Fitting Kadees to Non NEM Stock
Lima Parcels Coach
The first Example here is a Lima Parcels Coach, the principles are the same for most coaches with large tension hook couplings.
Remove the nasty hook!
I thought I was going to need 2 shims of plastic to bring it to the right height but as it was only 1 was needed
Using a No5, I glued and screwed it in place
The buffer beam needed some slight filing
There you go
Hornby Mail Coach
Next I did one of the working mail coaches, slightly different approach, the bogie was turned round
The No5 was glued to a shim of plasticard that was glued to the underneath of the bogie
This one sticks out a little far for nice close coupling but this piece of stock is primarilly for the kids to run for some fun so I am not that bothered by that!
Hornby Cadbury Castle
Moving on to a loco.. this is the Cadbury Castle. I only did the tender and simply removed the front coupling from the loco as this is not needed for my requirements of the loco.
1st remove the rear wheel set. Then cut off this excess plastic that the tension hook was attached to.
The chasis needed careful surgery to fit the kadee in.
With the tender body on you can see the slot for the kadee.
Hornby Pullmans [unlit type]
Next thing having done the Castle Class was to do the coaches that it pulls, the old style hornby ones [without lights].
These were a bit more involved, The bogie just pulls out, there are no screws. Once off you can remove the tension hook.
Turn the bogie around the other way and then cut away some of the bogie frame so the
kadee can fit at the right height.
Then it is a case of gluing in position.
And then checking the height it's done!
If you have any questions please email me.