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Author Topic: Clear couplers - worth it?  (Read 9322 times)

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Re: Clear couplers - worth it?
« Reply #45 on: June 27, 2014, 04:50:29 PM »
Just wondering if there had been any progress on clear couplers...?

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Re: Clear couplers - worth it?
« Reply #46 on: June 27, 2014, 05:26:58 PM »

Hi Pete,

I tried fitting some of them for testing to stock at the DEMU showcase but had problems.

Previously the rake of Farish JGAs had run faultlessly at the Watford exhibition, but other items - eg Farish auto ballasters - were temperamental.

This appears to be down to a combination of inconsistency in NEM sockets and the "slipperiness" of the material seemingly causing random uncoupling.  When/if these issues are ironed out then I'll put them on sale, but I don't want to sell items unless I'm confident in them!

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Re: Clear couplers - worth it?
« Reply #47 on: June 27, 2014, 06:01:34 PM »
What are you moulding in? I can probably suggest something with better properties... I use a variety of clear naturals that have various levels of surface adhesion and elongation.

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Re: Clear couplers - worth it?
« Reply #48 on: June 28, 2014, 11:25:45 AM »
Thanks for the update. The Mathieson Models use a fairly slippery material in their clear couplers, but they don't seem to cause any uncoupling problems - at least not for me, on a flat and small test oval. Mind you, that's a very limited test track...

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Re: Clear couplers - worth it?
« Reply #49 on: June 29, 2014, 01:02:50 PM »

Hi Steve

The moulding material is, I believe, clear polycarbonate.  But at this time I am not sure if it is the material that is the issue - just my current best guess - and I need to do more testing.

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