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 Posted: Tue Jan 31st, 2012 08:47 am
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Anybody used these ....

http://www.scalelink.co.uk/acatalog/Smiths_couplings_for__OO_.html

Any comments?

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Hi, Barney,

 

If you only want a few for cosmetic purposes you could consider this.....

 

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=4777&forum_id=11

 

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Hi Barney - I've used these & the Smith's screw link.  The 3-link aren't too bad but the screw link are horrible.  The drop bar is just a brass tack & looks awful.  With either you need the patience of Job, a magnifying glass, tweezers & 3 hands!

 

I tried soldering a small 'blob' but it's way overscale.

This is the 3-link:



They don't look quite as bad from a distance!



The screw link on the Prairie are the best I bought years ago (4s8d) & I think they were Jackson but you can't get them any more.  The best available now are 'Exactoscale' but they are a bit pricey, although the screw link do work (i.e. adjustable screw)!

Best of luck.

Mal

 



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I used them some time ago Barney but, as Mal said, they're a real pig to handle.

They certainly look authentic - far better than the T/L couplings but it depends what you want to do with them.

Also, remember, if you want want to reverse, they act like the real thing and rely on buffer contact.  That in itself can cause problems.

They're probably fine if you leave everything in fixed trains and only go forward ..........................:roll:



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Smith's couplings?
I was expecting something raunchy.

Couplings are a subject I've left for the future.
Many I see look unreal but it's something I need to research.



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dooferdog wrote: Hi, Barney,

 

If you only want a few for cosmetic purposes you could consider this.....

 

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=4777&forum_id=11

 

Doug


Mmmh thank you, thats worth a bash!

I like the chain couplings, but it seems that they are not practical. I was thinking of trying to use them on a run of wagons that would not need to be uncoupled.

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There is a US company called http://www.sergentengineering.com who make some interesting couplers.

Popular on http://protoweathering.com forum.






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