Can't beat that price

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by DeckRoid, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. DeckRoid

    DeckRoid Member

    I recently was going thru an ad and found an RDC for $14.99. Up until last year, I think they were up around 50 to 80 bucks. And a Proto1000 at that.

    I ordered it and low and behold, it cost almost as much to ship it from NJ to Idaho as the unit cost! Anyways, I knew it wouldnt be DCC Ready, but Proto1000s are usually pretty good about doing things to get it ready to be ready for DCC.

    Sure enough, I open it up and on the control board, it says to cut X for DCC then it had a series of places for wires, labeled p1 - p8, with p3 missing. A short trip through Google later, I found which wires needed to be where and voila... DCC. Got my DCC chip that someone in the club didn't want (it wasnt a digitrax chip...*gasp!*) and wired it in. Not the best soldering job ever, but it worked.

    Well, this was all well and good, but it needed 'something'. So, I got out my box of peoples and found that I had bought 6 seated figures at a swap meet a year or so earlier for 3 bucks. This was my lucky day.

    Took them into the dining room table, where my wife was quietly knitting, and proceeded to try to get these lil guys in. They wouldn't quite fit. Then I saw the issue... the feet were hitting the seat in front and thus keeping the folks from sitting properly.

    I get the kitchen shears and proceeded to amputate my first victim. Now, I have always had a weird sense of humor, and I was at that time reminded of the leg cutting scene from "Gone With The Wind" and started screaming NO, NOT MY LEG.... NOT MY LEEEEGGGGG!!!!

    My wife hates it when I do things like that. She jumped a good 2 feet or so and accused me of being a sadist. And for the life of me, I cannot figure out why I kept the amputated leg s, but... well, here they are...


    The next day, I took the RDC over to the club and ran it around...





    Next, I am hoping to re-do the lighting. The bulbs are just too dim now. I think I will have to play around with it to get it like my friends N scale Kato RDC. On his, a red light trails, and when you switch directions, so does the lighting... I think LED with yellow and red might work...

    For ~25 bucks, I got a Proto 1000 RDC wired for DCC and peopled. Not too shabby.

  2. wccrawford

    wccrawford Novice Papercrafter

    sign1 Glad there's nobody here to hear me laughing that loud. Thanks. :)
  3. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    glue all the legs feet side up in the ground on the layout somewhere,im sure it'll get a laugh! the modeling is perty good too,and all for 25 bucks! nice way to battle the bad economy :D--josh
  4. platypus1217

    platypus1217 Member

    Sometimes you get the most fun out of the cheap models because there is so much you can do to improve them. I got a Bachmann engine and spent a lot of time upgrading the couplers and painting the hand rails. When I get an Atlas one all that is done for me.
  5. mikebalcos

    mikebalcos Member

    What a wonderful RDC you got there. :) As for me, I have the old Athearn RDCs still working(2xRDC-1s, 1xRDC-3). Thanks to this forum, I've been given the idea of installing fly wheels on them, and they did make a difference. :) I've been dreaming of upgrading to those P1Ks, perhaps 2xRDC-2s and 1xRDC-3. But since there are no unpowered P1K RDCs, would there be an issue if I ran 3 of them as one train?

    DeckRoid, I like your sense of humor. Gone with the Wind is such a classic, and your referrence to it made me laugh. :) Perhaps you could think of another joke for Dr. Zhivago? ;)
  6. Kanawha

    Kanawha Member

    I'd defer to the great Yogi Berra on that one. One day his wife told him that she had taken their son Tim to see Doctor Zhivago. He replied: "What the hell is wrong with him now!?" :mrgreen:

    Great looking RDC !
  7. DeckRoid

    DeckRoid Member

    I don't think there would be an issue, really, for running 3 of them as one. I have seen pictures of 3 running together... like here.

    And even if you did run into a mechanical issue, just disconnect the worm drive from the motor and you have an unpowered unit.
  8. ed acosta

    ed acosta Member

    I have to admit that the Proto 1000 RDCs are a bargain. I have been collecting enough Athearn parts to complete two RDCs, but I've scrapped that project ever since I bought the Proto 1000 RDCs. They are nicely detailed and are the CORRECT LENGTH unlike Athearn. The Protos are also very smooth running and quiet.

    I bought the NYC RDC-3 for the purpose of modifying the model to this jet-propelled prototype. However interesting it might be, I decided to just leave the RDC alone.


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