WILLIAM DEAN WRIGHT
Exceptional Products for Z Scale Modelers
FT-100 Bettendorf Trucks
Six great facts about the "Bowser Bucklers" from Full Throttle:
And that's just for starters! There are many desirable aspects of "Bowser Bucklers." The coupler knuckle has a more prototypical appearance, and when two couplers are "clicked" together, they really hold tight to ensure there won't be any unexpected uncouplings, even on the longest trains. The coupler knuckles are compatible with Micro-Trains and AZL couplers (although they do not uncouple magnetically). The straight, solid coupler shank has nothing protruding from the sides. The coupler box is substantially smaller than that of any other Z Scale Talgo coupler on the market; this means closer, more true-to-life coupling is possible, and the appearance of a coupler close to the car body is very appealing. Plus, they do not have an internal spring, so there's no "slinky effect" regardless of consist length or track conditions!
The appearance of the Bettendorf truck is highly prototypical in many ways. In addition to accurate detailing and a correct wheelbase, the bolster plate is not flush with the top of the truck, but instead sits lower than the side framesójust the way it is on a real truck. With their accurate proportions, the Bucklers don't look too small beneath the car! Altogether, these attributes will give all of your Z Scale rolling stock a very convincing impression.
Perhaps the most significant feature is the metal wheelsets. These wheels will deliver outstanding performance in every way. For starters, you'll be able to pull up to twice as many cars with the same locomotives! Their tracking is superior thanks to their greater weight, as well as their unique flange profile: the flanges are slightly thicker yet shallower, and there's a fillet between the wheel tread and the flange, which helps keep the truck centered on the track. In addition, there's less dirt build-up on metal wheels, and the sound is very "trainlike" as they traverse the track. And finally, "Bowser Bucklers" are injection-molded and assembled in the USA, by one person, by hand, one at a time, in order to maintain the highest quality control.
"Bowser Bucklers" come packaged in the familiar Full Throttle clear plastic cases, which when empty are handy for Z Scale parts storage!
In compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, we must note that these products
ARE NOT TOYS AND ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 14.
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