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ON28

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Intermountain F3 install
« on: December 04, 2019, 09:32:52 AM »
Sharing this, an LM-3S in an HO 8-pin DCC-ready Intermountain F3. I first tore down and cleaned up the drive components, a process which is essential for most efficient performance, since I acquired this loco second-hand. Stiff pickup wires caused the original trucks to derail -- a known issue -- Intermountain provided replacements. I retained the factory light board for plug-in convenience and added a Yelo-Glo Miniatronics LED headlight, mounted on a styrene base that will also support crew figures. The LM is at the rear, with an iPhone 4S mounted on top, and both fit with no frame or shell modifications. I downloaded a generic diesel sound which offers more bass rumble than the ULT 567-16. An older model that's nicely-detailed and a good runner with RailPro.

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Re: Intermountain F3 install
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 11:53:29 AM »
Nice job. Clean, neat and tidy.

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Re: Intermountain F3 install
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2019, 02:52:03 PM »
Thanks for that, maybe someone will benefit from my experience. I'll add that I shrouded the headlight in heatshrink, cuts down on light leaks. The Intermountain chassis also includes spaces for bulbs/LEDs to illuminate the class lights and numberboards, when the time comes. I'll likely add a backup light, since my railroad had them on F units, over the rear door. I had to email Intermountain for the programming on the lightboard pins, Lee Ryan was most helpful.

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Re: Intermountain F3 install
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2019, 09:56:51 PM »
Nice job. Clean, neat and tidy.

Cecil

That's exactly what I was thinking. Nice work!
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