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  2. What are the T-Trak "rules"?

    Well, i would like to add the HJMTC variant of ttrak: -we are using the classic 210 mm module depth (lengths are multiplies of 310 mm) so the scenery area is pretty narrow -and a height of 70 mm with the adjustable legs fully in stowed position (allowing scenery a maximal vertical depth of around 60 mm) -but building our track to the 33 mm alternate aka. mainline spacing of Kato track -with curves of 282 mm and 315 mm so most trains could run on the layout (including european ones and even shinkansen)
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  4. What are the T-Trak "rules"?

    Gavin, it depends some if youa re going to run with a club. Some clubs are a little pickier than others on module base uniformity, but really the basics are the spacing of the track and being able to get it up to the setup's running height. Most all clubs in the us run alternate spacing that's the standard 33mm kato spacing. Length is usually multiples of 310mm but you can do what ever length as long as you do them in pairs so you can even out on two sides of a loop. Depth behind the tracks only depend on the size of corners used and in front by the table width and thus how far out you can get leg supports. the old Ttrak box is the usual and there are a couple of places that sell kits pre cut either laser or CNC. Like todd said you can also so them out of 1x3 stock or even as just a plank of 3/4" ply that has foam on top or not and just tall legs to lift it to the 3-4" running track height. Folks have even made the box style out of foam core and no problems other than not banging them around too much. our club is an odder one that does the old standard spacing of 25mm of track roadbeds right up against each other. This is usually for running streetcars. We make our modules at 1" high and then those can either rest directly on the table or on inset risers made of 1x2 that are spaced with dowels and 4' long so you can level 4 modules at once and can be at more like 4" off the table. The slim front module faces frame the layout scenes and don't detract like the tall 2 3/4" faces of the traditional box modules. Also saves room when stored as the extra box depth is not used for anything but storing the leveling bolts. on the leveling bolts also think of only using three instead of 4, just two in front corners and 1 in the center back. It's a lot easier to level the modules, just do the front two for leveling down the track the the single back one for the individual back to front for each module. Also easier to reach the single center back rather than the corner back pair. Ntrak has pretty much taken over the Ttrak standards and Ttrak site now. Cheers jeff
  5. The 4.9mm are pretty much spot on for most of the regular sized tomytec autos. Jeff
  6. Found it! That site is fantastic btw. https://www.en.dm-toys.de/liste/tags_en/sonderfahrzeug_en.html
  7. What are the T-Trak "rules"?

    Lots of info here as well. http://ttrak.wikidot.com/ and here. http://t-trakhandbook.com/ Building modules with 1 X 3s is super easy. http://ttrak.wikidot.com/1x3s Cheers eh, Todd
  8. Planning Aizu

    This is a bigger chunk... Continuing towards Wakamatsu, after leaving Narahara we turn right, go through a tunnel, and come out into another of the Aizu Line's signature scenes - I think that picture should make it pretty obvious why I think this is one of the "must model" scenes. The scene in the picture can be done to scale in a four-foot space, so I think initially this is something I'd do on say three 2' 6" sections, with the third one having the bridge over the road.. could even do that third section as say a 3' x 3' (total, with truncated corner) corner module to cover the bridge and the rest of the curve back to the straight line? And after those three are done can always expand it by building two more 2' 6" (ish) modules, which would make it a just-about scale-length representation. Around the corner coming off the overpass over the road, we come to the little halt at Yagoshima. It's not a particularly exciting scene, but it's simple, and I think the old station building (since the photo completely remodelled) is kinda cute. And the station/platform itself could be modelled to scale on a 2' section. The building to the left is quite new, and from what I can gather from the one late 60s or early 70s photo I have of the area (long view looking towards the railway from Yagoshima village), I'm p sure there was nothing there back then. It's on my 'maybe' list; not essential by any means, but simple enough to be a relatively quick build to add something to the line. From there we come to the next of the Ōgawa bridges - No. 5. Bridges nos. 5, 4, 3, and 2 are all built to the same design (which was also used on some spots on the Tadami Line), so the bridge itself isn't really something special once the #2 and #3 bridges are done (which two, in addition to #1, are I think the only *essential* ones). But the scene itself is kinda nice with the road bridge there (which back in the day was a long concrete arch bridge similar in design to the shorter one alongside the Kuragawa Bridge)... but absolutely massive, as it'd take the area of a whole sheet of plywood to build in scale. I can think of various ways to compress it, but I think given the amount of compression it'd take to reduce it to a manageable size would kill the effect entirely, so it's doubtful that I'll ever build this. The No. 4 Bridge is just a bridge. Nowhere near essential IMO in a representation of the line, but like Yagoshima station not something that'd be too hard to build down the road. Then we finally reach Yunokami. As I've mentioned before, this is a fairly key spot for various reasons I've already mentioned. If you look at the overview picture (oriented literally: top is upwards, bottom is downwards), you can see that there's three elements of the town that stand out: the road bridge over the rail line, the station itself, and the Onogawa Bridge. Of these, I think the first is the least important, and though it's not big, I'm probably not going to build it - taken overall I think it only gets some importance if the No. 4 Ōgawa Bridge is also modelled. The Onogawa Bridge is a nice scene, and while I don't think it's *vital*, I do think it adds a fair bit to the overall scene. And it's not big, could fit a 3' module done in scale. So a possibility, but not a certainty. The station itself is trickier, but pretty high up on the importance level. No longer there now, but there was also another stub track coming off the Up Main, alongside the road. At a guess I think the overall length could be brought down to seven or maybe six feet, but it'll still need to be fairly wide, because the curve of the station tracks is an important element of the scene. That should also add to the "fun" of figuring out how to model it, considering module edges/joining of tracks... I've got this rated as "very important but really not keen on tackling..." :D
  9. What are the T-Trak "rules"?

