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  2. Starting to sketch out plans for a T-Trak/B-Train Shorty layout and would like to include a small switching destination for petroleum takis. My google-fu has failed to turn up prototype examples to work from to make a very scaled-down representation. The layout concept is 'Ibaraki Shorty', with notional representation of Mito and Oarai. Following the tracks on google maps satellite view, I've found container yards for kokis right outside Mito station on the Joban Line, and a couple on very long spurs coming off the Kashima Rinke Railway. Watching cab-view videos of the Kashima Rinke entering Mito, there are some glimpses of strings of takis on an adjacent track. But I have yet to find a destination for them anywhere around Ibaraki. Does anyone have any locations or clues to look at? If there aren't any in Ibaraki, I'm willing to make up a fictitious one, but would still like to take a look at likely prototypes where ever they might be.
  3. Kiha66

    Acrylic paint basics

    I'm no expert, but I've had great luck with tamiya acrylics. If airbrushing you wanna dilute them using tamiya acrylic thinner to the line in the bottle, if brush painting you'll wanna dilute them much less depending on your project. Very easy to mix, just shake the bottles. The pigments do settle if they've been sitting for a while, but a good shake will mix them back in pretty quickly. If you need to clean up, water works fine if the paint is still wet. If you wanna remove the paint (if you're unhappy with the paint job) Isopropyl Alcohol or IPA will easily remove them, even if dry.
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  5. Sheffie

    Acrylic paint basics

    I’m looking at using acrylic paint for covering polystyrene boards and possibly other materials. My search-fu is weak; therefore I cannot find a thread on the subject. So, so far I’ve got a set of sable and something brushes, and a couple of pots of Tamiya brand paints in neutral tones. What are the basics of using these paints? Are they easy to dilute, or mix? How about cleanup? Any other do’s or don’t’s?
  6. I have to save some budget. Endo's 小田急3100形 will come somewhen and I have to be prepared. That's why I paused with the KuMoYas and wait for the KuMoRu/KuRu. Also I think another Front-Porch-EF5* by Tenshodo is a must as long as the plastic version is available for a reasonable price. The announced metal version exceeds my budget for just a loco (unless it is gauge I). This is 50% more than the current ones. I was able to grab EF59 24 which was 50% of the new announced. I should have decided earlier for some of them. I love the "front porch" design as I also love the US EMD SD40-2 with the huge "front porch". I'd like to have a EF56 with steam generator and an EF15 because of different wheel arrrangement. And yes I know the saved bucks of the KuMoYas will not do it anyway ...
  7. Gentle work with progressively finer emory boards (or files, or even sandpaper) will mask out the worst of the sprue mark. But the only way to avoid it altogether would have been for the manufacturer to design the mould differently.
  8. The Tenshodo SPUD for the KuMoYa arrived. I've installed it and wired the pickups but not tested it on track yet, just by touching a 9v battery to the terminals to confirm that it runs. The package includes another set of ballast weights (so you end up with three spares, or a super heavyweight KuMoYa - I'm sticking with three as I'd rather it slipped than burn the motor out), mounting hardware for the bogie sideframes from the static model (and a different pattern which will presumably be fitted to the other unit they've announced), assorted screws, the mounting arm to fit the power bogie to a scratch or kitbuilt model and bolts/spacers for same. It should be possible to fit one or two under the Plum 205 Series static model without too much hacking, using the Tenshodo trailer wheelset packs would get you pinpoint bearings and pickups on unpowered vehicles. I'm not sure what you can reasonably expect a single motor bogie to haul without overstressing it, hopefully a couple of trailer vehicles won't lead to overheating as I fancy a dummy KuMoYa along with the KuMoRu/KuRu pair they announced.
  9. bill937ca

    Cosmos Station

    There is one HO suburban station acrylic kit. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10158672 There also are two HO rural timber kits. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10168684 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10168685 Hobby Search has three Cosmic acrylic kits. All are N scale sized for B-Train shorties. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10137907 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10137906 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10135617
  10. Kiha66

    Missing Parts and Mated Pairs?

