This installation is for a HO-Scale Atlas RS-32 using a TCS WOW121-Diesel Decoder, AK-MB1 Motherboard with built in Keep Alive™
and UNIV-SH4-C WOWSpeaker kit by TCS.
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These items are available in the WDK-ATL-2 which was used for this installation.
Important Soldering Tip:
Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. It will damage it. Use only Rosin core solder approved for electronics use.
We recommend to use only Kester "44" rosin core, SN63PB37, .015" diameter, part number 24-6337-0007.
This can be ordered from Techni-Tool under Techni-Tool part number 488SO157 http://www.techni-tool.com
HO-Scale Atlas RS-32 prior to installation.
To start off this install, we must first remove the front and rear coupler screws highlighted above and their housings.
With the couplers removed , while gently pulling outwards at each end and along each side of the frame, lift the shell off of the frame.
Take care to release the handrails as you lift off the shell so they don't break.
The Atlas RS-32 shown with the shell off.
First remove the front and rear weight screws as highlighted in red above and set these weights aside.
Remove the wires from the board. Once the wires are loose, the factory light board can easily be unattached from the motor mount.
Trim, tin or lengthen the wires as necessary to prepare for installing the WOW kit.
With the original light board removed, attach the AK-MB1.
Next, solder the motor and track pickup wires to the AK-MB1 and reinstall the front weight.
For this installation, with the rear weight removed, we spliced wire leads to the front LED, insulating them with shrink tubing and using a dab of hot glue,
mount the original LED light to the light tube.
We have found that LED light output is brightest when shinning directly into the end of the light tube, but in some circumstances they may be placed along the length
of the tube as well with satisfactory results. In doing so, white light LED output would be least affected, while non white LED output will be more affected by placement.
At this point, solder the lights to the board, according to the included wiring diagram.
WIth this complete, insert the 25mm x 14mm speaker in the UNIV-SH4-C speaker housing and using hot melt glue, mount it into the top of
behind the light tube.
If your speaker enclosure installation covers the portholes on the enclosure, we recommend adding new port hole(s) similar to the original porting. Be sure that the new portholes are the same size and amount of the original and are vented freely into the locomotive We have found introducing a port of the correct size greatly increases the volume and sound quality of the installation. Too much or too little porting decreases the sound quality.
NOTE: You must be very careful to avoid getting glue on the speaker cone. Glue on the speaker will ultimately cause it to produce no sound and fail.
You can now plug in your WOW121 decoder.
Lastly, in order to keep the wires neat and prevent possible shorts, lace the wires into a bundle using lacing cord, which is a wax impregnated string
used for wire bundling and making harnesses. There are many choices of lacing cord available from Digikey www.digikey.com.
We use part number 802534B BK032-ND
Your Atlas Trainman RS-32 is now WOWsound equipped and ready to roll!
Other solder tips:
When stripping wire, only strip a tiny little bit of the insulation. Strip no more then a 1/64 of an inch. When the wire gets tinned with solder the insulation will shrink back more. Try to not expose any more wire then half the length of the solder pad at most. In no case should solder or exposed wire wire ever be outside the boundary of the the solder pad you are attaching a wire to. Click here for important information on properly Stripping and Tinning wire