    The official standards are pretty vague other than the length of the track. Usually modules are in units of 310mm (using kato 248mm + 62mm straight, or 186mm + 124mm), and from 6" to 14" deep. The height can be anywhere between 2" to 4" , but most places seem to use either one or the other. http://www.t-trak.org/standards.html http://www.t-trak.org/modules.html Masterpiece modules has some drawings that make planing the size of the modules easier. http://www.masterpiecemodules.com/T-trak_N_Scale__Single_Wide.php#1
  10. What are the T-Trak "rules"?

    I'm planning on doing some T-Tracking to learn how to model, before I try to model my layout. So I've a few questions. Is there a standard for the Size of a module? width/height/length etc. Does it matter what kind of track you use? I prefer kato unitrack. Are the standards international? How do people transport these things? A hinges box lid? I'm assuming I'll probably take it to a club to learn and get feedback from others. Is it cheaper to make your own box or buy a kit? Are there plans available for the box? Are there any good websites available? Or rather what websites do you think are the best? N-scale by the way. Thanks.
  11. What did you order or the post deliver?

    I just realised that the C11 I ordered and that Lost Lines book were the last ones HS had in stock. Lucky me!
  12. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    I keep forgetting about those old "fit the box" scales
  13. Hello from Southern California

    Welcome to the forum Jason!
  14. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    I love that plane. There's one a the SAC museum near me. I think the airmen called it the "Magnesium Monster". They even designed (IIRC) a tiny fighter that could be deployed from the bomb bay in -flight. It looks like the Kobo modeler scratch-built the jets, though, rather than plucking them from a Revell model.
  15. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    it was actually 1:184 of all the odd scales! here is one. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1954-REVELL-1-184-CONVAIR-B-36-Giant-Bomber-Original-Box-Only-Instructions/391927000826?hash=item5b40ab6efa:g:QPgAAOSwNWxZ8oIi jeff
  16. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    If you look at the prewar high speed sets of Germany (flying hamburger series, svt 877 and 137) and Japan (52 series), they look very similar on the outside but have different propulsion systems. The 52 series was closer to a modern emu and the diesel svt-s are still in production as the siemens desiro classic series. The series 0 shinkansen used the cutting edge technology that was available worldwide. Schlieren based bogies from Switzerland, 25kV AC traction with synchron (emu capable) tap changer control from the Siemens, Alsthom, AEG, M.F.Oerlikon, Brown-Boveri consortium (western Europe) and the classic married pair Mp-M design preferred by JNR for many cape gauge emu-s. This coupled with the higher stabiliy and larger loading gauge of standard gauge resulted in the high speed emu design we know today as the series 0. Many later high speed trains (like the TGV or the ICE1) were simple loco hauled sets with a locomotive on each end. The nose cone design is what made sense for most passenger aircraft at that time and it was copied into the series 0 design as an efficient low air resistance solution that prooved itself in both wind tunnel tests and irl. (modern designs also take the ground and tracks immediately below the train into consideration)
  17. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    Almost certainly 1:144 as that is a popular scale for large aircraft and I know there have been several kits of the B-36 in that scale. There's also been one in 1:72... as an aside I've never understood why modelling scales have never even tried to standardise. Seems like 1:48 is the only one that's common to rail, air, and road vehicle modelling. I saw a photo some years back of a snowblower of the Czechoslovak Railways, which consisted of a wingless MiG-15 strapped to a flatcar. I think the operator just sat in the cockpit of the plane and used the original throttle? That could be a fun model to build too... get a 1:144 MiG-15 and a ChiKi of some variety (or even better a British flatcar in British N scale which is even closer to 1/144)
