TSG Multimedia - Modeling Series: HO DCC Installs - Volume 2 'Moderate to Difficult'
Run Time: 100 minutes
HO DCC Installs Volume 2is a how-to video for modelers wishing to install DCC decoders in HO scale locomotives.
Digital Command Control (DCC) has revolutionized the operation of model trains. The level of control that DCC offers is far beyond anything possible with older DC systems. Every nuance of motion, every light, and specific sounds can be controlled with the touch of a button or the spin of a knob.
Of course, using DCC requires a decoder in each locomotive. Some locomotives are available with decoders pre-installed. But what if, like many modelers, you have a collection of older locomotives made long before DCC was invented? Or what if you have a newer locomotive that has a provision for DCC but does not have an actual decoder installed?
InHO DCC Installs Volume 2, we’ll tackle 8 real-world examples of DCC installs in HO scale locomotives that require a bit of skill and planning. The examples of DCC installs in volume 2 generally involve more soldering and forethought than those in volume 1. You can follow along as we install our decoders. We’ll discuss things like lighting, resistors, speakers placement, and touch on programming.
We’ve tried to include enough variety to provide examples of typical issues you’d be likely to encounter while installing your own decoders. There are steam locomotives including a brass steamer, diesels, and even a cab car! All the models have sound, but the techniques apply equally well to non-sound installs, so there’s sure to be something for everyone!
Even if you don’t have the same locomotives or decoders we used, the principles still apply. The techniques demonstrated inHO DCC Installs Volume 2apply to just about any locomotive. Decoders may change over time as newer technology becomes available, but so long as the DCC standard remains in effect, the wiring will be the same.
If you aren’t interested in sound, just ignore the parts where we put in speakers. All the other wiring is the same for non-sound decoders.