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  2. Socimi

    Strange Lima N-scale models

    I too have a Lima N gauge D341, altough in it's original F.S. colors: chestnut brown and olive green. but it's still wacky for a number of resons: - the model is hold togheter by just one screw, located (and well visible) on the roof! - it has the bogeys of the E424 electric locomotive. (little note: the first two locomotives in N gauge made by Lima in 1966, were the D341 we're looking at here, and the E424, a small Bo'Bo' electric locomotive intended for local passenger trains. It happened from time to time, during the manufacturing of these two locos for starter sets, that the bogeys could get confused and swapped, so it's not uncommon to find D341s with E424s bogeys and vice-versa! Such thing was, altough, limited only to toy-like train sets: models designated for serious railway modelling had much stricter quality control). - the grey motor turbocharger vent on the top is too high, of the wrong color, and it's located on the opposite side of where it should be! You can clearly see here where it should be in reality (this was an early error made by the designers, wich never got corrected anyway) (My D341 came with a full starter set containing also tracks, a blue-ivory CWIL pullman coach and an F.S. UIC-X baggage car in the 1960s slate grey color)
  3. Sheffie

    Bright-Chips Kato passenger car lighting

    The website does claim to address the issue of flickering lighting due to poor supply, so (much as I feel nostalgic for British Rail local trains and their occasional lightning failures) I would be interested to see how well these perform. Presumably they use a capacitor to store some energy to bridge any gaps in power pickup.
  4. Claude_Dreyfus


    Sad to see that Yokozuna Kisenosato has had to retire. Injuries have dogged him over the last year or so. Sad also because he is quite young and was the first Japanese Yokozuna for nearly 20 years. Now we only have two Yokozuna left, including the virtually indestructible Hakuho... https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-46892222
  5. NateJ93

    What's on your shopping list?

    Since I'm not going to model a specific place or era, my list is kinda eclectic. *Means Priority item Steam locomotives - A small branchline-type loco (Like a C11 or C56 or something like that) - D51* Diesel locomotives - DE10 - DD51* Electric locomotives - EF57 - EF64 (JNR Brown) - EF81 (JNR red)* - ED79 DMUs - Kiha 40 (JNR red) - Kiha 40 (JR Kyushu)* - Kiha 40 (JR Hokkaido) EMUs - Series 103 (Yamnote Line) - E231 4-car set (Yamanote Line)* Freight cars - WaMu 90000 boxcar (2-car set)* - ToRa 145000 gondola car - TaKi 6500 tank car - KoMu 1 container car - KoKi 5500 container car (Rust brown)* - KoKiFu 10000 container car (Rust brown) - YO 6000 caboose* - YO 8000 Caboose Passenger cars - ORo 30 - OHaNi 36 (Brown) - OHaFu 61 (Brown)* - OHa 62 (Brown)* - OHa 47 (Blue) - SuHa 43 (Blue)* - OHa 14
  6. NateJ93


    Nice, this is shaping up to be quite the layout. Keep up the good work.
  7. railsquid


    Some different vehicles for a change. embankment-construction-2019-01-17_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr Railings on top of the bridge are not yet fixed in place, hence the slight lean.
  8. nartak

    Kato - New Releases

    KATO new product information in English.
  9. Those photo's are just amazing. I would gladly have every one of them on my wall. Thanks for posting the link, just amazing.
  10. paolo

    Tokyo Station DCC layout

    Of course I have no intention of replicating the full layout of Tokyo station, I don't have the skills nor the space to do it. I used it as a starting point. My layout will have track for the Tokaido Shinkansen, one for the other Shinkansen lines, one track for the Yamanote line, going in a loop, and one elevated track for the Chuo lines. All these you can find in Tokyo Station. Plus I plan on 3D-printing the platforms roofs, to resamble as closely as possible the real ones. I've also recorded a lot of sounds on sight, so I hope I'll be able to incorporate this is the layout.
  11. katoftw

    Tokyo Station DCC layout

    In what way does the layout resemble Tokyo Station?
  12. Tomytec announced today a pre-order for the 100 years version.
  13. paolo

    Tokyo Station DCC layout

    Hey guys, So, after a few months of planning and thinking, it's finally time to start building this baby! Tomorrow I'll go buy all the material needed for the wooden base and in the weekend I'll start building it. This is the final layout: Since it will go into my living room, and it will be 2.40m long, it will be divided in two parts, almost in the middle, so it will be easier to handle. The base will be of plywood, 1.5cm thick, reinforced with 3x2cm frames. Since the forniture has a Wenge-like color, I'll paint the whole base of a dark color. From below, it should be something like this: The two 45 degrees corners in the front are due to the fact that the 70cm deep base will go against a 60cm deep cabinet, so I'll to cut it in order to avoid hitting my leg every time I walk by. It will go here, below the TV, on an IKEA Besta bench : The TV will limit the space above, I'll have around 30cm to play with, but it should be enough. I'll make videos detailing all the process, which will involve a lot of trials and errors I'm sure, as this is my first build, but that's the fun part! Here's the introduction video:
  14. ben_issacs

