OO Gauge Fixed Link Couplings – Part 4

This week I have some good news for my OO Gauge Fixed Link Couplings.  All the designing is done and the sample packs are ready.  If this coupling project is new to you, you can read more about it in the previous post here.

All of the different types of OO Gauge Fixed Link Couplings can be seen in the table below.  The main couplings are numbers 1, 2, 7 & 8. These should work for the majority of models.  However as I described in part 2 of this project some manufacturers have set their NEM sockets at different heights so I have also supplied adaptors to cover all situations.

The first fifteen are the shortest and designed to give 18mm between each NEM socket.  Should your layout have tight curves or you have a model with the NEM socket set further back then all the couplings have been repeated for 19mm and again for 20mm.  The extra distance on tight curves will avoid buffer lock which can derail wagons.

Both the 5.5mm Step Up and the Loose 3 Link couplings were a special request from a fellow modeller so I have included them in the range.  Please note that the 5.5mm Step Up will require any existing molded hook to be removed from the wagon but it will put the coupling at a more prototypical height. Also the Loose 3 Link only has the center link loose, both outer links are fixed; this means there will be some slack in the coupling but it’s only good for pulling rather than shunting.

Given how many different types are on the table I’ve made five different sample packs available.

NEM OO 3 Link & Instanter Couplings – Basic Sample

This contains one of each coupling types 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 & 11.

NEM OO 3 Link Couplings – Sample Set

Containing one of each type: 1, 4, 7, 10, 16, 19, 22, 25, 31, 34, 37 & 40.

NEM OO Instanter Couplings – Sample Set

Containing one of each type: 2, 5, 8, 11, 17, 20, 23, 26, 32, 35, 38 & 41.

NEM OO 3 Link & Instanter Couplings – Sample

Containing one of each type: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 16 ,17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, 40 & 41.

NEM OO 3 Link & Instanter Couplings – Advanced Sample

Containing one of each type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15.

The packs containing lots of the individual couplings are currently being uploaded and will be available by next week.

A Little Time Off

As is often the case, real life demands that our hobbies get put to the side sometimes. This weekend has been one of those times and work has taken up my spare hours. So this evening I’m having some time off, getting outside to enjoy the summer evenings while we still have them, and reminding my wife what I actually look like! I will see you all next week, have a great one.

OO Gauge Fixed Link Couplings – Part 3

Back in March 2017 I was in the process of sharing with you my designs for OO Gauge fixed link couplings utilizing the NEM sockets; you can read the post here.  However when Shapeways announced their pricing structure change for the FUD and FXD materials this put a pause on the project.  Mainly because under the new pricing structure there is a $1 charge per part on top of the material costs etc.

The good news is I have now redesigned the couplings so they can be 3D printed as one piece but can be easily separated.  I looked at several different ways to do this but each had its pitfalls. Because all of the exposed parts of the couplings have high detail or are part of my flexible joint, putting a connection back to a sprue would mean a rough area would always be at the point where the coupling was cut off.  The other part of the coupling fits into the NEM socket so again any rough areas would prevent the coupling from fitting correctly.

The solution was to add all the couplings to a tie bar with ‘T’ stalks which pass through each coupling, without actually touching it, as shown below.

The ‘T’ head can easily be broken or cut off which lets the coupling fall away from the tie bar.

Although a tie bar could be used at each end of the coupling this proved to be unnecessary as you can see in this actual set of 3D printed couplings below.

I’ve also made some other very small changes or improvements which don’t show up in pictures but should help to make them even better.  I plan to do a few last checks with these latest versions and then I’ll be making them available.

I plan to release them in packs of 4,10, 50 and 100.  There’ll also be a sample pack which will contain one of each so you can do some testing to see which type you need.  This will be affected by the different types and makes of rolling stock you have plus the radius of your curves; tighter curves will need the longer couplings to avoid buffer lock.

I am planning to have them ready for next week, so fingers crossed.

A Project For the N Scale Enthusiast

Where was I last week? I had the night off; I didn’t post anything but I was still modelling.  I used the time to catch up on some jobs that needed a bit of concentration and I’ll be sharing these with you soon, once I’m finished.

In the meantime if any of you were at the 25th National N Scale Convention in Pittsburgh, hosted by the N Scale Enthusiast, you may have seen some of my work.

One of NSE’s new limited run models is the Navy Gun Barrel Transport Consist‘.

All the pictures are courtesy of the N Scale Architect.

I designed the gun barrel load and all the supporting details which sit on top of the three flat cars made by Micro-Trains.  This was a project for the N Scale Architect who assembled and painted all the models for the NSE.

As I said earlier, this model is a limited run and is only available through the NSE website; members of NSE also get a discount.  The link below will take you to their shop.

NSE Navy Gun Barrel Transport Consist

The N Scale Enthusiast and the N Scale Architect have fantastic models and kits, so if they are new to you, I recommend having a look.