Re: [7mm NGA] KaDee Couplings
- Hi just FYI,
You can get the new Kadee Draft gear boxes seperatly, and the # 5s work
in them just as well as the Whisker couplers - just wish they would do
them in bulk packs.
Many US NG modellers who don't want the magnetic uncoupling features of
the Kadee's (We want 'hands on' operation, NOT 'hands-off') cut off that
silly dangly bit to get a considerable improvment in appearence.
District Manager, CIE Cildargan Section
also Owner, Operator, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer,
Lakes District Portage Railway
and King Island Tramway, Tasmania
On 1/12/2012 11:19 AM, Paul Martin wrote:
> Whiskers are the way forward and will probably result ultimately in
> the demise of the number 5.
> The 148 is the whisker equivalent of the 5 and works the same in every
> respect with a couple of improvements. Firstly, the 5 has a separate
> phosphor bronze spring that goes in the draft box which can suffer
> from loss of springiness, on the 148 that is replaced by the whisker
> springs built into the coupler. Secondly lid of the draft box for the
> #5 has to be glued/screwed/melted on once the coupler has been fitted
> inside it. On the #148, and all the whisker couplers, the lid clips on
> to the draft box.
> The whisker range now covers all the coupler height/length options.
> The #5 & #148 are “medium centreset” couplers which means the shank of
> the coupler meets the knuckle mid way up the knuckle and the shank is
> of medium length. There are short and long options. There underset,
> where the shank meets the knuckle at the bottom, and overset, where it
> meets at the top of the knuckle. All combinations of height and length
> are now available as #141 - #149
> To use these couplers you need two things immediately and a number of
> other optional extras then make life easier: -
> 1. Firstly you need to get there name right. They are Kadee couplers,
> not Kaydee, kaDee or any other wrong permutations of the name
> 2. Secondly you want a height gauge, part #205 or #206.
> When you have a height gauge mount it and a length of track on a spare
> bit of board and then check and adjust every coupler to that gauge. DO
> NOT set couplings on wagon B to match those on wagon A and so on down
> the alphabet as this is the way to creeping errors and by the time you
> try to couple wagon A to Z their couplers will be way out of line.
> The optional extras are: -
> #231 finely powdered graphite in a tube that allows you to puff the
> graphite into the coupler
> #237 Coupler Trip Pin pliers. This is a pair of pliers in which one
> jaw is round and the other is a hollow half circle and they make it
> really easy to adjust the trip pin
> I stock all the Kadee whisker couplers and a few others and the tools.
> A new delivery of them awaits my attention at Parcel Farce and I will
> be updating kadee page of my website on Sunday to include them all.
> http://www.ngtrains.com/Pages/Kadee/kadee.htm I will post a message on
> Sunday when I have done it.
> If you have any other questions feel free to get in touch
> Paul Martin EDM Models www.ngtrains.com
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