It's been a busy time for Cameron Foodikoff, owner of Fairway Park Models--and inventor of the awesome new HO scale self coupling air hoses.
"Sorry it took so long," he said about the time it took for him to reply to an e-mail I sent him.
Demand for the air hoses has been "totally overwhelming," he wrote, adding it's " hard to keep up with the demand."
Actually, it's more than hard--his website, which is now up and running, shows that the hoses are sold out. No fear, though--he says that more are on the way.
I asked Cameron how he came up with the idea for the air hoses. "Just thought of it," he said.
He confirmed that they work using magnets, and added that the cars can, indeed, be reversed and the hoses will still work.
What if someone uses a magnet in the tracks to aid with uncoupling? "When coupled together they are not affected, but when uncoupled they are attracted to them [the magnets]," he said.
It's "not a big deal," he added, noting that he tested them on the club layout he belongs to: The Dewdney-Alouette Railway Society in Maple Ridge B.C.