N scale "What's on your workbench?"

Mark Watson Oct 28, 2009

  1. freddy_fo

    freddy_fo TrainBoard Member

    Here is another dcc/sound install with the new loksound nano. Kinda annoyed with this one as I thought it was settled as a functional DCC/sound loco which I converted years back with a MRC "drop in " sound decoder. Sound was always tinny but I coped till a few weeks back and I was unable to update any of the CVs. The vintage BN is my favorite of the liveries and this is a really well done loco so I couldn't just let it languish as a sub par performer.

    I had to mill out the front of the chassis to make room for a speaker. I also had to chop up the original PC board (glad I never threw it away after the dcc update) and cut up the wire traces to isolate the motor power. This operation removed the original LEDs so I'll have to install my own to get lighting back.

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    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Time to evaluate and maybe do some rehab?
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  3. freddy_fo

    freddy_fo TrainBoard Member

    RS11 sound install complete. ESU had an updated RS11 sound file in "Hi-Fi" which I uploaded into the decoder and wow does that sound crisp!

    I cut up some 1/16" styrene to make plates for mounting the nano leds then used bondic UV glue to fix them to said plates as well as create a bulb like contour for better light dispersal. The styrene and speaker is held in place with liquid tape so they can be easily removed for maintenance down the road.




    Another issue that got cleared up over the old MRC decoder is that it runs really silent motor wise. Before there was a lot of buzzing so that alone was a worthy update and an unexpected but nice surprise. Now I'm thinking to update my ATLAS high nose SD35 and low nose SD24 as those both make the same noise with the factory installed NCE (dcc only) decoders. Creeps very nice and smooth just like a kato so happy with that too. This nano board is really impressing me. The loksound micro works nice too but I always felt the zimo had the best out of the box motor control until I started installing these.
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  4. Moose2013

    Moose2013 TrainBoard Member

    Moose slowly making progress towards finishing six -- count'em -- six MoW cars this weekend ... Actually, Moose started a flatcar MoW car this morning, so it's actually seven MoW cars in the works. Probably won't finish them all this weekend, sooo many other things to do...

    First of the decals being applied:

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  5. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett TrainBoard Member

    This is my newest addition to my workbench, an Xacto knife set from wally world for about six dollars. All I was wanting was just the blades but couldn't pass up this deal. It has several different blades and two nice handles.



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