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  1. Not anything hugely exciting but a few more duplicate purchases to extend my existing formations from Kato. 3 more Taki 1000s with the Eneos Mark. I now have a rake of 8 of these so a good length train to throw behind the EF65. Another Koki 104 2 pack to further break up the 106 and 107 monotony in my container train and finally a Kiha 28 (plus light unit) to add into the rail car mix. I’ve also ordered some Kadee 147 couplers from a friend in the UK who’s visiting Japan soon. Annoyingly, the scale-head couplers (#58 or #158) aren’t available in an underset shank. The only Kadee options here seem to be the 3 options that Kato stock. All local model shops seem to only carry #5, #58 and #158. The 147s have the same coupler knuckle as the #5s but will fit the Tomix Kokis better as they need to be underset. I think Imon do something similar but I struggled to navigate their website.
  2. Kamome

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    A small addition today. EF58 61 joined Team GoPachi.
  3. We took a short drive to Yamaguchi yesterday as the SL Yamaguchi C56 is having ( as I understand it) it’s last run weekend. Sadly tickets were already sold out some time ago but that didn’t stop us taking a short ride up the line on a Kiha 40 to get a few nice shots.The C56 is hidden behind the black smoke of D51 200 but great weather and awesome to hear the whistle echo through the mountains of Yamaguchi.
  4. Kamome

    Thoughts on this set?

    I have the Kato version (10-881, 10-882) and it’s a really nice train, especially with that rose red EF81 (3066-3) pulling it. Does anyone know what the white or gold line along the side of the coach denotes?
  5. Kamome

    Container Compatability (HO)

    Kato Koki 104 twin packs are pretty good value as you get 2 loaded wagons for ¥7000. A single unloaded Tomix Koki costs ¥2500 then you’re looking at around ¥2000-¥3000 to load it. A loaded version, such as a Koki 106 with 2x 30 foot Yamato containers are about ¥5000.
  6. Kamome

    Container Compatability (HO)

    I don’t believe Kato sell the HO containers as a spare (Assyparts) They’re certainly not listed on the spares sheet so it’s a case of buy more Kokis with the same container. I do see the Kato JR blue 18D containers from time to time but only in places that sell used items such as Hobbyland Pochi or Popondetta and they are usually sold individually. I would probably suggest buying some Tomix Kokis and then mixing them into your train. Then you have a wide choice of containers to make your train look more realistic. You do see wagons loaded with similar containers so it’s not uncommon to see a Koki with 5 red/brown JRF containers. You could also weather some of them to make them look different. I also agree with Keiichi about their availability. I buy them when I see them now as I’ve gone back to places a week or so later and they’ve sold out. I’m slowly building up a variety of Tomix containers.
  7. Kamome

    Container Compatability (HO)

    Yes the deep red JRF containers on the Kato Koki 104s are 19D containers. I made a slight error in my previous comment. I have used Kadee #158s (whisker spring) on my locos and #58s on my Kokis and Takis (tanker wagons) The #58s have a separate copper spring which fits into the gearbox. Both of these couplers are medium length shank and I find they look more realistic than the #5s and give a “prototypical” looking distance between wagons.
  8. Kamome

    Container Compatability (HO)

    The problem is with the fixed Kato attachments. The Tomix Kokis have 3 different attachment clips depending on what you’re wanting to load. One for 12’ containers, one for 20’ or longer and one for an empty rack. Each clips and unclips if you want to rearrange the load. Detail wise the Tomix Kokis are nicely molded but the bogies are better on the Kato 104s as they have moving axle bolts. The upside is the choice of containers for Tomix and it’s a bit annoying that they’re not interchangeable with Kato. As mentioned, Kato did produce the Koki 104 twin pack with blue JR 18D containers but these weren’t re-run recently like the 19D versions. I have some Tomix 107s, 106s and a couple of 200s with a variety of 12’, 20’ and 30’ containers. I have changed all couplers to Kadee #158s as the Tomix couplers are especially long. Again Kato is better here as replacing couplers meet the Kadee height gauge perfectly whereas the Tomix need some tuning to avoid unexpected uncoupling. I’ve not tried the Morita containers either but I’d be keen to get some of their 20’ JOT ISO tanks. Not sure whether they favour the Tomix attachment or Kato.
  9. Test run and details added. Still need to add stickers and dry transfers. These really are great looking models. I especially like the detailing on the Kiha 65 where the hand holds on each seat are molded. I will later pick this detail out with paint to give better definition between the seat frame and fabric. I’m planning to add coach lighting at a later date so the more detail, the better.
  10. The Kato KiHas (58 & 65) arrived yesterday with a few more Taki 1000s. The KiHas are fantastic looking although I think I’d like to add a bit more detail with paint to the seat moldings to show off how great they look. I much prefer the the look of the 65 with the front skirt but the 58 is nice too. Haven’t had a chance to run them yet as the bogies on the power unit have had a bit of a rough trip and have worked their way apart. Didn’t realize they’d be so easy to disassemble.
  11. Kamome

    unitrak viaduct power feeders

    If I could weigh in here, You can actually fit the feeders into the curves. I have done this with my curves in the past but probably never again. They are a bit of a pig and you need to bend the metal contacts slightly to align with the rail properly. This is fine if you have a permanent set up but if you plan to take apart your Unitrack and feed different parts of the set up the next time, I’d just feed the straights. If you’re building a layout, then just have patience and fine tune the contacts to fit into the gaps. Or you could also remove the track from the viaduct and cut away some of the underside plastic to expose more rail. This will make contact easier.
  12. Thanks to you both Kiha and KVP for your help. Hopefully the parcel should arrive in the next couple of days and I can have a proper look at them.
  13. That’s great info. Thanks Kiha. How about when a cab end couples to a tail end of another Kiha or a Kiro? Would the cab need a diaphragm to couple or would it just use the diaphragm of the coach in front? I guess I’m more used to British EMUs that generally both have a connecting diaphragm on the cab front. Also, thanks to Kiha for the kanji to search for more photo reference. Without that I wouldn’t have come across this image, which is just awesome. Hokutosei van anyone?
  14. I have a couple of KiHas arriving soon from Kato. A Kiha 58 (M) and a Kiha 65 in HO. Too lovely to resist. Are there any rules about diaphragms on the cab ends? I noticed you have the option parts when detailing. A lot of the images of the 65s have extendable diaphragms on the front but the pictures of 58s and 28s seem to be 50\50. It could be a lot of pictures of the same unit of course. I’m not a rivet-counter by any means but can’t find any info about this.
  15. Very nice indeed, Mark. I’ve been eying up the Tomix 181 as I love that Kiha 82 cab front.