DCC Uncoupler Conversion Kit (HO scale)

Here's the long awaited HO scale solution to remotely uncouple standard model couplers (e.g. KadeeĀ®) anywhere on your layout via DCC, independent of any track-side uncoupler!

 

 

Upgrade your existing couplers with remote control

Our conversion uses tiny actuators to operate the knuckle. They are so small (4x12mm) that they can be mounted in nearly every place on your loco, often totally invisible. They are attached to the coupler's knuckle by a thin thread which pulls it to "open" position when operated, allowing the loco to back away from the wagons. When the actuator is released, the knuckle swings back to its normal position and is ready to couple again.

There's no need to replace or alter the existing coupler: Just tie the supplied thread to the knuckle - it can be easily removed if required.

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Even more prototypical than before: Get rid of the trip pin

The actuators are so small that they can be mounted totally invisible in most cases - just glue them wherever you find space. The usual position is under the body, just behind the coupler, but you can also attach them to the bogies or even inside the loco's body shell. You will only need to take care that there is a way for the thread towards the knuckle. What's more, you can cut off the trip pin from the coupler for a more prototypical look because you won't need it anymore! (However, if you want still to be able to uncouple via magnets, just leave it in place - it will work just as before).

Run multiple unit configurations as you like

Because the original coupler is not modified, it remains 100% standard compatible and works as great as it did before. That's why you can freely mix of converted and standard couplers.

Works with most pre-installed decoders

The coupler's actuators can be attached to any function output on your decoder, provided they can supply about 150mA current. Both ends of the loco can be switched simultaneously using a single function output in a series configuration, but you can of course connect each coupler to a separate output to control them independently.

Please note: Due to their size, the actuators can handle short-term operation only (about 5-10 seconds) and may overheat when actuated longer. It is therefore strongly recommended to configure the decoder accordingly in order to prevent damaging the actuators.

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DCC stay-alive micro buffer capacitors

To prevent locos from stuttering over switches or dirty tracks, many DCC decoders support the use of a buffer capacitor to supply the motor with energy during sections with insufficient rail contact. This works exceptionally well and greatly increases reliability, but requires a considerable amount of space for the buffer capacitor. Standard electrolytic types are often too big to fit into switchers or shunters, but unfortunately these engines (where few wheels exist to pick up current) will need them most! 

Luckily, the solution is easy - build your own buffer capacitor out of several micro tantalum capacitors as buffer. Simply arrange them to packs of the desired size and place them wherever you find space, and enjoy smooth movement even over the most critical tracks of your layout!

The video shows a Trix DHG500 shunter (from set 21523) which has three axles, and only two of them are used for power pickup. Without the buffer capacitors, it is very prone to stuck at points or other sections with insufficient contact, but the capacitor pack changes the game:

 

 

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Self-adhesive ballast weights

Especially light cars and coaches are prone to derailment. Adding some ballast greatly improves reliability, but is often tricky to install.

Our self-adhesive ballast weights make this task as easy as it can get: 12 pieces (each 5g/12x18x4mm or 0.18oz/0.5x0.7x0.15") come on a single, thick self-adhesive strip which sticks on nearly everything, even non-planar surfaces. They can be cut into individual sections when required, and can be mounted whereever you find space. Please note: For best results, the weight should be mounted as low as possible (nearest to the rail).

 

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