Sound fitter's toolbox
Adding sound to your locomotives requires a selection of tools and consumable materials. MIKE WILD explains the essentials to get you started.
Above: Tools are essential in railway modelling and many of those used in sound installation projects are identical to those which you might already have. Primary elements are a soldering iron, screwdrivers and a set of wire strippers.
YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED to find that it only takes a fairly modest tool kit to begin installing your own sound decoders. For the simplest, you will only need a set of modeller’s screwdrivers covering a selection of crosshead and flat blade types while for the more advanced you will need to add a soldering iron, wire strippers, a craft knife and a small pair of scissors.
In this handy guide, we will go through the basic tools and explain what each is used for in the sound fitting process so you can make informed choices about what you need to buy.