  18. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    I just bought a Kato Western Pacific RDC car. I'm going to try to find a professional model builder to customize it.
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  20. Thank you as always Lee.
  21. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    If you click on the "Jet Powered New York Central RDC" hyperlink on the webpage below, there's an interesting article about the making of the Karto Kobo custom model. http://www.katousa.com/N/RDC/
  22. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    Disclaimer: I bow to your superior train knowledge....but.... When I was in the JR museum, I learned that the early project leader had designed the Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka "Cherry Blossom" during the war. They said he took his inspiration from the look of that plane. I saw a MXY-7 up close in the Yasukuni museum and I can see the resemblance. I don't know if they were just blowing smoke but that's what they said in the video presentation. That's why I was surprised to see also the resemblance to the pre-war Schienenzeppelin.
  23. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    Both took after popular aircafts of their time. The german used a prototype german airliner and the japanese used the front of a popular us made airliner. With a small change of using flat windscreens instead of the curved ones seen on the prototype. For jet powered trains, i think the steel wheel on steel track solution turned out to be better near sea level, where most trains run. The usable jet technology would be actually turboshaft propulsion, but straight mechanical systems turned out to be error prone and laggy, while electrical systems never matured enough until the nearest oil crisis to have good enough fuel economy. Currently the best turbine based locomotive is an electric one with the turbines safely housed in a lineside power plant. If you look for the word's fastest turbine powered train, then imho the TGV prototype would be the winner. Then the oil crisis hit and the french changed to nuclear propulsion using electric locomotives fed from a transmission line network. ps: Sometimes i think about what if-s, like how to make a simple modern steam locomotive, but when i realise, that the state of the art solution would be to mount the steam motor between the bogies of a B-B or C-C locomotive and use driveshafts, like on a climax locomotive and the whole thing would be a boring boxcab, then i give up and realize, that a high speed emu (like the shinkansen) is the current best solution for conventional rail vehicles.
  24. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    Ha. Yes I learned about the Schienenzeppelin today while looking for the beetle. It's very cool. I'd also love to get my hands on one of those. I was quite struck how similar it's nose looks to the 0 Shinkansen.
  25. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    I recall reading that the windscreens were actually F7 numberboard glazing, which might help with the design if you want to build one. There seems to have been a determination to find an excuse to strap a jet engine to a railway vehicle from the dawn of the jet age. Here they tried jets as a snowblower in 1947. The engines removed the snow...and the ballast which essentially became large shotgun pellets!
  26. Live video stream of Tokyo

    Tuned in at 3am Japan time today and the place was crawling with workers. The AGT line had a strange maintenance machine working in one spot, and people all up and down the line with torches checking things out, while the Shinkansen line had lots of people with torches inspecting stuff. I've seen this talked about on Japan Railway Journal, but never witnessed it "in person" before. Always go in Tokyo!
  27. SOLD: - ÖBB CAT (City Airport Train) 3 part from Jägerndorfer + Locomotive from Hobbytrain - Hobbytrain H25101/H25102/H25103/H25104/H25105 SBB IC2000 set, version without advertisements.
  28. I do not recommend them. They seem more oriented to the foreign market and do not charge VAT, and are generally more expensive and cumbersome than asking your local hobbystore to order it for you. As pretty much any hobbystore in The Netherlands buys stuff from NOCH, it should not be a problem at all.
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