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  1. 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!
  2. 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 litt
  3. 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.
  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
  5. 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 m
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 holdi
  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 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
  11. 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...
  12. 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
  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
  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: W
  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. 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.
  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 th
  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. 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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