Lima Ringfield Motor Adaptors – Out now!

We’re delighted to announce that the first batches of our UK outline Lima motor upgrade kits are now available to buy via the Strathpeffer Junction online shop.

These adaptors enable you to quickly replace aged ringfield motors in OO gauge models with CD-type motors, without the need for any messing around with glue or fiddly shaft alignment.

You simply remove the old motor and gear, pop the new motor into the adaptor, trim down the new gear and fit it onto the shaft, and then install the new assembly into the motor bogie. Everything is lined up and ready to go!

Each kit contains a motor, adaptor, two replacement gears (one spare) and some heat shrink. A set of detailed step-by-step instructions can be download from the website for those who need them, and a full installation video is available via the Strathpeffer Junction YouTube channel.

You can read all about them here:

What about Hornby?

Finishing touches are also being made to a Hornby ringfield adaptor – it’s a more complex design, but works equally as well on testing. There’s a little more testing to be done, but these should be ready in the Spring. Stay tuned…

Tutorial: TCS 21 Pin DCC Breakout Adaptor

In our last blog post, looked at the TCS-brand 21-pin breakout board, which can be used to permanent convert an 8-pin DCC decoder for use in a 21-pin chassis.

21 Pin DCC Breakout Adaptor Pinout Wiring Diagram

We’ve now put together a short YouTube video on how to carry out the modification, which you can watch below. We’ve also produced a wiring diagram to accompany the tutorial, which is available by clicking here.

TCS 21 Pin DCC Breakout Adaptor

We published a video in January 2018 describing how to convert an 8-pin Hornby TTS decoder for use in a 21-pin chassis.

In that video, we used a LaisDCC 21 to 8-pin adaptor, customised by removing the 8-pin socket, to allow the decoder to be plugged into a Bachmann Class 47.

While that method is still totally valid and remains the cheapest option (as of today’s prices), we have subsequently discovered a TCS-brand 21-pin breakout board which can be used for the same purpose.

These TCS adaptors are more expensive than the method outlined in our earlier video, but easier to use and require no real preparation. They only come in packs of five, however, and at about £20 per pack, if you only need one, they’re pricey.

We’ll probably do a quick video follow up in due course as we have another TTS chip to convert, but for the time being, as we’ve yet to find any instructions online, here’s a pin-out wiring diagram for the TCS 21-pin adaptor…

21 Pin DCC Breakout Adaptor Pinout Wiring Diagram