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Connecting the N8050, N8051 or N8052 Custom Simulator


Installing either of these simulators is very straightforward. Its tiny size and thin construction will allow it to be placed nearly anywhere in any scale model. Because these modules have circuitry on both sides, care must be taken to be sure that the components or wires soldered will not make contact with any metal object causing a short circuit.

The N8050, N8051or N8052 can be powered by battery or any well-filtered and regulated DC power source with an output of 6-18VDC.

Included with each module are three 6” lengths of #32 insulated wire. If necessary, these can be used for power input and function control wires.


                                Figure 1

Important note: A low-wattage iron with a pointed tip should be used for connection of wires. Too much heat or solder can easily damage the wires, decoder or module and void the warranty.

Also, all connecting wires should be pre-tinned before soldering them to the module. This will make connection quick and easy and ensure excessive heat is not applied to the solder points.


Connecting LEDs

When connecting the LEDs, proper polarity must be observed. LEDs are “polarity sensitive” and will not function if connected backwards. The N8050 is configured to allow the connection of one (1) 20mA LED, the N8051 up to two (2)  20 ma LEDs, and the N8052, up to three (3) 20 ma LEDs.  Since these simulator modules are custom programmed, the on-board resistor will be of the appropriate value to support the type (color) of LEDs for each custom application. If additional (off-board) resistors are required, they will be included with the packaged module along with a wiring diagram for that particular application.

It is important to use wire appropriate for the size of the LEDs and their placement in the particular application. In most cases, our N5038 magnet wire will work very well and can be easily hidden from view. connect the LED cathode (the – connection) to point #3 on the module and connect the LED anode (the +) to solder point #4. Again, this LEDs will use the on-board current limiting resistor so it can be wired directly.

Once again, be sure to use a low-wattage soldering iron when connecting wires to the module. Our N40M2 12-watt Iron with either the N408I (iron clad) Needle Tip, or the N408X (bare copper) Needle Tip would be an excellent choice for this operation.


Input control

Solder point 8 can be connected to any switch (momentary pushbutton or magnetic reed switch) which is tied to -DC (ground).



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