Virtually all my OO9 locomotives and rolling stock are fitted with Greenwich couplings. While these are the standard coupling used by most people in OO9 they are not without their problems. Firstly the loop is quite large which leads many people to only fit the pin part on locomotives, and they require a slot at the right height in the buffer beam. While many kits are designed with an appropriate slot, not all are and it can be a pain to cut one. The solution that some people use to bend the shaft of the coupling at right angles and glue this to the front of the locomotive, but again I think this is a little unsightly.
While I'd thought about this before I'd not come up with a better alternative, but then in May Paul blogged about some couplings he'd made from a bit of left over brass etch. These were designed to look more natural and be easy to fit, and so I decided to see if I could come up with an etched version.
The plan was that you would bend them around an etched former but in the end that doesn't really seem necessary as the etched fold lines work well enough. The half etched holes can ether be punched out to form bolt heads or drilled through so that metal rod can be used to represent bolts and add extra strength by going into holes in the loco as well. I was a bit heavy handed trying to punch out a rivet and went straight through the etch but you get the general idea.
I'm not sure what the plan for these is yet, but I'd be interested to know what other people think.