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  2. Darklighter

    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    While searching for information on how the Tamiya ban started, I learned that Bandai has requested Japanese shops to stop selling their kits earlier this year:
  3. katoftw

    Hobby Search

    Dunno about the new regions/nations added. Bit when introduced to Australia a few years ago. The system was only used for the previous tax/duty free threshold range, 0 to 1000 aud. Similar to the 150 euro?
  4. cteno4

    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    I would think Kato knows all the major exporters. Something just feels off on this. jeff
  5. Drunkenclam

    What did you do on your layout today? (N scale)

    At the beginning of the year I treated myself to a basic 3D printer. Thought it was time to use it for my layout. For some daft reason. there is a 7/11 store on a slope. the car park is slightly lower than the store. So I made this little parking area out of card. then printed the wall down the side and back. then did the kato trick of packing it out with greenery. In addition. The U shaped makers, (because I lack the ability to draw a line πŸ˜„) the raised kerb stones, the car park sign and nobori poles. Then hunted round the web for suitable images for the flags. Could only find 2 usable 7-11 ones so the Demon Slayer DVD got added. Created the Parking sign in MS Paint (not including the 7-11 logo) 11mm pachinko ball for scale.
  6. arkh

    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    I was thinking the same thing @chadbag. If it's truly more to do with Kato than AmiAmi, then I wonder if the other shops potentially would also fall under this restriction. One thing to note is that AmiAmi has a physical store in Japan whereas HLJ and PlazaJapan are just online retailers, as far as I'm aware. So maybe it has something to do with that, in some way? Though that doesn't account for RG-Rokko which, to be fair, potentially could be in violation of this restriction. Either way, we do have other options for getting Kato products, so I feel it's not the biggest deal. Just inconvenient if you already shop at AmiAmi and want to add Kato trains or what-have-you to your order. It would definitely be way worse if we had no other places to get Kato items from.
  7. chadbag

    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    Not sure we need to rock the boat on this. Many shops still sell and we don't need to draw KATO's attention to the matter...
  8. cteno4

    My Port line

    Nice pedicab and barriers! Staples are a very handy material to work with. cheers jeff
  9. cteno4

    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    My follow up if they had any more information got this reply Unfortunately this is handled by marketing department which is separate from our own and we are not given any reasons, just the information for the product. We recommend contacting the maker if you would like more information. For our store, we cannot sell them or make any exceptions. If you have any other questions, please let us know. so I guess a try at sending notes to Kato now, but not sure they will be looked at in English. jeff
  10. maihama eki

    My Port line

    Very impressive to scratch build all of this. Kudos to you.
  11. Ouigo and a "little bunch" of spare parts πŸ˜‹ (enough for build 10 complete TGV motorized chassis for Lima shell transplanting and for upgrade the rest of my Kato fleet with new improved pantos) thanks Nariichi !!! 🀩 and obviously with my luck... I waited the Ouigo and the new Lyria release for a big spare parts orders, and ... surprise! the single cars shell aren't available like spares contrary to the past, so all my work for the V150 decals can be put on the bin (or I need to find some Duplex junk πŸ˜’...)
  12. Englehart

    My Port line

    I made a pedicab out of no.24 staple wire and tie wire for trackside details my reference photo: also the prototype by bending wires
  13. My latest RG-Rokko order arrived today! Some more magazines, Kintetsu 5820 series by Greenmax, JNR C11 and some rolling stock to go with it. Customised the urethane a bit for the rolling stock...
  14. Darklighter

    Hobby Search

    They will use the IOSS program and this program only covers orders not exceeding the EUR 150 threshold: https://taxation-customs.ec.europa.eu/ioss_en Above EUR 150 it gets more complicated, because then you have to pay customs duties (rate depending on the type of goods and their origin) in addition to VAT.
  15. JR East

    Hobby Search

    I've read that already and what I'm surprised of is [EU] We will charge VAT for order cost Euro 150 or less. Tax collection for EU countries is expected to start from 11th October, 2022. If the order cost is over Euro 150, you will be required to pay VAT at border. I do not understand why this limit is set to 150 € or less Generally speaking, to save money on delivery cost, orders are very frequently above 150 €. It's more than weird as for other countries they announce 'no matter how much the cost'. JM.
  16. Now thats a beautifull shipment! Grats to the picks.
  17. bill937ca

    Hobby Search

    On October 3 the EU was added to the list of tax collection list. 2022/10/03For EU customer, we will begin tax collection (IOSS) from 11th October, 2022. For more detail, please check tax collection page. https://www.1999.co.jp/tax_collection_e.html
  18. cteno4

    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    I just got this This is decided by the maker of the item and we abide by their distribution restrictions. We unfortunately have no control over this. i replied asking if this was Kato asking for this as it could be a distributor. something is strange. jeff
  19. disturbman

    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    Thanks @arkh, that's unfortunate. I had hoped it was a system mistake and not coming from Kato as we feared. I guess @bill937cashould boycott Kato instead of Ami to show his displeasure.
  20. arkh

    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    I did end up getting a reply from AmiAmi and after a kind of stiff, standard initial reply, when I asked for a bit more clarity, they said they are unable to confirm anything but that it's just likely the deal they have with Kato unfortunately. They said other sites may have a different deal with Kato that allows them to sell those items to the USA and Canada. Still not really much information, but it seems AmiAmi is mostly putting it on Kato as they said they don't really have any control over the restriction since it is what the manufacturer requires for them to sell it.
  21. JR East

    My Personal IG-Nippon Module Layout

    The last picture is simply fantastic
  22. Petey

    Odd images to Inspire

    I made a quick mockup for you.
  23. marknewton

    Hamamachi Station Mk2

    Very, very impressive work, Grant. The bridge scene is superb! πŸ‘ All the best, Mark.
  24. Petey

    Odd images to Inspire

    The joke is that the cereal packets advertise runaway trains, as in runaway (missing) children. My suggestion is to do something similar on a railway station billboard.
  25. marknewton

    Odd images to Inspire

    That's gone right over my head. Can you explain it to me? All the best, Mark.
  26. cteno4

    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    I could see Walthers (the distributor here in the US with the Tomix distribution deal) force Tomix to block Japanese export thru other dealers that would compete with what Walthers is importing and distributing, but they are not doing trains, just structures and track and even that deal now seems dead (hardly a thing on Walthers site in stock anymore). Can’t see katousa doing any amount of us distribution of Kato Japanese trains, they have been disdainful of even bringing parts over from japan for the few trains the have brought over like the 500. Even with the few Japanese trains they have done it seemed more like it was pushed by japan, not katousa. just odd… jeff
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