nigelcliffe wrote:Suggestions for fitting chips in small locos...
Wire - the decoder wire which CT Elektronik use on their decoders is the finest flexible wire that's easily available. The ESU stuff is a fairly close second. Various retailers offer this loose, some at reasonable prices.
Hmmm... Yes, that does look like worth getting, even if a 10m reel will last several lifetimes of locomotive building. I can give excess away at the Area Group though, which is better than it sitting in my modelling drawer.
nigelcliffe wrote:Heatshrink - the thinnest heatshrink I've found is available at Rapid Electronics, but its a big reel of the stuff. You might find someone splitting it if you ask around.
Unfortunately out of stock for the next couple of months... And although there is some 1.2mm stuff in mixed kits, that would leave me with an awful lot that I didn't need. I'll persevere on with what I have.
nigelcliffe wrote:If you want plugs and sockets, then I'd be tempted to look at the PluX-12 socket, and chips that use that socket, or even the smaller Next-18 socket - a few chips starting to appear with that socket. Both are a bit unusual in the UK, but could be more compact that the arrangement of wires and sockets you've used.
However, for such a simple set of wiring, I'd directly wire the chip to pickups and brushes, and forget the plug/socket arrangement.
- Nigel (regular chipper of 2mm scale 0-4-0 shunters).
Yes. Quite. That's been a learning curve now that I've got it all together
More on that subject when I've downloaded a couple of photos...
Thanks as always for the extremely useful help, and to repeat my comment that I've said to you before about 2mm 0-4-0s - you're completely mad!