Decoder placing in Piko 218/199 etc

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DRG11

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Hi all,

Possibly a silly question but here goes ....

... any suggestions on where to put a massoth xls decoder in the loco (piko 218/199 etc) as in the middle we have a large hole where the fuel tank is and the speaker sits in here,
would a frame be better to put the decoder onto ?,

any help please

many thanks
 
ebay mike

ebay mike

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From memory the last PIKO Taurus I put a chip in had some mounting holes in the chassis above the motor bogie. Is there not something similar in the 218 & 199? I saved the 'grilled' recess for a speaker which I mounted in a drawing pin tub to add some depth to the sound. Just remembered I have a photo somewhere. Here it is.
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Hi Mike,

Thankyou for the photo, yes there are 4 point just to one side of the fuel tank/speaker hole,

I take it you drilled some holes in the side of the decoder to secure it ? as it only just fits over the 4 points,

The idea of putting the speaker into a drawing pin tub for better sound is a very good idea.

Cheers
 
PhilP

PhilP

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Hi Mike,

Thankyou for the photo, yes there are 4 point just to one side of the fuel tank/speaker hole,

I take it you drilled some holes in the side of the decoder to secure it ? as it only just fits over the 4 points,

The idea of putting the speaker into a drawing pin tub for better sound is a very good idea.

Cheers
I would cut a rectangle of Plasticard, and mount that using the provided points in the loco.. Then mount the decoder to that. - It would give a little more clearance for the wires, at one end of the decoder.

PhilP.
 
Zerogee

Zerogee

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I would cut a rectangle of Plasticard, and mount that using the provided points in the loco.. Then mount the decoder to that. - It would give a little more clearance for the wires, at one end of the decoder.

PhilP.
For fixing decoders to whatever base or platform you choose (such as the plasticard that Phil suggests), I use the very thick and VERY sticky double-sided foam pads that are sold for holding number plates on cars - they stick like the proverbial to a blanket, and also give you good electrical insulation if you're mounting the decoder onto something conductive like a ballast weight....

Jon.
 
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Many thanks for all your help gents.