Scrounging for DCC blanking plate

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Scrounging for DCC blanking plate

Postby tom_tom_go » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:40 am

Hi there,

I have a loco that needs a 8-pin blanking plate to convert back to DC. It's Hornby but I don't think that makes a difference.

Does anyone have any spare that they don't need please? I will pay postage, etc.

Cheers!

Tom
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Re: Scrounging for DCC blanking plate

Postby Bigmet » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:44 am

Write down the problem: I need to connect two pairs of sockets to each other.
Think: wire will do the job
Solution: two small staples formed from wire to bridge the pairs of sockets at each end of the array.

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Re: Scrounging for DCC blanking plate

Postby tom_tom_go » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:57 am

Ha ha ;)

I did try that prior to posting, however, the DC controller I am using detects a shorts and cuts the power.

Is it just one link wire you need to go from one pin to the other? When I look at the soldering under the socket for the DCC chip it has two solder joints with wires going into each so this is where I added the link wire.

Thanks for the help Bigmet!

Tom
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Re: Scrounging for DCC blanking plate

Postby tom_tom_go » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:59 pm

I thought about this problem some more and then found this pic of a blanking plate:

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So I just soldered a spare DCC plug I had cut off a decoder as shown in the pic and it works :)

Cheers!

Tom
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Re: Scrounging for DCC blanking plate

Postby Tricky Dicky » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:22 pm

I suppose a piece of veroboard with some wires soldered in would have done as long as the spacings were 0.1" between pins.

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Re: Scrounging for DCC blanking plate

Postby senorsenales » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:48 pm

As tom tom go says. If you join the three pins together in each corner, as per the photo, it will will give you direction and lights as well.

I use an eight pin connector made up of 2 x 4 Maplins pins glued to together and electrically joined using staples soldered together. It works for me.

Maplins part JW59P I think they are, £1.19 for 16, makes 4 plugs.


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