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    • August 15, 2018 1:20 AM EDT
    • Sorry Richard.  I don't understand what you mean.

      All of the R/C switches go onboard the locos to control various loco mounted items.  Lighst, sound systems, water pump motors etc.
      They could be used for controlling track turnouts but so far I have not had any interest in using them for that.

    • August 14, 2018 11:03 PM EDT
    • you have any pictures of how these units actually look on the garden railroad??


    • August 14, 2018 8:25 PM EDT
    • This is for those users of digital proportional R/C who have had problems finding reasonably priced R/C switches.  R/C switches are designed to use spare channels on any brand of stick radios and RCS R/C equipment for sound triggers and switching motors ON - OFF, both in Live Steam and Battery R/C.
      Whilst Centre OFF proportional ESC's are very low priced very few of them have sound trigger functions and/or directional constant brightness lighting outputs.

      RCS is now selling a range of such devices.  Both solid state R/C switches and relay R/C switches.
      They can all use the R/C Rx battery pack to provide 5 volts or switch traction battery voltage.  Full wiring instructions are included.  Outputs can be selected Momentary or Latch ON - OFF.
      They simply plug into the R/C Rx and use screw terminals for connecting to the devices or lights that are to be controlled.

        # MRW-SSLS.  Solid State Lighting Switch. Lights are ON before loco moves.  Reads motor control channel polarity to switch lighting direction automatically.


        # MRW-RSS Relay Single Switch.  Provides 1 x 1 amp trigger control functions for any channel used.


      # MRW-RDS Relay Dual Switch provides 2 x 1 amp trigger control functions for any channel used.


      # MRW-SSDS Solid State Dual Switch.  Provides 2 x 3amp trigger control functions for any channel used.  


       # MRW-SSQS Solid State Quad Switch.  Provides 4 x 3amp. trigger control functions.


        # E-SWITCH Single Electronic Switch.  Any spare Channel turns on RX battery voltage supply up to 2 amps.Cannot be used for sound triggers.

      Full details are here.


    • July 20, 2018 8:58 PM EDT
    • Tony,

      My garden railroad is not continuous run but operates like a real railroad with station starts/stops, crossing trains and shunting. Therefore what I like about the EVO-BATT is that I can hold it in one hand and can do everything with my thumb without having to look at the transmitter. My thumb will rotate the forward/reverse/throttle knob and also press the sound triggers. My other hand is then free for setting switches, uncoupling, etc.

      Oh and my 3 year old granddaughter likes it too......


      Peter Lucas


    • July 19, 2018 8:00 PM EDT
    • I guess you could say this post was timely, given the recent discussions of control systems.

      Although my main product line is catering for Live Steam R/C, I am making a couple of dedicated DSM2 Digital Proportional Tx hand-pieces just for Battery R/C.

      Unlike regular stick radios which work 90º either side of neutral, RCS hand-piece knobs use 150º degrees of speed control, either side of neutral.  That equals much finer speed control.

      There are two items in the RCS EVOLUTION range.

      The # EVO-BATT is for simple entry level battery R/C.  It can handle 1 x loco for Centre OFF control with three sound triggers.

      The other item is # EVO-BATT-DUO.  This allows 2 x Centre OFF control Locos to be operated simultaneously from the one Tx handpiece. Cab "A" & Cab "B" each have 2 x independent sound triggers.

      Three Suitable VIPER ESC's from 3 amps @ 12 volts to 12 amps @ 24 volts are a perfect match.

    • May 14, 2018 1:28 PM EDT
    • Hi Joe, thanks for the input. I will pass this onto JK.



    • May 14, 2018 12:09 PM EDT
    • Press and hold #9 to increase volume, press and hold #7 to decrease volume would make more sense.

    • May 14, 2018 10:00 AM EDT
    • Revo update.

      I asked JK for variable sound volume and he said YES!!  I explained how Dallee and Phoenix offer this capability.  In the next revision of the receiver firmware he will add it. Not sure when or what buttons he will choose. I suggested using button 9. Press and hold  for increase volume and press and hold to lower volume. 

      What would you guys like to see?



    • March 12, 2018 10:36 AM EDT
    • Hi Steve, you will need to get the USB programmer to update your REVO RX.  After you get one or borrow one, download the USB program from Precision R/C web site.  Next download the SD60 and SD33eco files. 

      To use the USB programmer follow the one page instructions. It is a two step procedure to upload new sounds.


      Enjoy, Don 

    • May 11, 2018 1:03 PM EDT
    • Yes, that's right, Fred! I have been able to 3D print an Aristocraft Mallet Pilot, 21500-166. At first, the replacement part was made in several pieces before final assembly. Now, with my 3rd 3D printer, I am able to print it in one piece. 

      The new part is made with thicker vertical posts and has a brace running under the grill bars of the pilot to strengthen it further. It is also possible to mount it to the locomotive with 4 screws rather than just 2. These improvements should make the part stand up better from the odd branch, rock or debris lying on the track. 

      Photos are in a new album I just uploaded.

      This printer is a Wanao Duplicator7 Plus.



    • May 10, 2018 12:53 AM EDT
    • I met Gilbert at the latest OVAR dinner meeting, here in Ottawa on Tuesday evening (May 8th)

         He showed me some fresh, new samples of some more replacement parts...Aristo articulated locomotive owners will be happy...

       He says he will be making an announcement shortly...on this forum...stay tuned...

        Fred Mills

    • March 15, 2018 5:54 AM EDT
    • Its great the Gilbert is providing us with the parts that we need for our hobby. And he did a really good job on all of the parts that I have ordered from him.

    • March 14, 2018 7:07 PM EDT
    • Gilbert at GLX, now has brake wheels...if you have a particular style/type you want...send Gilbert a sample and he may be able to produce them for you.

        I have seen two styles similar to the Old Aristo ones...

        Fred Mills

    • March 29, 2018 10:31 AM EDT
    • Sean, thank you for understanding me and not taking it as confrontive.

      It's funny there is no convenient place to put a link.. or a "masthead"...

      I think the best thing the moderator could do is put a sticky in the forum and embed a link in the text, and probably bold it.. I think you might be able to do this so you just clicked the sticky topic.



    • March 29, 2018 10:06 AM EDT
    • In better times, the answer would be an advertisement w/link above the list. Now you have provided.

    • March 29, 2018 7:05 AM EDT
    • Greg

      Now that you ask ..good question

      I looked back to all the venders threads .. no site links offered

      I wonder if each moderator should have a short intro and a link to there website in there signature .. like you have.. 


    • March 29, 2018 12:10 AM EDT
    • Where did you want it? on a sticky thread? I'm not sure where you could make it convenient....



    • March 28, 2018 7:11 AM EDT
    • Thanks Greg

      The reason I posted this ... you would think if I ( RDL Hobbies ) had this section I would of had a link to the site.

      Greg I capable of doing as you suggested.. :  Thanks again

      I was hoping ( RDL Hobbies ) would notice the missing link..  and add it to the beginning of his section..

    • March 28, 2018 12:51 AM EDT
    • .... or put rld hobbies in google search..



    • March 26, 2018 11:48 AM EDT
    • Am I missing a link to the web site ?

      It would be nice to have one hear.