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John P Boogerd

I wish I could find more Ho Japanese trams beyond the Kato Hanover type given to Hiroshima!

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marknewton

The Tramway models Bill has linked are injection-moulded plastic kits, either painted or unpainted. Tramway also offer a Tamaden Deha80 in painted or unpainted versions, as well as their own kit for a powered chassis. I have some of these kits, I can recommend them as being nicely finished and easy to build.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10092343

 

Masterpiece offer brass tram kits - available through HS - but these are a bit pricey, and really only suitable for an experienced model builder.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10125878

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10150673

 

Modemo make a few plastic tram kits, the most common being the Enoden Type 100 cars, but they do a Toden 7000 series as well. These are also nice easy kits to build, but they're not powered, so you'd need a separate mechanism.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10069330

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10136893

 

If you're willing to consider light interurban cars, the Tomix Kotoden Type 3000 cars and Meitetsu MoHa 510 cars are beautiful models, well worth having. I have 5 of each, and will probably get a few more.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10116501

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10143743

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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inlander

Hey there mate,

 

Regarding the the Tomix Kotoden Type 3000 cars and Meitetsu MoHa 510 cars ; are they DCC ready or how hard are they

to convert to DCC?

 

regards

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clem24

Regarding the the Tomix Kotoden Type 3000 cars and Meitetsu MoHa 510 cars ; are they DCC ready or how hard are they

to convert to DCC?

 

I've not come across a single Tomix item that is DCC ready.

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Regarding the the Tomix Kotoden Type 3000 cars and Meitetsu MoHa 510 cars ; are they DCC ready or how hard are they

to convert to DCC?

 

G'day Inlander!

 

Neither of these models is DCC ready - the only HO scale models I know of that is DCC ready are the Toshiba 40-ton steeplecab locos by Tenshodo:

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10091044

 

So far I haven't converted any of my interurban cars to DCC, so I can't comment on how difficult it would be. I imagine the main concern would be finding somewhere to locate the decoder so that it isn't too visible. Both these cars have low-profile mechanisims to allow a representation of the seating and other interior details.

 

All the best,

 

Mark.

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