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  2. Same worldwide. International terminals are near empty.
  3. It’s the power connectors that are different. Adapter track works great, just a tad of height adjustment. But the power connectors are different. jeff
  4. Brains... brains... brains! jeff
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  6. For vaguely random reasons I mooched over to Haneda Airport and while the domestic terminal seems kind of quiet-but-normal, the international terminal looks it's about to be used as the set for one of those films where the only people left are the film's protagonists and a bunch of zombies. According to the departures board, the only destinations available are Hanoi and somewhere in the US. Anyway got to go before my brains get eaten.
  7. lukewang01

    Bandai B-Train Shorty

    Just in case anyone wants to build a skyliner type AE 8 car set as well, you're gonna need x4 A set and x3 B set, so you don't make the same mistake I made.
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  9. I've been assembling some of the old (at least 1970s) Ratio kits for GWR four wheel coaches: After building one of each of the three kits they offer (and another five compartment third class) I started eyeballing drawings found online. The Ratio brake 3rd is a decent model but it's of a type of coach which wasn't all that common, so I decided to convert one using a spare side from another third to provide the extra compartments. First job, razor saw: After cutting and gluing. Comparing the modified side (two tone thanks to the different colours of raw plastic) with an untouched one to check the overall length: Once happy with one side I repeated the process: The rest of the build followed the instructions, followed by paint: How it currently stands. I need to order new lamp tops for the roof (as the kit ones were in the wrong places for the new build) transfers and some passengers: It isn't 100% accurate as the donor coaches have very slightly different compartment dimensions, comparing their drawing to those of the intended prototype. But it looks right!
  10. Welshbloke

    Your Experiences of Importing into the U.K.

    From experience in the UK a lot depends on how conscientious your local depot's drivers are. Case in point, Yodel have an utterly dire reputation here but we've never had any trouble, same goes for Hermes. We seem to be on the regular route of drivers who want to deliver stuff rather than just claim they couldn't.
  11. cteno4

    Your Experiences of Importing into the U.K.

    That’s my guess is it’s that last bit of regional and local delivery in country that DHL now farms out a lot is the issue. It’s going to depend on who they contracted with. DHL now far exceeds EMS to here in dc generally in the last couple of years. Ems was slowly slipping for me over about the last 5 years, but I only did maybe 5-10 per year. All DHL have been at or before when they said and all like 1-4 days in shipping total. Worst was at the height of covid and one package was stuck at the us hub but I think that was just overload on them when everyone else was shutting down. jeff
  12. chadbag

    Your Experiences of Importing into the U.K.

    I wonder if Mark's DHL issue is an outlier in Australia or something that happens often in Australia. I've had exactly 1 DHL, out of a whole lot, here in the US, get misdirected and take a few extra days to show up. Did Mark get that unfortunate outlier or is Australia more likely to have issues with the local distribution?
  13. cteno4

    Your Experiences of Importing into the U.K.

    Yeah DHL seems to mainly focus on just the international air freight then getting it to destination in country and delivery are farmed out a lot, so bit of that lowest bidder thing could happen. Luckily here in the us they seem to have a good regional distribution for their us hub to most areas and we have excellent delivery here locally in the dc area but I expect we are a big destination for international shipping... out trucks are all DHL branded and uniformed drivers, probably sub contractors but they present as DHL, where as other places it’s just a guy in a car... jeff
  14. Just overshot the platform by 115m on my first go! I don't think much work is going to get done tomorrow!
  15. Glad Pingvin

    Your Experiences of Importing into the U.K.

    Last weekend I paid for a collection of my Yahoo Auction latest winnings from Zenmarket and FedEx was actually cheaper than anything else apart from surface mail. I usually use FedEx from Zen because I am impatient. This is the first time I have had a delay when using them because the package is still showing waiting courier pickup. Nevermind, I know when it is finally collected I will get it in 48 hours which is still brilliant service.
  16. cteno4

    JRM Website Article Updates

    Tony, glad to hear that and nice you were able to pass it on! That’s what my Hope was for collecting articles on the site. We have lots of great stuff here on the forum but it can get buried and disjointed some in conversation format here so a place to archive the content in a bit more of a direct presentation that lets folks kind of sum it all up. thanks again for writing it up! jeff
  17. Glad Pingvin