    Understanding Japan's Track and Loading Gauges

    Mark, Thanks for your comment. I'd picked up this date somewhere early on, but cant remember the source. Will have to look through my stuff. Would an ironworks railway be subject to Govt. approval? Regards, Bill.
  15. maihama eki

    Scratchbuilding 101 - resource list in first post

    Hi Gavin, Looking around my work area - a few materials additions to your list above: Styrene and Acrylic Shapes, etc. Plastruct: https://plastruct.com/ Metal Rods, Tubes, Sheets, Mesh, etc. in Copper, Aluminum, Brass, Stainless Steel, and Others Eggs (Available in Japan at Tokyo Hands): https://www.eggs.jp/newec/ Metal Tubes, Mesh, etc. Wave Corporation (Japan) https://www.hobby-wave.com/products-cat/material/ Wood, Scale Lumber Northeastern Scale Lumber: http://www.northeasternscalelumber.com/ Various Finish Sheets (Mirror Finish, etc.) Hasegawa: http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/item/tool/tf/ Styrene Roof Tile, Other Textures Greenmax: http://www.greenmax.co.jp/Product/colorstructure/GM_colorstructure_201209.htm Example on Hobby Search, Greenmax 2508 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10203947 Greenmax 2512: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10207405 Gravel Texture Sheets - Roofs, Walks, etc. Kato 24-016: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10043273
  16. cteno4

    Rapi:t in Taiwan

    Love the original a lot more! jeff
  17. trainsforever8

    Rapi:t in Taiwan

    Love it
  18. katoftw

    Sheffie's first layout

    Inner loop needs a power feed and outer dead ends need a feed also.
  19. Sheffie

    Sheffie's first layout

    Okay. So. If I lower the height of the truss bridge to 30mm and redefine the mining camp to be behind the hill rather than on top of it (arguably much more realistic anyway) and if I also re-jigger a couple of pieces to use almost everything from the start kit and as little as possible otherwise, I get this. Gradients on the hill are now all 2% or less. The S-shaped storage line now has the two R481-15 curves on it, to continue the curve of the points, and the road crossing, to break up the S curve. The power feed is on the inner loop, so I think that if the points are set to disconnect power when switched, then it should be possible to park a train either at the station or on the S. I'm not sure whether it's possible to configure the crossover how I'd like. I have a long straight siding on the front edge of the display, but I don't know if it's possible to disconnect that from power (to park a train there) but keep the power on the big outer loop at all times. Do I need another power feeder? Anything else I need to worry about?
  20. chadbag

    Sumida Crossing

    Yeah. I'll have to Ditto everything said. I've ended up on the Sumida Crossing site many many many times on a large variety of topics! Thanks for the informative site and it will be with great interest that I watch what you do with "V2" of Sumida Crossing layout
  21. chadbag

    N scale in Seoul, South Korea

    Yeah, I think a lot of the HobbyTrain stuff is from Korea -- my BR100 and several other different more modern models from HobbyTrain all look to be made by the same company -- supposedly a company called Ajin Precision, which is an outgrowth, or continuation, or in some way related to an older (now defunct it seems) Brass model maker called Ajin Model Trains or some such... The website given for Ajin Precision however is now one of those generic landing sites. It may be a lot like China. While China is starting to get a domestic market for Chinese model trains, the CHinese model train market has been much smaller than the manufacturing output of model trains in China -- which were mostly done for American and European and maybe Japanese companies.
  22. railsquid

    Sheffie's first layout

    55mm is about the minimum safe height, depends on your trains, track and what you're using to cover the tunnel with. However, as the inclined line doesn't cross the lower line at any point, you don't necessarily need to bring it up to full height. Note that shorter trains can usually cope better with steeper inclines (however small lightweight units like trams may have problems).
  23. serotta1972

    Thinking of changing scales

    I’ve been dabbling in HO for a while and recently O scale - oh man oh man, I enjoy them all almost equally. My main scale is still N scale as I love passenger trains and of course Japanese trains. They all have their own appeal but the common denominator is that they are all trains. I supposed price, size, and space can be deciding factors but in the end if you really want it, it really doesn’t matter. Probably doesn’t help but that’s my take. You can always have both! 😀
  24. Sheffie

    Sheffie's first layout

    I don't know where to begin on this one. I mean, how high does the track have to be, to sit on top of a hill that contains a tunnel? I was hoping that the top there could be flat, for ease of construction. That leaves the length of the back straight and the big curve for the train to climb up. If I need 60mm height gain, SCARM says I'm looking at 3.6% inclines.
  25. Pauljag900

    Sumida Crossing

    way back when I was first thinking of starting with Japanese Trains I was trawling the Internet for Info and very often found myself reading “sumida crossing” it was from there I was directed to Jns! I think it was Tomix Tram track plans I was looking for! It’s been a source for valuable information ever since,thanks Ken 👍👍😀😀
  26. Getting rid of this one won't do anything to help. I only paid $36 for it.
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