We always like to see what sort of tips, tricks, and clever uses our customers have come up with for our products. I thought I’d take a minute to pass along a couple recent uses for MRServo that customers have shared with us.
Using lightweight extruded foam as a layout base has become pretty popular in the last few years. It’s lighter and significantly cheaper than the traditional 3/4″ plywood, and much easier to sculpt into terrain. Unfortunately it presents some challenges in mounting switch machines and the like. Dennis from the UK has worked a clever method of installing the servos through the foam. It also has the side benefit of being not significantly wider than N scale track, making very tight installations (such as in yard throats) possible. Take a look at his mounting method on his website.
Moving up to the larger end of the traditional scales, our next clever use is in 3-rail O scale. Bob Walker started with a Lionel FasTrack manual switch, and connected a a MRServo-2 with a 49MHz RC car radio to make a radio-control version. The MRServo was customized to have full throw of the servo, rather than our typical throw suitable for the suggested mounting. It’s connected to the radio’s outputs via another small relay, which provides the input signal for the MRServo board. Bob sent along a few pictures of the system in action, which I’ve posted as a PDF. Eventually he’s intending to upgrade the system to Zigbee radios, which should provide the ability to radio-address virtually an infinite number of switches.
If you’ve got something to show off, send us some pictures and a quick write-up at firstname.lastname@example.org. We always enjoy hearing from our customers, and if you’ve got a good tip, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be featured in a future blog posting.