Bill Welch has adapted the HO scale Kadee brake gear and brake wheel detail parts to use in updating other models. Here’s Bill with his techniques.
I have known for awhile now that Kadee sells their assembled brake gear and wheel part direct to consumers. A phone call was recently placed to Sam Clark at Kadee and I ordered a variety of their parts even though I was not sure how I would attach them to models. I know Detail Associates offers brake wheel and gears but they are getting hard to find and they are not a finely rendered as the Kadee parts.
The backside of the Kadee gear has four projections that serve to attach them to Kadee ends. Two of these are fairly large and square making it hard, at least with my little brain, to figure how to mount these on an end unless I created a hole in the model end. Hmm, what to do? Then it came to me:
Cut off the mounting pins and sand the back of the casting flat
Laminate 0.005-inch thick styrene to the back using Loctite Cyanoacrylate for Plastics. Trim the thin styrene to taste and glue the assembly in place with Testers or Tamiya styrene cement, if applying to a plastic model.
In the case of the Georgia USRA steel rebuild box car in the photo, I left the two small projections at the top rear of the gear to aid in the placement on the model—they are butt against the top rib to help keep the assembly level. I will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to keep them or not. I have created a drill template if I decide to perhaps drill into an end as a part of locating and attaching the Kadee part. I forgot the trim the bit of white styrene behind the chain but the entire end will eventually be painted black so not a big deal.
By using close-cut nippers I was able to trim the rod under the chain very closely. The bottom link of the chain is large enough to fit 0.012-inch wire through. I used chain-nose pliers to form a small loop in the wire and small pliers to close the loop around the chain link.
We thank Bill Welch for sharing a simple technique to adapt the Kadee brake components to other models.
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