IP Engineering Railbus

JimmyB

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My latest project is going to be building an IP Engineering Railbus. The kit has arrived, and is powered by 2 X AAA batteries, but I am considering sound and R/C, so my first task will be to buy a bigger (volts wise) motor i.e. 6 - 12 volts, and see what I can fit in. I will keep you up to date on the build:


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PhilP

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Jimmy,
Worth an email to Ivan, he may be able to swap the motor for you?

If not, you should be able to get a suitable motor in the same size 'can'.

PhilP
 
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PhilP

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PhilP

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Another idea...

Have you seen the Mostyn Seven?

Might be worth contacting 3D Wayne, and asking if he could print you a pair of lights?

PhilP
 

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Ooo, Good choice Jimmy. I will be following your build with interest. I was browsing the IP Engineering site last night and drooled over the railbus for a bit. It's a nice looking little kit!

I had also wondered about the station platform kits but wasn't sure how well they'd weather if permanently installed outside, even if varnished (which in itself may also leave them looking peculiarly shiny...)

Another motor option may be a little Apple Tree Railway gearbox?
 

JimmyB

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JimmyB

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They look nice, now to sneak some lights into them. The problem with LEDs in this situation is they do not emit light in 360 degrees.

the 2 orange topped enclosures will be tough... the "headlamp" type ones can get a little surface mount LEDs and work nicely. Here in the US there are plenty of places that have the surface mount LEDs with wires already soldered to them.


these are small enough that you could possible glue 2 of them back to back and get into your "orange beacon" housings...

Greg
 

JimmyB

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They look nice, now to sneak some lights into them. The problem with LEDs in this situation is they do not emit light in 360 degrees.

the 2 orange topped enclosures will be tough... the "headlamp" type ones can get a little surface mount LEDs and work nicely. Here in the US there are plenty of places that have the surface mount LEDs with wires already soldered to them.


these are small enough that you could possible glue 2 of them back to back and get into your "orange beacon" housings...

Greg
Greg, many thanks didn't realize such things were available, found similar in the UK, a definite possibility :)

 

JimmyB

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Greg, many thanks didn't realize such things were available, found similar in the UK, a definite possibility :)

The SMT LEDs arrived and they are verrrry small, so hopefully should fit when I get time.

Also on the motor front I bought a 6 - 12 volt "Chinese" motor, but wasn't confident about its actual power input, so I have bought a MFA Como 12 - 24 volt motor, real slow running at 2.4 volts, nice at 4.8 volts 2 X and 4 X NiMH batteries), so I am hopeful at 7.2 volts (Li-Ion 2S), though I could go to a 10.8 volt S3.
 

Rhinochugger

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The SMT LEDs arrived and they are verrrry small, so hopefully should fit when I get time.

Also on the motor front I bought a 6 - 12 volt "Chinese" motor, but wasn't confident about its actual power input, so I have bought a MFA Como 12 - 24 volt motor, real slow running at 2.4 volts, nice at 4.8 volts 2 X and 4 X NiMH batteries), so I am hopeful at 7.2 volts (Li-Ion 2S), though I could go to a 10.8 volt S3.
I run my VW drasine on a Tamiya 3-6v motor using a 4.8v battery pack complete with headlights and flashing roof lights

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Rhinochugger

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The SMT LEDs arrived and they are verrrry small, so hopefully should fit when I get time.

Also on the motor front I bought a 6 - 12 volt "Chinese" motor, but wasn't confident about its actual power input, so I have bought a MFA Como 12 - 24 volt motor, real slow running at 2.4 volts, nice at 4.8 volts 2 X and 4 X NiMH batteries), so I am hopeful at 7.2 volts (Li-Ion 2S), though I could go to a 10.8 volt S3.
Jimmy, how small a hole will they fit through?
 

PhilP

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That looks like an 0603 LED.. - they are 1.6 x 0.8mm rectangles, 0.55mm thick.

Depending on the wire-used, and how big a 'blob' of solder is on it... It will probably fit through a 1.5mm hole. :nerd:

PhilP.
 
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Paul M

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When I was doing my apprenticeship, we were drilling 1/4" clearance holes for M6 bolts in 1/4" plates, 6.35mm from the ends! (Within a Gnat's C*ck tolerance of course )
 

dunnyrail

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Plus let us not forget that we tend to model in so many millimetres to the food. EDIT foot!
 
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