IHC "sound" car

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  1. vett

    vett New Member

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    Has anybody had any experiance with this IHC "sound" car
  2. hminky

    hminky Member

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    It has a sound unit that makes a chuff sound. The chuff is generated by one of the axles on the truck axle. It was great back in the 1980's to add sound to a steam engine.

    Harold
  3. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

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    I wouldn't expect too much. It'll be a white-noise generator that "chuffs" with every rotation of the wheel. To anyone who knows anything about steam sound, it will sound/look hokey, because you should have 4 chuffs per revolution of the drivers. This car won't synchronize its chuffs...

    If you can get it cheap, it's a noisemaker you can turn on and off. For steam sound effects, it's a bit disappointing.

    *EDIT* Here's a video of a Bachmann 'J' that the guy added the sound module from the IHC car to. You can judge for yourself what the sound is like.
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    I have one and, yes it's hokey, but I think it's a hoot. Nothing shuts those annoying sound chips down quicker than me and my bud running ours together behind...oh, say...my matched Athearn C44-9Ws:p:mrgreen::thumb:

    Here's what you get...

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  5. Squidbait

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    Shay - is there a wiper or cam on one of the axles? How does it judge the chuff rate?
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    shaygetz Active Member

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    The axle has a brass contact that runs the length of it and wraps about a third of the axle. There are two wipers that touch the axle that run up into the "load" in the gon. It's actually pretty cool in a simplistic, low tech way. The sound is synced in such a way as to sound pretty convincing if close enough to the loco. It certainly sounds better than that video.
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    It would almost have to. ;) :p sign1
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    http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=SRP7qat95Ag

    Here is another video with said steam sound unit. I asked the question in the comments section and the author was kind enough to reply. Please check out his other two vids...nice work.
  9. vett

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    Thanks, that sound is good enough for me.
  10. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

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    But the real question is...Does it come in Diesel?