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R/C 3D Locos

Postby Thorness » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:56 pm

I have been assembling a couple of Tom's (Tebee) 3D prints as Radio Controlled locos.
These are the two bodies:
ImageBody by Thorness, on Flickr
and
ImageLoco 2 by Thorness, on Flickr

I am using Deltang equipment' this is the receiver:
ImageRx63-22 by Thorness, on Flickr
and here is the whole electrical gubbins:
ImageComponents by Thorness, on Flickr

The loco with the weatherboard was designed for a Bachmann Percy which I only discovered after I had bought it so there was a bit of a fiddle getting the Hornby Ben chassis to fit in the hole. Nothing too serious just some trimming of the motor support at the back really.
ImageChassis in place by Thorness, on Flickr

The other one was a straight fit on a Smokey Joe chassis.
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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby Thorness » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:12 pm

As usual with the WSF material a fair amount of work is required with the paintwork if you want a relatively smooth finish.
Primed
ImageLoco 1 by Thorness, on Flickr
ImageLoco 2 by Thorness, on Flickr

Two coat of Halfords Grey primer rubbed down and the 3 coats of Brookland Green again rubbed down between coats.

ImageFinal colours by Thorness, on Flickr

They have both had a spray of satin varnish to dull them down a bit
ImageBoth nearly done by Thorness, on Flickr

Now I just need to finish off the cab areas to hide the switch mountings and the charging ports
ImageElectrics installed by Thorness, on Flickr
ImageElectrics installed by Thorness, on Flickr

The loco with the weather board is quite a bit taller (about 20mm) than my Smallbrook Katie & Columbine so I will need to adjust my loading gauge.

Cheers
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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby NotHarryPotter » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:20 pm

Really nice work Don :D
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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby docnjoj » Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:00 am

Those locos look great. I too use Deltang R/C and would never go back to track powered trains.
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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby Thorness » Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:43 pm

A couple more pics. I think construction is now finished, just need to sort out worksplates and some weathering. Charging ports hidden under brake standards and switches darkened.
ImageThe new stock by Thorness, on Flickr
ImageRear view by Thorness, on Flickr

The height difference between the old and the new:
ImageOld and new by Thorness, on Flickr

The R/C control is most impressive but now the fail safe of points turning off the power if set wrong is gone so more care needs to be taken - just like the real thing!
I now feel slightly frustrated that the other locos will be difficult to convert. There is not much space in the resin ones and the other one has a load of lead well glued inside taking up what would be the usable space. Not sure I would be able to get it out without causing serious damage.

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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby lesmond » Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:42 am

Thanks for sharing, Don.

The two locomotives look absolutely excellent - very well done indeed :D

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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby Nevadablue » Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:47 pm

How did I miss this one?

Nice work!
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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby docnjoj » Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:02 pm

I have one R/c setup in a gondola for the battery and receiver. Just a micro plug to the loco so no extra stuff inside it. My other receiver is in the loco with the battery. Both work fine.
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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby Bob Roegge » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:54 pm

Been awhile since I posted on Gnatterbox.....

I recently built a Shapeways based RC engine. I began with a 1/24th scale (Gn15) Bagnall Sipat purchased in WSF. I was not too concerned about the finish texture as my railroad is a run down derelect thing. I did sand a little but not excessively. I equipped it with a Bachmann Percy mechanism, Deltang RX61 receiver powered by a 300 mah single cell lipo with a Polulu 9 volt step up regulator. Everything is contained in the engine. It operates quite well - smooth with good slow speed characteristics. I made a couple short videos and posted them on Youtube. Not the best quality video as I have a difficult time operating the camera and the throttle at the same time. The engineer is also a Shapeways purchase. The battery and switch are visible in the bottom photo view. Not the ideal location for the switch but it fit well and I was to lazy to incorporate it on top. It would be better if I did not have to pick up the engine to turn it on and off.

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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby docnjoj » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:32 pm

Very professional looking install. Also great paint job.
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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby Thorness » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:09 pm

Beautiful little loco! Nice videos.
I don't know about you but I've found that I get much better slow speed running with R/C than with track powered locos.

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Re: R/C 3D Locos

Postby docnjoj » Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:13 pm

Roger that on the slow speed. You do need to use a good mechanism to get good running but with the radio it is really slow and smooth.
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