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  1. Hi All, I'm building an 0 gauge layout from scratch, my other layout is a large 00 gauge with DCC, NCE system, sound locos, cobalt points to separate toggle switch banks, etc. Currently I'm trying to decide whether to take the plunge into battery powered locos, radio control for locos, points, etc. I don't have a problem with wiring up a DCC layout, or anything else associated with it really. The layout is in a large barn and might be used infrequently, at present I'm fed up with cleaning track every time I want an hour of running. My aim is for the best (slow) running and sound possible with whats available. Locos will be all sorts from small up to large diesels and steam. I'm looking for constructive advice and people's experience with this, plus ideas on points control. THanks..
  2. Hi, does anyone know what these parts are please and how to fit them back in?
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    iPhone Speakers

    Hi there, apologies for the late reply...the combination gives the best sound I've heard from a 00 loco yet. No need for high volumes...it's about the quality IMO..
  4. Hi John, Thanks for your interest in this post, I appreciate your (and others) opinion on the zimo chip which I've now fitted. In case you're wondering I do know how to use the NCE system, I have a two cab walkaround setup that I've been using for a number of years....but thanks for telling me twice and directing me to the user manual. I'll let you know when I've worked out a better user interface for the fiddly little buttons.
  5. I've just fitted the Digitrains Zimo chip and sound...yep sounds great, thanks for all the advice...! Moving off topic, but thanks for the info re : NCE....is this relatively straightforward to set up, I can't be done with those fiddly cab button sequences.
  6. Hi, I've some experience with fitting and running a range of 00 sound locos. I've just bought a Dapol 0 gauge D3120 and will run it on a small end to end layout, so wish to decide on a sound / smoke project to fit myself, there are some posts on this but things are moving fast and there are likely to be new ideas around, so any useful information would be much appreciated. I'd like to produce the best sound possible and I know it's subjective up to a point but all constructive views are welcome. Dont mind fitting more than one speaker. Dapol suggest ZimoMX644, is this the best? I like biffomans sound as it can isolate the throttle from the movement - good on a small layout, do any others also do this? I use a NCE powercab so the first ten functions are easiest to work. No experience with smoke, is it worth the effort for an 08.?
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    iPhone Speakers

    I read this post as I was thinking about trying some new ideas for my sound locos but took on board Nile Griffiths statements about realism. It soon became obvious that I needed a full size Western but even after I'd demolished the garden wall and installed it in my barn it still didn't sound quite right as the doppler effect wouldn't kick in without an eight mile run up, so much to my dismay I had to return it. After a bit of thought I decided to put an EM2 and an Iphone 6 speaker arrangement in my Dapol class 52 with Biffo Sounds.....well I have to say it's pretty good..... and a lot easier to keep clean too...!
  8. Thanks Albie, I'm just doing another Dapol Western, this time with V4 and Legomanbiffo sound, an EM2 and another smaller speaker.
  9. Hi Albie, Yes I removed the bogie, it's quite easy...just pop the drive shaft out, lift the top clip off the bogie and it's free.
  10. Here's a few pics of my installation on Dapol Western. You don't need to take much metal off, I used a decent file and it took less than 10 minutes. The cones move a bit when 'loaded' and you need space for the silicone, but you want to keep clear of the bogie. I took a bit off the speaker enclosure bottom and chamfered the top corners, see pic, so it avoids any contact with the loco body. The EM2 is then bedded in silicone to dampen the vibrations, also good to insulate the bare speaker connection to prevent any chance of touching the chassis. It sounds amazing! The EM2 is a 1watt 4 ohm, so I'm going to fit another smaller speaker at the other end to see how that sounds. Anyone paired an EM2 with a sugar cube?
  11. I just fitted an EM2 to a Dapol class 52 with lok V4 and Biffoman sounds. I have a range of Westerns with all kinds of sounds and speaker options but this is another level. It will make your ballast jump about if you haven't glued it properly! Not too difficult to do but you need to be precise and cut enough out to isolate the speaker with flexi mounts to prevent rattle...! I'll put something on YouTube soon..!
  12. Thanks for the replies, I've generally got better sound by mounting speakers underneath facing the track, but not sure how much room under the Dapol for EM2, I've ordered one so will find out.... I could look at one of my Heljan 52's, one already has the speaker underneath. Albie, what speakers did you fit? Thanks for the video link bgman, v.useful. Woody
  13. Hi all, I'd like to fit an EM speaker into a Dapol western, anyone done this yet? Cheers, Woody
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