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  1. The ICE-T set arrived quickly and very well packaged, everything was according to description. Thank you for this model!
  2. Currently it's 5 cars long (although a different composition than the 5 car long BR 415), however I'm planning to extend it to the prototypical BR 411 7 car consist if I can get hold of the other 2 cars. Sadly this is a common thing as Suica explained, however it did get a bit better on some recent models. Yes, I can't really understand why they still mount those oversized pantographs from the factory, it would make much more sense to sell them with a realistically proportioned one (be it metal or plastic) and sell functional ones as Add-On Parts. Sadly I don't think there are any third party pantographs with realistic sizes available, or at least I haven't found any for a good price, which could be used to replace the factory ones.
  3. Yesterday I received a package from Yavianice - with a beautiful Fleischmann ICE-T in it. I have been wanting to buy a model of this train for quite some time, but up until now other things (read: trains 😬) always got in the way. Here it is with it's Japanese "Brother", JR Kyushus 885 series:
  4. Gryphr

    The Model Train Wreck Thread

    My Kato BR 425, while not brittle, seems to have pretty weak snap on noses (or how you would call that) and tends to disassemble itself if you even so much as look at it the in the wrong way. I wouldn't be too surprised if a derailment would result in Body shells, Window Panes and various other parts strewn all over the accident site. On the upside, opening it for maintenance work takes about 1 second 😄
  5. Gryphr

    Kato - New Releases

    From what I remember reading some forums it is supposed to come late 2018, although that was not an official statement.
  6. https://old.reddit.com/r/modeltrains/comments/8ixey9/can_anyone_else_create_a_jns_forum_profile/ According to this Reddit post it's currently not possible to create new Accounts on the forum. When looking at the "Sign Up" and "Contact Us" windows the Security Checks are indeed missing even though their headline is there.
  7. Gryphr

    How to bid in Japanese auctions for dummies.

    I have just tried them a few days ago too. The package is still on it's way to me but so far their system worked very well although the deposit system can be a bit unintuitive I guess? It is only required for Auctions however, you can pay the normal way when buying from shops. After you loaded a sufficient amount money into your account you can bid on auctions, to the maximum what is in your Account (Keep in mind that there's a 300 yen service fee per auction that also needs to be covered by that). I guess the upside to this is that you can upload the maximum amount you're happy to pay and won't easily get led to bid higher than that. Domestic shipping costs are charged when the item arrives at their warehouse and will either be deducted from your account balance or otherwise the next time you pay for something (ie Intl. Shipping) There's no initial package consolidation fee as you can freely select which items shall be packed together and after "creating" a package you have a 10 min grace period so you can correct something should you have made a mistake, afterwards seperating/adding to a created package is 1000 yen. (If the parcel contents have to be changed due to shipping restrictions that's free too I think). After they created the package and confirmed shipping costs, you can again select any other of their shipping methods if you don't like the shipping costs. As they show you the shipping costs for all available shipping variants at that point, changing the method is instant. International Shipping prices seem ok from what I've seen. I have ordered a single Tomix Shinkansen Bookcase and after initially choosing Avia Small I changed to "DHL International Plus" which was the second cheapest at ~1500 yen (cheapest was "DHL International Standard" at ~1300 but without tracking/insurance). SAL Air/Avia Small/ePacket was about 2300 yen, EMS was 3500 if I remember right, SAL Parcel and DHL were a bit above that I think. You can also withdraw amounts of money back to your bank or whereever you paid from, however you cannot withdraw more than what you uploaded into the account within the last 180 days using that payment method, but I guess that usually shouldn't be a problem :D
  8. Gryphr

    Tomix - New Releases

    Along with those, here are the other new releases: http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/20180509-1.pdf http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/20180509-2.pdf http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/20180509-3.pdf http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/20180509-4.pdf http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/20180509-5.pdf
  9. Gryphr

    Tomix - New Releases

    In addition to @Gordon Werners posts: The Pdf files are now listed on Tomytecs website too: http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/kt2018185odoriko.pdf http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/kt2018e231musa.pdf http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/kt2018169myoukou.pdf http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/kt2018uf42ar.pdf
  10. Gryphr

    Kato - New Releases

    First the Ainokaze 521 series releasing soon and now the Ishikawa Railway version, this is a good day :)
  11. Gryphr

    Tomix - New Releases

    A 185 series, that's good. I didn't want to get the one Kato released a few months back since they used ancient molds but this one will probably get picked up :)
  12. Gryphr

    Popondetta Platform Masking Tape

    Just stumbled upon this on Youtube, a quick and easy way to improve the look of platforms or to make DiY platforms: They seem to be available in a few different variations since April: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10505657 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10505658 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10505660 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10505661
  13. It does look really elegant and modern, especially with those colors. I think the front section also somewhat resembles some European Commuter MU's. I guess it will be a replacement for the 251 series? In any case, I'm looking forward to having it on my layout :D
  14. Gryphr

    Knuckle coupler to replace Tomix JC04?

    For the Kato EF510, the coupler part number is Z01K0239 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10193076 I don't have the Tomix model myself, but from what I could find it should be JC6363 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10172484
  15. Gryphr

    Tenshodo/Bachmann JR500 Nozomi HO

    The model will most likely not have a detachable nose + coupler as this wasn't a feature on the prototype which always ran alone (it had an emergency coupler that would require manual labor to remove the nose dome beforehand). Can't say anything about the circuit board as I don't own this model myself and quick searches haven't really turned up any useful information, in doubt assume that installing a decoder will be soldering work.