Following the review of Hornby’s 00 scale recreation of GNR/LNER Gresley’s N2 class; today we look at how to fit a DCC chip to the DCC Ready version. Those who are looking to use this model digitally will be pleased to hear that fitting a DCC chip is a doddle! As usual, it is best to test that the model works well in DC operation before fitting the the decoder.
The 8 pin DCC plug is towards the front of the model (see above). To fit a DCC decoder, simply remove the blanking plate and replace as per manufacturers instructions. There is lots of space in the body for a DCC decoder, so a large one will be fine.
Test that the model works on DCC track before refitting the body to the chassis. When re-fitting the body to the chassis, do it gently. If it does not fit together easily; do not try to force it! It will fit together with very little pressure if done at the right angle. Do not be tempted to force it – when you get the right angle you will be amazed how smooth re-fitting the body is! The re-screw the one screw and you are done!