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 Posted: Sun Mar 18th, 2018 11:42 pm
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Before a new model can officially become a 'Kingswood Engine' they first have to under go some easy modifications. Some of these are.........

Weathered.
Couplings removed and replaced with my magnetic system.
Detail packs added.
Crew added.
Lamps added.
Tools added.
Etched cab side plates (were applicable) added.
Ensure all windows are glazed.
Sound added.

There are others depending on the engine. One of the least expensive and easiest is the fitting of etched cab side plates.
A simple case of trimming them from there 'sprue' and attaching with PVA glue. I some times weather them but in the case of the one below (which represents a semi cleaned engine) I have left them polished looking.











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Hi John,

You can improve those plates even further by giving them a coat of shiny black (including the sides), rub down the numbers and outside bead to expose the brass when dry, coat of varnish, attaching and weathering, and then cleaning just the number plates in a circular motion with a cotton bud. Often the only thing kept clean (so the crew could find the allocated engine) in many sheds.the smoke box number was usually ignored.

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Thank you Nigel I will give that a try.  :thumbs



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Sound inexpensive?

However, don't forget the real coal in the bunker / tender and number plates were normally kept clean for crews to easily find their loco amoung others and of course to keep hoards of trainspotters happy!

Oh and adding passengers to passenger stock both looks the bizand helps with often required additional weight.

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Ah, beat me to it Nigel. I was watching telly!

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No, sound is expensive! The plate up grade is the simple inexpensive one.

I always add real coal and passengers :)



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Good morning,I too tend to modify my loco's, but have yet to do this to my entire collection. By the way, is your layout 4mm and would you be able to ellaborate on "my magnetic system" as an alternative coupling method? I am thinking along similar lines, but no point in re-inventing the wheel if someone has already done the hard work!!

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Hi Ian.

Yes my lay out is 4mm.

Have a look here for more info on my magnetic coupling http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=15329&forum_id=12

John :)



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Perfect. Thank you and exactly along the lines i was thinking of



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Cheers Ian, it works well and is very easily adapted :)



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Simple and much better than tension locks. I will see what i can come up with along similar lines. Ian



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That's great and if you can improve on it please let me know. There are several people around the country using the idea now.

John :)



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You should have patented the idea lol



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IanLMS wrote: You should have patented the idea lol
Just happy to be able to give a little back to the hobby :)



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What a brilliant idea.

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Hoping to have chance over the next week or two to see what I can do with my coaching stock. I am content to leave my wagons with the normal 3-links, but its the coaches with gangways that are almost impossible to couple with screwlinks. I tried permanently coupling them, but it caused too many issues when swapping stock etc so I still need to part them. The magnet idea you have come up with looks spot on. I have found 2mm x 0.5mm neodymium magnets but not sure if they will be strong enough. https://www.first4magnets.com/circular-disc-rod-magnets-c34/2mm-dia-x-0-5mm-thick-n42-neodymium-magnet-0-06kg-pull-p3546

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Hi John,

Magnetic coupling (in this air hoses, but why not vacuum lines on fitted stock).

https://www.pwrs.ca/announcements/view.php?ID=7440

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Those are good Nigel, be nice to have a vacuum pipe version particularly if they were strong enough to use as couplings.



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