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  1. trainhoarder

    New Ebay Business - Kato, Tomix et al in UK

    Yes, I made a bit of an error with the M1 set. I won't elaborate too much, but basically the profitability of this venture relies on items being brought in in hand luggage and the M1 set was too big and had to be sent. Won't be selling any more of those I think. Pricing reflects what it'd cost to import one in the UK. If the EF81 can be bought for £40, then you have to add £7 for postage, and then depending on postal carrier, £8 or 13 "processing charge" and about £8 in VAT. So that £40 loco can, worse case scenario, turn in to a £66 one... Which is what I'm selling it for. It depends on the shipping method you use too. Anyway, the EF81 has gone, next up is an EF66 apparently.
  2. trainhoarder

    New Ebay Business - Kato, Tomix et al in UK

    Just in case anyone was wondering, until the EF81 sells there won't be anymore stock- wouldn't like to stock a massive inventory not knowing whether I could make a profit!
  3. Hi Not sure if this is allowed but I have begun selling a few brand new Japanese N Scale items on eBay as a little side hustle. First item up is an EF81 in Twilight Express livery and a M1 track set. Ebay user id nathahones-0 If there is anything specific anyone wants me to stock I'll try my best. I ship to the EU and the US, but I'll need to get postage quotes for the latter.
  4. Hi I've bought some Kato Unitrack to run my US HO and UK 00 scale stuff on. I'd like to buy a Bachmann Dynamis for my DCC equipped locos to run on, but I'm stumped on how I can connect the track to the controller? Presumably the Kato wire only fits the Kato controller.
  5. Hi, As part of a project unrelated to Japanese N, I am looking for some HO stainless steel undec Athearn cars. These are quite hard to find in the UK but I know there are some American enthusiasts on this forum who might be able to help! Undecorated examples in the old "Blue boxes" are preferred but other plain silver versions with minimal markings (ATSF, CB&Q etc) are fine too. Built or unbuilt, I'll take them as long as they are complete. In case you are wondering they will be going in to Penn Central paint.
  6. trainhoarder

    Lighted Shinkansen causing short?

    I have fixed it now...the springs that connect the light boards to the metal chassis plate had got tangled. The coach, btw, was surprisingly easy to disassemble compared to some other N-scale stuff I've seen. On one of the other coaches however I've had to hold the light board in place with blu- tack as the constant flicker was annoying me...
  7. Hi I have a 100 series power car missing the trademark 'fin' on the roof. I know it's only a small part but does anyone here have one they could send me?
  8. Hello I have bought a lighted 100 series Shinkansen from buyee. However, it has been causing me problems. One of the double deck cars (2817) appears to be shorting the train out and it will not move whilst the car is on the track. Once it is removed, the train works as it should do. Any ideas? Furthermore, has anyone got spares of those little "fins" on the roof of the driving car? One of mine has lost it's, and it really annoys me.
  9. trainhoarder

    Noisy Micro Ace

    Thanks for the replies guys! (Sorry I've took so long to respond, I'm not terribly good at forum posting!) I will have a look for suitable lubricants. Not sure how I feel about taking apart my rare and potentially expensive to replace EF55 but lubrication is definitely on the agenda. It is running as I type and it has got somewhat quieter since it first arrived.
  10. trainhoarder

    Noisy Micro Ace

    In case anyone is wondering it is an A1501 (as opposed to the newer update which is A1505 I believe. Again, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it aside from the noise. I'll try lubricant.
  11. trainhoarder

    Noisy Micro Ace

    Hi I received a (second-hand) Micro Ace EF55 yesterday. It is in more or less mint condition but it is quite noisy. Very noticably so, in fact, compared to my EF57 (which I bought new a few months ago). Is it simply because the EF55 is a few years old and has a bigger/less efficient motor or is something wrong with it? Is there some way I can fix it (it runs fine otherwise)?
  12. trainhoarder

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Terrible photo, but I sniped a MA EF55 off Buyee for just £35 and it arrived today. I'm very happy with it though it is quite noisy. I say arrived, but I had to pay £13 customs at post office to pick it up. I don't object to the VAT, just the handling charge. I've since discovered I can change the invoice on Buyee so a C62 I've ordered will be disguised as a book...don't tell Her Maj! (Incidentally I found buying with Buyee very easy and simple and I have used them since. It's a lot more reasonable IF you buy on the 'lite' plan...)
  13. trainhoarder

    Interesting Ebay Find.

    I watch UK eBay like a hawk for Japanese N gauge stuff; it doesn't pop up very often but it is a cost-effective way of getting it. This has just been listed: https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Boxed-tomy-tomix-n-scale-2101-locomotove-/263265496001?hash=item3d4bd8abc1%3Ag%3AwH4AAOSw4BxZ5I-R&_trkparms=pageci%3A5c665e36-b38e-11e7-8666-74dbd1802be4%7Cparentrq%3A2c8d212f15f0ab64c33e02a3fff950de%7Ciid%3A3 It is a fairly crude representation of an ED75, but I believe it to be one of Tomix's very first models from the 1970s or possibly 80s. Is it rare or collectible at all? PS- there's also a Kato Kowloon Transit train up at the moment, currently going for £240! I believe these are like hen's teeth though.
  14. trainhoarder

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Two Oha 61s turned up today courtesy of loco1hobby. I couldn't be happier, for the price they were an absolute bargain. They look great with my EF57! Next stop- Japanese steam...
  15. trainhoarder

    WANTED! - Kato EF58 Numbers

    Hi I recently purchased a Kato EF58 (Blue, late colour); it was like new but has no numbers included. Has anyone got any they are willing to send me? I can't find them to buy separately. Thanks