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31  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: C-19 Decoder on: October 22, 2017, 02:51:19 AM
Thanks, Stan. Something in the back of my mind told me they did when I wrote that, but I wasn't finding that specific board when I searched for Zimo boards. (MX697 for those interested.)

Later,

K
32  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: C-19 Decoder on: October 21, 2017, 12:42:14 PM
Are you looking specifically for a DCC decoder, or just a 3rd-party RC control system?

Airwire makes a plug-and-play board for the C-19 that gives you motor and light control (no sound), but it also features an easy interface with the Phoenix sound system.

The Revolution R/C system is also plug-and-play with the C-19, but you may need to jumper the power from the battery to the pins going to provide +V and Ground to the locomotive. The early Revolution boards do not pass this power. I don't know if the new (sound-equipped) versions do. Revolution has released new steam sounds which are an improvement over the original version, but it's still not yet "Phoenix" quality sound.

If you're looking for a plug-and-play DCC decoder, that's a taller order. QSI's "Titan" and older-generation "Magnum" boards came with pins designed for the Aristo/Bachmann socket, but those boards are no longer in production and are difficult to find. Zimo and ESU make sound/motor decoders which have pin interfaces, but I don't believe they're compatible with the Aristo/Bachmann socket. (Different number of pins.) Having said that, you should have an interface board included with your C-19 which plugs into the socket and has a bunch of wires sticking out of it. You can use that to turn any DCC (or other) controller into one that would simply plug into the socket. Plug the interface board into the socket, then connect the wires to the appropriate terminals on the decoder.

Later,

K
33  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Question on the C-19 on: October 06, 2017, 11:45:16 AM
Congrats on the new loco. The C-19 is (in my opinion) one of the best locos in all of large scale.

With respect to the wires, you can reinforce the connectors by running a bead of hot glue along the back of each plug to reduce the stress on the wires in the connectors.

Later,

K
34  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Large scale Diesel on: September 28, 2017, 10:03:12 PM
And it's Big! The prototype (if I recall correctly) was an industrial switcher offered in multiple gauges from standard gauge down to 3'; so the model is essentially a standard-gauge diesel riding on narrow gauge trucks. There was an outfit at one point offering conversion trucks to make it 1:20.3 standard gauge--70.64mm. I've seen photos--it looks great with a proper 1:20 standard gauge box car behind it.

I narrowed mine and lowered the hoods to bring it more in line with the overall size of my narrow gauge rolling stock.



Great-running loco! I put a QSI decoder in it, with two speakers and dual prime mover sounds--each mapped to the individual speakers under each hood. Sounds fantastic!

Later,

K
35  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Climax DCC number changing on: September 11, 2017, 02:44:25 PM
Few (any?) decoders allow you to change the DCC address (CV1) in ops mode. You have to be in service mode to do so. I don't know the Digitrax system, so I don't know its various programming modes. You do mention you have a computer for programming; might I presume JMRI? You should be able to use that to change the decoder address. Just make sure the Climax is the only thing connected to the DCC output of the computer when you do so.

Later,

K
36  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Release of K-27 on: August 27, 2017, 01:43:51 AM
Changing scales to one of the other large scales, or changing scales to the smaller (indoor) scales?

There's not a lot of "new" stuff in any of the large scale scales right now. Piko and LGB are probably the closest to having new stuff (not just repaints), but LGB's stuff is mostly European. Aristo's gone. USA's not released anything "new" in a little while. Accucraft's got some new stuff, or at least stuff I haven't seen before, but their locos aren't mass-produced. The market's still very soft. Folks are placating themselves in the 2nd-hand market, which is actually pretty well-stocked. There's little I can't find for sale with a little bit of patience.

Later,

K
37  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: National Train Show - Any new On30 announcements? on: August 04, 2017, 09:15:12 PM
On30 got a work/crane MOW car. (25-foot flat car with half shed, crane, and steam donkey.)

HO and N only got one new loco each and two or three new cars. Williams and Large Scale sit this year out with nothing new at all. (Not even Thomas! Shocked )

Soft year.

Later,

K
38  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Any announcements for large scale from NMRA convention? on: August 04, 2017, 09:08:22 PM
Looks pretty soft across the board, really. Excluding the "previously announced" stuff, HO and N got one new loco each. That's not a whole lot, and HO and N are by far the dominant scales. If that's all we're getting "new" for the two dominant scales, I'm not remotely surprised to see nothing for large scale. Heck, even Williams gets to sit this year out. On30 got a work car.

