Pete.

      You wrote
      Each locomotive will require one ESC/RX combination listed above.

      That is correct.

      Although designed specifically for my own DSM2 R/C, they will work with just about ANY Digital Proportional Rx that has standard servo signal outputs.

      Did you have a question?


    • June 2, 2019 5:26 PM EDT
    • I was curious about the r/c so I looked on your link:

      Each locomotive will require one ESC/RX combination listed above.

    • June 1, 2019 8:30 PM EDT
    • RCS now has available a new 100 Watt (5 amps at 20 volts) ESC.


      They feature screw terminals and constant brightness forward and reverse lighting outputs.

      These replace the no longer made original RCS OMEGA series. The OMEGA-10 Low OFF control uses two channels for speed and direction.

      Low OFF control is how most Live Steam locos are operated.

      The direction is set by a reverser which also controls Inertia/Momentum. The loco speed is controlled by a 300º degree regulator knob. 

      Much finer control than with the 150º degree control a Centre OFF ESC has.

      Three different operating modes can be set and they are programmable for performance features. High frequency silent PWM output.

      The # OMEGA-10 can be used with any standard servo output receiver and requires two channels.

      Available direct from RCS for A$ 89 (US$ 62) Post Free.

      Go HERE for full information.