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Title: Changing couplers
Post by: AndyJB on November 16, 2012, 06:44:30 PM
Today I started the job of changing the couplers on all my grandsons rolling stock and locos, we are going from the hook and loop to KD couplers. So far I've only attacked rolling stock and the hardest part is removing the small round molding where the screw goes though. I'm using a an Xacto type knife but one it's slow and two there's the chance the knife will slip and I'll loose a small piece of finger.
Anyone found a better way of removing this molding?

Thanks Andy.


Title: Re: Changing couplers
Post by: jward on November 16, 2012, 08:06:53 PM
have you tried a razor saw or filing it down?


Title: Re: Changing couplers
Post by: AndyJB on November 16, 2012, 08:26:30 PM
There's not a lot of room for a razor saw and all my files that are narrow enough are also very fine and would either take for ever or clog.
But what if I wrap some 80 grit paper around one... mmmm thanks.


Title: Re: Changing couplers
Post by: 81F on November 18, 2012, 08:25:11 PM
Have you seem this earlier thread?

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,21716.0.html

However, the way I used to remove similar mouldings on other British outline stock was to use a drill a little larger than the round moulding. This was done very carefully using a hand drill. Once I had removed about 3/4 of it I then finished the rest off using files and a scalpel.

I should add that this was to give my wagons a more prototypical appearance in the days when I could see to use 3 link or screw link couplings rather than fitting Kadee couplings.


Title: Re: Changing couplers
Post by: AndyJB on November 19, 2012, 07:30:21 PM
Thanks for the link.


Title: Re: Changing couplers
Post by: thomasj219 on December 01, 2012, 03:43:09 PM
Yes because in the whole wide world of model railroading two people have never had the same problem.  ::)