Fitting Kadees to Non Nem Stock

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Postby mumbles » Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:19 pm

F-UnitMad wrote:The recommended method for fixing Kadees to stock is to always fit them to the body.* That way the bogies ...snip

yeah, don;t you find you always find out stuff like that after they are fitted! having taken stock [ha ha] i think i will rip them off and fit to the bodies
will post pics of that when its done
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Postby F-UnitMad » Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:28 pm

Sorry to cause you a bit more work then... :oops: but nice to see someone using the proper Kadee height gauge... I never did myself :roll: but then I was doing US outline HO anyway... now into O scale:- tip:- Kadees get easier to assemble the larger the scale!!! :wink:

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Postby mumbles » Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:41 pm

F-UnitMad wrote:Sorry to cause you a bit more work then... :oops: but nice to see someone using the proper Kadee height gauge... I never did myself :roll: but then I was doing US outline HO anyway... now into O scale:- tip:- Kadees get easier to assemble the larger the scale!!! :wink:

hey no problems, although having re-re-reviewd the situation i think i will stick with what i have on the 2 i have done and look at doing future ones to the body rather than the bogies, mainly because i would need a piece of plastic about 10mm to get the right height from the body for both those coaches
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Postby F-UnitMad » Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:01 pm

Yes, that's a snag with 4mm stock, being higher off the track than HO models. But you only need to stick to the Kadee height if you want the magnetic un-coupling feature to work- if you run coaches in fixed rakes the intermediate couplers can be at any height to suit you- only the outer ends need to be compatible with the usual standards.

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Postby mumbles » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:31 pm

Last night i fitted a kadee to the tender of Castle Cadbury, no coupler was fitted at the front as i don't intend dragging anything with the front of this loco!

it was a bit of a pain and involved trimming, checking, then trimming again, but it got there in the end

1st bit off wasn't enough
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so took further dismantling to remove this much
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shown with tender body reatached
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and the de rigeur height check
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done
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then today after fitting a decoder to the above loco.. and head lamp i thought i'd better do the hornby pullmans for it to couple to

these were pretty straight forward but did involve some serious hacing away of bogies.. did look at fitting to body but was not possible

big smelly old coupling
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removed :D
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bogie turned round and cut the other end
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in postition
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final height check and done
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the final test will be when i run them to check buffers don't lock.. ha ha, pretty screwed if they do!
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Postby Ironduke » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:43 pm

You might need a longer shank on the tender's coupler :^)

I've found that a number 18 or 19 works well if you just secure it into the Hornby coupler mounting slot somehow. It involves hacking the coupler a bit though :^)
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Postby mumbles » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:49 pm

Ironduke wrote:You might need a longer shank on the tender's coupler :^)

I've found that a number 18 or 19 works well if you just secure it into the Hornby coupler mounting slot somehow. It involves hacking the coupler a bit though :^)

you may be right about the longer shank, just about to go test it once kids are settled in bed a bit

do you mean an 18/19 for the coach stock, to line up with the hole left by the 'rivet'?

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Postby F-UnitMad » Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:22 pm

:P :lol: Way to go mumbles - and step-by-step piccys too!!! Well done!

I'd agree with Ironduke re the tender coupler needing a longer shank - as a general guideline as long as the inside rear face of the knuckle (as on your Pullman photo) is level with or beyond the face of the buffers you shouldn't get buffer-locking problems, but if in doubt try a 'dummy run' by putting the Kadee in place with blue-tak and trying it on curves of the sharpest radius you use before fixing more permenantly.

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Postby Ironduke » Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:41 pm

mumbles wrote:
Ironduke wrote:You might need a longer shank on the tender's coupler :^)

I've found that a number 18 or 19 works well if you just secure it into the Hornby coupler mounting slot somehow. It involves hacking the coupler a bit though :^)

you may be right about the longer shank, just about to go test it once kids are settled in bed a bit

do you mean an 18/19 for the coach stock, to line up with the hole left by the 'rivet'?


No I mean a #18 #19 in the tender in the hole left by the removeable TL coupler. You have to either split the dovetail wider or remove the round bit and then secure it with glue or thin doublesided tape which stops it coming out but isn't so permanent :^)
On my 14xx class I drilled out the pin and clinched the dovetail in with a small self tapping screw but it does look a bit messy :oops:
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it's at the perfect height though.
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Postby mumbles » Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:33 pm

ah, i see what you mean rob, i did try that to start with but wasn't totally happy and went for surgery instead

and i did get buffer lock, but easily sorted with a quick pull out and re-glue

cheers guys, it certainly gets easier as i go.. i have bachman 5 nse mk1s to do, but thats not too much to worry about as i have done that conversion already.

also stilll to do are bachman bullieds. also another steam loco [ a court class or something] that i use to pull some hornby old blood and custard, which i may not do
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Postby Raider » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:03 am

Which couplings do you use Mumbles - I've had a look at the Kadee website but there is such a choice that I am totally confused.

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Postby mumbles » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:04 pm

Raider wrote:Which couplings do you use Mumbles - I've had a look at the Kadee website but there is such a choice that I am totally confused.

for the non nem stock i used number 5s
available on ebay for a good price from north wales models or something like that. they sell the multipack which has enough couplings for 20 items of stock, but no screws so either buy them from ebay or local hardware shop, from what i remember the correct type is an 8BA? someone will advise if thats wrong, i tend to fit a screw if i can to strengthen but many can;t and have to suffice with just glue of the super type
martin sold you on them did he? :D
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Postby Raider » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:37 pm

Thanks for the reply Mumbles.

I must admit I did find the ease of removal of an item of rolling stock appealing.

I shall have a search for the No 5's on e-bay and see what I can find.

What about loco's with an NEM pocket?

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Postby mumbles » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:52 pm

Raider wrote:What about loco's with an NEM pocket?

i found all i used was 19's or 20s
i used north wales models with no problems
it was the 18.95 ones i got of the no5s
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Postby Raider » Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:01 pm

Cheers for that Mumbles.

I did notice that North Wales Models have 2 auctions of the number 5's - can't see a difference in the items though


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