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Kisatchie

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Does This Count As Modeling???
« on: August 30, 2014, 06:53:58 PM »
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This past week, I made 66 pairs of "Micro-Mate" trucks/couplers. That's where I remove Micro-Trains couplers from the coupler pockets of MTL trucks. Then, I insert Accumate coupler shanks onto the truck's coupler shank boss and then add the lid of the pocket. And voila, no more slinky effect.

It is maddening, though. Fighting those small parts together so that they work. And then there are the Accumate trip pins that frequently fall out just as I get the coupler lid slid into its proper place. Ahhhhhh, still 40 pairs to make.


Hmm... Kiz is drooling...

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Re: Does This Count As Modeling???
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2014, 07:46:10 PM »
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Except for the trip pin falling out sometimes, I like the accurmates.
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Re: Does This Count As Modeling???
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2014, 08:12:52 PM »
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I actually pull them. I have no use for magnetic uncoupling.
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Re: Does This Count As Modeling???
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2014, 08:19:59 PM »
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I actually pull them. I have no use for magnetic uncoupling.

I want them on. Looks like the air hoses.


Hmm... Kiz is too cheap
to buy model air hoses...





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Re: Does This Count As Modeling???
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2014, 12:09:03 AM »
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I prefer to clip the trip pin or just remove it from Accumates. If I want air hoses I just mount them where they should go.If you really want the trip pin put a tiny dab of CA on the top of it. Once the glue sets it will stay in place. Just don't glue the pin to the coupler. :o
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Re: Does This Count As Modeling???
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2014, 12:40:48 AM »
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I prefer MT couplers, but don't mind the Accumates.  For extended draft gear it's very easy to make draft gear to fit from styrene.  3/32 by 3/16 brass tube will work, and is stronger, but the styrene can be glued to plastic floors.  Also, it's easy to adjust the mounting height by changing the thickness of the top strip, and the Accumate has an offset shank, which works nicely on slightly low floors.

As for the trip pins, I leave them in, but if one falls out, I don't worry about it.

Note:  DO NOT remove the pin from a McHenry coupler.  You can cut it off, but if you remove it, the knuckle falls out, and you'll likely never find the spring.
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Re: Does This Count As Modeling???
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2014, 07:18:56 PM »
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I actually pull them. I have no use for magnetic uncoupling.

I did that for all my HO #58s. They look so wrong lol.
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Re: Does This Count As Modeling???
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2014, 11:02:49 AM »
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I'm a big fan of the Accumates. I have no problems with them because the first thing I do is pull the trip pin out myself.