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Re: Casting problem?

Frank Sergent
 

Hi Ryan and all,
 
The hole in the back of the investment cast couplers has been there for a about 2 years now. Its not in the diecast couplers. The function of the hole is to improve casting yield by letting air escape during the investing process. Feel free to plug the hole during the assembly process if the coupler will be installed in a way that allows the back surface to be viewed (flat cars and such).
 
Sorry your previous emails went unanswered – I never got them unfortunately.
 
Frank
 

Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2018 3:51 PM
Subject: [Sergent Engineering] Casting problem?
 
I am assembling some packages of couplers today - EC87P100K, EC87M040K and SEC87K - and all of them seem to have the same problem. There is a hole in the back of the coupler horn leading to the void for the locking ball. I am afraid that unless the hole is plugged, paint or glue could end up getting through the hole to the locking ball rendering the coupler inoperable.

I don't believe this hole has always been there. I usually clean and assemble the couplers using magnification and lots of light, so I think I'd have seen light passing through the coupler during the assembly before if this was common to my previous orders. Or maybe I just missed it.

Has anyone else noticed the hole in their couplers? Has it presented a problem allowing paint or glue to get inside the coupler?

I'm posting this here since both of my emails from two different accounts to Sergent have gone unanswered. I understand there's a past issue with spam filtering, but I can't get through to Sergent any other way.
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Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: Casting problem?

Ryan Harris
 

Ok, well at least it's not a problem. I filled the holes with some thick gel type CA and allowed them to dry before assembly, so no problem. I'm just glad I identified them before they presented a problem for me.

While I have your attention, the main question was when will you restock the SF couplers? I need three pair now, but I could probably use six pair in the future since those 70s tank cars are in my wheelhouse.

Is the email thing a matter of your host blocking them or is it my provider? I sent one using a gmail address, the other using my sbcglobal address.
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Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: HOn3 Sharon coupler box w/centering spring action

Dale Buxton
 

Ok gang, I have redesigned my Sharon coupler box and tested it extensively. I will post pictures later today. If there is interest in these I will sell them through the the Shapeways store program.

Dale Buxton 

Re: HOn3 Sharon coupler box w/centering spring action

Mike Conder
 

I'm interested.

Mike Conder

On Fri, Mar 23, 2018, 3:53 PM Dale Buxton <dbtuathaddana@...> wrote:
Ok gang, I have redesigned my Sharon coupler box and tested it extensively. I will post pictures later today. If there is interest in these I will sell them through the the Shapeways store program.

Dale Buxton 

Re: HOn3 Sharon coupler box w/centering spring action

Rick Rhode
 

I'm in.  Keep us posted.
                                       Rick Rhode

Re: HOn3 Sharon coupler box w/centering spring action

Mark Lewis
 

Dale:

I am interested. Waiting for updates and ordering info.

Mark Lewis
Stony Point, NC

Re: HOn3 Sharon coupler box w/centering spring action

Dale Buxton
 

Ok gang,

I put the coupler boxes up on Shapways Stores. You can find them at this URL:

https://www.shapeways.com/product/FX5CY5CBJ/hon3-spring-centering-sharon-coupler-box

I have made them available in a pack of 10. Shapeways wants $5.30 plus shipping for the 10-pack. I also drew up a 100-pack that would cost about $22.00 plus shipping if there becomes that much of a demand. Which I kind of doubt.  I will be making nothing on this. I did this only as a service to my fellow modelers. 

Dale Buxton

Re: HOn3 Sharon coupler box w/centering spring action

Mark Lewis
 

....Thanks, Dale!

Mark Lewis

Re: HOn3 Sharon coupler box w/centering spring action

Dale Buxton
 

Here are some photos and a vid of the box and coupler in action. The boxes are in another material. Its translucent. This black material turned out to be quite brittle.

Dale Buxton

Re: Casting problem?

Frank Sergent
 

Ryan,
 
SF couplers are recently now available as a stock item.
 
Most email communication seems to be working now, but I do still get several emails a day indicating my message (that I obviously never sent) concerning male performance enhancement pills was unable to reach its destination. Maybe I’m in the wrong business.
 
Frank
 

Sent: Friday, March 23, 2018 1:47 AM
Subject: Re: [Sergent Engineering] Casting problem?
 
Ok, well at least it's not a problem. I filled the holes with some thick gel type CA and allowed them to dry before assembly, so no problem. I'm just glad I identified them before they presented a problem for me.

While I have your attention, the main question was when will you restock the SF couplers? I need three pair now, but I could probably use six pair in the future since those 70s tank cars are in my wheelhouse.

Is the email thing a matter of your host blocking them or is it my provider? I sent one using a gmail address, the other using my sbcglobal address.
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Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: Casting problem?

