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installing drop in Kato NW2 decoder from Digitrax

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installing drop in Kato NW2 decoder from Digitrax
Posted by Trekkie on Monday, March 10, 2008 2:34 PM

I finally got the drop in board for the Kato NW2 I got over the christmas break and was ready to give it a shot.

However, for the life of me I can't figure out how to get the shell off.   I don't want to just yank and hope I get it right, and a bit of bending and prying has only resulted in a panicked moment of when I popped the front truck off.  Fortunately it appears it's supposed to come off like that.

Any suggestions?

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Posted by Vail and Southwestern RR on Monday, March 10, 2008 3:51 PM

Yep, it should slide right off.  Don't take the fuel tank off, or you may end up with more pieces that you anticipated!  Just spread the bottom of the shell a tiny bit, and slide!

Jeff But it's a dry heat!

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Posted by Arjay1969 on Monday, March 10, 2008 4:28 PM

Trekkie,

The previous posts are correct, but they neglected to ask one question...

Did you remove the couplers and coupler pockets first? Smile [:)]

Robert Beaty

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Posted by jktrains on Monday, March 10, 2008 4:29 PM

Are we talking N scale or HO?

 

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Posted by Trekkie on Monday, March 10, 2008 5:08 PM
Nscale

No haven't removed anything yet at this point.
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Posted by Vail and Southwestern RR on Monday, March 10, 2008 5:13 PM

 Trekkie wrote:
Nscale

No haven't removed anything yet at this point.

 

Just slide it off then.  Nothing to remove first.

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Posted by Vail and Southwestern RR on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 1:37 AM
I just popped one open to make sure.  I spread the shell a little with my thumbnails, on either side of one truck, and lifted the frame out with my forefingers, jsut a bit.  Then went to the other end, and repeated that.  At that point, it just slides off.

Jeff But it's a dry heat!

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Posted by Trekkie on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 7:42 AM
OK, I'll give it a shot again when I get home.  the F7A & B unit came apart much easier when I did them, and the first time I pulled it felt like the cab was seperating from the rest of the shell and didn't want to snap it off.

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