Re: pilot coupler
- thanks to andy and steve for their suggestions.
the footboard solution is indeed very neat and prototype looking for
a mikado; in any case you won't see much of the front of the second
i also looked, as suggested, at older messages about the same subject
and i understand that in any case there will be many tackling and
bothering to make things go right.
frankly i hoped to have a reply of the kind: ...just unscrew ...,then
mount item #... available at $1.00 at your local hobbyshop, but that
would have been too easy. this is z-scale, fellows!
i don't know if my skills are good enough to afford such a conversion
now -i'm always afraid of ruining these expensive jewels- but i'm
sure they will be when the last rail of my future tehachapi loop is
--- In email@example.com, "Andy Hunting <tv175@y...>"
> Good point, Steve. Actually, I had something similar in mind:
> cowcatcher, add footboards. Some of the 2-8-2 locomotives thatgave
> Märklin has modeled (such as Balt. & Ohio #4500) had footboards and
> no cowcatcher, similar to your New York Central example. Märklin
> them all cowcatchers anyway, rather than make a new mold. They dodrawing
> have small footsteps on each side of the cowcatcher, but they are
> much too small. Some brass or styrene footboards would be ideal.
> Westmodel builds a brass pilot beam in Z scale. You can see a
> of this at the Aspenmodel web site,The
> http://www.aspenmodel.com/Frame_e.htm . Look under Z-Scale, then
> Parts. I haven't seen this piece in real life, just that drawing.
> footboards still look too small, but better. The Westmodel pilotbeam
> is pictured with a knuckle coupler. I assume that this is ain
> stationary brass coupler. I wonder if it really works?
> -- Andy Hunting
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Steven Delibert" <stevdel@p...>
> > Thanks to Andy for so much useful information.
> > One added suggestion: Instead of cutting off the pilot
> > altogether to make room for trip pins, it would be more accurate
> > practice to substitute footboards, which should allow the desired
> space and
> > be much more prototypical. New York Central, among other big US
> > had such footboards on almost all their steam freight power.
> > example, see : http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/nyc/nyc-s1326o.jpg
> (part of
> > George Elwood's terrific site that has THOUSANDS of US prototype
> > especially New York Central steam engines-- sorry I can't copy it
> here, but
> > the site has a STRICT policy against copying).
> > Steve Delibert