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Standard Brake Hose Set
26-inch Rubber Air Hoses -5 Pair 1970's-up Freight Cars
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

26" Rubber Air Hoses -5 PR 1970's-up Freight Cars
HO Scale
Item: HTD-6036


Missing on almost every model rail car is the brake air hose; this is somewhat represented by a piece of curved wire extending from most knuckle couplers. Hi-Tech Details comes to the rescue with detailed hoses of real rubber! Hi-Tech Detail's slogan:

We make the parts that turn your HO Models into Fine Scale Replicas of the real thing !

Hi-Tech Details…
…of Ukiah, California, have been around for a while creating innovative details sets such as very resilient, unbreakable UV resistant paintable rubber material air hoses for HO and O scale models. They market highly detailed accessories for correcting, scratchbuilding, and modifying model railroad locomotives and cars. In addition, Hi-Tech Details (HTD) produces line side items and model kits of complete cars, the subject of this review.

Hi-Tech Details also makes models and accessories for N and O scale.

Hi-Tech Details website is hi-tech, too! Many of their sets and kits feature click-to-access how-to features and instructions.

26" Rubber Air Hoses, 1970's-up Freight Cars
These amazing accessories are packaged in a plastic bag stapled to HTD’s vivid fuchsia and black card label.

These pieces are flexible rubber with great detail. Under magnification you can see seam lines. There's a hint of flash on the glad hands, too.

HTD currently lists six rubber hose sets on their site:

    1. M.U./ Brake Hose for Diesels One SET- Real Rubber!
    2. 26" Rubber Air Hoses -5 Pair 1970's-up Freight Cars
    3. Rubber Air Hoses -4 Pair - Freight Car - w/Bungees
    4. 22' A.A.R. Air Hoses - No Brackets - 8 pcs
    5. 22' A.A.R. Air Hoses - w/Brackets - 8 pcs
    6. 22' A.A.R. Air Hoses - w/Separate Brackets - 4 pcs


Attaching the hose is simple. HTD's animated directions instruct you to drill a .78" hole for the alignment pins. Handle the part by the gripper pin, secure with CA, then nip off the pins.

Then paint to your taste.

That's all there is to it!

Summary
These rubber hoses are amazingly detailed and easy to install. The bit of flash and seam lines are all but invisible unless you want to see them. The flexible rubber means they are far less susceptible to damage and breaking that the plastic and brass alternatives I used for decades.

This set affords you the opportunity to frugally upgrade any piece of rolling stock with excellent detailed air hoses. Highly recommend!

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RailRoadModeling.net.
SUMMARY
Highs: These rubber hoses are amazingly detailed and easy to install.
Lows: A bit of flash and seam lines.
Verdict: This set affords you the opportunity to frugally upgrade any piece of rolling stock with excellent detailed air hoses.
Percentage Rating
96%
  Scale: HO Guage
  Mfg. ID: HTD-6036
  Suggested Retail: $4.95
  Related Link: Hose How-To Installation Page
  PUBLISHED: Mar 12, 2012
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 91.25%

Our Thanks to Hi-Tech Details!
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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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