The DCC Workshop - For the Layout:
Tools, materials and techniques that will make layout wiring and the creation of your layout control systems faster, easier, less stressful and more reliable
If you would like to skip the information below on our approach to wiring the layout, and get right to the items you need to make life easier while wiring….
There are many categories of DCC Workshop aids for the layout:
To make it easier to search, we have provided direct access to some items directly below: Just “Click on the heading” to be taken there.
There are many connectors available, and you may have your own favourites… Often you will be able to find connectors locally however some are harder to get than others. Here are a couple of items we choose to stock and we think that you will find them as helpful for wiring the DCC layout as we do!
Tag Strips to make Bus & live frog wiring dead easy!
Buying the 20 pack of Tag Strips
Top quality High Current 12 way Terminal Strips for cross-baseboard joint wiring that’s totally reliable & easily maintained with a screwdriver
Buying Terminal Strip pairs
The best Soldering Irons & the perfect Solder, Flux & tools for connecting wire to rails, soldering droppers to the power bus and all electronics work
The right Iron, solder flux & tools will make an absolutely huge difference to every task involved in the building and wiring of your layout - Whether it is soldering rail to rail, wire to rail, dropper wire to bus wires or connecting layout electronics, it will all become an easier and more enjoyable task with these products - we absolutely guarantee it!
Just in case you missed it, we have a massive section on how to solder, covering the how to of soldering almost anything to anything!
Hakko Mach-1 model 921 lightweight 55w Soldering Iron
Buying the Hakko Mach 1 model 921 mains powered iron
This page only includes irons we use around the layout. We reserve our temperature controlled Irons for the workbench so…..
SOLDER & FLUXES
DCCconcepts Sapphire 179 Solder:
Buying Sapphire 179 Solder
DCCconcepts very own formula Sapphire Fluxes:
Buying Sapphire Fluxes
Note: Sapphire flux is safe for airmail and airfreight delivery worldwide.
This page only includes Solder & fluxes for wiring the layout.
Special Hand Tools
Wiring can be a pain to say the least, however its ONLY a pain if you make it hard for yourself. Here are some tools that we absolutely guarantee will make the task of wiring the layout easier…. Or even enjoyable!
We are so certain of this because every modeller who has bought them has been delighted and you too will number them among your favourites as soon as you have discovered just how much time and effort they will save you!
Fibreglass Cleaning Brush
Buying The DCCconcepts Fibreglass Cleaning brush
DCCconcepts Precision Wire Stripper & Cutters
Buying DCCconcepts Precision Strippers & Cutters
Heavy Powerful Bus Wire Strippers. The best time saver ever!
Buying DCCconcepts Strippers/Cutters
The Layout wiring Lifesaver
The exclusive DCCconcepts MT-1 Tester
We can skip over the interactive digital LED resistance tester and accurate voltage/current measurement built into this versatile and useful multi-tester here as it is the ability of the MT-1 to warn you of a potential short circuit or mis-wired track droppers well before you actually have time to reach for the soldering Iron that is important here!
Imagine just how much frustration this economical device will save you!
This product is now in final development and is expected at the end of 2009.
We are now certain that the final “look” will change, as we have decided to use full microprocessor control for several added functions including DC and AC voltages and current and corrected DCC voltage and current, and selection will be via a full membrane keyboard, clearly labeled to make selection and use easy as it can be.
Connection will be via professional quality meter leads and probes
Are you interested in this product?
If so, please let us know, as the initial production run will be limited to 500.
To say “thank you” for your support, we’ll apply a discount of 10% to all backorders!
We will create a whole new web page for this exciting product as soon as final pre-production design illustrations and final costing is completed…
Buying The DCCconcepts MT-1 Multi-tester
Super Versatile Digital M-1324 Multi-meter
This meter is great value - As with all tools we sell, we only stock what WE will use and we have this meter at our workbench and in our “take anywhere” troubleshooting kit as well. It has all the features you will ever need and it is built to last!
Buying The DCCconcepts Recommended M1324 Digital Multi-meter
Layouts need light that reproduces real daylight!
We can do what we like to make the layout realistic but if we don’t use the correct lighting, then we really won’t ever get the right result.
These 240 volt incandescent colour correction bulbs are specifically designed for industries that need accurate lighting and so as specialised products they are NOT affected in any way by the 2010 ban (AU) on incandescent bulbs.
They have a standard bayonet cap base for easy and very economical installation in the layout room or under the layout valance. (of course, if you are not 100% confident or if your area of residence requires it, please ask a professional to install any 240 volt lighting!).
We’ve included them on this page as we feel that lighting is one of the key aspects of the layouts design and construction, and it should be done and in place WELL BEFORE scenery is started! Available in both 60 and 100 watt.
By the way - they are also truly excellent for use when painting models… and as illumination for photography of the layout or models of course.
Buying DCCconcepts Incandescent Colour Correction bulbs
Lightweight but bright headband lamp
Let there be light, whenever you need it...even under the Baseboard!
Buying The DCCconcepts 17 LED headband lamp
Desk top magnifier
Even a skilled modeller can do with a little help sometimes, and while big enough to do the job, this very nice multi-angle adjustable lamp also has a small enough footprint to NOT get in the way when its not needed….
Buying The DCCconcepts 3x Desktop magnifier
Without the right wire, nothing works well!
We can’t hope to stock every wire for every purpose, but we do try to hold in stock the ideal power bus wire for small, medium and largish layouts, plus convenient cable types for droppers, command bus wiring, multi-wire accessories & layout lighting.
All wire is available by the reel or by the metre. (see below)
Buying Wire from DCCconcepts
Part number Description Per Metre 100mReel
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