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  2. A few small additions to the HO fleet. Kato Kiha 82 900 I’ve been intrigued about these Kiro 80s converted to cab cars so I grabbed one while there’s still a few around. Again gives me some Kiha 80 options, like the Hitachi service. Also managed to find a Suhafu 12 and Ohafu 13 from Kato. They seem quite an old tooling but they’re nice looking coaches. There seems to be a sizable gap between coaches. There’s an included drawbar coupler so I’ll have to see if that eliminates some of the gap.The Oha 12s seemed to have disappeared on arrival in most outlets. I hope I can find some somewhere. Kato really need to produce their HO offerings in larger production runs. There’s obviously a bigger market for HO than they first thought.
  3. Kamome

    Tomytec - Painted & Anything Bus Related

    My Kitty Kitakyushu City buses arrived tonight. And look what was waiting at the station on my way home.
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  5. Keith

    Hobby link japan sale

    I bought from them the first time in the main sale, Just now I got an email for a flash sale and appear to have been caught again. They had a few older (5 years ago) magazines for ~170yen, not too sure whether to grab a couple.
  6. RMB

    What did you do on your layout today?

    I've finished scratch building another three Japanese shops for my layout. These are based on real buildings that I found through Google Street View. Link to Google Maps
  7. Another JTT 95520 pack of 60 branches. Because you can never ever have too many trees.
  8. Hah, I think I saw that film, but didn't notice that. Someone has modelled something similar: https://enjoyscenery.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-861.html and helpfully provided photo evidence: https://enjoyscenery.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-862.html
  9. Sheffie

    What did you do on your layout today?

    First pass at the hilltop shrine. And that means that the layout is finally all green.
  10. Sheffie

    Spring Story

    This is the basic hilltop: an oak ply base with multiple layers of corrugated cardboard providing gentle contours. The path to the shrine is a channel cut in the cardboard and filled in with the light ballast. I’m using a piece of cardboard to keep the ballast from falling off the edge, just until the glue dries.
  11. bill937ca

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Or Shimbashi. http://visit-minato-city.com/shimbashi_izakaya/
  12. railsquid

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Just pretend it's China. https://www.gizmodo.jp/2011/07/locates_right.html
  13. brill27mcb

    Most basic DC power question ever...

    That's what I use on our tabletop setups - the Kato 3-way splitters and Kato extension cords. Very flexible for future layout designs, and simple plug-and-play. Rich K.
  14. Yesterday
  15. ben_issacs

    Japanese N scale rail fans.

    Folks, Not suggesting a Yamanote Loop platform at peak hours, but perhaps twenty bods distributed about two platforms. Yes, there's a cost involved, but one spends a lot more on one train set or loco. For a country or small local line station, two or three bods plus the obligatory rail fan. Most Japanese station foot bridges are closed in, so no possibilities there, maybe a small road overbridge, or a rail overbridge, with fans in the valley below. Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  16. kevsmiththai

    Hakuho

    Just mentioned to the lads over on trainboard.com that the last thing I've done tonight is add the Rip-rap rocks to the river and poured some more Acrylic varnish onto the river bed and then shut the workshop door on it so I don't stir up any dust. We have got a heatwave predicted over the next few days so it is a good time to do these big, slow setting jobs. Got an idea for the rice in the paddies results soon Kev
  17. kevsmiththai

    Hakuho

    Thanks mate. I'll take my time with this lot but it looks very useful Cheers Kev
  18. Some you say? 😅
  19. cteno4

    Kato 200 Shinkansen (10-129) running problem

    Paul, one thing to try is the google translate slate app on your iPad. You can take a photo and run your finger over bits to get translations. Works great for this sort of thing. I use it on instructions all the time. i think it’s the drive shafts that are the problem. Have you removed the trucks at all on this yet? If you have sometimes when putting it back in the drive shaft end does not get into the motor coupling. Alternative the little nibs on the end of the drive shaft which engage inside the motor or truck coupler will get stripped off and thus just spin in the coupler. When one goes the other takes all the stress and can then strip as well. I’ve fixed a dozen or two in the club over the years like this. cheers, jeff
  20. Densha

    Hakuho

    You can find some JNR typefaces on this website. The latest link just above the second line is the most versatile JNRfont.tff, including both Japanese and western characters.
  21. kevsmiththai

    Rokuhan C57

    So. The latest review I've done is the Rokuhan C57. I've been wanting to get one of these for a while and particularly wanted a standard version one as it will be a key loco on my new Hakuho layout. The Imperial loco is fine and dandy but a bit obscure for a rural line in Hokkaido C57 5 trundles through Hakuho station with an express Video at Cheers Kev
  22. Pauljag900

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Ha ha,I m probably going to put it on the other board across the city and station area but needed to see what it looks like first,boards are the same depth and will just need to re position the supports which are only hot glued at the mo.
  23. kevsmiththai

    Hakuho

    So I've been getting on quite well. Concentrating mainly on the photo extension boards. These use the existing holes in the baseboard that hold it into the flightcase plus some smaller holes at either end. They are in three sections and are designed to increase the foreground. two main benefits are it gives me a lot more scenic scope and makes it a lot easier to take pictures for the magazine editors who like to have the ability to crop pictures to fit the text and the page. These will really only be used at home as they can be quite vulnerable. At shows the basic board will suffice with the lighting rig erected unless the show organiser twists my arm So the front one is farmland basically with some rice paddys. I've gone a bit mad with the ripples in them but the next layers of vanish should calm them down. There is also a sort of a vineyard in full leaf and the empty area on the left will have a farmhouse on it when I get some. The embankment for the forest line has been robbed out. You can also see that the right hand board carries the river on after it passes under the rail line in a culvert Apologies for the aluminium block in the pic. It is holding up the tree while the glue sets! The C11 is on the local stopping train as the C57 passes on a light engine move. The C57 heads an express past the station again apologies for the Picador block but you can see I've busied up the goods yard No video as yet. The next part will show the layout fitted with the lighting rig, with the extension boards and how the flight case works cheers Kev
  24. serotta1972

    What did you do on your layout today?

    If I were one of the citizens in that little town, I would not appreciate a super expressway going over my house. Imagine the environmental impact. 😜😁
  25. Gents, i have an issue with my 200 Shinkansen,the motor is running but it does not move or very very slowly,I m guessing it’s worn gears in the bogies or the drive shafts. can anyone help me identify the part no s from this tech sheet please as I can t read Japanese. or if anyone knows what they are would be great.👍😀
  26. Pauljag900

    What did you do on your layout today?

    I ve seen quite a few trucks and vehicles that I would like to buy and display on my layout but realised I don t have any road to put them on.I d seen a friend of jeffs do a freeway over his layout so have been trying to work out the best way to do it.My first idea was to use kato double viaduct track and remove the rails but it’s not quite wide enough unless I double it up. So with a pile of foamboard and builder sheets left over i decided to try and make one.This is the first attempt and need to make the final section ,I ll probably carry on but if I’m not happy with it I ll use the Kato track.Need to figure out the support piers and tidy things up a bit then I ll make a decision. n
  27. bill937ca

    Japanese N scale rail fans.

    The station platform with trains coming around the curve.
  28. you also need to find that crossing or hillside where there is a good view of the trains on your layout for a few! jeff
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