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  1. Choose Zimo for sure, MX696 has sufficient functions.
  2. My Dapol bubble car runs smoothly on analogue DC and on DCC and is a excellent model. I'm just waiting for the release of the class 121 now, they should be available pretty soon.
  3. Charlie There is nothing fundamentally wrong with 2 x 1k resistors - it just means that the LEDs are very slightly dimmed.
  4. Hi Mike Sorry but that's not correct. I have removed the Heljan PCB when fitting a Zimo decoder and the LED lights work perfectly as they are protected by surface mount resistors locally. I am still wondering why the two banks of very small resistors are fitted. They are only about 2 ohms each and they have no effect upon the function outputs I think they must be something to do with radio and TV interference suppression.
  5. No the lights are all LEDs already. I think only the very early Heljan diesels used bulbs.
  6. To fit a decoder you need to remove the Heljan PCB. Do you need to add resistors for the lighting?
  7. Eureka a light bulb moment OK I have set my Zimo636D to become a 636C by writing 3 to CV8 which configures two functions to logic level and now it works perfectly. So exactly as the Dapol booklet (almost) they say F4 for interior whereas its F5.
  8. Using decoderpro and a Zimo decoder I have managed to get the running lights and interior lights sorted but not the cab lights. F0 is one end directional white/red and F1 the other end directional with F5 the interior. So I have ordered a Imperium 3 just to see if I can get all lights to work correctly. According to decoderpro I'm using FO(f) FO(r) FO(1) FO(2) FO(4)
  9. Yes but quiet soon now - just be patient a little longer
  10. RBR=Restaurant Buffet Refurbished
  11. According to Tower its July for the 121 and the Dapol web site has the 121 in production now for the last couple of weeks. So I predict August, though given the hype all around us, possibly not this year LOL. How exciting.
  12. I would describe current Heljan locos as ESU ready rather than DCC ready. It's not entirely their fault because with the larger locos with 2 motors there is no standard interface suitable to fit either ESU or Zimo. Heljan have decided to fit a DCC socket suitable for ESU decoders and that's not suitable for a Zimo decoder. Norman
  13. I recently fitted a Zimo decoder in one for a friend and it runs very well no surges at all but to be fair it was very good on plain DC also before I fitted the chip. Norman
  14. I think Andrew is correct, certainly on a Lenz system its the command station that retains the settings in groups of 10.
  15. If the decoder is OK then it must be the connection between the decoder and loco. Can you use a multi meter to check the continuity between the loco wheels and the decoder socket and also the continuity between the motor terminals and the decoder socket
  16. Hi Nigel I've tried a couple of locos with firmware version 4/3/9008 and can't get them to work. Setting up the key and programming is not an issue. I've successfully programmed a chip with firmware version 4/17/9249. Do you know from which version it was introduced?
  17. I have some Loksound V4.0 where the dynamic brake does not seem to work. It should be possible to check the release version/date? to see if it is implemented but does anyone know the details. I thought I had seen the info. on the SWD site but can't now find it. I too am using a Sprog with DecoderPro.
  18. Amanda I get better results from sugar cube speakers than round ones, even if you can find the right size. Programming your own sounds is indeed possible but first you need to record the sounds you want and then you need to learn the skills needed to create a decoder project. Far easier is to buy the sounds pre-loaded. Some suppliers now charge extra for the loaded sound project but others supply the decoder with the sounds at no extra cost. Youchoos and Coastal are two that I frequently use.
  19. If you really do have only 2.7 volts then locos will barely move if at all. The output from the transformer should be circa 15 volt AC so you should be measuring above 12 volt AC on the track. You need to check and make sure you have the correct range set on your meter.
  20. By email Heljan in Denmark have said that the correct gear (20/14) will be in stock at Gaugemaster within 10-14 days. The correct part number is 19854780 this will fit the 37, 47 etc. The labelling currently at Gaugemaster is incorrect.
  21. I hope you are incorrect, as you say they are marked as for a class 47 and as far as I know there has only been one release for the class 47 so far.
  22. PS in line with Heljan's statement that the issue of split gears was resolved 10 years ago it seems they missed me (and many others) out when this was done. Hopefully it's not a recurring nightmare and I will not have to replace any more. This however will be gear number 9 that I have changed out. Norman
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