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    • April 15, 2020 1:52 PM EDT
    • Hi Dan,

      You did an excellent, thoughtful adaptation of the AML coupler used on the trucks for body mounting.  Is the yellow resin friendly to be painted?

      In a bag within the box the AML car comes in, AML typically supplies body mount couplers, including its coupler box that resembles Kadee 830 or 906 types.  The AML knuckle is the same as the AML truck mount, but its shank is different.  Both have an offset knuckle with respect to their shanks - unlike Kadee 830 / 906 types which are centerset.

      When body mounting an AML knuckle coupler, one thing to contend with is this knuckle offset.
      If using a coupler height from the railhead standard (like the Kadee 880/980 "G" gauge), locating body mounted AML couplers to conform to the standard will be a bit different than Kadees, particularly if mixing rolling stock having 1/29 scale AML & Kadees.

      The truck mount coupler version is illustrated below.


      When comparing an AML body mount type coupler to the Kadee 830, differences can be seen below.



      Note that the AML box and coupler shank are thinner than respective Kadee parts, and couplers are not centerset but have that upward offset, shown inverted above.


    • April 15, 2020 12:52 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      On your custom boxes; you could cut off the blob on the end of the spring and print pins on either side or bars on the end face of the box.

      Great idea John!  Then I could shorten it!  Last night after posting this I thought about how to make it narrower and came up with this.

    • April 15, 2020 12:46 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

      Nice job on the adaptor box. But isn't that a Bachmann knuckle?

       Thanks Pete.  The Bachmann's are bigger.



    • April 15, 2020 12:37 PM EDT
    • On your custom boxes; you could cut off the blob on the end of the spring and print pins on either side or bars on the end face of the box.

    • April 15, 2020 12:23 PM EDT
    • Nice job on the adaptor box. But isn't that a Bachmann knuckle?


      I really like the AML 1:29 scale couplers with their prototypical knuckle

      Dan, some years ago I bought 4 or 5 pairs of the AML 1/29th body-mount couplers for about $5 each pair. I never did use them so they are sitting waiting for someone to take them off my hands!


    • April 14, 2020 11:22 PM EDT
    • I will take the used #1's off your plate...


      Do whatever floats your boat. Make conversion cars until,you complete the whole fleet?

    • April 14, 2020 8:48 PM EDT
    • I HAD standardized on the #1 kadee couplers. But, recently I have been reconsidering this decision due to possible reliability issues, compatibility with club members and cost to outfit my considerable fleet of rolling stock.

      I really like the AML 1:29 scale couplers with their prototypical knuckle and the possibility of using operating cut levers.  Most of my AML cars were purchase used and only have the truck mounted version and I definitely want body mount.  Rather than buy the body mount ones, I've designed a conversion box. What do y'all think?   Anyone done this before? 


      Shown with the AML body mount version.  The conversion box is about 4.5mm longer but won't be a problem for the hoppers.

    • April 15, 2020 8:57 AM EDT
    • I use a similar method to body mount to Aristo Classic cars. I made up a bunch of PVC/Styrene shims, painted them black, then I glue those to the frame rails. Coupler boxes then screw to the PVC shim.


      There is a complete how-to thread on here somewhere that these pictures are from.


      EDITed to fix missing / duplicate picture.

    • April 15, 2020 8:12 AM EDT
    • I don't know if this helps you or not Sean. 

      I have a similar caboose.

      If yours has the 2 center beams, I screwed a piece of PVC over those and mounted the K-Dees to that.

      Sorry about it being out of focus, but that was the third try.................

    • April 15, 2020 6:56 AM EDT
    • Has any one come up with a way to body mount g ka-dees to this unit?

      USA Trains R12021 Sumpter Valley Woodsided Caboose, Collection Item

    • April 15, 2020 12:58 PM EDT
    • WOW!  As expected.  You are truly an artist Mike!

    • April 15, 2020 12:38 PM EDT
    •    Today I finished car # 1 , BFTX 10057 . Not a big fan of graffiti but that is what it is these days especially on these cars . The next cars I do , and I plan to do 4 at the same time will be newer REGX gon's . They seem to have a lot less "tagging" on them and are a simpler design . The last things I had to do to finish this car were the load and trucks. The trucks get a wash of chalks . The load was made from 2 inch thick pink insulation board topped with small pieces of wood and stuff from my junk box. Its all held together with white glue  and topped with a orange veil netting. I'll post pictures of car # 2 when its done . Thanks for looking !  Here's some pictures.                                                                                     

    • April 14, 2020 5:39 PM EDT
    • OK, so this just came to a screeching halt.

      I had the floor of the car all figured out. I then realized I have to make a decision whether this is to be powered or not. I do have one more pantograph and the power unit from Thorton's old Doodlebug. But I forgot that the powered truck has to be recessed.

      This is important for anyone else tackling this.

      So take out the flooring AGAIN and cut a hole for the power truck to be mounted in. I decided it was better to do this now than to have an "I shoulda".

    • April 14, 2020 11:50 AM EDT
    • This last car has other critters while the other three are horse cars ,with one with custom painted horses to represent our two horses .. Life can be good some times ..

    • April 14, 2020 11:14 AM EDT
    • Sean;

      I had a stock car with some steers, but sold it.  I still have an Aristo stock car with added random "mooing" sound and managed to pack some white steers around the outside of the electronics.  My two main stock cars at present are the Bachmann "bobbing horse head" stock cars.  They have been relettered with the Brandywine & Gondor Railroad initials and proclaim "Rides of Rohan - the finest horses in all of Middle Earth."

      Best, David Meashey


    • April 14, 2020 10:12 AM EDT


      A little different but something in a cattle car