Cian, on Dec 14 2009, 09:28 PM, said:
Has anyone tried MODing the two "RC" trains to use Power Functions like the Emerald Night? I've got both of them here and seeing as RC could easily have started and ended with them, it'd be interesting to see if they work on the newer gear...
The massive solid chassis are, I suspect, going to be a serious hindrance for doing this.
To use PF, I would start with an ordinary carriage base rather than wrecking the RC one, as it's an expensive custom part.
PF uses a different IR frequency to RC. PF is so much more versatile that I wouldn't need RC anyway.
It is possible to send the RC codes from an NXT with the IR Link sensor. The same is true for PF, so you could have a common NXT controller.
Other than that, there's no point modding RC to use PF. Once you've installed a PF IR receiver you might as well go all the way and install the PF battery box as well, hence no need for any part of the RC chassis.
One thing to be said for RC - it's a ready-to-run system with all the parts in one box. Therefore it's easier for the "instant gratification" generation. I wonder whether one of the PF trains next year will be all in one box for that reason. Parents might struggle to pick the 5 extra sets plus track to go with the Emerald Night, unless they all appear in one pack, as they did initially.