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Specter3

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Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:42:31 PM »
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Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Last Edit: January 07, 2018, 03:30:42 PM by GaryHinshaw »

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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 03:50:58 PM »
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If the cost is the same, my BLI E8 runs flawlessly and looks as good as it runs.

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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 04:11:00 PM »
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What are you better at; painting or wiring? If painting frightens you, do the wiring. If wiring frightens you, do the painting .

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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 02:18:00 PM »
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The BLI shell is a bit more modular as well. It had grill and pilot options. Plus free standing handrails.
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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 01:32:02 AM »
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The sound is pretty decent volume-wise. I have a BLI E7 from their very first run of N scale locos, and it had twin speakers  and LokSound decoder. Runs great.
You'll need to chop out a chunk of the KATO frame to put in a decent speaker, but you can do the surgery with a hacksaw if need be.


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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 03:45:07 AM »
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Honestly, I would go with the Kato. The one BLI I've dealt with was at one of the clubs I'm a member of. I didn't like how it was set up and it was quite finicky. The Katos seem much simpler and more reliable to me so I would favor them in this instance. Just my biased opinion.

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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 10:02:50 AM »
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If this is a case were you already own both, have you considered putting the Kato painted shell on the BLI frame?  May be the quickest way to get a painted loco into service (unless there is something I don't know about doing the shell swap).

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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 01:40:12 PM »
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installing sound/dcc into a Kato E5/8/9 is pretty darn simple if you have basic soldering skills.

You will need to remove a chunk of the rear weight, but 'all it takes is a dremel and a dream'

I can't comment on the BLI units as I'm unfamiliar with them.

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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 03:49:27 PM »
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You will need to remove a chunk of the rear weight, but 'all it takes is a dremel and a dream'

or a dremel and a nightmare(0331)...  :P

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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 11:04:09 AM »
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LOL!!!!!!  :D

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Re: Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 09:25:53 PM »
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Would you paint a BLI E8 or add sound and DCC to a Kato E8?

The question implies you want a roadname that was done by Kato but not BLI.  If that is the situation, I'd probably augment the Kato.  Personally I like my BLI PAs though, so if you're good at painting I wouldn't dismiss them.
« Last Edit: January 10, 2018, 09:27:29 PM by jagged ben »