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  1. https://teknikart.eu/en/290-miniatuura-p10044.html and https://teknikart.eu/en/291-dccar-dip8-l6.html
  2. Over the last few weeks I've been doing some work on the Faller Car System I've got on my garage layout at home. I now have 5 vehicles - three standard Faller vehicles plus two I've modified myself - and the latest one is a Scania timber lorry which I've chopped all the timber stuff off and made it into a simple flatbed. With a home-made route choice and stop section (servo pulling a bit of fishing line to bend the wire, and another servo-operated magnet that operates the reed switch on the underside of the vehicles) I can now bring in a flatbed truck and load it with my telehandler. It stops and starts abruptly, but its just a bit of fun
  3. Recommend the Orange TX6 or TX10 for around £80/£90. The adjustments possible on the channels are extremely useful for fine-tuning the speed of motors that do (for example) ramps at the rear of my beavertail truck. These can be operated at 10-15% of full speed just by adjusting a menu on the transmitter, allowing you to get exactly the speed you want. You can also flip channels if you wire the motor up wrong and it goes backwards, or if you have to install the servo backwards and it goes left instead of right Also, you definitely need a hoist at high level on the warehouse to lift something on/off the lorry.
  4. The axles they come with tend to be far too short for 1:76 wheels, especially bus and lorry wheels. I have found that 1mm pins intended for circuit board use (I think) are suitable longer alternatives, and I just drill a 1mm hole in the model's wheels, insert the axle so there is a tiny amount of free play, and add a tiny drop of superglue to the outside. You can see this from the outside, but I am happy with this small visual intrusion because of the amount of work it saves doing it the correct way (ie your way). This has worked very well for the 20+ models I've converted thus far.
  5. Excellent work making the front axle! You can buy plastic ones at whatever width you specify from KKPMO, if you fancy doing it the 'easy' way. They're not without issues, but it saves making the whole thing from scratch https://shop.kkpmo.com/product_info.php?info=p927_steering-kit-a-in-small-0-5mm-steps-milled-1-87-or-smaller.html
  6. Yes, its three LEDS in the beacon, which are operated in sequence by a tiny chip.
  7. I've only found suppliers in Holland for the rotating LED beacons so far, and they're not cheap - the beacon and the chip to control it I think came to about £25 including postage (!) but they do look very good.
  8. Still not got around to the actual crane - its all prepared, just need to find the time to do it. In the meantime, I fitted a 'rotating' beacon to the Green Goddess I did earlier:
  9. My second HIAB crane lorry is driving and steering, with emergency beacons, test video below. This is the same chassis that my yellow one is based on, a Cararama Mercedes box lorry with the back chopped off. Pleasingly, the inside of the box is detailed with a slatted base which looks great as a flatbed by simply painting it brown, and it covers a slim 350mAh battery which I think is a better way of doing it than disguising a battery as a tarped load on the bed. The last part to do is the crane itself, you can see the white blue and green pairs of wires sticking out ready for connection to the three motors.
  10. Here's a quick video of a Green Goddess I did just before Christmas:
  11. Still nothing to report, mainly due to the fact that my garage is the same temperature as outside (due to zero insulation and an inadequate heater), so when its as cold as it has been recently, I just dont go in there. I've got another crane lorry that I'm working on at the moment, which I'll post pictures of when I've made some decent progress
  12. I think the ones I've seen on Youtube from Germany are controlled like that, but I cant for the life of me see how there's room for 3 of them - one to control the steering and another two to control the arm and bucket! The next pair of loader and logger are finished and in the hands of their delighted new owner You might just be able to see I did manage to cram the driver figure back in the cockpit, although he's a lot further forward than he should be. The logger is loads of fun I seemed to be pretty rubbish at driving it, hopefully new owner Bob will get the hang of it. So I can now FINALLY work on my own loader, and I feel like putting some extra effort into the lights - they have work lights at the front and rear, plus extra lights at the top of the cab and possibly tail lights and reversing lights as well, need to do some research. I've also ordered a 'rotating beacon' - which is actually 3 LEDs inside which flash in turn to simulate a single light going round and round
  13. Realised I havent updated this thread for ages! I now have the first loader working and it will be off to its new owner very soon: I had to use the next size up servo, 2.2g, as the smallest one that I use for everything else just wasnt powerful enough to move the steering. So any hope of retaining the driver figure / cab detail went out of the window - the cab is now full of servo and wires, in fact the wires are bursting out of the window a little bit as well. I crammed it as hard as I dared, but there just isnt quite enough room in the engine compartment! The next three, including the one with the logging attachment, are about 50% complete and I'm going to add lighting effects to the last one which is going to become the new star on my layout whenever we are able to do exhibitions again :-)
  14. I've not long received mine, and I have to say its really good - quite a lot better than the Carson VW offering, and I think a lot of that is down to the controller - these have a small trigger style controller much like the type you'd expect for a bigger RC car, with both trim and range control for steering and throttle channels, plus a button for a third channel (which is spare on the mini) They cost around the same as the Carson VWs, once you've paid for shipping and VAT / customs charges, and they both look better (being the right scale) and drive better too.
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