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    • October 9, 2018 5:46 PM EDT
    • Forgot to add,

      I will stop accepting orders as of October 19th in order to achieve a December delivery deadline.



      Also thanks Rooster! 

    • October 7, 2018 8:00 PM EDT
    • Good luck on your venture Colin !

    • October 7, 2018 5:20 PM EDT
    • Hello all,


      I’m posting this as a feeler to see if anyone is interested.  My “startup company”, the Camarillo Pacific Railroad Company, has been commissioned to make another run of the all famous “Datum Precision Coupler Box” that was last available almost 8 years ago.  If you aren’t familiar with this product, it is a metal box that was developed by Ted Doskaris and is one of the main components to the many Kadee adaptations he has made to his mostly Aristo-Craft locomotives. If you would like more info, he has thoroughly documented them on Greg Elmassian’s website.


      We would be selling the pair for $40, reflecting today's costs, plus shipping.  For bulk orders of 30 or more pairs, we can discuss over the phone about bulk pricing. 


      If you are interested in ordering these metal coupler box pairs, please send me a direct message with your:


      - First and last name

      - Mailing Address

      - Phone number

      - Email address

      - Quantity of coupler box Pairs


      Thank You,



    • October 3, 2018 7:59 PM EDT

    • The new Argyle - Accucraft NSWGR C38 class loco is now being delivered.
      The RCS R/C kit for the C38 is also ready for delivery.
      Please read up on the available options HERE

    • October 3, 2018 12:26 PM EDT
    • Looks like I will just have to try it. . .

    • October 2, 2018 10:15 PM EDT
    • Hello Michael.

      Thanks for the information.

      The problem is not really the batteries.

      The VIPER specs are for 12 volts nominal.  Great if you can fit 10 x NiMh or NiCd cells in a pack. They can handle 15 volts actual, but not 15.1 volts actual.

      In all other facets the VIPER ESC's are terrific. Low cost, prewired with JST plugs and sockets and a genuine 6 amps if needed.

      They are potted and waterproof, so are not user serviceable, but I have yet to blow one up.

    • October 2, 2018 7:35 PM EDT
    • Nice gadget Tony... Simplicity is often grand!


      A 14.4V or 4S Li-Ion battery typically measures 16.8V off charge.... Under significant load, voltage will decay quickly. That said our loads aren't typically more than a few amps, as the battery is consumed voltage degradation ensues and the battery will cruise around 15.0V all the way to recommended voltage cut-out. NOTE: "recommended cut-out" is not until the battery stops working... There are lots of 18650 Li-Ion discharge graphs available online for those interested.



    • October 2, 2018 5:43 PM EDT
    • Thanks Peter.

      I do have a Bachmann LYN derivative running on a 4s (1,500 mah) pack and a VIPER without any problems. So it seems it varies a bit.  Could be the protection pcb's I have fitted allowing a bit too much voltage out on some packs Master Instruments make for me.

      The easy peasy solution to over voltage for the VIPER-10-12 volt causing erratic behavior is a couple of 3 amp silicone diodes in series to drop the battery voltage by about 1.5 volts.

      They must be after the charge circuit and before the VIPER.

      A much better all round solution would be if MTroniks could make them to withstand a little bit more voltage.


    • October 2, 2018 2:26 PM EDT
    • Nice product Tony, and thanks for answering my question about the Viper ESC that I was given.  (It is a 12V and I wondered what it will do with a 14.4 Li-ion battery.  Your website says they work up to 15V and get erratic with a fully-charged 16V Li-ion pack.)

    • October 1, 2018 7:31 PM EDT
    • Now available from RCS is a new Plug'n'Play adaptor for battery only conversions of any Large Scale Bachmann and Aristocraft locos equipped with the standard PnP socket.

      It can be used with any non PnP R/C control equipment.

      The # BATTERY-PnP is a plug in pcb pre-wired for plug in VIPER ESC using JST connections, Forward and Reverse lighting and battery + & - connections for the loco electronics.


