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HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« on: October 09, 2018, 06:42:51 PM »
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Does anyone an illustration showing how to reassemble the two parts of Kato coupler?   Or can you tell me which part goes in the pronged thingy (technical term) first ? 

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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018, 07:07:33 PM »
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You have to assemble the two coupler halves to each other before assembling the coupler to the "pronged thingy" (aka "coupler clip").  If you're dealing with F units, the final assembly takes a bit of practice to get it right, especially if you have clumsy large old fingers.

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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 08:00:47 PM »
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Kato should have photos on their website under maintenance 
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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018, 08:21:58 PM »
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Kato should have photos on their website under maintenance

If they do, I cannot find it.

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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018, 09:23:04 PM »
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Thanks guys, but what I need is a picture of how to put the two parts go together !

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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018, 09:36:55 PM »
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Thanks guys, but what I need is a picture of how to put the two parts go together !

The coupler halves go together similarly to the MTL couplers. There is also a little tab that has to interlock between the halves.  When you put them together, they should just fall in place.  Or by "2 parts" you mean assembled coupler (consisting of 2 parts) and the clip and spring which holds the coupler in the model?
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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2018, 09:55:43 PM »
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The coupler halves go together similarly to the MTL couplers. There is also a little tab that has to interlock between the halves.  When you put them together, they should just fall in place.  Or by "2 parts" you mean assembled coupler (consisting of 2 parts) and the clip and spring which holds the coupler in the model?

Peteski ...

I mean the two parts of the coupler itself.   I took the front coupler assembly off of an F40PH and removed the clip so I could dull coat the plow without gumming up the coupler. In the process, the coupler came off the clip and the two parts separated and I  have not been able to successully reassemble them.

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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2018, 08:00:55 AM »
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Hopefully this pair of photos helps.  Insert the smaller coupler part into the slot in the larger coupler part until the post holes line up.  Then place the assembly on the post in the coupler support bracket.





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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2018, 11:46:11 AM »
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Thank you Gray !!! :)

With my bad eyesight, I didn't realize there was a slot in the larger part !!
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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2018, 01:32:12 PM »
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Thank you Gray !!! :)

With my bad eyesight, I didn't realize there was a slot in the larger part !!

LOL!  You have bad eyesight and work on N scale couplers without  bright lights and Optivsor (or some other lesser brand headband  magnifier)?!  I wouldn't be caught dead without using either one.  This stuff is tiny, man!  :)

If you mentioned earlier that you are doing this almost blind, someone would have posted some closeup photos earlier.  :) Just kidding Ed - I'm glad that Gary came through with the photos.
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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2018, 04:32:35 PM »
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Cataract surgery is coming soon .... not soon enough for my liking !

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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2018, 04:40:36 PM »
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Dang, another one that won't be an avid Z scaler  :)

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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2018, 01:12:41 AM »
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Cataract surgery tr is coming soon .... not soon enough for my liking !

Ed

You'll still need some 3.25 or similar reading glasses and good lighting for the close up N scale work.  That said, with those 3.25's after surgery I saw markings on N scale equipment that I had never seen before.

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Re: HELP - Kato Coupler Assembly
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2018, 10:46:14 AM »
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  That said, with those 3.25's after surgery I saw markings on N scale equipment that I had never seen before.

Wife getting both done in December.  You mean afterward, she'll be able to read phone displays, newspaper headlines and a clock without her specs?  That will be wonderful.