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  • Birthday 06/29/1973

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  1. What did you order or the post deliver?

    The DE10 is one of my favourites. Example below:
  2. What did you do on your layout today?

    I use sticky tape to keep the reflector in place. I had to adjust the contacts a couple of times. Not a major pain. Also, I noticed most flickering happened when using the Kato straight DC controller at low speed. When using the Tomix PWM controller that kind of flickering disappears. All wheel pickup helps a lot, but one needs to keep track and wheels clean.
  3. What did you do on your layout today?

    A few things done today: #1 Station interior lights #2 Spot the difference #3 Weathering track. It needs more grass. I think.
  4. Planning Aizu

    I see. Nice.
  5. Planning Aizu

    Are you planning to use Unitrack, Fine Track, something else...? Unijoiners make very nice joints. I haven't seen much about Tomix Fine Track in modules. I would be very interested to see whether and how it works.
  6. What did you do on your layout today?

    I know! And yes, 702s work quite well and look much better than Rapidos.
  7. What did you do on your layout today?

    Right, I thought your couplers were of the Kato USA 923500 family. I first changed all of my Rapidos to 11-702s, which is already quite an improvement. The 11-702s fit anywhere a Rapido with a t-shank fits including Kato, Popondetta and even many Tomix freight cars. They are also compatible with the better looking 923500 family. I have fitted 923500s only to the Kato cars with bogie-mounts.
  8. What did you do on your layout today?

    I have fit the good looking Kato couplers to locomotives and to freight cars with bogie mounts. I have not been able to find the ones for the two axle body mounts. I see you have installed them in the brake van. Which type are they? Thanks in advance, Pablo
  9. Kato - New Releases

    It looks like the AC adapter is sold separately and the controller itself is quite cheap.
  10. Planning Aizu

    There are some crates in the platform in this Aizu line video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eN8wzIs00Y. They go into a passenger train. I wonder if persimmon crates could be loaded in a brake van or a small WAMU in the same way.
  11. Kato - New Releases

    It looks like the new Kato power pack is PWM. It probably has a knob for constant lighting too! http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10501349. I wonder how the newish Kato C11 will run with it. Mine goes much better with the normal DC Kato controller than with the Tomix pwm. Also, it has been said how it is not a good idea to mix Kato and Tomix controllers in the same layout. The same advise may hold for the old and new Kato controllers, or not?
  12. What did you do on your layout today?

    That’s right. Isopropyl is my best friend for that reason. Also, brand new Japanese freight cars are often cheaper than anything one can find second hand in Sydney. I have found some crappy Tomix and Kato stuff from deceased estates marked at ridiculous prices. Only once I managed to get a few decent things under what I would need to pay online.
  13. What did you do on your layout today?

    I think the tracks in modules look far too clean for the Tsurumi line in the early 80s. So I have done a weathering experiment with a 124mm piece. Then I had some spare wash that went into a Hoki. I quite like this one. I was too impatient and removed the paint at the top too early. I'll have to retouch the sides of the rails. This is the newly weathered Hoki. I just used some rust wash on it. I went medieval on this other one. Hook line up.
  14. Hello from SL-san

    Hi Graeme, I am only modelling Japanese n gauge for about a year. I live in the Inner West, Glebe, by the way.
  15. We need a wireless TNOS! Or maybe something like a digital TNOS so a control signal travels through the rails with decoders in the train detectors and switches, but not in the trains themselves.