Something in which I have always specialised is the supply of battery radio control conversion kits, to customer’s requirements. Several locos pop up time and time again. One such is a conversion kit for Aristocraft’s 1:29 scale Class 66 diesel loco.
The kit for the Class 66 loco comprises of the following items :-
2.4GHz R/C combo, Macfive3-SP/UHC 7 Amp R/C speed controller, 14 cell 16.8v 5AH 'C' Ni-MH pack with mini-Tamiya lead set, 12-20 cell 500mA Smart delta peak charger, 3A overload cutout, DPDT centre off switch, 5mm/2.1mm charge socket and finally ..... FX-4U 5 watt digital sound card with R/C two tone horns. The sound is from a recording of a real Freightliner Class 66 which is the only way to get a realistic sounding model.
For some diesel locos the R-CAT™ option (Radio-Control Audio Throttle) is now available which gives radio control of the engine sound, so that it may be set at any speed to simulate slow heavy working, or coasting at speed. Non-sound conversion kits are also available, if required, which can be upgraded to sound at a later date.
Conversion of the Class 66 loco to R/C is straightforward, with all the components ‘on-board’ the locomotive. A full description can be read in the June 2008 issue of British Railway Modelling and a video of my loco can be seen on my Youtube site - CLICK HERE!.
A set of conversion notes is also supplied to help those doing a conversion. Once converted, the loco can still be operated by 2-rail track power, albeit without the sound card fully working. This can still be turned on to give a ‘tick-over’ sound with power supplied by the ‘on-board’ battery pack.
Whilst I am now able to provide a personal conversion service, availability does depend on workload. Please contact me for more details. There are also many other locos for which I can provide a custom conversion kit, so please ask.