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  1. And that "this" is reproduce A.R. Walkley's ' layout in a suitcase' in HO scale with *drumroll* Kato HO unitrack. As the shed door was tweeked and the weather is constantly against me going out there. Annoying thing is I don't think I've got any photographs of it set up and I was having issues tuning the lengths of the sidings to work with the turnouts and the uncoupling track. Oh and how to fasten the track down. Some of it I used screws on, but I appear to've either missplaced the pack or I ran out of them as only the tracks going over the board edges are fastened down. Back to the turnouts I think they're all #6, but I've got some #4s still in the blister packs, so that brings up question marks. The rolling stock I'm working with is Australian HO stock as at the time I was unaware the existence of Japanese HO stock and just thought that HO unitrack was something Kato was doing for the US market. I also got it working in DC and DCC, though I think I scavenged a NCE Powercab layout interface unit off of something to do that and somehow fed voltage to the usual Kato switch controllers ah this picture is from when I think I was trying to add Walkley's plan to a N-trak format This is from giving up on N-trak(?) and just went with the straight Walkley plan I think someone somewhere said it was a x anniversary of the design coming up, and going by the file dates it was the 90th when I started it. As it's the 100th year anniversary coming up in 2026, I've got 4 more years to complete it! Perhaps by then I'll finally have an idea on the scenery. Maybe I'd region change and get some Japanese HO to run on it. Who knows
  2. The Birmingham train spotter

    What's in your roster (Worldwide Models)

    Hi everyone..Some news..I was.gifted this N Gauge steam locomotive by my Aunt and I just noticed it's N Gauge...silly me!...It's a LNER A3 " Flying Scotsman ".I haven't ran it Yet but I need to clean off the Dirt and Fluff on the locomotive!
  3. Jaco3011

    #12 vs #13

    Hello I've just bought Tomix' TaKi1000 in 1/80 scale. I intend to convert it to narrow gauge, but it's my first Japanese model ever, so I can still choose between going with modelling into: >#13 aka JM (1/80 13mm gauge) >#12 aka H0m (1/87 12mm gauge) >non-standard 1/80 12mm gauge 13mm vs 12mm: 13mm is accurate for 1/80, 12mm is accurate for 1/87, but 12mm is way more available. Well, it is simply "available" compared to extremely rare and Japanese-only 13mm parts. 1/80 vs 1/87: 1/80 is exclusive to Japan, so I'd have to either scratch-build or order from Japan every little thing that's not part of nature. But 1/87 trains are more expensive and have less variety, not sure about eg. cars in 1/87. I'm not planning to go into Shinkansen soon, probably not at all, but in 1/80 Shinkansen would cause even more mess with gauges. Is there any regular group of #12 or #13 modellers in Europe?
  4. Hey I have been asking around about the HO guage version of the JR500 series. I have fallen madly in love with my Nscale Kato model of it. This train is truly divine beuty of the rails. But I collect high speed trains from all over the world in HO I have an Acela, orange TGV, a TGV duplex, ICE, ect. But I have yet to get any high speed trains from the fare east. Since I found no adaquate models in China, I turned to Japan and plan on aquireing the Tenshodo JR500 and the E5 Hayabusa from Kato. I hope to find the 6 car basic set from tenshodo cheap but it seems highly unlikely and no one has offered any on this site in a long time. I have a few important questions about the tenshodo model I mentioned. Does its nose cone detatch off and is their a coupler in it? Like the Kato E5 has. Also the circuit panel supposedly has an 8pin plug in it. If you own this train please take some photos of the cab cars taken apart so can see if they to have the 8 pin plugs. Thank you I really appreciate it. I am slowly going insane over this train I can't afford.
  5. Hi I've bought some Kato Unitrack to run my US HO and UK 00 scale stuff on. I'd like to buy a Bachmann Dynamis for my DCC equipped locos to run on, but I'm stumped on how I can connect the track to the controller? Presumably the Kato wire only fits the Kato controller.
  6. Need for High Speed

