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  2. Kamome

    Kamome’s Adventures in HO.

    Well the continuing procrastination goes on as I try and decide how best to apply details to the inside of relatively uninteresting seating moulds on my passenger coaches. The weather is now extremely humid in Kyushu so i will avoid airbrushing anything until it gets a bit drier. I came across this blog of someone who does a lot of detailing using printed textures, similar to the N Goya detail sheets. Their school excursion 155系 looks quite attractive and cutting and sticking errors can be easily rectified. https://syounan153.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-113.html
  3. Kamome442

    Yūrakuchō

    Haha, glad I can be of help 😄 It is always nice to see good joinery, I like knowing how something was made. Like you said it is starting to become popular in Western design, also leaving materials raw seems quite trendy, especially glulam. Ah interesting, I haven't used a veneer yet, I am glad I changed to an angular design. Maybe a vinyl wrap would give an interesting finish on a curve, they come in some amazing colours, as long as the shape is sanded perfectly smooth. I did skip over one design like the current one only deeper
  4. cteno4

    Searching for an item, where to look next?

    LOL that system brought you back to Nariichi San! BTW if you do find something at a shop that won’t export, Nariichi will do personal shopping and ship items to you in these odd situations for a small fee. I did similar searches on the internet and Japanese hobby magazines way back to find some odd bits looking at the shops with just a “here we are” web site. Found a couple that way. Did you email in English or Japanese? ah the old hot sheets, reminds me of the old rainbow ten days! Actually is a very good alternative for a small shop that does not want to inve
  5. inobu

    Searching for an item, where to look next?

    These types of shops may have the item because they have a weak internet presence. The key is finding the shop that is transitioning to sell online. The little odd and ends will be hard as it had little profit incentive verses a big ticket items. This is one of the video's that gave me the idea of the virtual shopping. I started actually looking for the items as the video panned. In my case it was Kato stuff. I went to the contact dealer page and started to hit those sites on their Kato's Japanese site. I ended up in Kawaguchi which happened to be ModeltrainPlus. They sh
  6. The kids are on their summer six weeks holiday so most activities are outdoors for now. We have been having a mini heatwave so I've not been doing much modelling lately but the other night, in a fit of boredom, I went into the loft to get out the 'great unstarted kits' box First up were the other two Airfix 1904 Mercedes kits. Ancient patterns and moulding of a one-off racer that needed to be converted into something useful. First one has been done as a purely speculative conversion of the car into an improvised 'Paddy wagon' police van. Either captured or converted by
  7. cteno4

    Yūrakuchō

    LOL I have to pass this onto my design partner, we always joke we work so hard on details like this in design and the craftspeople we work with for fabrication but none of the visitors consciously see it. But that’s the big win here our subconscious, intuitive side picks up on it. Jobs understood this the best 8n our contemporary culture that the most important aspects of the design just feel right to the eyes first, then the finger and it’s all just monkey brain working below our conscious level. The subtle curves on edges were painstakingly doe to be just right to feel good. Go into an Apple
  8. Kamome442

    Yūrakuchō

    A quick update on the street lights, seeing as I managed to finish the design of the first one today. I started with the simple one, the first step was to get the proportions right, after looking at some reference pictures I went with a height of 37mm for the pole. This brings it level with the catwalks. The wider part at the base is 10.5mm. Then I starting playing around with different thicknesses of brass rod, I settled on a 0.6mm and a 1.2mm diameter so I have pretty much committed to either stripping one wire or using the brass as the common return. For the top I wanted t
  9. Kamome442

    Yūrakuchō

    Thank you for the kind words as always jeff. Those are exactly the things I like to look at when I am out and about, sometimes I spend more time looking at the box than the object inside. The materials used, the lighting, how they are connected and how the space in a room is set out. It can make such a difference to what you experience. Hopefully I will be able to bring some of that to the layout. I love the idea of a sushi tray, The way the wooden pieces are joined is already so much more interesting than most ready made boards. They would be great
  10. Socimi

    Modellbahn JP

    looks like a very old mold - around what time where these manufactured?
  11. The thin metal spudgers are a big help as the first pry as they are easy to wield, thin and have no sharp edges that gouge. Once you’ve opened up a seam then things like guitar pics, green plastic Starbucks coffee stirrers, and such are great to hold the seam open while moving to the next spot. https://www.ebay.com/itm/384007194579 https://www.ebay.com/itm/313609459343?hash=item490494968f:g:0PsAAOSwjXNa4--E https://www.ebay.com/itm/124736091231?hash=item1d0ad9b45f:g:mmIAAOSw4MBexpfJ these very thin plastic cards are nice as well in some situations
  12. cteno4

    Absolute Beginner's Diorama

    Sutenai, that’s great, best to what suits your interests best and with the fewest impediments. That gets the juices flowing and sucks you into the hobby! will enjoy watching the progress. cheers, jeff
  13. Modellbahn JP

