Sunday, October 21, 2018

Kato EF200 [3036-1] New Libery

Another version of the EF200 by Kato, same digital conversion as any other modern electric locomotive from Kato having the light board with smd led. In this post I'll focus just in the light board modification, as the rest is like explained in the previous post about another model of the EF200 (

Any small decoder can be installed under the roof, make sure to trim the decoder wires to the exact length so the decoder will be in the right position:

The first thing to do is to find the positive and negative lead of led. For that, the safest and easiest procedure in my opinion is to set the multimeter in diode testing position. When the red test lead is in the positive side and the black test lead in the negative the led will shine. If you place them in a wrong position or make a shor-circuit nothing will burn, it is a safe method to find the positive and negative terminals of the led:

The negative terminal of leds must be isolated to connect there the function wires of the decoder (white and yellow), and the positive terminals bust be rerouted to the wheel current after the resistor. For that, I did 3 cuts in the cooper tracks (see the red arrows in the photo below) and bridged two tracks (see the yellow square):

Finally, the decoder soldered in place:

And job finished!!

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