The special black edition of the well-known Massoth ‘Navigator’ hand-held DCC controller is now available. The black Navigator (Art.No. 8134201) comes in a wired version, but can easily be converted into a wireless version using a retrofit transmitter (Art.No. 8133501 (EU) / 8132501 (US)).
MSRP € 209,00.
Link: Massoth Navigator
Massoth published their newsletter for April 2015. Unfortunately only in German language so far, I will update this post if they publish an English version as well.
Link: Massoth Newsletter 04/2015 (DE)
The latest episode of Massoth TV shows the PIKO BR 24 equipped with an eMOTION XLS sound decoder (Art.No. 8210540).
In the past weeks, I have seen messages about programming issues with the Massoth S, LS and XLS sound decoders on both the German Massoth forum, and also on the Dutch Grootspoorforum.
In their latest newsletter, Dutch shop Grootspoor.com acknowledges there are indeed problems with these decoders. Some of the decoders produced since February 2015 won’t allow new sounds to be programmed. I don’t know how many decoders are affected percentage-wise, but I still wanted to share this info with you. This kind of problem usually causes a few headaches…
According to Grootspoor, the only solution is to send the faulty decoders back to Massoth. So if you have purchased a new decoder with the described issues, contact your local shop or Massoth directly for a solution. I have a good experience with the Massoth customer service, so I’m sure they will resolve these problems soon.
A bit late, but here’s the latest March newsletter from ZIMO.
– EN: ZIMO Newsletter March 2015
– DE: ZIMO Newsletter März 2015
Interesting topics in the newsletter are the new large scale MX699 decoder, and an announcement that decoder prices are expected to remain unchanged in 2015.
The following items from PIKO are scheduled for delivery this month:
- 35269 Loco Magnet
- 35272 Track Contact
- 37220 Steam Locomotive with Tender BR 24, DB III
- 38243 Steam Locomotive with Tender “Camelback” SF (Digital with Sound and Smoke)
- 38630 Wood Coach D&RGW #330
Although they are not on the list of planned deliveries, the new ball bearing metal wheels with power pickups (30 mm & 35 mm) appear to be available already in the PIKO webshop.