    Horay! Glad to hear it all worked out.
  11. bill937ca

    MEITETSU μSKY EVANGELION 2020 Design

    Video by 堀田勝彦・ゆる鉄:食い鉄:たまに猫
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  13. Thanks IA. Bummer with the injection/expansion vent location, you would think they could do it all on the underside to get a smooth top. Guess this repurpose without painting was not in the thinking. I guess Woodworking and exhibit design have trained my brain as I always look at how stuff is made to hide end grains, joints, etc as much as possible. could just spray them all worth some gray paint to give it some texture as cement and get rid of the shiny plastic. pin tape some loading lines. Or just always have a forklift or a container in the center of each plate. jeff
  14. Thanks for the information. Too late for my era, but at least that's one less thing to throw my cash at!
  15. Very good question and I hadn't looked until now - it's stamped as a Unitram 40-100. I don't (didn't) own any Unitram stuff so nothing to compare to I'm afraid. Photo attached.
  16. I conocur, for example, Ryo, very unusually didn't even name the "electric sleeper train" at 14:50 (wich would be the 583 Series), something that he usually does in almost evry episode. Of course, this show is a first and foremost tourist one, so technical matters are very rare and Joyful Trains always present, but this time, they got excesively on the tourist side. Also, this episode, in my personal opinion, feels a bit cramped, almost made in a hurry. The sequence with Yasuna onboard the Sunrise Express was also unusually cringey. Otherwise, a nice note of this episode is that they invited Donna Burke, and i really hope she will be a regular, as with (what seems to be) her easygoing personaily it will bring a bit of a fresh air in these always overly composed and overly polite NHK shows.
  17. ianlaw

    My second Japanese layout

    Just arrived from the post office. Even including the ransom fee it's still very cheap compared to European price levels. Also some more progress to the small station area, with a waiting room and a way to actually reach the station from the village.
  18. I can hardly describe it. The show is always done so quickly! Technical information is given less frequently. The review of the "Blue Trains" was brought in only very briefly. For example, I missed the story of the first Izumo and Seto (Blue Train) on the show. I had to look at the information in Wikipedia.
  19. Das Steinkopf

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    The vast bulk of the Ku 5000 car transporters were wiped out in the mid 1980's as they had been taken out of service around 1983, however 64 of them did make their way into JRF service and a further 29 were salvaged and refurbished due to Nissan reviving the traffic up until 1995 but by 1996 what remained was scrapped.
  20. cteno4

    Cosmos Station

    John a link would be helpful. jeff
  21. cteno4

    Sankei Renovation

    White glue (PVA) has worked best for me. I use the “tacky” thick version as less moisture and easier to maintain where the glue goes and sets faster. You can get them at the craft store on little pens as well to do easy dots and lines of glue. Tamiya craft glue is basically the same. Small dental micro brushes/applicators work as well. hair alligator clips work well for holding pieces together lightly. You can make a simple corner jig with a couple of clips epoxied to block of wood. Weights can cause issues as things can slide with time. great to watch some of the assembly videos on YouTube. Start with a small, simple structure first as usually you end up making a couple of mistakes, it’s a little learning curve, but with practice it gets easier. there are a number of threads on the forum that have a lot of sankei tips and tricks. jeff
  22. John P Boogerd

    Sankei Renovation

    I have some Sankei HO kits. What kind of glue should I use. I have never done one before.
  23. John P Boogerd

    Cosmos Station

    Thankyou Martin. This one is plastic.
  24. cteno4

    Mini Lathe

    I’ve noticed these mini lathes on ebay for a while and recently saw them as low as $31 and shipped from w.in us (so not 2 months of getting tumbled in international mail). Finally decided to pick one up to play with. A friend got me into micro turning way back and usually do it on the rotary tool and I also have a motor and chuck ive used but never got around to making a good stand for it, but this looked easier to just leave set up and I was intrigued with popping a sanding disc on it for a nice mini disc sander. It’s sort of a mini shopsmith! Features - 7 speeds - rotating live tailstock - 3/8” chuck to hold stock, dremel bits and grinders, saw blade, sanding disc, etic - end stand can use a 2” saw blade on a bolt arbor for mini table saw - a 2” sanding disc can be used with the end stand to make a mini disc sander. Did a couple of fast flower pots turning (Like 2mm) and they did well, chuck seems decently balanced. Motor has quite a bit of torque (think it’s an electric drill motor) and the chuck gives it nice momentum. Works also as a little saw with a small 1-2” saw blade and a bolt arbor. The end stand can be used to make a table and you could make a little cross cut sled to go on it or clamp down a little parallel fence to cut strips. I have a little 2” disc sander with hook and loop with 2” sanding discs (few bucks on ebay) and it works well with the end stand as a table in front of the sanding disc. All in all it’s well built and really inexpensive if you want a little tool to do a few different things like this. Pleasantly surprised! There are more machining mini lathes out there but starting at like 3x the price, this is just something simple and small to do a few bits now and then. The one I got: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Lathe-Beads-Polisher-Machine-Woodworking-Craft-DIY-Rotary-Polish-Tool-100W/254480104717?hash=item3b40323d0d:g:CBsAAOSwpZlbe6l8 Many others basically the same thing $30-40 on ebay just search “mini lathe” Cheers Jeff
  25. GDorsett

    Missing Parts and Mated Pairs?

    I found the missing parts.' I feel quite ditsy right now. They were taped to the underside of the tray where they are supposed to be... This entire discussion is now irrelevant. Thanks for your help, though.
  26. maihama eki

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    I now have the capability to Go! Waku Waku Trip anytime I want. I like the red wrap better than the first yellow wrap.
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  28. Ross, In South America, Brazil has three major gauges, metre, std. and broad (5'-6"), Argentina is much the same. Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
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