Here’s my review of the new V 20 diesel engine from PIKO: Review: PIKO G 37550 V 20
I also converted the loco to DCC using a PIKO decoder and sound module, I’ve published a step-by-step guide here: PIKO G V 20 Disassembly & Decoder Install
Here’s the end result:
Last month, I posted ZIMO started producing their new large scale ‘MX699′ decoder, and according to ZIMO’s Facebook page the first MX699’s are now shipping!
With the delivery of the V 20 diesel locomotive from PIKO in July, Dietz now offers a matching sound project for their ‘micro’, ‘X-clusive’ and ‘Profi’ sound decoders. Link: Dietz
Talking about the V 20… I will receive one from PIKO soon, so you can expect a review of the model here on G Scale News.
Massoth released a new version of their ‘Service tool’ for updating Massoth bus and track components. Version 1.3.2 can be download from their website. Massoth also released firmware version V3.2 for their DiMAX USB PC Module.
Shipping again are the L and XL driving decoders.
According to the ZIMO homepage, the Swiss company has started production of their new large scale ‘MX699′ decoder. The MX699 has some new extra features compared to its predecessor, the MX695 decoder series.
The MX699 includes three ‘super caps’ on board, which should ensure excellent running characteristics on dirty track. Two fan outputs (MX695 has one) allow independent operation of two synchronized smoke generators. ZIMO presents the full list of improvements on their homepage.
Massoth published their English May newsletter: Massoth Newsletter 05/2015 EN
[Update 27/05] Massoth now published the German newsletter as well: Massoth Newsletter 05/2015 DE