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  2. bikkuri bahn

    Century Old Business

    The oldest currently existing Japanese private (i.e.free enterprise for profit) railway is the Nankai Electric Railway, which was established in 1885 as its predecessor Hankai Railway. This was two years before the appearance of electric trolleys in Southern California, and 16 years before the establishment of the Pacific Electric. Just imagine if the PE had held on and existed as long as Nankai has...
  3. cteno4

    Mascots loosing traction

    Seems like the fad is waning... Crazy Mascots Flooded Japan. Can This Grouchy Boar Survive? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/16/business/japan-mascots.html?referringSource=articleShare cheers, jeff
  4. cteno4

    Russian Ttrak

    Gotta have swan boats! One of our club members made this for the club. http://ttrak.wikidot.com/sakura-koen cheers jeff
  5. cteno4

    I need some help in finding a passanger car

    Ebay with Japanese trains requires some lurking to wait for stuff to come along at reasonable prices. Sadly many us sellers think Japanese trains are rare and expensive and others think they can just ask euro prices for Japanese trains and folks will pay for it as it’s “imported” and don’t know better. jeff
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  7. cteno4

    On My Workbench

    Renato started talking about doing a out of the usual box Ttrak set of modules to do a certain scene so with lots of talking about it I finally thought it might be good to mock it up so he can play wirh some of the details of depth, height, etc on it and plop some buildings done to get an idea of it’s going to do what he wants. Fun hour whacking away on corrugated cardboard to miles Davis. cheers jeff
  8. cteno4

    Jimbo's layout

    Curbs are usually 4-6” 8 or 10” are super high ones. 6” scale is 1mm. sidewalks are one of those odd scenery things at times you have to fudge a bit as we are use to looking at them pretty close in and like 50’ away max, that’s what’s in our memory. But on a layout you are looking at things like 300’ plus away in most cases and 1mm at 2 or 3 feet away kind of disappears in the vertical. Some exaggerate the height to make it look better but then figures near the curb can have the sidewalk be a jump to get up. Coloring the sidewalk a different color from the road helps then doing the curb edge a tad darker to give some shading contrast can help a prototype 1mm high sidewalk look a bit taller. cheers jeff
  9. GeorgeHInch

    Tomix HA+HB+HC set availability

    @railsquid super bummer but I'm staying in Akihabara at the beginning of March so seems easy enough to drop in and check out either way.
  10. miyakoji

    Track plan inspiration

    Hi Morcs, welcome to the forum!
  11. Cat

    Russian Ttrak

    This is a really cute small pier with swan boats if you hunt one down: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10384748
  12. Cat

    Tea House?

    The tea shops are very different architectural structures than the ceremonial tea house. The traditional tea house is indeed set in a garden, as will be our model. I have a Yahoo Auction search for that Tomytec Garden set bookmarked. I've been looking at those farmhouses, and may wind up bashing one of those and also maybe replacing the roof with a lower one like at the Tokugawa Museum. Not sure what scale that architetural model is, but eek at that price it doesn't matter.
  13. Jimbo

    Jimbo's layout

    I got thinking out side the box an just laid down a paint stir stick,,, you know its about the right width an thickness?? fairly easy to cut an shape hum ??
  14. I've gone a different way, didn't really want to, but I did,, Found a Tomix 92792 set, YUMEKUKAN HOKUTOSEI,,, (hope I spelled that right) I have found e bay to be a big turn off on Japanese trains, ( I have found some nice locomotives though) But as far as rolling stock way over priced,, I did more searching an found this set in a hobby shop in Japan for less then half the price of the ones listed on e bay, I e mailed them to be sure they had it an they said yes an will the rest is history, I should have it in my hands by the end of the week!! The blue train will move to the outer loop, Thank you all for your help
  15. cteno4

    Jimbo's layout

    020 or 040 styrene works well for sidewalks, you can get fancy and score some paving lines into it if you want to. The craft 1mm “fun foam” also works pretty well and is easy to cut with scissors, but you can’t really score pavement lines into it but you can paint it with craft acrylics and press down on it a little later and create cracks in your sidewalks! no worries Jimbo there’s a prototype for everything in japan somewhere! cheers jeff
  16. cteno4

    Track plan inspiration

    Welcome Morcs, might take a look at this book, some fun plans with lots of interesting interactions https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/4774183032/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Cheers jeff
  17. Jimbo

    Jimbo's layout

    couple of new buildings, an lighted now, I need to figure out something for sidewalks?? I know I made some mistakes,, stations not on the main line an such, after watching enough vids,, I knew I was wrong, ,oh well,,, thanks
  18. cteno4

    Russian Ttrak

    Many small steep banked rivers/streams that have been channelized with concrete banks. Many times you have small boats tied up along the side. One of the Tomytec fishing boats, but that may be a tad large, but work. Some have a cement walkway a few feet above normal water level built into the wall, some just have ropes down the steep wall to use to climb up and down. cheers jeff
  19. bill937ca

    Tea House?

