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I have found on several occasions that the coupling metal hook arm, detaches itself from the plastic body of the coupling.
It would be preferred if Manufacturers used a stronger type of material, or even better if the plastic body was made from steel as it was several years ago. At present the coupling's metal hook, detaches easily and requires awkward fiddling to re-assemble making the thin fragile plastic body to snap on one part.
I have no doubts that plastic material is much cheaper than using steel. Using steel, would certainly make modeller's life more pleasureable.
 

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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 29 Aug 2006, 20:45) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I changed from tension locks to Kadee's a long time ago, they look better, uncouple better, and are a pleasure to work with. DUMP the Tension lock.


I am fully in agreement with Makemineadouble, I find that the running is better through pointwork as you get an even pull down the centre line of the vehicle. Also you get the benefit of delayed uncoupling, stationary uncoupling over solenoids and ease of crane shunting in the fiddle yard.

They are almost the same as Hornby Dublo couplings, I have nearly gone full circle in 40 years.

For long rakes of wagons on through trains, I use three link types, and the appearance is much better.

Colombo
 

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I am unable to accept that a substanrial difference in price between the flimsly plastic and more robust metal coupling exists.
Certainly if a replacement metal coupling was made available by the manufacturer, I for one would obtain one or two and prepared to pay for them, rather as at the moment left with a broken coupling and disabled rolling stock.

It is apparent in that few model manufacturers show little interest or listen to modellers comments, and suggestions etc. At the end of the day, we modellers (except the must have at any cost) generate the sale of their products.
 

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Hear Hear to MMaD.
Tension lock couplings must be the railway modelling equivalent of woolen condoms ---- look awful and of no bloody use at all.
Snap them off, cut them off, saw them off or f
g blow them off, who the hell cares??
 

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The couplings that I refer too, are fitted to Heljan diedel models. In fairness, contacting Heljan direct, Heljan have several times replaced complete couplings FOC. I find that the metal hook part detaches from the plastic body of the coupling and has proved a nightmare job to refit the metal hook small cut out into the plastic body of the coupling - in all probability it is the fitting that causes the splitting.
 
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