Ryan Harris
 

That's great, Frank. I'll add some to my next order.

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Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: Casting problem?

Tim L
 

I tried sending emails from different addresses a while ago too and
never got responses so I just gave up and never bought any more however
I see the extended shank type F's (and some RailFlyer types as well) are
also in stock now so Frank will get a least one more order from me. Time
for some experimentation. Hope Frank gets the order notification!

Tim

On 25/03/2018 14:32, Frank Sergent wrote:
Ryan,
SF couplers are recently now available as a stock item.
Most email communication seems to be working now, but I do still get several emails a day indicating my message (that I obviously never sent) concerning male performance enhancement pills was unable to reach its destination. Maybe I’m in the wrong business.
Frank

Re: Casting problem?

Ryan Harris
 

Frank, have you given any thought to setting up a "contact us" form on the website to get around the email issues?
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Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: Casting problem?

James Koretsky
 

Ryan,


I thought of this myself, the only issue is that this might only work for the initial contact, once you try and reply to Franks initial email from the "contact us page", you'll be in the same situation.


James

On March 26, 2018 at 2:48 PM Ryan Harris <ryan.harris@...> wrote:

Frank, have you given any thought to setting up a "contact us" form on the website to get around the email issues?
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Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: Casting problem?

Ryan Harris
 

That's a good observation, James. I guess I'm just glad Frank checks in here.
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Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: Casting problem?

James Koretsky
 

I was about to post a message to the group and while looking at the Sergent Site, I see the coupler variations that I was looking for are now available!


Thanks Frank, order being placed now!


James


On March 27, 2018 at 2:30 PM Ryan Harris <ryan.harris@...> wrote:

That's a good observation, James. I guess I'm just glad Frank checks in here.
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Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: Your pending membership in the SergentEngineering@groups.io group

Wayne Kennerley
 

Hello, thanks for the email - I am working on plans for an S Scale model railway layout based on The Rhodesia Railways. I was directed to Sergent Engineering's couplings which are very much like those used by The Rhodesia Railways. 

I hope by joining the IO group to get some knowledge on these lovely couplings with the plan to use them in the future

Regards Wayne
Wales, UK



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Note from Frank Sergent

Ryan Harris
 

From the Sergent Engineering home page:

Sergent Engineering experienced record profit in 2017, but what about the future? Sergent Engineering has been around for almost 20 years now and I am very proud of what has been accomplished. For 20 years, I have personally been making couplers. It's time to think about what comes next. I don't know when (so don't bother asking), but sometime this journey will end for me. I love my customers and refuse to leave them out in the cold. Consistent with that goal, I am placing all the coupler designs in the public domain now. If you are interested in having your own copy of these designs Click here.

Sergent Engineering has never been a typical business. No doubt, this news is further evidence of that fact. My hope is that other small (and large) manufacturers will follow suit and allow their designs to live on in perpetuity rather than allowing good products to die in a virtual intellectual property trash heap as a result of changing markets, business interest, and aging owners. We have done many things first. How's that for one more first from Sergent Engineering?


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Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: Note from Frank Sergent

Tim L
 

Now that is huge news, and kudos to Frank for his approach to the longevity of his design. I do hope that the dies for the diecast couplers can be saved. I'd love to have them but shipping them halfway around the globe is just not going to happen.

I do hope eventually Frank also gives away where the balls and springs come from.

- Tim

On 11/04/2018 23:14, Ryan Harris wrote:
>From the Sergent Engineering home page:
Sergent Engineering experienced record profit in 2017, but what
about the future? Sergent Engineering has been around for almost 20
years now and I am very proud of what has been accomplished. For 20
years, I have personally been making couplers. It's time to think
about what comes next. I don't know when (so don't bother asking),
but sometime this journey will end for me. I love my customers and
refuse to leave them out in the cold. Consistent with that goal, I
am placing all the coupler designs in the public domain now. If you
are interested in having your own copy of these designs Click here.
<http://sergentengineering.com/3DFiles.htm>
Sergent Engineering has never been a typical business. No doubt,
this news is further evidence of that fact. My hope is that other
small (and large) manufacturers will follow suit and allow their
designs to live on in perpetuity rather than allowing good products
to die in a virtual intellectual property trash heap as a result of
changing markets, business interest, and aging owners. We have done
many things first. How's that for one more first from Sergent
Engineering?
--
Ryan Harris
Fort Worth TX

Re: Note from Frank Sergent

Mark Lewis
 

Frank:

Thank you for thinking of the hobby's future and not just your own.

Fine product, made by a finer gentleman. Hoping to see couplers coming from your shop for a long time.

Mark Lewis
Stony Point, NC