Sunday, November 25, 2018

Digitizing Roco 43012 - Lights Almost Done

The red tail lights are micro LEDs mounted in the shell. There will also be a cab light, so I need a way to route power to all these LEDs and keep the arrangement pluggable. Here's my solution: a header soldered to the decoder "breakout board" and a perf board fragment with resistors to be kept with the shell. The "pins" are wire cut offs from resistor installs in other projects. Never throw anything away ....

Here's a side-view with the cab light LED installed, and tail lights wired. The cab LED reaches too far into the cab, and is visible from the outside. I'll try to pull it back a little bit and also limit light leakage into the machine room.

I might have to redo the breakout board, since I did a fairly poor soldering job on that, but for now let's see how this pans out.

Here's a short video of 601 001 demonstrating the light effects. I still have not closed the chassis and engine roof yet.

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