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    • 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.

    • September 12, 2019 12:02 AM EDT
    • I have the files for this and I am going to print one out for myself but using green PETG filament. PLA filament is not too good for outdoors as it does not have a high enough temperature rating in the sun, meaning it can get soft and start to melt.

    • September 4, 2019 7:12 PM EDT
    • Now you just need a synchronized recording and a way to power it....

    • July 23, 2019 11:45 AM EDT
    • impressive system

    • July 23, 2019 11:45 AM EDT
    • impressive system

    • July 21, 2019 10:00 PM EDT
    • Outdoors video called Parade of Steam. Featuring all the Bachmann geared locos operating using the RailPro system. Double heading the Heisler and Shay. Segment on how to create a consist in 10 secs. I am using the SUN/brighter screen version hand controller.    

      Second video using the new Raton 2-6-0 and Climax to show using the Plug N Play adapter for the RailPro. Select battery or track power switch. See and hear sounds. 


      Click on link then select the video.

    • June 20, 2019 9:54 AM EDT
    • To see the RailPro system operating at the NGRC Portland, OR, please visit Terry Meyer's layout during the tours. I will not be able to attend. Terry has the system with the brighter hand controller screen installed in his USAT SD-40.



    • 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.