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Fitting a DZ125 to a Life-Like DL 109

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Fitting a DZ125 to a Life-Like DL 109
Posted by SirPeter on Monday, March 10, 2008 1:19 PM

Advice please. I have fitted a number of my N Scale Life-Like Locos with Digitraz DZ123 decoders with little problem. I now wish to fit a DZ125 (smaller than the DZ123) to a Life-Like DL 109 in GM&O colours. I have not worked with split chassis/frame locos before. Is there a 'problem' I should be aware of and if so - what? Any suggestions would be welcome.

Peter  

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 6:14 PM

I read online about a guy who mills the frames for n scale but couldnt find the specific page however I did find this...

 http://www.fredlux.com/lux/nscale/locos.html

scroll about 25% down and you will find a pic of a split frame LL engine

Try a general web search about milling n scale frames...

 

Of topic but out of curiosity...what other LifeLike's have you converted?

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Posted by retsignalmtr on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:09 PM
if you need your loco frames milled to fit a decoder in you could look at www.aztectrains.com to see if they have frames for your loco available. i think they charge $10 per loco.
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Posted by SirPeter on Friday, March 21, 2008 6:04 AM

Thanks for the reply guys. The problem I have is not so much the frames as the electrics. I read somewhere that these frames carry the juice but with normal LL locos the wiring is simple to hard solder - well, the ones I have done were! The last thing I want to do is take a 'screw' out and "boing" the whole lot comes apart! That's happened with my first watch when I was a kid! So, electrically, what's different with a 'live' frame? Confidence comes when there are no bits left over when you've finished the job!

Peter 

 

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