couplers

couplers

Postby richardedmonds » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:09 pm

What are your experiences with couplers for American cars, the longer cars such as the 50 foot ones we have been talking about just recently would seem to me to need to be connected to the truck centre to allow for the swing at the end of the car. But everything I have seen seems to have the couplers fixed to the car body or chassis with no sideways movement. This would mean the use of large layout curves to my mind. Thoughts on this are very welcome
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Re: couplers

Postby Tom Dempsey » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:28 pm

While I was modeling in N scale, I discovered just the opposite. When truck mounted on anything longer than 55 ft, the cars bounced off each other in turns. When body mounted (which would be more prototypically correct), a long car could negociate a very unprototypical curve with only unaesthetic results.
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Re: couplers

Postby Marquette » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:12 pm

Regardless of radius, I'm not planning on doing anything but body-mounted. One day I might even follow my N-scaler friend's lead and aim for scale draft gear, with scratched boxes, etc...
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