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Couplings 10 3d printed Fitted to my GWR Designed P22 hopper. Wheels are printed too.

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Fitted to my GWR Designed P22 hopper. Wheels are printed too.
Couplings 10 3d printed Fitted to my GWR Designed P22 hopper. Wheels are printed too.
Couplings 10 3d printed Fitted to my GWR Designed P22 hopper. Wheels are printed too.

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Couplings 10

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I really appreciate the inexpensive Peco elsie couplings sold with pockets for N-gauge wagon scratchbuilders, and I recommend them for N-gauge modellers making my P22 hopper. However, the pockets are comfortably sized for handling and have a fair sized skirt to help seat them level. All this requires trimming off to give the right coupling height, and they still need narrowing to fit between the wheels on short wagons like the P22. Also, I'm always filing into the coupling itself to cut a groove to clear the underside of bufferbeams, and into the hook to help trains stay coupled. Taking all these things into consideration, I came up with this design, which should be compatible with Peco and other manufacturers' rapido style couplers on other wagons, for anyone preferring to spend pounds instead of minutes to get the job done. Not for sale yet until I have tried them myself, as the interlocking parts may be awkward to clean out to make them operational. The concertina effect at the top is to aid straight sawing and filing to the required height for the wagon they need to fit. The lowest groove seems to be the best place to end up for the right height for my model of the GWR Design P22 hopper, for example. The top is hollow and has pressure relief vents to aid gluing to the wagon, and the glue is kept away from the moving parts.UPDATE 02 August 2015 Redesigned the pivot mechanism to make the clearances slightly larger and more accessible, which should make it easier to clean the wax out and get a freer movement.

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