Category Archives: R/C

1:64 scale Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. remote control NASCAR racers…



…produced by Motorworks about 5 years ago. Picked up at a yard sale in like new condition—Sr’s car was not even opened—they have excellent detail and very good paint, my son and I will be road testing them tonight.

They steer much like a real car, with both front wheels turning on their own steering points, the front end being fully adjustable…it simply amazes me how far rechargeable battery and micro-motor technology (the top picture being fairly close to actual size) have come in just the last 7 years….

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UPDATE: The battery in Jr’s car is toasted, leaving me free to experiment with it for future rail models, unless I find a source for replacement batteries.

The mechanism for steering is quite ingenious, using a rare earth magnet on the tie rod that is drawn to either side by small electromagnets.

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Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroad club open house, Jackson, LA, June 12, 2020…


Forgot to post these, there were 3 live steam 45mm gauge engines running and my table, on which I featured my Wilesco D10, my marine engine (running off of a compressor) and my Mamod TE1A…

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The tea kettle is for preheating my water for faster steam-ups. All in all a very successful first show, I can hardly wait for Diamondhead in January

Excellent home video, R/C electric motored “Kestrel”…


From the notes:

This was my first ever RC plane. I taught myself to fly it the hard way with no instructor, buddy box or simulator. It is called the Kestrel, although it is made by several different companies under different names, such as Jamara’s Cessna 182, or Megatech’s Freedom Flyer. It has a very small toy like apperance and is very quiet, allowing me to fly in areas unsuitable for other models without upsetting anybody. After gaining confidence in my flying i put in a Parkzone 480 motor and a 1400mah nimh battery, giving it a lot more power but also made it very heavy for the small airframe, which made it harder to fly and very unforgiving at slow speeds especially at landing, where it had a vicious tip stall. This is a compilation of clips taken over 5 years, hundreds of flights and many crashes later. It is still flying and is still great fun!

Northwest Florida Modelers swap meet, Feb. 6, 2010…


Yes, I primarily do model trains—but—I enjoy models of all kinds, I can easily get addicted to model engines…and…I do write a modeler’s blog, which kinda obligates me to visit such places…oh, the sacrifices I must make…alas…sigh…

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This Proctor #701 “Antic” monoplane caught my eye, the gentleman was well on his way to the finish line, there was very little left to do on it…beautifully finished to this point and one of the better deals to be found there to boot.

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With woodwork like this, I’d hang it from the ceiling to admire before I’d skin it over.

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Somehow, I managed to get through there without the desire to empty my wallet and stuff my pockets full of engines, there were some nice fixer-uppers there.

I was disappointed at the lack of 4 strokers…there were at least three twins but, alas, no 5 cylinder rotary honkers I’ve been wanting to see. There also was a single cylinder 4 stroker there for sale at a decent price, but it was one of those closed in models—must see the monkey motion of the rockers to impress me. I did pick up a couple of facsinating engines I’ll post a little later and my beloved finally found her Renwall #800:498 “The Visible Man” anatomy figure for her homeschooling work.