    My photo and videos 1970s~2000s

    I heard one unit is kept but be scrapped until 2022.
  14. miyakoji

    My photo and videos 1970s~2000s

    I lived in western Japan and ultimately never rode a 185. My preference would have been to take the Hamakaiji service. Have you heard if any formations will be kept, turned into excursion trains, etc? Periodically I see videos of them going to Nagano for scrapping.
  15. This is above and beyond what I hoped - you have not just helped me but anyone else who is attempting a repair or decoder install in future. Thank you! I think I need some nicer guitar picks/prying tools before trying to disassemble again. The picks I have are from cheap cell phone repair kits and are too "thick" for this application. Once I solve the problem or run into trouble, I will post an update.
  16. Modellbahn JP

    My photo and videos 1970s~2000s

    I visited "Aoidake" in Miyazaki Prefecture in 1976. DF50 and Series 24 sleeper Exp "Suisei"
  17. Modellbahn JP

    Modellbahn JP

    【Advertisement】 TOMIX #Yo113-07 JNR Series 113 EMU "Yokosuka-line " 7 coaches set (N 1/150) The "Yokosuka Line" is a suburban line that connects Tokyo and Yokosuka, a port city in Kanagawa. The dark blue of the body is the motif of the sea, and the cream color is the motif of the sandy beach. JNR series 113 is an EMU built for medium-distance train services of about 100km-300km. One is motorized. (2 out of 7 coaches are made by Kato.) In the case, I'll take extra charges depending on the destination. eBay EC site
  18. Kamome

    Couplers

    Anything with a larger bogie attachment like these ones. On the 20 series they have a rounded end. This set of mine is from 1999.
  19. sutenai

    Absolute Beginner's Diorama

    Having finally given in and decided to try my hand at some train modeling, I thought I'd make a small thread on my project. Mostly to try and encourage myself to actually follow through on it. I've decided to start small, thinking that reducing the scope of the project will also increase my chances of "success". And I use that word very loosely, because I have 0 idea what the heck I'm doing. Never done railway modeling before, nor am I particularly "handy", for lack of a better term. This is going to go well! The one thing I did know was that I wanted to model a real-world place. I
  20. Stephen NZ

    Couplers

    Oh I see. I guess I could be challenging to find a new bogie for an older carriage set like this… thanks. Would you happen to know which one would be the end unit for the Series 20 for the 1997 release?. The old ones on Hobby Search all seem to use these close couplers.
  21. Kamome

    Couplers

    This particular carriage has a coupler that Kato intended as an internal part of a consist. Removing this coupler will leave an eyelet type attachment which rapidos won’t attach to. If you wanted to couple to this either replace the bogie or put a knuckle on to your C11 There are usually 2 end carriages that are able to take rapidos. They have an extended U-shaped part which the rapido fits in to.
  22. Stephen NZ

    Couplers

    Thanks for that. I want to couple a Kato 2002 C11 to it. So to clarify, I should be able to get a pack of Kato Assy part Z01-0041 and swap out the bogie mounted coupler on the end carriage of the set of carriages? I've added a photo of the bogie
  23. disturbman

    Couplers

    Rapidos are universal, if the knuckle couplers are boggie-mounted, you can just swap one of them for a random Rapido. Rapidos can have different shank length but the rest is the same for all. Which locomotives do you have?
  24. Stephen NZ

    Couplers

    Can I have some advice? I’ve just acquired some secondhand Kato carriages (Series 21, 5086-1), which have small knuckle couplers, but my engines all have the standard rapido style couplers. Neither the carriages nor the locomotives have alternative couplers for me to change. Is there a standard replacement coupler or do I need to find a model specific replacement to switch over? I’m thinking the changing a coupler at one of the set of carriages makes sense, so that my locomotives aren’t restricted to only one train.
  25. lukewang01

    Bandai B-Train Shorty

    There's a small tab at each end of the black shell within the locomotive, you can cut that part off to stop it from popping out the couplers, but you also don't want to cut it too short that it wouldn't sit aligned with the power unit(Sorry for no pictures on that, I'm really far away from my trains right now). I tried both ways regarding the front skirt, I had one without the front skirt and painted the front of the PU silver using an acrylic pen. For my EF510, I tired cutting the corner off of the PU so it would look better under the more curvy front skit compared with other shor
  26. Yea, I’ve figured. There’s almost nothing anywhere about them anywhere, and I can’t imagine any in-use ones in modern day Japan. Though I could see some rusty one laying in Taiwan or the South Korean fields. North Korea is definitely not a name I was expecting in my search but it makes plenty of sense. I too have seen that photo and noticed the similarities in the stripes and lights, I did not notice the concrete block but it definitely proves inspiration. Thank you for your help, I wonder if any of these countries’s rail museums have one. (Besides N. Korea, I feel like they have
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