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  2. Gryphr

    MicroAce - New Releases

    Ive been eyeing their older E751 release on YA for a while, demand and prices were rather low. (though supply was even lower) I guess I'm gonna pick up this one then as the price is okay-ish and it models the current state/formation as far as I can see.
  3. katoftw

    updating my track viaduct station layout

    Depends on how you want you station to look. One has strairs downwards intothe platform. And one does not have stairs, but a kiosk instead. You want 2 248mm section per island. At least one with stairs. So you can get 2 stair section per island and have multiple access points like a realy station etc.
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  5. chadbag

    M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    It appears from the Buyee photos that the "antenna" is really a pitot tube: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitot_tube
  6. cteno4

    M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    Ha, glad the executive committee approved. That’s a tough committee I bet. No unicorns on the layout. it just dawned on me that this might be best built with some micro turning. you can put a nice small hardwood dowel or toothpick in your roto tool and then clamp it to the bench and spin the dowel. You can thenuse a #11 blade tip to turn the dowel down to your desired size and shape. Make a little stand to rest the knife blade on while cutting. If you have any disposable scalpel blades from work like #61 or 67 or 67m they are great too as micro chisels. Just like turning candle sticks ona regular wood lathe. I think you might be able to get it small enough. You can do brass a bit like this with files and blades as well, but you have to be very slow doing it. its quite fun and you can make tiny tiny things. I made an ho scale wine glass (or an n scale challis) out of clear acrylic and flower pots with saucers down to about 9” dia n scale. this chap (who I learned this from) made a 1/144 scale chess set this way! https://nanotray.com/ seems like something you might enjoy doing. It’s a very zen experience and your professional skills would fit right in! cheers, jeff
  7. Claude_Dreyfus

    My Second Build

    Sadly I could not make it. Dealing with a stinking cold over the weekend, so couldn't go out to play. It is a nice little model you have there.
  8. cteno4

    My Second Build

    There does seem to be some Thomas backlash, we get it here a little, but I expect more in the uk. I have folks comment on the Panasonic pompa train (sometimes negative we have a Thomas on the layout) when it’s out, but it’s not a Thomas, just looks like it might be and at least it opens up a conversation. We try to keep Thomas off the layout for this reason. Luckily with all the fun and cool japanese trains we don’t need to use Thomas to suck kids in. its a whole spectrum of tastes out there and to each his own. We just decided to stick to japanese trains to make it easy on the layout at shows. But we could then do the Thomas excursion train and be prototypical I expect. I agree I would rather cater to kids though than grown ups who are stuck in their ways. Again though with the Japanese layout we get the kids without a problem! Also main reason we keep goji on the layout to keep it fun, even if they don’t now godzilla it makes them laugh and again angood tslking point to interact (interacting gets the best impression on them.) We have a small group shun us at shows as we are not American trains. It’s gettring rarer and the obnoxious and sometimes bigoted comments have pretty much gone away. I am surprised what folks will say within earshot at public shows. I don’t know if it’s meant to be heard or they jsut think we won’t hear them. jeff
  9. I'm really surprised there hasn't been a Russian model of it made. The cars really aren't anything special except for the two missile cars which had opening roofs and stabilizers for firing the missile. Maybe since Good Smile Co. did the Soyuz they'll do this...?
  10. TimWay4

    My Second Build

    Yeah that's true. I mostly run Thomas as It's a good way to get kids interested in trains and I'm big on getting younger people into the hobby. I was mostly happy to get some positive comments on the layout, and have people interested. I have confidence issues so the positive reinforcement is good.
  11. That's right. It's too hard. You can't justify it any longer. You must make a missile train...
  12. gavino200

    My Second Build

    That's interesting. I notice a lot of model train people have a big hangup about whether or not these trains are "toys". Maybe the Thomas trains are just on the wrong side of the "Toy Taboo" line.
  13. These are exactly the same as the diesels the Soviets used to pull the rail-garrisoned RT-23 Moldets/SS-24 Scalpel ICBM which is making it hard for me to justify not making a missile train...
  14. chadbag

    MicroAce - New Releases

    I don't have an E926 yet. Would like one but not high on my priority list and have a moratorium on non-essential purchases right now. I had the ow down on one that was reasonably priced a few months ago but it went before I was ready. Someday.
  15. This is my third Arnold GT6.I know have 3 of the five colors offered. This is Gotha Germany. Picked it up on ebay from Michas Bahnhof and it was a new item. Eight more left!
  16. On the way back to the US you get a customs form to fill out. It has all the details. IIRC each person in your party gets an $800 exemption so you declare your trains etc on the form and as long as you don't have more than a total of $800 per person in your party (no need to delegate out costs to a specific person) you just hand it to them, they ask a few questions, they stamp it, you go to the exit and hand it to someone, and you walk out. (Each airport may have a slightly different process, detail wise, but that is the general gist of it).
  17. Four more second-hand buildings from Germany.
  18. bill937ca

    Hobbyshops in Berlin and Hamburg

    i just picked up another Arnold GT6 tram and in the box was a little card for the dealer. As of now their website redirects to their ebay page. There are tow locations in Berlin. https://www.ebay.de/str/toyauctiondeshop Japanese language blog with coverage of MIchas Bahnhof. This blog says the shop is mostly second hand. https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/nicky2526/43757845.html
  19. jrcrunch

    updating my track viaduct station layout

    here is now my updated shopping list Kato 20-863 V4 set x2 Kato 20-030 s64 2pcs x4 Kato 20-010 186mm 4pcs x1 Kato 23-105 island platform ends x2 thank you katoftw again for the inputs for the middle island platform, how many should i add based on my track layout? 23-100 x4 or x2? 23-101 x2?
  20. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Yep, I've been watching videos of EF210s and KoKis on YouTube by way of research. The thought does occur to me that I can have another KoKi 107 and containers for the same price as a bare KoKi 50000 with tail lights. This strikes me as a better deal! I'll wait until everything turns up and then decide what to finish the train off with.
  21. nah00

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    The lights are a bit fiddly on them but that can be fixed by slightly bending in the contact strips so they are tighter against the wheels. They're pretty much limited to JR East and JR Hokkaido though so they're by no means a necessity for modelling freight in most of Japan but they do look neat. Also empty slots aren't uncommon, I've seen a decent number of KoKis with only four 19D or similiar containers on them.
  22. I have a Paragon 2 USRA Light Mikado that has lost it's chuff. I would assume that ther reed switch on the flywherel that controls it has been DCed somehow. Has anyone else had similar issues with BLI steam engines? Are they difficult to disassemble and repair?
  23. dgreen787

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    I will admit, I had done no research previously. I just knew they were unavailable from the main online retail stores (I hadn't checked the auction sites), and was planning to buy them if I found them. There was some sticker shock involved when I finally did find them.
  24. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    I know, I'm already thinking "the train cases for them can hold 12"! Does anyone have the Tomix KoKis with tail lights? At the moment those seem to be anywhere between an extra £10-£20 more than the unlit sort, so I'm trying to decide whether it's worth it. At present I'll have one short container slot empty over four wagons, so another two packs of short containers (probably some 19Ds and UR19As) will fill the set.
  25. nah00

    MicroAce - New Releases

    Ok does anybody NOT have an E926 East-i at this point who wants one? I remember I got mine on sale at HS and even AFTER the sale they were still available. The E751 isn't horribly priced so it's worth consideration for me but I wonder how popular it will be.
  26. A whole mirage of custom built, self painted, sometimes fantasy liveries! OMG on that GSE! Still glad Tomix is doing it!
  27. nah00

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    And then come the containers...
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