    KTM HO JR500

    hi. I was running some searches today and I came across what appeared to be an HO KTM model of the JR500, is this a new model? I have been wondering about this I do not recall seeing a 500 series when I went through a KTM product list a few months ago. http://www.ktm-models.co.jp/topics_500kei.html that's where I found it. whether KTM makes the 500 or not either way I am planning on ordering the Tenshodo JR500 some time this year (its simply cheaper) and hopefully I'll get the Kato E5 series around the holidays. I am about 2 hours north of Washington DC and their is a Japan modelers club from that area. I have seen them at a couple of shows in the past. If their is any one from that club on this forum who happens to own an HO gauge 500 series shinkansen or an E5 shinkansen in HO I would love to see it in person before I go out and spend a ton of money. Thank you for your help.
  7. hi, I had someone on facebook to send me some photos of the motor car of the JR500 HO scale version from Tenshodo. I do not own this train but will hopefully get one with in this year. AS you can see on one side of the circuit panel their appears to be an 8 pin plug and I want to know what Digitrax decoders you recommend for it I stay with digitrax because its cheaper than TCS and other companies. Also is it 8pins or an 8pin socket? The car appears to be held together with 4 screws and the circuit panel has 2 screws holding it to the chassis and the motor also has screws holding it to the chassis too. the motor has the Bachmann symbol etched on it meaning that Bachmann did help design the model. But I do not know for sure if that's true or not I could be wrong on any of that and tell me if I am. I wish Kato designed its HO Hayabusa like Tenshodo designed their Nozomi. I am hoping to find this train for under 650 dollars.
  8. Hello All, Having a break from the kiha 40 build, I looked at dcc'ing a kato dd51. I had not removed the body from the dd51, just looked up on the net about dcc for the dd51 and from what I saw, the loco was not dcc ready, but some had used the circuit board for the ef65 to dcc the dd51. So, I ordered a circuit board. A bit later I got round to taking the body of the dd51 and found that it was already fitted with the same circuit board as an ef65, complete with 8 pin socket! With the ordered circuit board already in the post, I got round to thinking what else I could use it for. I have a number of Tomix ho models, non of which are dcc ready. Some time ago I got a mint second hand ef81, and with it being a similar shape to the ef65, I thought that swapping the Tomix circuit board for the Kato one should be possible, and am pleased to report it is. The original board is easy to remove, as nothing is soldered to it. Unplug the wires, remove the clips for the motor connectors (keep the clips), and then unclip the board from the chassis. Next, remove the clips on the chassis that are for holding the original board in place, as the Kato board will sit on top of the plastic dividers each side of the motor. The motor terminals attach to the Kato board by the number 15 on the cutting mat, place the contacts on the underside of the board and use the clips from the original board to secure the contacts in place. The wires from the pickups attached to where number 16 is on the mat. Also, please note that on the left hand side of the motor, you need to remove some of the plastic in the middle of the divider, this is to allow clearance for the gold coloured component on the left side of the Kato board. Position the board with the underside of the dcc socket (right hand side on board) on the flywheel side of divider. It's tight, but the socket will be clear of the flywheel.
  9. Need for High Speed

