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#1 Tommy Thompson

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:43 PM

Hey, anybody got good info on how to build a custom controller? With resistors and brake potentiometer?Maybe from a low budget Parma or something? Thanks
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 12:21 AM

Take a look at this:
http://www.abslotsport.com/page64.html
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 04:39 AM

Hiya
I come from New Zealand.we all used to build our own controllers as getting parts way down here was difficult and expensive.After years of building them (usually worked really well) we found it was just easier and cheaper in the long run to buy one.I think the best value for money is the carsteen as you can race most types of car with these.

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:06 AM

Hiya
After years of building them (usually worked really well) we found it was just easier and cheaper in the long run to buy one.

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Hi Split,
I'll agree with You up to a certain point. I'm left handed, and as far as I know there is only one Controller that You can get
ready made. All others that I know of, need modifications. I did use a custom made Carsteen, but that's sadly broken at this moment. I will this summer, order me a new one, ready made for left hand use.

I have build a couple over the years (modified for left hand) ,and for the most part they worked very well.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:04 AM

I have a diagram from about 20 years ago for building a controller box for HO cars, if that might be of interest. No electronics, gives variable brake or coast, adustable ohmage, and choke for limiting top end power. If intereted I can send you a copy. This is for HO cars only and it's old school technology.
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#6 Marty Stanley

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:15 AM

Tommy,

If I were going to do this - oh wait, I've already done this - the solution is simple.

Just click on this link and then select the "1/24 conversion modules" option on the left side of the screen. It will take you to the DiFalco engineering page that has a list of all their conversion parts to take a basic Parma Turbo controller up to any level you want.

I built one almost 5 years ago and still have it as backup today.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:18 AM

Tommy,

If I were going to do this - oh wait, I've already done this - the solution is simple.

Just click on this link and then select the "1/24 conversion modules" option on the left side of the screen. It will take you to the DiFalco engineering page that has a list of all their conversion parts to take a basic Parma Turbo controller up to any level you want.

I built one almost 5 years ago and still have it as backup today.



I wonder how easy it is to mount the pots on the other side of the board? Or if Jim will build a board with the pots on the other side?

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:52 AM

I wonder how easy it is to mount the pots on the other side of the board? Or if Jim will build a board with the pots on the other side?

Rotor



Jeff,

The brake is a snap to do. It is wired to the brake circuit. Just unsolder the wires and flip the brake pot around.

The sensitivity pot would present more of a challenge, but not one that is impossible. You would have to run wires from two 'pads' on the board to the pot as the wires would have to go around the board.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 10:08 AM

Hey, anybody got good info on how to build a custom controller? With resistors and brake potentiometer?Maybe from a low budget Parma or something? Thanks


JayGee Racing offers a free download of a simple schematic for building your own electronic controller. It works well for Falcons and 16D motors and is a decent controller for home track racing. I built several for my home track. The parts were less than $30 plus the doner controller.

Click Here
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 12:18 PM

Rotor,
Here's a picture of mine. I drilled two small holes for the pot contact and a small bit of cable (from the sense pot) to go through the pcb. (the third pot/switch is for a choke I'm working on...)
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#11 Tommy Thompson

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 10:30 PM

Thanks for all the help guys, I searched all over the internet but one guy can only find so many websites! I like the DIY stuff. I think thats what attracts me to slot cars.Thanks a bunch........Tom
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Posted 07 May 2011 - 03:16 AM

Here is one of my controller build thread - and links to the original post that includes the wiring diagrams.

Hope its of use!

My link

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 07:20 PM

I have a diagram from about 20 years ago for building a controller box for HO cars, if that might be of interest. No electronics, gives variable brake or coast, adustable ohmage, and choke for limiting top end power. If intereted I can send you a copy. This is for HO cars only and it's old school technology.


Was this the Black Box that Jim Sharf submitted to the old Car Model Magazine? I had one but have since stripped it apart. I'd like to rebuild it to see if it would still be something of use.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:01 PM

I don't know what the original origins were, I think I got the info from one of the magazines that BSRT used to put out many years ago.
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