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  1. Eizan Elipse

    I had not seen this before. Looking at it, it looks retro meets Japan or kind of steampunk-ish.
  2. Could be. But if it was an actual crash with a bicyclist I'd be hard pressed to see how no one else would know. Not doubting the story, just wondering how something like hitting a bicyclist would go unnoticed. Still looks fun. There are a couple concessions in the Tokyo area and one in Osaka and a few other places. We saw them in the Tokyo area a couple times and were walking from Den Den town in Osaka to the tallest building there, about a mile walk, when we saw a bunch there.
  3. You'd think that the company leader (they follow a guy from the providing company) would be responsible for reacting to any accident. Interesting.
  4. I did not do this (yet), but when we were walking around in Tokyo we ran into these people driving go karts, Mario Cart style, through the streets. Later in Osaka we saw them as well. The company we saw was Mari Car (https://www.maricar.com) and they run concessions in and around Tokyo and Osaka and a few other places. I don't know if there are other companies that do the same thing. It looked really fun. I will do this next time I am there! You can also rent costumes if you want.
  5. DB Prototype technical specs?

    Danke Dir Based on the numbers off of the E41 diagram, and my (probably slightly off) measurements on the models, I got a ratio of wide to length Prototype: 0.1954 Fleischmann: 0.1935 Arnold: 0.1774 So the Fleischmann model seems closer to prototypical dimensions in this case (based on the 2 Arnold and 1 Fleischmann BR 141/E41 I have). I have not yet made the measurements / calculations on the HobbyTrain vs Fleischmann BR 110 / E10
  6. Ebay: This guy is out off control ??

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/KATO-N-scale-211-series-Tokaido-Line-Suburban-car-7-cars-Toy-train-Very-good/273031058130?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211709%26meid%3D860ade8150e64e26af6bdadf3548c693%26pid%3D100506%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D273031058130&_trksid=p2045573.c100506.m3226 Over a $1000 for an older KATO Series 211 set, used, VG condition ETA: Same guy, over $1700 for used KATO 415 series https://www.ebay.com/itm/USED-KATO-N-gauge-415-OLD-PAINT-STYLE-8-cars-great-condition-Basic-Set/282814739109?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170105155430%26meid%3D62c4eb20b2174b08a3e33eb3f2408a75%26pid%3D100706%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D282814739109&_trksid=p2045573.c100706.m4781 I don't know two market for older sets but you need to be a die-hard collector for this league
  7. Joint European Order to US?

    Thanks. I figured that was it but the auto-translate in eBay calls it a "clutch" (which is probably correct in a generic sense). I purchased a "defect" motor wagon for the ICE-V as a backup and the second wagon. So I should get a coupler piece with the motor wagon and be able to use it with the second wagon so now I am just missing one wagon for the full 5 car set. Thanks for the help with this.
  8. Prototypical Busses for Central Tokyo

    Yeah they are not cheap. Luckily I got a TOMICA one ;) that is 1:15x scale IIRC. Not as detailed looking, but only around $3.50 (USD). And luckily my layout is not yet needing busses, and it is not Tokyo based, so the temptation factor is low. To tie this in to the 500 Shinkansen "Hello Kitty" thread, the Hato Bus the wife and daughter took their tour on was totally "Hello Kitty" themed. At least on the inside. Don't know about the outside... The Kitty strikes everywhere. Thanks for the pointer!
  9. DB Prototype technical specs?

    @kvp Thanks, that will help me get a ratio for the prototype and then I can make a ratio for the models for the BR 110/E10 and since I have 1 Hobbytrain "Kasten" and 1 Hobbytrain "Falte" and one of each from Fleischmann it will allow me to compare both, though I expect the length should be the same on the models between the two as the drawings show it in real life.
  10. It looks like all my EM13 are installed. I don't have any not in a train, and I don't want to take one out as they are a PITA to get in and out without messing up the copper spring strips etc. So I can't get a good measurement on thickness. My SIL is supposed to be sending my EM13 I ordered and had shipped to my MIL but I don't think she has sent anything yet.
  11. You are obviously not a Hello Kitty person (neither am I, but I have a 10 year old daughter who has been one since birth). The big bows on the side scream "Hello Kitty". I think any true fan would recognize this immediately without seeing the small Kitty images... I think it is well done (if not my "cup 'o tea") and if it comes out as a model will have to seriously consider it. I told my daughter about it and she has already laid dibs on it.
  12. I was wondering if there are any sites that would list technical specs, beyond what you get on Wikipedia, for DB (Deutsche Bundesbahn / Deutsche Bahn) German prototypes? I specifically am looking for the width of the BR110 (or E10) and BR41 (or E41) locomotives. I have both Fleischmann and Arnold BR141/E41 models and Fleischmann and Hobbytrain BR110/E10 models and the Fleischmann are wider than the corresponding Arnold or Hobbytrain locomotives. The lengths are almost exactly the same, but the widths are substantially different. The E41/BR141 difference was about 1/16" (about 1.5mm). I have not yet measured the BR110/E10 widths yet but the Fleischmann looks wider in the same way it looks wider with my Mk I native eyeballs with the BR141/E41. I'd like to find the technical specs on the actual prototype engines and compute the width/length ratios on the real ones compared to the models.
  13. Trains On Water

    That is amazing to watch the trains go through the water and the people non challantly getting out of the way. Would be hard to model the submerged tracks and have them be usable.
  14. I think if the EM13 dummy is thinner, that a D&H DH05C could sit on top and still have room. It was hard as there are chips and other surface mount pieces in the way and my measuring device was rather wide, but it appears at the lowest point, applying a slight amount of pressure to the bogie, that there is 1.2mm (3/64" or a hair more than that) between the EM13 and the bottom of the drive shaft. It could be slightly more than this, as it was cramped and my tool not the best. If someone else can do a better job that would be appreciated. The height of the DH05C is 1.4mm according to online sources. If we could make our EM13 board thinner than the stock EM13 board it should be ok. The place I measured was right up against the drive shaft pocket on the bogie as that is the lowest/closest to the board.
  15. Here are some EM13 installations in to EMU power cars (JR 321 series, JR 225 series) and a Shinkansen (W7). I would expect other under-carriage installations of EM13 are similar as these are all the same, basically. When I find my box with non-installed EM13 I will measure some thickness and also find one of my highly granular measuring stick to measure the distance from the board to the drive shafts. Here are the images. The first 2 are the JR 321 EMU power car, the second pair are the JR 225 EU power car, and the last pair are the W7 power car.