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#1221 scotspensioner

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 02:11 AM

Many thanks for your post.Unfortunately at this time I have to take it down every time I run it! The garage is out of commission (full of junk - no car!) and it's not the most salubrious place.
The idea of scenery is appealing and maybe one day we'll go down that road. Meantime I'll continue enjoying researching the Japanese rail scene and country.
To say it's taken over is no exaggeration.Ive had a rough time over the years and earlier this year I had cataract surgery on both eyes -- N gauge while 75% blind!!
The Kato catalogues are in front of me most of the time and the Tablet is well used looking up things likeOchamon izu and EH 200 electrics!
Many thanks

#1222 raganim

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 04:31 AM

Hi everyone!  I'm a Z Scaler who has become very much interested Japanese rail.  I live in the United States.  I discovered the Rokuhan brand a few years ago when I was looking for reliable, well-running Z Scale locomotives.  Pretty much all of the Rokuhan locomotive prototypes are Japanese, so my "hand was forced."  I have since discovered that I prefer Japanese trains, and I have shifted toward wanting to only model Japanese stuff.  Thanks, Rokuhan!


Anyway, I see that N Scale is the big thing on this web site, but perhaps I could find some community / information / tips for the Z Scale things I do.  Being interested in something so specific as Z Scale Japanese model railroading means it's hard to find folks who even know what I'm talking about.  And when I have a question, it gets harder!

Edited by raganim, 29 January 2017 - 04:31 AM.

#1223 Kabutoni


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Posted 29 January 2017 - 05:08 AM

Hello and welcome! From all of the forum members, I think I'm the only one who comes close to doing Japanese Z-scale, as I have a thing going for N-scale narrow gauge (6.5mm). It involves Rokuhan tracks, Z-scale wheels and power units, but that's about it. The Z-scale community in Japan itself is smaller than the HO community, whereas the N-scale community takes up about the gross part (+85% IIRC) of the market.


However, Rokuhan isn't the only manufacturer, as Sankei also produces building kits and details. Next to that, Tenshodo (originally a watch and jewlerymaker, so you can already guess the level of quality), also makes a small range of Z-scale rolling stock: http://www.tenshodo....25/Default.aspx surprisingly, these are priced quite well!

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#1224 mry1210

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:51 PM

Hello everyone,

Brian here from Pittsburgh. I have been a traditional US n-scaler and was looking to bring a different look to a module for our N-Trak club.

It started with a DE-10, an Aurora Bullet train, and a 313 set.

The plan, or something like that, is to use a Tomix bus set and tram track for a module with all Japanese buildings.

I found this forum and there looks to be plenty of info to help.




#1225 miyakoji



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 09:21 PM

Hi Brian, welcome to the forum.

#1226 cteno4

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 09:58 PM


Welcome, you've found the asylum! Sounds like you are hooked!


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