A little thing that always bugs me is how the rectangular shape of the coupler pocket protrudes un-prototypically through the pilots on the Auscision Models 45 and 48 class locomotives. It is most likely the same on their other models as well.
All my locomotives have buffers, so the coupler pocket is nearly hidden, but on models without buffers, I would think it sticks out like the proverbial!! I also replace the Kadee type coupler with Sergent couplers, and being that bit smaller, they tend to make the coupler pocket more visible, even on buffered locomotives.
When I was weathering my 45’s, I trimmed the coupler pocket back to the shape of the curved castings top and bottom by eye, but soon realised I needed some sort of jig to make the job easier. I have now fashioned a tool to hold the coupler pocket to allow shaping to the correct profile. The pocket is secured in place and using a razor saw to remove most of the plastic, a sharp scalpel blade is then used to trim it back to the brass profile.
The pocket is then flipped over and the process is repeated. The front edges are touched up with red and silver paint and refitted back into the locomotive.
Things have slowed on the layout lately since the completion of the helix. I have been looking around at options for turnout control and train detection for the storage yards. I have also been starting on the installation of point blades and point motors. More on this soon.
Today, my order of Auscision’s new WTY wheat hoppers arrived. What a superb model! (well, apart from the ‘orrible wheels and couplers ). I can’t wait to put the P87 wheels in and the Sergent couplers.
These little beauties will weather up nicely! Click on the pics for a larger version.