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If you have ever chipped a loco that requires the wire to be wrapped around a chassis screw or retainer .. for example the Bachman/Farish split type chassis at times once the screw has been tightened over time it may come lose or break off ... yesterday after looking in my box i came across some left over peco tags just the right size to fit the screws tinned and soldered on to the wire they are perfect for the job bend over toward the centre of chassis and your done a superior connection with little effort
 

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Thats another handy tip
I must admit I save every little part that I think will be useful
Some times a small tag or old power pickup can be used to hold some thing in place.
I repaired a broken plastic bogie holder with a power pickup and a small metal tag folded around the top
and bottom on the internal side -one flat and one sort of z shaped and using the original screw with the broken plastic tag ,
secured the wheel set in the plastic bogie frame

Save those little parts!
Regards Zmil
 

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Reminds me i have a bogie that needs attention in a similar way the lug broken off one side ....... i always keep bits and bobs that may come in after several conversions to DCC a bag has been consigned to the box for later use .
Also a collection of dc boards last week i was fitting an NCE drop in board to a GP-40 an easy project until the motor tags were found to be short of fitting through the slots provided for positive location, out with the K&S brass sheet (0.05) two thin strips to fit the width of the slots were cut using Xuron etched cutters and soldered to the end of the motor contacts overly long threaded through the board, when i was happy the decoder was snug and in place bend out the contacts from the centre and clip off any excess leaving enough to make a good connection.
 
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