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  1. DF200-222 has now been delivered to Aichi Depot from Kawasaki works:
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    Also made up some 3 light shunting signals by cut and shutting Kato traffic signals. I have painted the lenses as all being white - as current practice - but wonder if originally (in the 1970s) they may have been red/amber/green...?
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    Low relief freight dock at front of layout now added at Iyo-Mishima. Kubokawa original dock had a V roof: http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/nainen60/imgs/4/e/4e5009b1.jpg From http://blog.livedoor.jp/nainen60/archives/73643888.html However as a low relief I have only modeled half of the dock and V so not sure if looks OK or not... Will leave it for now as see if it grows on me or not when I add some more scenic detail.
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    It appears that the freight handlers have now moved into the first dock at Iyo-Mishima... Started work on the freight dock for the opposite side to be based on a picture from the 1970s I have of Kubokawa. Trying something different for this as it will also be low relief but with the missing "half" being on the viewing side so that looking across the dock at eye level will be as if you were within the dock looking out across the sidings. Not sure if it will work but I am going to give it a try... First step was to build the platform using Evergreen polystyrene sections and making sure the clearance is correct. The clearance between WAMU and the platform edge needs to be tight as will be in direct line of sight so needs to be a very small, realistic gap at loading height. I deliberately did not place the sidings parallel to the edge of the layout board, to avoid the "train set" look, so I have given myself an adding complication with a trapezoid plan outline for the dock as well as not having space for all of the supporting H columns one side. I have overcome this by adding the two tubular supports which will be painted matt black so as to hopefully disappear from sight in the shadow under the dock.
  5. I've managed to individually photograph 98 out of the current total of 103 EF210-0, -100 and -300 series so if JRF are going to repaint them all in turn then I'll just have to go back to the start and begin to photograph them all over again, at least that's what I'll try to use as a reason with the household management to justify more trips to Japan in the future...😉 It's a pity that JRF have decided to remove their logo but presumably it is part of their moving towards greater collaboration with other freight companies such as Seino and FreightLiner. Is this a harbinger of JRF eventually ending up being sold off or taken over?
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    Progress update with Iyo-Mishima: Buildings at yard approach now in place and scenic detail added such as lights, track crossing, etc.
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    Basic painting of loading dock completed and it is now placed in position on Iyo-Mishima. I will add weathering and some more scenic detailing (signs, guttering, etc) later after I have completed the next low relief building which will extend from the loading dock to the right. Currently looking at old B+W photos on the internet for inspiration... This article in this now closed blog is interesting in showing how loading was done at the end of the woodchip transportation in Hokkaido: https://blog.goo.ne.jp/komume1973/e/b2ea5bed34972049952497faa1e57f0f Any ideas on how to model the green covers that were put over the woodchips in the purple WAMUs?
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    Next are some more height and clearance checks with WAMU shunted into the dock and driving the DD51 down the adjacent end shunt. Then fitting a roof but without final gluing as I need to have access to the inside for painting. The plasticard on the roof, representing corrugated sheet, is recycled from a previous railway model hence the paint. This is an advantage of using plasticard cladding with PVA glue as mistakes can be easily peeled off or old models broken up for sections to be reused.
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    I have been scratch building a low-relief loading dock for Iyo-Mishima based on the actual structure currently in situ in Shikoku and on similar structures found from perusing period black and white photographs of JNR times. Thought it might be of interest to others if I put up photos of the dock with an explanation as I model it, so here goes: First I sketched out a few ideas on paper before settling on a design based on a corrugated iron clad, girder built structure mounted on a brick faced platform. Then I created a card template for the end section so that I could get the proportions right and to check initial clearances and fit as the dock will be at the back of the layout up against the back scene with a depth of approx 20 mm at ground level. Using this template I then built a basic carcass out of 2 mm thick card (the type used in framing pictures) glued together with PVA. The length I set at being able to unload to WAMU at a time. You need to keep a sharp blade in your craft knife for clean cuts as it is amazing how quickly cutting card will blunt a blade and start to leave ragged edges. Next I started to clad the carcass using various types of N scale Plasticard (made by Slater's in the UK) textured to represent brick, corrugated metal sheeting, and rock built walling and also using various mylar sections to represent girders and angle iron bracing. This needs to be done in a logical sequence to ensure the build up of surfaces mimics an actual building. When this was reasonably well advanced, especially for the platform, I then positioned it on the layout and cut away the cork surface to allow the dock to be sunk into the "ground".
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    The heater is just a radiator with its own thermostatic valve which, when the hot water central heating is on in winter, I keep set at 16 deg C which keeps the room at a suitable cooler rather than warmer ambient. The cross section of the extension is basically a "T" shape with an extra vertical down the wall side so by design should resist warping. Also the wood is reclaimed pine at least 30+ years old (as used to be part of my daughter's bed frame from when she little) so is well dried out by now... I need to do something with the Gaugemaster controller which currently sits on the floor. There is an open shelved wooden cabinet to the left of the extension so I have been thinking of replacing one shelf, that is level with the extension, with a new one that sticks out further so as to take the controller. The cabinet is full of books and tools so there would be no risk of it overbalancing however I may struggle to find a piece of wood that matches the original in colour.
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    Serbian EMU - Hardcore Rerailing

    Hard work for the rerailing crew but what an appalling amount of graffiti on the EMU. I am amazed how in some countries, but especially within the EU, there is little or no respect for public property...
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    All WAMU+DE10+DD51 now fitted with compatible knuckle couplings. As standard, I find Kato wagons and trucks are too light so easily come off the track or roll away. On Niihama, passing traffic vibration can be enough to set container flats rolling out of the sidings... To counter this on Iyo-Mishima, I've added weight to each WAMU, except the wood chip cars, by using flyfishing weights which I have glued inside on the chassis. This has improved them somewhat but I may add some more to increase their inertia as in testing I've found that I do not always get a automatic couple especially using the DD51. Need to find an alternative solution for the woodchip WAMU as internal space is restricted and I do not want the weights to be visible or to have to fill them with "chips" as a disguise.
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    Build update: First buildings in place and starting to detail from scenic break end:
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    All track now ballasted and surrounding areas painted and covered with a fine sand of a similar tone to the coarser ballast, initially just for texture pending identifying the areas that will be dug out for buildings, etc. Next job is to clean up the sleepers once all glue has dried. Backscene also temporarily in place, going with a relatively neutral sky paper until I have decided what will go where.
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    How to change couplings on a Kato DE10?

    Thanks Khaul, managed to change them for the couplings that came with it in the box without damage but you were right about the flat brass spring. One fell out and apart from spending 15 mins on hand and knees trying to find it again on the floor, it took about another 15 mins to get it back in the right position. Ending up using a jewelers loupe to see where it should go.
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