Dundas Coach Kits
Posted 10 October 2018 - 21:57
Posted 11 October 2018 - 12:27
Posted 11 October 2018 - 22:17
Ideally you want all your stock to have compatible couplings. Most 009 RTR stuff comes fitted with a 'Bemo' style coupling that work with other makes. The latest Peco version (GR-102 + GR-103) will do, as will the Greenwich coupling (which will give hands free magnetic uncoupling).
Posted 16 October 2018 - 12:34
Yes, as the others have said, it's a bit of a generic term in 009 modelling. The actual Bemo couplings are getting pretty expensive these days and you'll find most of the other similar ones much cheaper. Like a lot of people I use the Greenwich type which are reasonably unobtrusive and much, much cheaper than Bemo. They are compatible with Bemo and Peco couplings and very easy to build for hands f free uncoupling. They do need folding up but once you've done a few it becomes quite a quick process.
Posted 16 October 2018 - 21:13
Parkside Dundas (as Dundas Models became/was) also used to stock the actual Bemo couplings.
The Peco GR-101 can be made into good couplings, but it does take quite a bit of fiddling,filing and faffing about.
Apart from the problems with the front face that I mentioned before, threading the loop through the hole in the plastic bit can be frustrating, particularly if the glue fills the hole. I was tempted to give up on these but I feel I might be skilled enough to make them work now, which I wasn’t when I built a lot of my wagons that use them. Are they going to continue in production now the GR-102 has been introduced?
Posted 17 October 2018 - 00:09
They are still listed on Peco's website.
Yes, I used to have that problem, but now I use just one moulding per coupling and use black styrene sheet (30 thou." I think) to build up the loophole and front face. I also drill through the pivot hole once it's thoroughly set and add a little undercut behind the upright, adding a degree of tension lock which helps keep the loops coupled better.