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I looked at the ASSY list on the Kato website and it came back with 3066-2G for the light board.  Check it yours is the same.

 

If you have any of the following locos, you can check fitment:-

 

3071 ED76-500
3073 EF30
3068 ED16
3012 ED73
3013 ED76 late type
3059 EF510-0
3065-1 EF510-500 Hokutosei
3065-2 EF510-500 Cassiopeia
3060-1 EF65-500 (P-type)
3060-2 EF65-500 (F-type)
3061-1 EF65-1000 late-type
3062-1 EF15 standard form
3062-2 EF15 final form
3063 EF16
3064-1 EF80 primary form
3066-2 EF81 Twilight
3066-3 EF81 general color

3067-1 EF81-300
7011-1 DE10 cold type

7011-2 DE10 subtropical
7010-1 DD54 Blue Train haulage
7010-3 DD54 initial form

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I suspect that a TCS K1D4 will also work for this application.

 

No, the K1D4 is longer than the Digitrax, the K6D4 is the correct one, but have one smd led only

I have mailed to TCS asking if it's possible for them to create a version with 2 smd leds instead of 1 only

 

I usually prefer TCS decoders due to their Railcom support

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On 3/26/2015 at 9:04 AM, Melandir said:

 

No, the K1D4 is longer than the Digitrax, the K6D4 is the correct one, but have one smd led only

I have mailed to TCS asking if it's possible for them to create a version with 2 smd leds instead of 1 only

 

I usually prefer TCS decoders due to their Railcom support

 

It looks like the K7D4 may fit and it has 2 leds.   ?

Have you looked into that one?

 

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Yes I did, and the price of the TCS was too high for me, at the end I resorted to the Digitrax one that I have been able to source locally

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42 minutes ago, Melandir said:

Yes I did, and the price of the TCS was too high for me, at the end I resorted to the Digitrax one that I have been able to source locally

 

Did it look like it would fit though?  I understand the thing about the cost.

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On 3/12/2018 at 9:21 AM, Melandir said:

Digitrax and TCS decoders are board replacement, both are nearly plug and play

 

I understand that.   I guess the question is, is it the correct one?  No one really goes out and says what their board is a replacement for.

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One thing to beware of is that although the board might fit the headlight LEDs might not be in the correct place because Kato has a habit of doing them differently in every model they make and the decoders made by the American manufacturers are specifically designed to fit Kato's U.S. locos. I usually go with one of NGDCC's decoders on which the SMD LEDs can be placed where ever you need them, such as this example of an installation for the EF56.

http://www.snjpn.com/ngdcc/de29/de29x2_56k.htm

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I have the new design of the EF57, digitrax decoders for the DD51 (DN163K1D) and a general one (dn163k4a) fit in the model but need slight trimming of one light pipe to work.  I need to find out how to get my hands on some of those NGDCC decoders.

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On ‎13‎/‎03‎/‎2018 at 3:42 PM, Kiha66 said:

I have the new design of the EF57, digitrax decoders for the DD51 (DN163K1D) and a general one (dn163k4a) fit in the model but need slight trimming of one light pipe to work.  I need to find out how to get my hands on some of those NGDCC decoders.

NGDCC is quite easy to order from. I just send him an email listing my order and my address, he seems to understand English. Despite what the ordering instructions page of his website says about credit cards he now accepts Paypal. The last few orders I made he sent me a Paypal invoice for the amount owing and a day or so later my decoders were on the way.

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