      This will be an easy way of converting the soon to be released updated Bachmann Annie, that will have a PnP socket fitted.

      The kit with instructions will sell for A$ 19 and will be given away with the RCS EVO -VIPER ESC package deals for those that can use them.


    • September 20, 2018 7:00 PM EDT
    •  May I ask if it's ok to copy the Nathan K5LA horns that LGB made for their Genesis series locomotives since they are no longer available as replacement parts? The K5LA is a very common horn and arrangements are endless with modern railroads. I believe they will help many modelers with their projects if allowed.




    • September 19, 2018 2:50 PM EDT
    • Yes, I understand, just making it clear this is not the "shiny chrome" that you would find on the bumper of a model car for example.


      Yes, waaaayyy better!



    • September 19, 2018 2:28 PM EDT
    • Thank you Greg Elmassian! I use chrome paint but the sprayer makes it sometimes apply as micro texture hence the silver. At least this is better than the black I use on my other part offerings.

    • September 19, 2018 1:57 PM EDT
    • Forgot to mention my parts came several days ago, packaged very nicely and quick!

      Thanks Gilbert, my poor FA's looked pretty poor without horns! By the way, the horns are silver, not shiny chrome, much better looking.



    • September 14, 2018 3:04 PM EDT
    • The part numbers for the horns are different. The mounting base on the FA-1 is large and strangely tapered.


      The great news is by making an exact replacement, people are not forced to buy 2 horns to match if only one is damaged on their FA.


      The other bonus is getting it chromed to match... paint we can do, chrome nope.



    • September 13, 2018 8:49 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

           Accuracy is desirable for some, but not others. 

             Fred Mills


      I totally understand Fredrick Mills ....."Then why preach it"


      Padre, Friar or whatever NICKNAME you prefer ?

    • September 13, 2018 8:29 PM EDT
    •  David

      In case you are serious, and just don't know what most people who are looking for these parts want...

        All Gilbert is trying to do, is offer replacement parts, to replace what Aristo offered on the original models.

        If some potential customers want a specific horn, or part, other than what Aristo provided, they can contact Gilbert, and possibly arrange for the specific part to be produced.

           Accuracy is desirable for some, but not others. 

             Fred Mills


    • September 13, 2018 8:13 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      GLX now has the HORNS, and Wipers for the Aristo FA1.  They are even chromed.  I'm sure he would make unpainted ones too, on demand.

           He also now has the HORNS for the RS3.

                Fred Mills

      What is the difference between the FA-1 and RS3 horns ? I'm just curious since you "strive" for accuracy? I'm pretty sure that the eastern roads used a modified Nathan on the early Alco RS-3 locomotives however the Alco FA1 seemed to prefer the Leslie. I also understand that all roads varied according to their,there,they're needs. Me personally I'm a huge fan of the Nathan k5la that is a sweet sound...


      Wait I forgot you don't do sound as it's an inferno noise as you have stated in the past so I'm thinking these horns that GLX has made are just for show and not really specific to any prototype.


      Either way I thank and congratulate Gilbert on his work which I think will sell well for those NOT into "Prototypical Operations" as a few preach.



    • September 13, 2018 6:22 PM EDT
    • GLX now has the HORNS, and Wipers for the Aristo FA1.  They are even chromed.  I'm sure he would make unpainted ones too, on demand.

           He also now has the HORNS for the RS3.

                Fred Mills

    • September 7, 2018 3:02 PM EDT
    • Hi Sean, the REVO is doing well.  Reliability is great and so are Sales. Navin is available for any kind of REVO and Aristo Craft service. Call or email him. No web site for service. 

      Navin's phone is 201-565-6069.   email:


      JK released a new steam sound, S_N90 which is the best so far. Press # 4 for short whistle. Press #3 for crossing. Press 2 for bell that rings for 10 sec. Much better,  high #9, medium #8 and , low #9 for volume control. But the steam engine has a really good chuff. Got to love it for free!!