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Offline DaleSchultz  
#1 Posted : 28 January 2007 02:54:23(UTC)
DaleSchultz


Joined: 10/02/2006(UTC)
Posts: 2,707
My Märklin mobile crane 46715 arrived this week. As reported by others, it is on the noisy side and somewhat faster than it could have been, but overall its a nice model. Since trying to operate it by selecting different functions and getting the motor direction is not very friendly, so I created a control screen in my software - and it provides a much easier method of controlling the crane....

I have added the crane control to my BW Lite software too so if you have an Intellibox connected to a Windows PC you too can control it from your PC keyboard!

Screenshots, details etc. are at:
http://layout.mixmox.com/1/mobile_crane
and the software is at http://bw.mixmox.com


Dale
Arrival and Departure signs: http://remotesign.mixmox.com
My first layout: http://layout.mixmox.com
My current layout (under construction): http://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
Offline steventrain  
#2 Posted : 28 January 2007 11:28:27(UTC)
steventrain

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Posts: 32,291
Location: Northern Ireland
Very good,Keep posted when arrive and test it.
Large Marklinist 3- Rails Layout with CS2/MS2/Boosters/C-track/K-track/favorites Electric class E03/BR103, E18/E118, E94, Crocodiles/Steam BR01, BR03, BR05, BR23, BR44, BR50, Big Boy/Collection of old Marklin from 1950s.
Offline DasBert33  
#3 Posted : 28 January 2007 13:44:44(UTC)
DasBert33


Joined: 21/01/2004(UTC)
Posts: 1,153
Location: Mortsel, Belgium
Does it have joystick support? That would be nice :)

Bert
Offline DaleSchultz  
#4 Posted : 28 January 2007 17:19:08(UTC)
DaleSchultz


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Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by DasBert33
<br />Does it have joystick support? That would be nice :)

Bert


Not at present. I always wanted joystick control too and in fact I once implemented it for my other rotary crane.

The problem with this crane is that the model can only run one axis at a time, so the advantage of being able to drive multiple axis with a joystick is lost..
Dale
Arrival and Departure signs: http://remotesign.mixmox.com
My first layout: http://layout.mixmox.com
My current layout (under construction): http://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
Offline Mikael  
#5 Posted : 28 January 2007 20:54:21(UTC)
Mikael

Denmark   
Joined: 10/09/2004(UTC)
Posts: 943
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
I'm sorry to go a bit off-topic here, but do You (or anyone else) know more regarding controlling the actual piezo-motors?
I am tempted towards attempting to make a replacement decoder for this crane in order to make it move slower, as well as being able to control all motors simultaneously (for the joystick feature). I have been thinking of this ever since I got the crane, but I haven't done anything about it just yet.
Offline DaleSchultz  
#6 Posted: : 30 January 2007 17:48:22(UTC)
DaleSchultz


Joined: 10/02/2006(UTC)
Posts: 2,707
sadly I don't know more. I suspect you would need to take yours apart and then look up the specs on the parts you uncover. Good luck !
Dale
Arrival and Departure signs: http://remotesign.mixmox.com
My first layout: http://layout.mixmox.com
My current layout (under construction): http://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
Offline Mikael  
#7 Posted : 31 January 2007 10:50:25(UTC)
Mikael

Denmark   
Joined: 10/09/2004(UTC)
Posts: 943
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
That's allright. After a hint somewhere else, I found this page:
http://www.elliptec.com/

The piezo-motors seem to be quite easy to control. Just apply a certain frequency to them, and they move one way. Another frequency, and they move the other way. That'll be fun to experiment with.
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