    Tomytec has a tea shop. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10106554 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10106555 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10513030 Looking at the Sankei kit, some of the simpler farm houses could be a candidate for kit bashing. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10092403 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10077789 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10031894 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10009825 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10536131 Tomytec has a Japanese Garden Set. I don't know why but I associate a Japanese tea house with a Japanese garden. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10097934
  20. bill937ca

    Tea House?

    With Tomytec it could be part of a set. Platz has a pricey architectural model. http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/3191.html
  21. Cat

    Tea House?

    Surprisingly, models for a traditional tea house are scarce. I've found one OOP Sankei kit, and that's it. Has anyone kit-bashed or scratch-built one? We're looking for one like this one at the Tokugawa Museum; likely will have to scratch-build, but if we can find something with a small roof like this to use, that would help a lot: http://www.tokugawa.gr.jp/en/guide/tokugetsutei/ And the old Sankei one is a very different style building: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10092439
  22. Morcs

    Track plan inspiration

    Hi all, new member here. Modelled British OO for quite a while, just seen the light and come over to N scale in the form of unitrack. Done a few semi complex temporary layouts with plenty of operation but they just aren't hitting the spot for me. I'm wanting to do a small urban setup in a space 4x3, 3x3, 4x2 sort of size that is basically a maze of trains whizzing around on at least 2 levels, if possible with crossings, crossovers, viaducts, basically cram complexity into a small space. A bunch of tall buildings in the centre should hide the round and round aspect quite well. Rolling stock will depend on radius, probably will have to be 249 and not against going as low as 150 and going with b-trains instead. Anyone done such a layout? I've done one track plan in this vain but still not happy with its complexity. https://photos.app.goo.gl/RgMhNY8iSQgJLi7g8
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  24. gcmr_new_zealand

    Yamakaigan Railway (DCC Layout)

    A better view of the rock face at the end of the layout: This area was too small for more conventional hills so a vertical rocky face was the answer. I didn't want it flat across the top so added some pieces - well glued down so they can take some knocks. Track has been ballasted but I forgot to paint / weather the rails first which would have been the easiest way to do it. I can still 'paint' them later but as I use a weathering marker pen it will be a bit more fiddly. The short platform on the right was left over so I added it to this service track and will place a small building on it to represent a train crew / track maintenance facility. I have been adding catenary towers for effect - my budget does not extend to wiring. Placing towers near the layout edges is not a good idea on a portable / exhibition layout as they will surely snag on clothing or get damaged during transportation. But they are easily replaced and do add to the scene. The old style green ones that I used on the lower double track are bendable so may be more durable. I have cut off the power line cross bars to reduce snagging:
  25. Dmitry206

    Russian Ttrak

    There was a bridge module in my stash for quite awile. Today I did necessaary cut-outs to allow the bridge sit properly, it is jow ready for wiring and landscaping. I however have no idea what shall it all look like in terms of scenery. I'm now planning to do several japanese modules and I would very much appreciate any ideas or seggestions I'm also thinking of a single module with a level crossing and I thought that there can be a street paraĺlel to the river with a "raw" of houses between the street and the river
  26. beakaboy

    New Zealand Railways

    A video filmed and edited on Saturday 15th Feb near my home in the Bay of plenty. The Line , ECMT (East Coast Main Trunk) is the busiest line in New Zealand at present connecting Auckland city port and Tauranga port.
  27. cteno4

    Green & Grey

    Sheffie, grab a sheet of stone or brick textured styrene at the hobby shop and cut it up into small chunks and experiment some. Make sure to take notes on what you did on each panel. I usually find this is the best route to both find the best solution having chips to put in place and compare directly as well as avoid an oops on the work piece which I’ve done many a time forgetting a step or substituting an ingredient that didn’t quite work out... also let’s me practice on things I’ve not attempted before or haven't done for years. Chips and notes are great then a few years later when I come back to trying that again. i sadly recently discovered I had lost a set of paint texture chips I had made with several different types of acrylic paints in the passive and 2 stage air brushes and brushed with some different thinners. It was great as there was a range of textures that came out! Found the notes but chips are gone! jeff
  28. Sheffie

    Century Old Business

    Nice article. The rest of the world needs to adopt some of Japan’s outlook! Also: the photo of the outside of Tsuen Tea looks like a perfect opportunity for a model kit.
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