18th Nov 2018, 05:08 PM
bicknell's RIP track
Cars break. At a show I don't take any time to investigate, I just put them on the RIP track, which is really a section of a box. I've collected a few so it was time to repair. I thought I would share some of what ends up on my RIP track and how I fix them.
Oh my, that coupler got totally smashed into the box. I wonder if this one fell on the floor or something. Looking under I see this is also one of my experiments with low-profile brown wheels. I like the brown, did not like the low profiles.
To get this CSX box car back on the road I simply swapped both trucks for some new MT trucks. Fixed the coupler and the low-profile wheels all in one shot.
Next up, a flat car with some couplers that no longer center:
The couplers on both ends just flop around in space. Turning it over we see these are body mounts with a nice screw.
Alas, I don't have the right coupler to replace these, so it will stay on the RIP track for now and some couplers go on the shopping list.
I found a lot of AccuMates with low trip pins. I'll spare the pictures of those. They are easy to fix, just a little squeeze of the pliers.
These auto-parts cars frustrate me, their couplers droop:
They have these crazy long swinging couplers though, and I don't know any way to make them better....
Finally, I have three cars with this problem:
The etched metal roof walk just doesn't expand and contract at the same rate as the plastic, and/or the adhesive was not strong enough. Anyone have a technique to fix this? On the surface it's simple, just glue it down. But with what adhesive? And how to hold it in place?
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18th Nov 2018, 05:51 PM