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  1. What did you order or the post deliver?

    I am more a fan of the Tomix model, once you give it a bit of much needed rough love with a paintbrush it actually scrubs up quite well and looks like a typical Japanese loco shed, I will be fitting mine with the Kato inspection tracks, I also have some Tsugawa Yoko lifting jacks and other detail bits that I will use to make the interior look more interesting.
  2. What did you order or the post deliver?

    I got mine from AmiAmi the other week, I found it rather odd that they didn’t stock the TM-TR05 chassis this time. I was lucky though as I had ordered a spare one to use for my Keihan exclusive 80 Series with AC when they brought out the 80 series without A/C last year. I will be reverting my Keihan exclusive model back to original form and motorising the new model, that way I don’t have to use the decal sheet of the exclusive model.
  3. Making sense of TaKis

    Matsumoto is certainly worth going to especially to see the castle there, we went there in 2015 on our first trip to Japan and the Black Castle was certainly one of the highlights of the trip, if you do get the chance to go there I would suggest going to Nagano for a few days as there are a number of things you could do in the area and Matsumoto is close by. The DD51's are rated at 2200hp whilst the DF200's are rated at around 3400hp, basically one DF200 is suffice to haul the average rake of Taki's. I have to agree with you about the EH200's looking great with a rake of JOT Taki's in tow, mind you the double headed EF64-1000's are quite a sight as well, especially when you have a mix of liveries.
  4. Fiberglass pencil?

    They are a fantastic tool, not only are they useful for cleaning wheels and contacts they are also great for other jobs, you can rub them lightly over decals to remove them without doing major damage to the paintwork, they can also remove. paint from parts with a bit more pressure. One thing I have found them really good for is when you have tricky spots that you need to cut down or smooth down and you can't use a file, scalpel or sandpaper due to the possibility of damaging surrounding details you can use the fibreglass pencil to get in there and do it, I used it recently on a GWR 64xx Pannier Auto Tank that I was backdating by removing the topfeed, a job that's not for the fainthearted. [
  5. Making sense of TaKis

    Weird, the link works on an iPad but not on an iPhone, it must be a software issue, anyway here is a screenshot for people to view it. http://myxbxsidexlife.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-1177.html
  6. Making sense of TaKis

    As pointed out by scotspensioner you will get to see a bit of a mix in liveries at times whilst other times it can be a solid block of one companies livery. For a bit of variety you can also have a mixed freight train that has a short rake of Koki's attached to a short rake of Taki's, you have can the Taki's attached at the lead or the rear, one general rule is that they are not all mingled in but as a unit. Here is one of my favourite shots of an EH200 running a mixed consist of about half a dozen Taki's and half a dozen Koki's down the Chuo Honsen. http://myxbxsidexlife.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-1177.html
  7. Making sense of TaKis

    I found a really good database for Taki 1000 which I listed under another thread in the forums, it has a fairly comprehensive listing with photos of all 968 Taki 1000's, of note 48 of the Japan Oil Transportation cars are allocated to the exclusive transport of JP8 Jet Fuel to the US Airbase in Yokata. http://f-kawasaki.sakura.ne.jp/car/taki01000/ With the Taki 43000's I still have to try and source some decent information about them, they are however in diminishing numbers as they started to scrap them from 2008, out of the original 819 cars built I am not sure how many are left. One of the main reasons for their demise as well as old age is the Taki 43000's are fitted with older style TR210 and TR214A bogies which limit them to a maximum speed 75km/h as opposed to the Taki 1000's which are fitted FT21 bogies that enable them to travel at 95km/h,. With the emphasis on maintaining tight timetables for the volume of services that tend to run on the main lines having slow moving freight trains blocking up the flow of traffic is unacceptable, you just have to look at the changes that have been made to the Koki fleets to see what has happened there in relation to older style wagons.
  8. What did you order or the post deliver?

    I am trying to figure out which one of you is worse but I have come to the conclusion you are both as bad as each other, especially since you both have the same addictions, out of curiosity do you both have a postman permanently allocated to deal with the constant stream of deliveries 😝😝😝😝😝😝
  9. What did you order or the post deliver?

    They are numbered 3, 5 and 8.
  10. What did you order or the post deliver?

    Yes they are Ricoh, I will have to check my list when I get home and I can verify what numbers they are as I record all my container numbers to ensure I don’t have duplicates. With the Taki’s the sizes of both models match, both models have their pros and cons but as I had mentioned before in another thread the Tomix model is overall the best detail wise. The Kato models do have some extra decals with the consignment notes down on the right hand side that the Tomix model doesn’t have, for physical detail though the Tomix model wins hands down.
  11. Out of curiosity what has become of EF200-5, I have searched everywhere to find any information on her withdrawal and couldn't find a thing, I saw photos of her in service in late 2016 but couldn't find anything else.
  12. Taki 1000 Database

    For anyone that requires any information regarding Taki 1000's I have found an excellent source of material about them, the site has a full list of tankers owned by Japan Oil Terminal and Japan Oil Transportion, it also notes which of the Japan Oil Transportion tankers have the ENEOS markings, there are also photos of each tanker. http://f-kawasaki.sakura.ne.jp/car/taki01000/
  13. What did you order or the post deliver?

    I got a pleasant surprise today, I never expected DHL to deliver on a Sunday but they did, my long overdue January pre order from Ami Ami arrived today. The delay was due to waiting for some Hogaraka Dou containers, but as many of you know I can never have enough Hogaraka Dou containers and don’t mind the wait. I wish I could have maximised the space inside the box, but sadly my monthly hobby allowance only allows so much and I had already spent more than double that. I know some people aren’t overly happy about polystyrene being used for the insert but I don’t mind as I think it will give a decent level of protection.
  14. Kato - New Releases

    This seems to be a familiar fate for some of the Iidasen's motive power, ED11-2 was sent to Hamamatsu to be used as the workshops shunter when it was retired from revenue earning service and lasted there until 1976, it was then replaced by ED18-2 when it was also retired and it lasted there until 1979. Both these locomotives continued to have a shared fate with first being put into preservation in 1991 at the Sakuma Rail Park at Chubu Tenryu on the Iidasen, when that museum closed down they were both moved to the SC Maglev Park in 2011 where they both happily reside today.
  15. What's in Your Roster?

    That's a very impessive line up of JNR freight stock you have there, looking at this it has given me one more reason for not falling down the slippery slope of JNR freight stock as I can see it can quite easily get out of control.