Another year hitting the secondary market for new toys.

Later,

K
39  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 3 ton shay and massoth on: July 20, 2017, 02:11:13 AM
You don't say whether your 3-truck Shay is the DCC-equipped version or the DCC-ready version. I'd start by taking a look at the wiring diagrams for both versions of the loco to see where the track, motor, and light control functions get wired to the DCC decoder.

Pulsed smoke will require replacement of the stock Bachmann smoke unit with a suitable fan-driven smoke unit. You'll also need to run new wires forward for said smoke unit. As for triggering the pulses, I think you can use the chuff triggers on the cylinders to do that along with triggering the chuff sound at the same time. Here again, refer to the circuit diagram to figure out which wires are for the chuff contacts.

The PowerCap question would be a Massoth thing, dependent on which specific Massoth decoder you're using. That's likely going to be a plug or socket on the decoder itself.

Later,

K
40  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bluetooth Smart Train Control on: June 28, 2017, 05:30:38 PM
The 5 amps refers to the maximum current the unit can deliver. The motor will determine how much current it needs. Running light as you describe, it will not even come close to 2 amps, let alone 5.

Later,

K
41  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Adding a decoder to a DCC-Ready Climax on: June 14, 2017, 06:46:34 PM
QSI is for all intents and purposes comatose at the moment. You can still find the Titan decoders at dealers here and there, but QSI apparently has not been filling orders for some time. I'd opt for Soundtraxx, TCS, or LokSound at the moment.

Later,

K
42  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 Ties on: June 09, 2017, 12:12:46 AM
I'm using Micro-Engineering. I would agree that you need to be a bit careful with it, but the results are well worth it.



Here's a list I did comparing the various commercial tracks and how their ties scale in 1:48.

Micro Engineering code 83 - 6' long, 6" wide, 21" center-to-center
Peco On30 code 100 - 5' long, 9" wide, 21" center-to-center
Atlas HO code 83 - 4' 6" long, 4" wide, 9" center-to-center
Atlas HO code 100 - 4' 6" long, 6" wide, 14" center-to-center

With regard to the prototype, much depends on the look you're going after. The only reference I could find to tie lengths on the 2' gauge railroads was a mention that they were 5' long, 5" wide, and 5" thick. (I forget which railroad that was.) On the 3' gauge, ties ranged in length from 6' (some outliers were slightly narrower) to full-length standard gauge (8' 6"). Center-to-center spacing on the ties hovered around 20" give or take an inch in pretty much all cases I've seen.

Later,

K
43  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Lettering on: May 26, 2017, 02:35:19 AM
In the Great White North, check out all-out graphics in Vancouver. They do custom dry transfers. I use them for many of my projects. Great people, great quality, and fast turnaround. Not cheap--especially for one-offs. When I send artwork to them for dry transfers, I try to fit 6 or 7 cars' worth of artwork on a 9" x 12" sheet. That brings the cost down to about $8 per car, give or take. (I'm in the US, so I currently have a favorable exchange rate.)

Later,

K
44  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Adding a decoder to a DCC-Ready Climax on: May 26, 2017, 02:32:00 AM
There are direct plug-in DCC decoders for the socket in the Climax available from QSI, Zimo, and ESU. All others can use the wired interface board (looks like a purple and blue porcupine), though space under the coal bunker may be at a premium for larger boards.

Later,

K
45  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Putting a decoder in a Grizzl Flats Emma Nevada on: May 26, 2017, 02:23:08 AM
None of those.

The tender of the Emma Nevada has the large scale de facto "standard" 23-pin socket in it. There are a handful of decoders designed to plug directly into this socket. Not all of them are DCC, but some are. QSI's older "magnum" and newer "Titan" boards come to mind. You may want to check ESU and Zimo to see if they make plug-and-play variants of their decoders which are compatible with this socket. I can't remember all of their various form factors off the top of my head.

Failing that, however, the Emma Nevada comes with a plug-in board which I lovingly refer to as the "porcupine." It plugs into the socket, and has 23 wires coming off of it, each one directly connected to the individual pins. This allows you to wire any decoder on the market to the existing on-board electronics. Works like a charm! There's a wiring diagram which shows you which wires go where, and many modern decoders (TCS, Soundtraxx, QSI, ESU, Zimo, Massoth, etc.) for large scale have screw terminals, so you just put each individual wire into the correct screw terminal on the decoder and you're all set. I've run my mogul this way with QSI and Massoth decoders for testing purposes.

Later,

K
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