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Terry Toenges


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« on: May 02, 2018, 12:33:17 PM »

I dug my log cars out of my stuff in the garage and they are missing the chains. Would anyone know what size the chains are? Precision Scale has 10" lengths in a variety of sizes from 10 links per inch to 34 links per inch.
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2018, 09:50:16 AM »

I also emailed PSC but haven't heard back yet.
In their catalog, they have:
10" lengths of 10, 12, 13, 16, 20, 26, 32,  or 34  links per inch chain.
or
4" length small, medium, or large chain with hook sets.
I'm thinking the log chains for the cars would be the "large" set?
$6.50 for each 10" length of chain or $7.50 for the sets with 4" of chain and 4 hooks.

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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2018, 10:25:48 AM »

The inside dimension of 1:1 scale 3/8" grade 70 tie down chain is 1.37", which works out to 8.37 links per foot.

I leave you to do the math for HO.

Len
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2018, 10:54:00 AM »

Thanks Len.  I'll have to figure that out.
8.37 links per foot/12 inches per foot = .6975 links per inch real life X 48th scale = 33.48 links per inch. I think that's right. PSC's 34 LPI would be the closest. They don't say what size their sets are but since 34 LPI is their smallest chain, I guess the small sets would be around that.  .
With the three stock logs on, it takes 2 3/4" from hook to hook with the hooks that are on the on the cars.
I could get three chains from a 10" piece so I would have to buy two 10" chains for three cars. $13.00 + $7.00 shipping = $20.00
OR
Buy 6 small sets that include the hooks. $45.00 + $7 shipping = $52.00
It look like it will be $20  for the 10" pieces and use the car mounted hooks.
I wonder if Lowe's has anything that small......
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2018, 03:47:47 PM »

I get all my chain from Model Expo http://modelexpo-online.com/Modeling-Chain.
Their smallest is 42 links per inch which would be about 10 links per foot in 1/4 scale.
The 34 LPI you found would be 8.5 links per foot and probably a better choice, although more expensive.

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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2018, 07:19:39 PM »

Thank Dave. I like the black chain they have by Mantua but it's apples and oranges comparing the measurements between the two types.. Mantua's doesn't show LPI but mm diameter. They don't show the diameter of the copper chain.
I wonder if the 1mm would be too small?
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2018, 07:29:24 PM »

From Model Expo - Two 12" pieces of cooper chain @ $3.99 = $7.98 + $8.99 shipping = $16.97.
Maybe I should look around close and see what kind of cheap necklaces I could find that would look ok.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2018, 07:51:16 PM »

I ordered a 20" long thin chain necklace with a small pendant off EBay for $2.46 with free shipping.
I'll guess I'll see when it gets here if it will work.
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2018, 01:00:23 AM »

I did hear back from PSC. They said they odn't know.
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