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Hornby OO Gauge LNER J50 0-6-0T with DCC Sound

Kit: Zimo MX648 hard-wired and SugarCube7 speaker, SPEIKOMP kit and 3x 330uF Tantalum stay-alive

Donor model, already weathered by TMC...

The 8 pin DCC socket has sprung-loaded pins that go down to the pickups, so best to keep this. However, we need lots of space, so we chop all but the pins and the screw retainer. The MX648 decoder has the pickup wires soldered direct to the top of the pins. The decoder has has all unwanted wires removed, and the sleeve replaced with Kapton tape to make as thin and compact as possible.

You don't necessarily need to do this, but for good running we have added a SPEIKOMP kit and 3 x 330uF Tantalum capacitors as stay-alive. Capacitors joined in parallel and all bits protected with Kapton tape.

All connected with relatively short wires, and secured with some double-sided tape, or a little Black Tack, mounted diagonally to fit better. SugarCube7 fits in the side tank.

Done, and back together...


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