13 years ago
painted and lettered for B&M.
They are beautiful, and they run very well,
but the couplers are something I've never encountered before,
and they don't mate with anything else I have.
They are body mounted,
which corresponds to the exploded diagram on the insert
that came in the box with the model.
However, the diagram shows standard Rapido couplers.
These are ***tiny***.
They look roughly like MT couplers, only the "thumb" doesn't stick out
at a funny angle the way it does with normal N-scale MT couplers,
and they're maybe 1/2 or 2/3 the size of N-scale couplers.
Also, the fronts of the knuckles are flatter (when viewed from above).
Looking at them with a magnifying glass,
it looks like that used to have metallic trip pins (or something),
only they've been clipped off.
Would these somehow be MT Z-scale couplers?
Does Atlas ever produce models using those?
Part of the problem is that they are *so* closely-coupled
that even just the two of them together can't go around a curve
on my Atlas (!) sectional-track layout
without one of them flipping off the rails.