    JR 283 series HO

    I was able to find the JR West Ocean arrow 283 series in N scale from Micro Ace. It was designed to represent a dolphin nose. I am wondering if this train can be found in HO scale? Is their any models out their?
  10. Hey, can anyone here share some photos of their Tenshodo HO 1:87 JR500 shinkansen that'd be great! I don't own one my self and I can't find a whole lot on it. I would like to know if its possible to insert a DCC decoder or at least wire one in. Please post a photo of the motor compartment if their is one and I would like to see some more pictures of it in general, or just take a video of it running.
  11. hey all. I'm not so familiar with this site as I am not on here so often, but I have been working on something for the past 6 months I would like to share. I got lucky one day in fall of 2016, and found the original 12 car 0 Series Shinkansen set on eBay. I bought it, and immediately found that the original motors drew too much amperage. 6 cars out of the 12 were powered. after brainstorming for a couple weeks, instead of solving this with a different power pack/transformer, I wanted to go the hard route and came up with the idea of traction motors - if it works on the real thing, why not in HO scale? There are phone vibrator motors that I could use that would fit between the axles perfectly the result of my endeavors is shown in this youtube video: (test car in vid is type 21, I don't have the other cars ready yet) I have a long way to go to get the full train running, but longer I wait to see it on the rails, the more focused I am to get it done. the train set, when finished, will have working head/tail lights, bluetooth control, and various other devices built in to keep the train running. This is all powered with an Arduino Micro.
  12. While trying to figure out these prefixes and suffixes in the nomenclature thread (http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/667-kuha-saha-moha-kiha-japanese-rail-car-nomenclature/page-3?do=findComment&comment=152634), I came across these pictures of a ReTe12000 JNR refrigerator car by Adachi. I see Mark has mentioned the manufacturer before, but otherwise there isn't much, so... http://poppo.plala.jp/new_page_682.htm http://www.jmra.gr.jp/adachi/ Now, what does Te mean...
  13. Hello, I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread dedicated to adding DCC to HO models. Thought I'd put it in the HO section, rather than the DCC section as it's dedicated to HO. I have been building a small collection of HO stock for several years now, in preparation for when I can eventually build a layout to run them on. Although it's still likely to be some time before I can build a layout, it would be nice to know how to dcc models, especially as quite a number of Japanese models are not at all dcc friendly! To get the ball rolling, I recently purchased a second hand Kato de10. When I put it on the rollers to test it, the lights came on but the motor didn't run, so I took the body off to investigate, and was surprised to find an 8 pin dcc socket on the pcb. As space it tight in the model, to fit a dcc chip I would remove the weight from the body, under the long bonnet, to allow space for the chip. I would stick a small piece of card to the chassis, on the silver coloured area at the bottom of the photo, to ensure the chip will sit clear of the mechanism. The wires will need to be arranged so not to get in the way of the LED, and the plug simply inserted into the socket. I have not yet installed a chip, but will post some step by step photo's when I eventually do. Please feel free to add your own advice for other models, it would be good to have a 'catalog' of dcc installs, especially for those of us with little or no knowledge about these things.
  14. IMHO, some of the best railway modelling being done in Japan is by the members of the Keiben Modelling Group, who hold an exhibition in Tokyo every year. The scale is 1/87, but the track used is n scale, to simulate the 762mm narrow gauge. Video of the latest gathering a couple months back- I especially like the module setup from 1:49 to 4:35. My absolute favorite from several years back, this has been posted elsewhere in this forum, but it's worth a repost. More along the lines of a "heavy" electric railway than a keiben line, if it wasn't for the 9mm track. Just stunning: What makes these layouts successful (IMO)? A focus on the railway itself, the rolling stock and the infrastructure, and the immediate scenery. Weathering, but not too over the top to make it "Tooonervillesque" a la Malcolm Furlow. Focusing on the mundane and everyday, but making it realistic, rather than trying to recreate the unusual, improbable, or spectacular.
  15. The standard rule of thumb for working with Japanese model trains from what I read in the forums is to never exceed 12 volts, does this only apply for N scale J-trains or does this also apply for HO scale J-trains as well? If so, then I might have some trouble finding a DCC system that is compatible with North American models and J-models.
  16. Hello everyone, As announced from a short time, the sunrise express is approaching in HO. Here is the Tomix page for this train : http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/menu/index_hojoho.htm As I have ordered two full set, I'll show them there when they arrive. Cheers! Nicolas
  17. For fans of JNR era express dmus (count me as one), Tenshodo is releasing a new production of kiha 58 railcars (and associated types), fitted with quantum sound. Release this summer, prices TBD. http://www.tenshodo.co.jp/models/product/release/kiha58_p/tabid/879/Default.aspx Also, Kato is doing a reissue of their kiha 58 series, I'll certainly pick up a couple, especially the kiro 28, I don't have that one yet. (also this summer) http://www.katomodels.com/ho/kiha28_58/ quantum sound on a Tenshodo kiha 52: *I like the idling sound, not so crazy about the sound when running though, too tractorlike, not the sound of the dmh17h under load.
  18. ....................picking up from my bits of this thread on the forum: http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/7412-ho-wheelsets-for-hobby-model-kits/ .....thought I should do the right thing and open a thread in this area for modelling updates. I have just completed very minor detailing (they don't need much, they're a well detailed model), painting and weathering of two of Kato's Tora 45000's: There's some more information on my Japanese modelling page if you're interested: http://japanese-model-railway-ho-180-16.blogspot.com.au/ Cheers, Andrew
  19. A very good program by Fuji Broadcasting. Mr. Morohoshi is one of the masters of micro layout and diorama railways- he has done work for NHK also, I believe. I think the HO scale modelers will appreciate this, especially Mark Newton. *thanks to tossedman for pointing out the blog where I found this clip.
  20. Hi, I'm looking for wheelsets for a Taki 43000 kit made by Hobby Model. According to the assembly instructions I need wheels with a diameter of 10.5 mm and an axle length of 24.5 mm. This corresponds to 36" wheels with an axle length of 0.965". But where to get those? Almost all wheelsets I've found so far have longer axles, with one exception: Reboxx makes 36" wheelsets with axle lengths of 0.960" and 0,970". Another option would be reaming the bogies...
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