59578Re: [Z_Scale] AZL latching couplers
- Jan 27, 2009Hello Travis,
I have purchased some of the AZL trucks as well
and hope to have them soon to do some similar testing.
From what I have heard, these are designed to work
with MTL couplers. I certainly hope this is true as I
cannot afford to convert a lot of MTL rolling stock.
From the images, they look simply beautiful in the package.
I do agree with you already on one point: It would behoove
AZL to develop and offer "archbar" trucks because so much
of our rolling stock is from the first half of the 20th century.
Thanks for posting. I look forward to more discussion on
this new product.
On Jan 27, 2009, at 5:15 PM, Cliff Travis wrote:
> I just got a few sers of the new AZL truck mounted couplersand find
> that they couple Very Well. Wheels are metal and are very free
> Frames are plastic and well detailed.So far all is positive.
> I converted two MTL Tubular hoppers nad discovered some negatives.
> Wheels are noticably larger than MTL's and are further apart. I cannot
> say which ones are correctly dimensioned but difference is quit
> noticable.Trucks have really excessive horizontal swing.
> The mount easily using origianl MTL bolster springs. AZL supplies pins
> but they do not fit MTL bodies.
> The two cars with AZL couplers works VERY well but coupler height
> is so
> low that they will not couple with MTL coupers althoughwhen at the
> height they appear to be completely compatible.
> Couplers are almost rigid in the coupler coupler housing whereas MTL
> couplers move easily from side to side in the box. A real plus is that
> the ASLs are rigid which should prevent the ojectionable bouncing
> occurs with MTL couplers.
> My initial enthusiasm for converting all of my cars to AZL couplers
> dampened by the points mentioned above.
> I sincerely hope that someone will find that I have done something
> wrong and describe how the conversion to AZLz is easy and PRACTICAL.
> Then I can do some converting.( although the dimensional differences
> may stil be a problem). Ican live with roller bearings on wooden
> cars if the mechanics are OK
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