Model Railway & Kits Specialists

Panda Models is a model shop located in Doncaster


DCC Fitting services

Free DCC Decoder and Sound fitting!*


We can quote for the installation of any decoder that we supply or that is forwarded to us with a locomotive or other rolling stock. *If you purchase both a new DCC ready item and compatible decoder (and speaker if required) from Panda Models fitting is free of charge. If you chose to supply your own items, please contact us for an order reference before dispatch and please note:

• We cannot guarantee to fit any decoder into every model (it is sometimes impossible).

• DCC fitting will not resolve other faults and usually will only exacerbate them.

• Decoder installation invalidates warranties except for plug in types for 'DCC ready' locos.

• Decoder fitted stock can no longer be described as 'mint' or 'in original condition'.

• Creating space for decoders often involves cutting, grinding and or other modifications.

• Many old locos give disappointing results after conversion.

• If your locomotive does not run perfectly on Analogue DC please consider our £5 assessment deposit first.

• Time is not of the essence of any agreement to install.

As a guide the charge for fitting decoders in N, HO or OO gauge averages:

• HO & OO Hardwire for Motor control from £7 inc VAT

• Farish N all types hardwire £15 inc VAT

• Sound decoder fitting including test and set up for DCC ready types £N/A inc VAT (Please Enquire)

• Plug & Play decoders £5 inc VAT

Prices are subject to change without notice (correct 24/02/2018)

Please note that labour charges are subject to VAT at the current rate.

For other work or if problems are encountered we charge at an hourly rate of £15.00 for labour; (after you have confirmed you wish to proceed) please note that we have a Repairs & Servicing department and locomotives with poor running or known faults should be booked in there first. £5 assessment deposit recommended.

If examination of the job does reveal the need for additional work such as motor servicing or running gear maintenance you will be contacted before more work is undertaken which, if agreed, will be charged at the hourly rate; or the loco can be returned, as received, if the fault is obvious before commencement of work.

We do not fit decoders into locomotives that do not run satisfactorily under normal Analogue DC; DCC cannot cure poor locomotive performance. We reserve the right to refuse any installation.

All prices quoted above or otherwise do not include the cost of any decoder, equipment or return postage.

We stock a range of Decoders from Bachmann, Gaugemaster, and Hornby. 

We keep small stocks and order Soundtraxx, Hornby TTS decoders and speakers as required.

Online Quote Request form

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Phone 01302 739514

Example quote:

Hornby R3371 RailRoad LNER 4-6-2 'Mallard' A4 Class - £88.80

Hornby R8107 TTS Sound Decoder - A4 Class - £34.40

Fitting - £0.00

Shipping to any UK mainland address - £4.00

Total = £127.20

This example assumes all items are purchased new from Panda Models.

DCC Fitted items are not included in our returns policy.

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