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MTC X70

Post by mjenderby » 31 May 2019, 10:58

At last a proper container wagon! Very nice detailing - shame I can't afford a whole rake!

https://nihao87.wordpress.com/2019/05/31/new-arrival-2/

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Re: MTC X70

Post by mjenderby » 31 May 2019, 15:40

PS The wagon doesn't take 20ft or 30ft Bachmann containers since there are pins on the wagon and location holes on the MTC containers.

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Re: MTC X70

Post by ben_issacs » 14 Jun 2019, 08:46

Folks,
Can't see any sign of handbrake wheels in the shots, or are they on the other sides?
Bill,
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Re: MTC X70

Post by mjenderby » 14 Jun 2019, 18:52

Bill,

They're at the wagon ends

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MTC-China-Rail ... SwRjxc3Q7V

The Aurora model is the same.

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Re: MTC X70

Post by mjenderby » 18 Jun 2019, 16:34

***WARNING*** Finally got around to looking in detail and give them a run out. Just one real issue (and it's big)… fixed couplings. While they are detailed and to scale (and can be removed) they do not have a standard box which allows replacement Kadees. The only solution is to have them in fixed formation with "barrier" wagons which have couplings which fit (looks like scale head Kadees). Great for making fixed rakes but impossible to couple anything else! Great shame - I guess they're designed for fixed sets - why do they do this?

Looking at the photos of the Aurora models, there may be similar problems with replacement, although the coupler head (no pins) looks slightly larger and may couple to other wagons more easily. We'll see as I have one on order.

Other than that they look good and run well.

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Re: MTC X70

Post by mjenderby » 19 Jun 2019, 15:12

… and a photo of the coupler fixing …

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The screw hold 2 pieces of a plastic sandwich which provides a pivot for the metal coupler – the coupler does not pivot around the screw. The lack of a movable jaw makes coupling to Kadee scale heads tricky.

I guess it maybe possible to chop up a scale head Kadee to fit but without any self-centring. Will investigate later.

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Re: MTC X70

Post by mjenderby » 27 Jul 2019, 15:49

Finally got around to looking at this and sort of solved it with a cheap and cheerful hack.

Took a NEM Kadee coupler and disconnected the head by pushing the copper pin out. Then trimmed the bottom bit of the bracket off. The hacked coupler will now fit on the peg in the X70 coupler pocket. It's not self centring but has some movement - I guess this could be fixed with a lot of effort. However, doing this on the outer ends means the wagons can be easily marshalled in any consist though don't count on auto uncoupling working!

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