And why wouldn't you want one? This thing is amazing. And that amazing-ness is-for me anyway-due to the bold design the creators of this train decided to use. I think we can all agree there is nothing else like it (even if this isn't your cup of tea)!
The Rapido couplers come off easily enough by squeezing two tabs on the bottom side of the bogies/trucks.
The new 'knuckle couplers' snap on easily once the Rapido's are removed.
DCC Train did the install for me with about a 4 week turn around. They did a nice job and I was relieved of having to do this myself! Alex from DCC Train even posted a nice little video of his work! Here it is:
For the motor car, Alex installed a Zimo MX620 decoder. Below is a photo showing the smart placement towards the end of the car so its not too visible in the windows!
FL2 function decoders were installed. Again, a shot showing the placement of these decoders.
I've also installed the G0004 interior LED lighting kits. They look good, although maybe a bit too bright! Again, need to something to address the flicker that is a notorious problem for illuminated passenger cars of all makes (another project some day!). There's more good discussion about this set over on the JNS forum if you'd like to read more *UPDATE: Check out this great overview of the Rap:t and other bold railway design at Sumida Crossing)!