My SDS short U vans arrived today
So why put it here?
Well this picture does represent both of my present day coupler horrors
First thing is the obvious low coupler height that Auscision have used since their first rolling stock models were introduced. They did get their height wrong, and we all sat back and copped it sweet.
I checked the SDS height and it is well within the limits imposed by a KD Coupler height gauge.
The SDS couplers appear to be KD #5's and the Auscision ones being scale head hybrids.
At last count I have to replace 165 pairs of Auscision couplers with KD scale Medium underset shanks. Only problem is that they only make them in standard not in scale heads
Well another problem is the money It would cost me at $87 a pack of 50 .....heaps to do it.
The underset shanks raise the coupler head to the correct height.
But I have a great idea
Why not ask Auscision to produce a fix for the problem they presented us with
Build scale head underset shanks and GIVE them to us so that we can fix the problems. I know you can lift the wagon on its bogies and have a non standard floor height (
) but on my U Van the fix would not be so easy.
But not only that, ensure the coupler head does mate properly with KD's and the coupler loses its stiff mechanical action
Now that would make me happy at least.
KD say and I quote
"Knockoff" knuckle couplers from "China" that are now more expensive than ever (many are more costly than Kadee® metal couplers). "Knockoffs" "imitate" in appearance at first glance, but none "fully function" in one way or another like Kadee® couplers. "Knockoff" couplers break, bend, droop, fatigue, relax, take set, slip, stretch or flat don't work. Causing endless failures, trouble & frustration. This is their "overseas quality & performance guarantee".
However this does not have to be so! Anybody that can produce this U van can surely build a damn coupler?