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  1. What did you order or the post deliver?

    Apparently model trains do NOT qualify as toys, as they are scaled down replicas of existing vehicles. To officially being sold they do however require a sign which states that these are "suited for 14+ years". Afaik Tomix has something similiar with 15+ years printed on the back of the boxes. It is however written entierly in Japanese. The reasons most (German) people are lucky when importing trains are simply luck, that the customs officer in charge doesn't know any better or that the officer is turning a blind eye. I never had a problem like this before. And I had to pick up many packages directly at the customs office, explaining the contents and showing them to the officers.
  2. Kato - New Releases

    For all your coupler related questions see Kato's page on the E235: http://www.katomodels.com/n/e235_yamate/ Spoiler: It's the new body mounted Shibata type.
  3. YES! Like this it reminds me of the MOB Arst type panoramic coach. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:19930717_MOB_151-154.jpg
  4. Really not sold on this one. It's just like an MSE (which I already don't like) but with the driver's cab moved to the top. Welp... it really is a Noriaki Okabe design after all.
  5. Kato - New Releases

    These http://www.katomodels.com/n/kato_coupler_gray/ Pretty common on older sets. I like to install them on Greenmax models which do not support TN couplers. They couple a little tighter and look better than Arnold couplers. The old E231 set came with body mounted couplers. I don't see why they would step down from that for such a model?
  6. Kato - New Releases

    Here we go http://www.katomodels.com/product/poster/files/2018_4.jpg Kato E235
  7. What did you order or the post deliver?

    German bureaucracy~ These decisions are written in a way so that the individual person handling the case has leeway in decision-making. Should work out positively in most cases but this time "It iz ze law! You must abide by ze rulz, ja?!"
  8. What did you order or the post deliver?

    Apparently I just had a DHL package containing a trainset returned to Mandarake. German customs ordered an inspection of my package, then forwarded it to the market surveillance authority, who deemed it "not fit for import into the EU" because it didn't feature a CE logo and didn't comply with EU parliament decision No 768/2008/EC. Pretty sure the 'nice' lady in charge of my case was just super anal about all of it. Oh, I love German bureaucracy. Welp, gonna pick up my order directly at Mandarake Nakano when I'm in Japan later this month. By the way, the same train set was prevously sold by a German model train shop. I wonder how that worked if the item is seemingly super dangerous. Of course I brought this up when I contacted the 'nice' lady. Of course it didn't work. She was all: "WOOOOAHOOOWOOO WE'LL HAVE THIS LOOKED INTO!!11"
  9. What did you order or the post deliver?

    The horror. What are they? DHL, EMS or SAL?
  10. Now I know where Berlin got the inspiration for the BI type.
  11. Trains with Special Liveries

    I doubt he'd do that. Most people who invest all that time in creating those sell them for big money on Yahoo.
  12. Apparently, this is a thing. http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/11/20/transforming-trains-protect-japan-in-shinkansen-henkei-robo-shinkalion
  13. I really liked the Blue Tiger as a kid. I even had a H0 gauge model. Should probably still be around somewhere. I think it would actually look really good in another colour.
  14. Tomix - New Releases

    Just compare the pictures. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10119744 / http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10049545 Tomix has more(detailed) underfloor parts, "Yufuin-no-Mori" signs are actually elevated, whereas they're only printed onto the flat body on MA. And most of all, come on. It's Tomix vs. MA.