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TravelingCarpenter

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Life like GP18 with Lok Sound V5 58741
« on: May 18, 2022, 11:34:54 AM »
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Hello to all,
I have finally gotten some modeling time after being gone for work what seems like an eternity. I have this whole list of locos that I want to add sound to. The loco I chose is a CNW GP18 made by Life like. This loco does have a dcc ready frame. After taking the shell off I realized that a Lok Sound V5 kato replacement board with work with minimal work.
I did have to do some minor milling so the speaker with enclosure would fit and clear the shell. Prior to the install I had contacted Allen and asked him to listen to some Lok sound files, after his input I chose file S0717
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Lok Sound V5 kato replacement board 58741
Soberton 8mm x12mm speaker in a Keystone Details enclosure purchased from Shapeways
Front headlight pre-wired 603 smd LED soldered to the Aux 1 function solder pads
Rear headlight I used an existing LED from the original analog board soldered to the Aux 2 solder pads
I also used wires to make connections for the motor contacts and the brass phosphor contact strips. The thought process was I wanted to eliminate any issues from lack of contact.
I have one more GP18 to do,, Rock Island red and yellow,,that’s going to be sharp!

I really need to quit with the sound installs, lol. When it is all over I will have 30 locos that make noise! I need to work on the layout instead.






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tehachapifan

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Re: Life like GP18 with Lok Sound V5 58741
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2022, 12:13:08 PM »
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Nice install!

ednadolski

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Re: Life like GP18 with Lok Sound V5 58741
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2022, 01:37:43 PM »
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Interesting, to solder the wires straight to the pickup strips.  Will you notch the frames for the wires to sit in, or are they small enough not to need that?

Ed

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Re: Life like GP18 with Lok Sound V5 58741
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2022, 03:12:13 PM »
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I like the wiring notes on the working surface.
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Re: Life like GP18 with Lok Sound V5 58741
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2022, 06:32:48 PM »
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Guys,
     Thanks for comments!
Ed, the wires are small enough. But just in case I beveled the underneath of the shell and walkway to allow for the wire where it is soldered.

John, I just use the area as a giant note pad. It beats trying to google everything when I am working. Lol

Tehachapi, thanks I am getting better. Before I was trying to do them in a hurry, slower is better.

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Re: Life like GP18 with Lok Sound V5 58741
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2022, 11:16:12 AM »
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Nice install.

Added to installation list.

John C.

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Re: Life like GP18 with Lok Sound V5 58741
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2022, 02:33:17 PM »
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Thanks John!

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