This installation is for N Scale Kato GE 44 Tonner uses TCS M1 Decoder and was performed by Jim Starbuck Clinton, Iowa
Although designed as a powered chassis for a Japanese prototype trolley car, these wonderful little mechanisms are fodder for many kitbash projects due to their small size, low cost, simplicity and superb running qualities. This installation will be a GE 44 ton switcher, but the decoder install should be about the same for most any shell.
Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. Over time, the acidic properties of liquid or paste flux will begin eating away at the fiberglass PCB and will damage it. Use only Rosin-core solder or no-clean flux approved for electronics use.
TCS recommends the use of Kester "44" Sn63 Pb37, .015" diameter Rosin-core solder. Kester part number 24-6337-0007.
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.
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