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Roger



Joined: 25 Jul 2011
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Location: Wales

PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:47 am    Post subject: Coupling Reply with quote

My thought of the day for this odd feeling day - is when folk say
"realistic, hands free coupling and uncoupling"

Ho hum

Go on - lay into me then with your words!

Roger

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ruedetropal



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Accrington, Lancashire

PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hen I first read that , I was thinking about coupling/uncoupling as a problem because the hand from the sky, then I thought to be realistic you need a figure at the side who uncouples and couples up the wagons. Kadee type couplings do not look right on British steam locos, and look worse in fact. Possibly the least obtrusive of the propriety ones are the old style continental hook and look, especially as the loops are smaller and thinner material. Locos just need a short lightweight hook.
The strand of grass system that Roger Nicholls first introduces works well. It does mean wagons can not be turned around, and reducing the amount of hold power by only having one coupling might cause problems. I am sure if coupling was redesigned it could be even better.

As I said to replicate coupling and uncoupling properly you need a miniature figure that can move, which is obviously not possible.
Everything is a compromise(and I am not going to even talk about OO track gauge), and therefore what ever we do will not be correct, however many rivets exist.
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