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Jack Wabbit Powers LEDs

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

Jack Wabbit Info Hi guys, I have several questions about the Jack Wabbit Quad turnout decoder: I initially plan some DC operation on my N-gauge setup. Will the Wabbit’s onboard LED outputs function when the unit is powered by DC as well as DCC? Also, I have already hardwired many LED signals on (under) my new layout—– Beautiful, but tiny things.  Would it be possible to have the LEDs switched by the Wabbit unit’s J5 outputs but have the LEDs retain...

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ESU LokSound Micro Select Installation in Atlas N Dash 8-40CW

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in News, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations |

Hank Boiselle, our Master N scale Installer and resident ESu expert, installed an ESu LokSound Select Micro in an Atlas Dash 8-40CW. Hank reworked the frame by removing apx 0.25mm from the side and reducing the height another 0.30mm under the speakers. This allowed Hank to build two custom enclosures to accomodate two of our SuperSonic Mini Speakers. Hank then mounted two 0603 smd LEDs on the end of each enclosure for the loco’s...

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Programming Indexed Control Variables & Understanding Indexed CV’s

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

CV indexing enables us to organize and store related programming functionality under one “Master” CV. The confusing part to many modelers is the fact that access to a Master CV’s programmability can only be gained through its indexes. A Master CV can have as many as two such indexes. Referred to as “Primary” and “Secondary” indexes, they are expressed as decimal places in an indexed CV’s formula. Happily, the CV numbers of the Primary and Secondary indexes remain the same,...

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Bachmann HO RS-3 DCC Sound Installation

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

This installation features the ESU LokSound V4.0 sound decoder and custom fabricated enclosures with SuperSonic Mini speakers. We use the same speaker and custom enclosures in nearly all of our N scall installs. Video of Bachmann RS-3 in Action DCC and Sound Installations  ESU LokSound Decoders SuperSonic Speakers   Two factors lead us to favor the ESU LokSound decoder in many HO and nearly all N scale sound installations: small size & industry best motor control....

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Installing DCC in the Proto 1000 HO Scale RDC

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Locomotives, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

This document is based upon instructions given in a web page provided by Tony’s Train Exchange. Life Like and Walthers Proto have made a number of HOscale models of the Budd Rail Diesel Car [RDC]. These models were released as part of their Proto 1000 range and cover three of the five types of RDC; the all-passenger RDC-1, the baggage/passenger combination RDC-2, and the baggage/Travelling Post Office/passenger RDC-3. These were released directly by Likelife Products...

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Guide to Using Prewired Suface Mount LEDs

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

Some LEDs come prewired with magnet wire.  In this case we’re using 0603 smd type LEDs. The magnet wire is very thin and has an insulating coating which has been removed from the ends for 12mm/0.5″. The leads are of different lengths, with the longest being the [+] connectionto the blue [common] wire from the decoder. A 1.5 KΩ resistor is to be soldered to the short lead, which is then connected to the function wire from the decoder. Do not replace the magnet...

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