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help! couplings?


Russ (mines a pint)

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I probably need to ask more about couplings?

 

last time I had N gauge it was impossible to remove one of the wagons without overturning the whole train, but that was with the standard couplings!

 

What are DG's? and how fiddly are they?

- how far off are the magnetic knuckle couplings as per micro trains style?

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Hi Russ,

I've used DG's in 'N' as I saw them used very successfully by Stephen Harris on Ynysarwed Sidings a really inspiration masterpiece. They are simple enough to construct and I found blackening them with a permanent marker whilst still on the etch helped to disguise them. Stephen showed me how he uses his stock just one way around so that he fits the couplings on one end of each wagon without the loop to prevent loops rising up together and hampering coupling-up. I played with permanent magnets to uncouple and they worked very well and I was particularly pleased with the delayed uncoupling action.

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Cheers, both just been prodding about on the Dapol site they are already on there http://www.Dapol.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=362&category_id=30&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=59

given they plug in looking at the diagrams they are no more 'visible' than the DG's? - been looking at them on the MSE site?

-think the knuckles will be the way to go they not quite as obtrusive looking as in 4mm?

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cheers, even after looking at that I still not sure which are the least inobtrusive , but thinking the Dapol stuff is going to be much easier to fit, on new-ish (NEM) stock anyway.

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Russ, hi

 

There's a lot of good advice above about the DG's...Bryn's links are especially good.

 

I would be inclined to use the knuckles for between coaching stock (and perhaps fixed rakes of wagons?) and then a few DG's on selected wagons...the loco's only need the minimum on them.

 

I use fixed Bar magnets for my DG's either at the end of sidings or slid in and out of below the baseboard as and when necessary...it need not be complicated...

 

I attach a link to an extract from my blog of some time ago where I made a little movie of my 37 uncoupling using DG's...excuse the video as it is my first and perhaps last production, including a sticky 37....but you get the idea...much fun to be had with DG's!

 

Pete

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Me too on the DG's. As a first time user of them I can say they work really well despite my haphazard construction skills and are extremely small. The only down side is having to remove the NEM pocket on some models, but people have got around this by making the end of the DG fit the socket by mounting it on a suitably shaped bit of plasticard.

DG's beat RTR designs hands down for all but modern image applications where knuckle couplers are more prototypical. I am following Pete's suggestions above, with fixed close coupled rakes of coaches, with DG at each end and then scale 3 links on goods wagon in short rakes. I have an Inglenook layout in N which works great with 1 electromagnet and DG's, I get about 90% reiaibility and these were the first few I made.

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Me too on the DG's. As a first time user of them I can say they work really well despite my haphazard construction skills and are extremely small. The only down side is having to remove the NEM pocket on some models, but people have got around this by making the end of the DG fit the socket by mounting it on a suitably shaped bit of plasticard. DG's beat RTR designs hands down for all but modern image applications where knuckle couplers are more prototypical. I am following Pete's suggestions above, with fixed close coupled rakes of coaches, with DG at each end and then scale 3 links on goods wagon in short rakes. I have an Inglenook layout in N which works great with 1 electromagnet and DG's, I get about 90% reiaibility and these were the first few I made.

 

Are those three link couplings home made? Or are there some commercially available?

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