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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2015, 11:17:17 am »
How would they go if you;

For thickness:
Cut the wires off,
Removed the heat shrink,

For length:
Pulled the black plastic off the pins,
Cut the pins to the minimum.

I would.

CFJ
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I tried so hard to be snobbish and haughty.

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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2015, 11:26:25 am »
Pcb too long, cutting pins wouldnt help at all, neither would removing heatshrink.



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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2015, 07:36:47 pm »
Thanks for trying Paul, at least you've saved some others some grief.   :thumbsup:

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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2015, 08:40:43 pm »
When I first went into the drop box link the writing on the chip changed from TCS MC4 to Railway Maker, are they using rebadged TCS chips? I was led to believe that TCS had a good name for chips?

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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2015, 09:01:58 pm »
The two i have show up as "modeleisenbahn" as the manufacturer!



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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2015, 10:42:25 am »

A few years ago, TCS were of the view that another company had illegally copied some of their decoder designs.  TCS initiated formal instructions to UK retailers to not sell certain products under UK/EU anti-piracy legislation - I saw one of the letters issued.

If concerned whether these are legitimate versions of a TCS design, I suggest asking TCS. 

- Nigel

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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2015, 11:36:45 am »
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modeleisenbahn

...isn't that just German for "Model Railway", or does dropping one "l" make a difference to the translation?


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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2015, 10:07:54 pm »
thanks for the update,

do you think they would fit in the dapol DVT / dummy HST / voyager / desiro that sort of space as they are a cheap source of lights only control?
I just think people overvalue argument because they like to hear themselves talk.

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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2015, 10:21:23 pm »
They are too long for :-
52's
35's
24's
153's
121's
122's
20's
25's
22's

However fit GF class 108's and 101's fine, 37's if you are happy to lose cab interior.  They also fit in a Dapol super voyager.

Thats about the limit of my testing!

I dont have any other pinned stock :)



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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2015, 10:34:37 pm »
I read this thread with interest considering mentions elsewhere of decoders from the likes of Bachmann and Digitrax get such a dissing as a cheap and nasty product, how could one even cheaper even ever be considered ???

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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2015, 10:41:13 pm »
Because they work on dc, and i am only using them for dummy cars, however they work remarkably well, have all the functions of a much higher price chip... Im also using them as stationary decoders and flasher units for consists...

PS I THINK DIGITRAX ARE EXCELLENT!



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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2015, 12:14:42 am »
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Because they work on dc, and i am only using them for dummy cars, however they work remarkably well, have all the functions of a much higher price chip... Im also using them as stationary decoders and flasher units for consists...

PS I THINK DIGITRAX ARE EXCELLENT!

...Cool, good to see them tried out anyway!  Shame about the size but just thinking out loud, Wickness just converted my Farish class 43 and as it's a pre-China chassis the battery box is completely hollow so plenty of room for the chip, perhaps a chip such as this would fit maybe lend itself to Poole conversions??  Might just be a brain fart, I haven't got my class 43 back yet so just going by the pics supplied during the conversion.

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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2015, 08:25:11 am »
I find it amazing that decoders haven't got cheaper. Electronics have plummeted in price over the last 10 years, and yet the cheapest mainstream decoders - AFAIK the Bachmann 36-558, is more expensive now than when released.

Then again, when folk view cheap decoders with cynicism the manufacturers are onto a winner! Combined with laughable reliability, which everyone blindly accepts, it seems a licence to print money!

Shame these aren't a workable solution. I'd have bought another Farish 350 if it didn't need at least 50 spending on chips for the damn thing!

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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2015, 08:35:06 am »
I dont have one but... Will see if i can test in one on 8th for you at out club meet.



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Re: New chip maker - caution suggested
« Reply #29 on: February 27, 2015, 09:16:07 am »
I've actually ordered one to try, as they weren't too expensive, and it'll fit in a 37 if nothing else! When I arrives I can gladly try it in a 60, Farish & Dapol 66s, 67, 56, 153, 156, Farish 220, 350, 86, 70 and HSTs, must fit in some of those! Even in the dummys would be an improvement.

 

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