This installation of TCS M1 Decoder is for HO Scale Rivarossi E8 and was performed by Stephen Atkins of Winshill, Staffordshire,
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
Start by removing the shell and
looking over the frame and wire set up.
using a low wattage solder iron
unsolder the light and motor wires.
The unused output shaft needs
to be cut off so the decoder will fit in the shell.
Check to make sure the motor is
isolated from the chassis
Solder the blue and white wires
to the headlight connectors.
Solder the black wire from the
decoder to the 2 pickup wires and the red to the other 2 wires (this engine is
all wheel pick up)
heat shrink tubing is easier than tape here.
Solder the orange and grey wire
to the motor.
The decoder is then taped using
double face tape into the frame section and the cover reinstalled and you are
ready to test your newly decoded engine
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