    JRM Website Article Updates

    Great write up, thanks for sharing Tony
  18. Tony Galiani

    JRM Website Article Updates

    Happy to do it. if I ever get myself focused on my next project, I will do another one. I certainly appreciate the web site - I have read most of the articles and the inspiration helped me with both Chihiro Tetsudo and Chihiro Horikawa. Cheers, Tony
  19. I have started working my way through this series and it is giving me too many ideas! Both for potential layouts or dioramas as well as new destinations I want to see when I get back to Japan. I ordered some Tomix Kihas after seeing a show on Hokkaido. Last night I watched the episode on the Shimatetsu which prompted me to think about a diorama of Aino station or of the station (the name escapes me at the moment) which is the closest station to the sea in Japan. I am having trouble sorting out my next project and this series is not helping! Cheers, Tony Galiani
  20. A while back I had a project in which I were to salvage broken or unwanted dioramas and "pimp them up" All to be sold. Of which was owned by a creator from Solo, Central Java. Apart from it being a tad bit overpriced for a 249-45 oval, it seems that not a lot of people would want an oval with a nature theme. At least a city theme allows the usage of tomytec goodies later on. Anyway, when I was working on this. I also needed something to pull more people into the hobby. We currently have only two members, both of which are a bit independent. So maybr this could work for the layout that gets people interested. After patching some holes with wall putty and painting it. First I decided a siding would be appropriate to make it more dynamic. I therefore got rid of all the 249-45 and the S124 and exchanged it with flextrack. A monumental challenge was the base, the base of this layout used styrofoam and a thin coat on top. It makes laying the flextrack with pins an incredibly difficult job afterwards I ballasted a couple of tracks I wouldnt change. I left the track coming unto the briege clear as I was wondering whether another siding there could work or not. You would also notice the bridge. That was the old bridge used for the gorge. I decided that ib order to get more dynamics in the layout, i think an old bridge going over parts of the mountain would make a good bustling area and definitely a lot of room for creation. I had then used a red kato bridge from my layout for the gorge. I Layered the gorge with toilet paper which I would then make a waterfall. Thats it for now. Im waiting for the post on a temple I ordered, which would perch on top of the mountain. Similar to the trek in the hilltops of Nara.
  21. marknewton

    Your Experiences of Importing into the U.K.

    I wish. DHL to Australia is more expensive than EMS, and nowhere near as fast. I've got another parcel on the way that took only two days to come from Japan to Sydney, but has since been on a five day excursion around their various facilities, with no sign of it ever getting delivered to me. I'm really looking forward to the resumption of EMS service, because DHL are crap as far as I'm concerned. Cheers, Mark.
  22. Welshbloke

    Your Experiences of Importing into the U.K.

    I only got into it because the EF510 was silly cheap (for what it is) last year. Then acquired a lone coach and found that the intermediate couplers won't connect to the loco ones. They're more like TN couplers in N than the Kadee-ish things on most JDM HO stock. So when Kato announced a re-run of the basic set I went for it.
  23. bikkuri bahn

    question on Thunderbird

    Well then, midweek and/or midday services. Thunderbird is an hourly/half hourly service, so frequencies are high enough that I don't think you have to worry too much about crowding, especially in these corona days.
  24. And here's a special edition just for the smart phone, one can finally enjoy some short running on your smart phone of the original densha de go! https://www.jp.square-enix.com/denshadego/syodai/
  25. Kamome

    Your Experiences of Importing into the U.K.

    Good news it’s finally got to the UK. I’m still contemplating the Kato HO Hokutosei. Just ordered the final few carriages for a Tsurugi/Nihonkai 25 0 formation before I start getting the rest of a Fuji/Hayabusa 25 100 formation. I’m a bit of a stickler for blue trains and Kato prices are doubly attractive.
  26. Welshbloke

    Your Experiences of Importing into the U.K.

    Waiting for the ransom demand now. Apparently my Hokutosei was "presented to customs" in Coventry on the 15th.
  27. I dragged the whole family to diver city to see it and we were a bit disappointed, because we were in Japan I expected it to do a bit more. Had some nice food there.
  28. Christopher_R

    D51 by Kato (2016-9)

    @railsquid, hey, thanks my friend. That's some really good (although frightening) illustrations on disassembly of Kato's steam locomotives. Tried it! And man was that nerve wrecking! Upto this point I only have experience with N scale/gauge Diesel and electric locomotives and DMUs and EMUs. This is my first steam N scale/gauge. Thanks once again and best regards.
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