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  1. Ultratram

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    I was looking at some of the 1/144 F-toys aircraft. I may get a few of the helicopters and see how they look on a layout. Those require some assembly but are prepainted.
  2. Ultratram

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Are these 1/144 or 1/150? 1/150 planes seem hard to come by. I suppose 144 wouldn't be too far out of scale
  3. Ultratram

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Arrived 30 mins ago!
  4. Ultratram

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Recent ebay find: it's from bandai, out-of-print. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/m/10051925 The listing said it was broken but I discovered it wasn't fully assembled. I like the tv news van because I haven't seen much for sale these days like it. It was sort of a crazy auction ended up paying $16. Not bad because it shipped in US.
  5. Ok I will probably room in osaka and go to the kyoto museum by rail. Thanks so much for the help. My trip is still not until next spring but I think I will get the most out of the days I can. Perhaps extend ....but my vacation time from work is limited throughout the year. I have my first hotel scheduled. The Akihabara Washington hotel train room! I will have to rent some trains, but if I feel really silly I could bring one of my own kihas. 💡I know how to fill out custom forms but I am also afraid I may end up finding some train set ( or what not) too big for luggage. Has anyone mailed stuff to themselves before?
  6. I was looking at my trip and plan to add at least a day in osaka
  7. I have a friend that travels and suggested using kayak app. That's what I am using right now to find flights
  8. Ok....here is the general plan so far. Plan for next spring( not during golden week) I want to arrive in haneda on a monday and leave from same airport friday. I am planning 2 nights in akihabara, a night in kyoto, and a night in osaka. I am still debating on taking plane from osaka back to the states instead of haneda. In akihabara I am reserving train room at washington hotel but I need recomendations for hotels in kyoto and osaka. In Tokyo I will mostly be sight seeing on keikyu line. I plan on seeing the Mikasa memorial ship. Kyoto will mostly be to see museum and castle. Around osaka I really want to ride and see a 103 series so either hanwa line or ride part way on the nara line on the way to osaka then ride expresses the rest of the way. Probably only see one. Need advice on rail pass. Advice, thoughts, ideas welcome. Thanks.
  9. Ultratram

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Great timing! My tomytec Keikyu 1000-1800 arrived the same day from hobbysearch as the running parts came from amiami. I will probably have it running by tonight. The rest of the year should just be what I have on preorder. I am really trying to improve my layout so may make small purchases for diorama stuff. This month an next month I should get my Keikyu rilakkuma in red and happy yellow train. I am thinking next year I would like to have a keikyu N1000 in stainless steel. Hoping for a rerealease.
  10. Ultratram

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Thanks for the tip. I have 3 packs of these things to assemble
  11. I could give it a shot to see if my smaller neodyniums work. With the right spacing they may work
  12. I got a start on my scratch build tomytec road for my buses. The basic materials for any diy road for moving buses is magnetic wire and non magnetic road surface. For my current build I am using 28 gauge or .41mm galvanized steel wire and 1mm thick foam board. Depending on the thickness of the wire the magnetic force changes so finding the right thickness of board took a little trial and error guess work. I find that if I substitute foam for polystyrene plasticard I would want the sheets slightly thicker by about .010 of an inch. My test road works smoothly and transitions well with existing road using tamiya masking tape. I know tamiya makes textured pavement paint but I will try to make my own with acrylic paint and some cosmetic grade pumice. The tamiya paint bottles look to small for the amount of road I would like to make. The next phase will be to add an intersection. And have a full loop. For now I will use stock bus stops. Making diy bus stops is possible but I have yet to look for a supplier for the magnets. Rare earth magnets are out of the question as they are much too strong. I really only need weak magnets to trigger the bus to stop and start.
  13. Ultratram

    What did you do on your layout today?

    took my keikyu line up off the track and put my yamanote line on the rails. Kato e235 Kato e231 Kato 205 Kato 103 Switched the original couplers on my 205 series. Its second hand and came with bogie mounted knuckle couplers. (Is that normal for these older models?). TNs look much better. My e235 is only set with interior lighting. My next project to improve layout will be to scratch build road for tomytec moving bus. If I get around to that look for that on the projects forum.
  14. Ultratram

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Katoftw, one thing about the older economy kits is that these newer power units are a little different and your model will need a simple modification to get it to fit.... You will see on my kumoyuni74 I had to add bits of plastic styrene. About 5mm from the base of the car to the bottom off the styrene. The original mating surface shouldn't interfere with power unit so leave it alone. The motor and bodies on these econo kits are never a tight fit so be careful to not let the motor drop out while picking it up 😁
  15. Ultratram

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    PE is short for photo etched, usually brass. They are light weight detail sheets many require precise folding. Tedious.... very.
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