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Author Topic: Kato f40pf body removal & decoder fitting  (Read 165 times)

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Kato f40pf body removal & decoder fitting
« on: May 13, 2017, 03:23:02 pm »
Has anyone removed the body from a kato F40PF? I have the Operation North Pole set and trying to get the body off to fit a dcc decoder. I can get the front off but it seems to be stuck at the back. My googling suggests there is a clip near the back right hand side but not exactly where or where to poke/pull?

Any hints  :helpneededsign:

Thanks
C. :)

Ok managed it and I don't think I broke anything! It does require substantial brute force.  :o
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Re: Kato f40pf body removal
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 03:38:33 pm »
Could you feel the force of the Forum's mass willpower (in a Yuri Geller style) assisting you Chris? :D
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Re: Kato f40pf body removal
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2017, 04:03:43 pm »
Cheers, but it appears I have broken something as the body doesn't clip back properly at the back :(

And what's more I get a short when I put the loco on the track  :veryangry:

Can't see what I've done wrong. Followed the instructions on the tcs website, wrapped the copper strips with kapton tape, all fits as it should. I'm stumped and miffed.

Waste of 40 quid for the decoder and 150 quid for the set (and a fiver for the kapton tape)

C.  :'(

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Re: Kato f40pf body removal & decoder fitting
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2017, 05:56:48 pm »
Bit extreme, sure it's retrievable! Check the Kapton tape to ensure there's no short there, it's the most obvious place.

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Re: Kato f40pf body removal & decoder fitting
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2017, 09:54:46 pm »
Thanks njee was just annoyed at myself for snapping something and bodging the decoder install. I've put it back to DC for now. Not sure if I've damaged the decoder. No smoke or burning smell and it looks ok. I'll have another go tomorrow. At least I know the body will come off easily!

C.  :-\

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Re: Kato f40pf body removal & decoder fitting
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2017, 08:14:10 am »
So having slept on it and calmed myself I checked for more guides and looked at digitrax instructions. They aren't specific to the ONP set but do show a much wider piece of tape. So I did that and success! I hadn't blown the decoder  :thumbsup: and the lights work as they should.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

The moral being if it doesn't work first time, put it aside and come back later.

C. :)

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Re: Kato f40pf body removal & decoder fitting
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2017, 08:37:10 am »
Well done, good move to walk away and come back.

If it's any consolation, when I did my Kato Eurostar I did blow the decoder, and break one of the pickup strips. Still not quite sure how! Must get around to hard wiring it.

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Re: Kato f40pf body removal & decoder fitting
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2017, 08:46:14 am »
Chris,

In your original post you mention requiring considerable force to remove the body shell. This sounds very un Kato-like behaviour to me. Body shell removal strategy does vary between their locomotives as I found the hard way when I tried to remove the shell of a PA. Once, I'd located on the web the right technique for this particular loco, it came off very easily. Spookshow is my first go to when looking for such info on any loco. Here is what they have to say about yours:

http://www.spookshow.net/loco/katof40ph.html

Glad to hear that you have your DCC installed and everything is working.
Webbo

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Re: Kato f40pf body removal & decoder fitting
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2017, 09:00:49 am »
That's a useful link thanks. The guidance I could find mentioned loosening front left and rear right but I just couldn't get the back to unclip. The front was easy. At least I didn't break the body.

C. :)

 

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