Semi-operating MU cables - looking for tiny magnets

Semi-operating MU cables - looking for tiny magnets

Post by Greg Forestie » Fri, 21 Feb 2003 00:34:17



Anybody ever made semi-scale MU cables out of flexible wire with tiny
magnets, with the magnets on the left and the iron matching piece on
the right side on the loco, to get that coupled look?  Does this
question make sense?  I'm looking for the tiniest magnets I can find
to do this.

Greg

 
 
 

Semi-operating MU cables - looking for tiny magnets

Post by Frank A. Rosenbau » Fri, 21 Feb 2003 04:42:46


How about if you "shatter" a magnet, find the proper sized pieces and super
glue it to a string/thread, and let them couple by  their own polarity? How
would you handle the end that is not coupled to another engine? Also how
would you handle KD magnets?

It is a very interesting thought, please keep us posted.

--
From the computer of
Frank A. Rosenbaum

Quote:
> Anybody ever made semi-scale MU cables out of flexible wire with tiny
> magnets, with the magnets on the left and the iron matching piece on
> the right side on the loco, to get that coupled look?  Does this
> question make sense?  I'm looking for the tiniest magnets I can find
> to do this.

> Greg


 
 
 

Semi-operating MU cables - looking for tiny magnets

Post by Rhooba » Fri, 21 Feb 2003 06:16:40


Greg,

What scale?  I haven't done it myself, but I read in one of MR's
yearly "Layout" books where Ken Patterson uses refrigerator magnets to
couple his MU hoses.  He just cuts them with a small, sharp punch or
Exacto.

 
 
 

Semi-operating MU cables - looking for tiny magnets

Post by JCuningt » Fri, 21 Feb 2003 14:30:20


Quote:
> I haven't done it myself, but I read in one of MR's
>yearly "Layout" books where Ken Patterson uses refrigerator magnets to
>couple his MU hoses.  He just cuts them with a small, sharp punch or
>Exacto.

Isn't magnet polarity a problem?

Jay
C&NW/CNS&M in 1940-1955
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Semi-operating MU cables - looking for tiny magnets

Post by Greg Forestie » Fri, 21 Feb 2003 21:37:25


That's exactly the type of brilliant idea I'm looking for.  The new
soft magnets are pretty easy to cut up I bet.  Hmmmm  - wifey better
lock them up in a safe place.
 
 
 

Semi-operating MU cables - looking for tiny magnets

Post by Greg Forestie » Fri, 21 Feb 2003 21:40:26


Quote:

> Isn't magnet polarity a problem?

Well, I'm thinking that any cable on the front left or rear right of
the loco is a magnet, the others have a small chunk of ferous
material.  As long as we stick to the standard it should always work.

OT ALERT - Jay the frame has now been put together 3 times.  I think
the third time is the charm.  This might be the first engine I try
this with.

It's got to improve the look of the running units significantly.