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How is this piece a clutch? It seems to spin freely on the axle.
I tried looking at the instructions of sets that include the part, but I only see it spinning freely.
I would very much like to use this piece to feed power to another 16-tooth gear, but I can't figure it out.
Is there a second piece that fits inside it to provide a friction-slip function?
I suppose it could be mounted on a friction pin with a stop-bush
but, wow, that would be hard to use.
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There are two types of clutch gears now, the old ones like the picture you posted can be used with old 1/2 bushings with a similar tooth pattern on the face or side of them, to make a weak but simple clutch. The new version has a smooth ring on the side. Here is the old 1/2 bushing:
Here is an example of how to use the clutch gear and transmission ring from our friend Sariel:
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The bogie is rotating on a fixed axle, witch the clutch gear is on to transmit rotation to the two steering axles. This is used on both sides. I'll probably post a writeup of this model sometime soon. Even though it failed, it was still pretty cool.
Back to the topic: those gears are really useful, expecially the old kind. However, with the dawn of the smooth ones, the price of the old are bound to skyrocket. I wish I had many more
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