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  • Topic: Body mount Kadee coupler to Piko Tank Car

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    • May 30, 2020 7:53 AM EDT
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      Mark Hadler said:

      Thanks Pete, but I like the look of body mounted trucks so I'm forced to mutilate.   Also, I kind of enjoy it (the mutilation part).

      Mark, I must agree and I think we all do. But I've yet to mutilate for that look.

    • May 31, 2020 9:13 AM EDT
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      Isn't it rather interesting how "Body Mounted Trucks" are such a successful far/trend; while body mounted couplers always start a debate of some sort...

        I'm very much for body mounting trucks, on railroad cars.  I just don't know how we mounted them in the past.  My feeble mind went blank, when thinking about it...

            Fred Mills

    • May 31, 2020 10:55 AM EDT
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      Far from a trend, if you want the train to move, body mounted trucks seem to be  more of a necessity. Unless you use a string or the 5 finger power plant you are going to need some kind of power ( electric, live steam diesel, gas , nuclear, solar, proton drive) to make the trains move

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    • May 31, 2020 11:24 AM EDT
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      Fred Mills. said:

      Isn't it rather interesting how "Body Mounted Trucks" are such a successful far/trend; while body mounted couplers always start a debate of some sort...

        I'm very much for body mounting trucks, on railroad cars.  I just don't know how we mounted them in the past.  My feeble mind went blank, when thinking about it...

      I tried coupler mounted trucks but then you must use truck mounted couplers and I don't like the look of them 

       

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    • May 31, 2020 11:08 PM EDT
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      Pete Lassen said:

      Far from a trend, if you want the train to move, body mounted trucks seem to be  more of a necessity. Unless you use a string or the 5 finger power plant you are going to need some kind of power ( electric, live steam diesel, gas , nuclear, solar, proton drive) to make the trains move

      Word on the street says Shawn V. uses a string but hides it well

    • July 9, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

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            I have never seen a real train with truck  mounted couplers .   They don't back up well through switches. Body mounts are worth the trouble if you plan to operate .  They can be a challenge to install. 

    • July 9, 2020 9:32 PM EDT
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      Due to the fact that most of us on these forums, may think of ourselves as "MODEL RAILROADERS", we should not look at the action of converting couplers from truck mounted to body mounted, an impossible task, or that making modest changes to a piece of rolling stock to accommodate body mounted couplers, as "Mutilation".

          The learning of new skills is part of the hobby, and can become most enjoyable, and doing some research, finding out how others accomplish tasks is part of the fun.  Anyone can learn how to modify equipment, and improve performance of their equipment.  All it takes is patience, motivation, and the will to learn, with an open mind.

        Yes, in my somewhat limited experience over 30 years or so; I've learned that in most any task, we can find hard ways of doing things, and also, oh so often, rather simple ways too.

        One of my driving forces, when body mounting couplers, is to improve operations, but another is to get rid of the unsightly "Offset SHANK COUPLER", which is in most cases so unprototypical, and just sticks in my "Craw"....!!!!

        Fred Mills

    • July 10, 2020 10:32 PM EDT
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      I'm a true modeler and mutilation is what I do, need I say more. Good modeling skills for me started back in the 1950's putting AMT and Monogram car models together, I haven't stopped model building since then and it took many years to perfect perfection in modeling. So it's never too late to start putting your skills to work, you might just be starting a new part of the hobby that you have passed on for many years. I find in rebuilding any model I pretty much have figured it out before I even start on a new project, it's just something you learn in time and yes I still make many mistakes and have to start over again, it will always be a learning process. 

       

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      This post was edited by John Lenheiser at July 10, 2020 10:45 PM EDT
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