N Scale ESU LokSound 5 Micro Next18 Adapter for Kato F2, F3, F7, FP7, F40PH, P42

skent Sep 24, 2020

  1. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That's a Kelley Duford (Kato Kobo) install job. He does really nice neat work
     
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  2. okane

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    US Dollar Exchange, plus any duty,

    B381-1060425 EMD F7A/F7B CNR #9080/9057 - Pic1 - Pic2 [​IMG]$224.99 Low Stock
    B3811060425D EMD F7A/F7B CNR #9080/9057 w/DCC [​IMG]$449.99 B/O
    B3811060425S EMD F7A/F7B CNR #9080/9057 w/DS *sp [​IMG]$779.99 In Stock

    That's one Canadian Supplier over $500 price diff from DC to Sound
     
  3. Bourkinafasso

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    Well, I have to say those boards are PERFECT! What you get is :
    A. The opportunity to install a A+ decoder
    B. The chance to easily install extra leds (with no resistor)
    C. A clean and bullet proof solution

    I only wish similar options would be available for Kato, Atlas and other brands. But now ESU arrives with sound only "US Decoders"



    Envoyé de mon SM-G970F en utilisant Tapatalk
     
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  4. okane

    okane TrainBoard Supporter

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    Just asking @RBrodzinsky have you tried putting one of the WVD in an E-8/9 or a PA?
    I also have two LokSound 4 Direct soundboards with the Next 18 adapter. Would anyone know if these would work? Perhaps @skent

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  5. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    There is insufficient room for the decoder above the WMD board in those locos. The top of the chassis is just too close to the inside of the shell’s roof.
     
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  6. okane

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    Thank You @RBrodzinsky Have you tried a LokSound 4 with the next 18 connectors? @Wuttermelon
     
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  8. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yes, the LS4 decoders will work just fine with the board, but you will need to move carefully. The LS4 Next 18 Micro is a longer decoder than the LS5 Next18 Micro, so fit within the loco may or may not clear individual frame and shell details. As we all know, in N scale, a few millimeters can be huge! Looking forward to hear where and if you find they can fit.
     
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  9. okane

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    Good point, the LS4 are about 1/4 inch longer. That may present a problem no worries I can use them elsewhere if it becomes an issue!
     

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