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  1. kevsmiththai

    Hakuho

    I'd started to put bits of this on the 'What did you do on your layout today' thread but thought I'd split it off as I'm going to run a shadow thread on trainboard and modelrailforum as well as the layout develops. So the back story is that my current most popular Z layout is 'Republic Steel', Uniquely because Steelworks and blast furnaces look very similar the world over can be run either as USA 1950's, USA late 90's, Railblue era British or Showa steam era Japanese! Now I have had to ration the show appearances of this layout otherwise I would be out every weekend.
  2. One thing that has made modelling British prototypes in Z is the thorny issues of couplers. Because the majority of U.K rolling stock uses buffers and screw couplings and there is not a lot of room at the ends the obvious couplers don't work. Marklin ones are huge and create an unrealsitic gap between the vehicles, MTL ones need a lot room for the coupler spring box and my trials with The Rokuhan rapido type were inconclusive. I'd heard from Max down in South Wales that they were playing with magnetic ones so i decided to have a go myself. I ordered a load o
  3. With my limited knowledge of Japan can anybody help me with some random questions? I'm really getting stuck into the outskirts of Hakuho on my new Z layout ready for a show in March. As a JNR Steam era layout I'm looking at the 1960s era. As you enter the outskirts of a town or village in Japan is there a roadside nameboard and if so what would it look like? I've got the station nameboard sussed The Sankei 'Sendai' bath house has a chimney at the rear. Would it have been coal or wood firing for the heating? I want to scratchbuild a fuel store out the back.
  4. This may be relevant for other scales, too, but mostly is for 1/220: A2 Models from the Netherlands are shutting down buisiness and sell everything for 20% less. They produced a range of (mostly) 50s to 60s cars, in particular the Renault 4CV, which was license built in Japan by as Hino 4CV. Others might also look not too much out of place, e.g., the various British delivery vans or maybe even the Plymouth woody.
  5. Hi. I wanted some more modern stock to run behind the C57 when it is in 'Steam excursion' duty and decided to do a makeover on some redundant Plus Z EMU trailer cars. The powered car from the sets gave up their chassis to some first generation British Diesel railcars we've had 3D printed The coaches have been repainted, the bogies are now held on by 8BA machine screws and the coupler bars are being re-engineerd in brass. The original weelsets will be replaced with Fox Valley metal ones I'm quite pleased with how these are turning out K
  6. As I'm at the serious track testing stage on my new Hakuho layout i needed to have all the locos and some of the stock down in the workshop. As I loaded up the show stockboxes i thought you might be interested in how i handle my Z gauge stock. Now I know the vast majority of modellers will keep each model in its factory box but I do a lot of shows particularly in the spring and autumn and the manufacturers boxes are not really practical. At a show you need to be able to swap stock over quickly. more importantly, on Sunday evening at the end of the show, you want to get the stock of
  7. The weekend of March 9-10th saw the annual Keighley Model Railway exhibition in West Yorkshire in England. Now it is rare for there to be two Z gauge layouts at a show but Chris Wright was there with his 'Bullet Trains' layout and I was there with 'Republic Steel'. The show runs concurrent with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Spring Steam gala and I called in on the way down on Friday before setting up the show. I spotted some lads from the other layouts on the trains who had had the same idea! Chris's layout is 8ft 6" long and features sporadic lightn
  8. Although the situation is improving there is still little variety in available Z gauge freight stock. I've amassed a decent collection of Tenshodo, Rokuhan and PRM Loco wagons but some obvious ones are still not available. The distinctive Taki 5450 tank cars in their yellow colour scheme are one such. So the thought was to try and scratchbuild some. However I recently picked up a load of MTL Z including a starter set. In amongst the box was a very sad looking MTL tank wagon with an end missing and damaged couplers which looked like it could be a suitable donor vehicle.
  9. kevsmiththai

    Rokuhan Kiha 52

    Finally got around to examining the Rokuhan Kiha 52 diesel railcar and putting it through its paces on the usual three layouts. Nicely detailed and smooth running there are a couple of very minor issues that a couple of minutes with a paint brush will sort out and it will be really useful loco at shows. Must get around to starting the new Japanese layout now! cheers Kev
  10. Continuing my personal reflections on the models currently available in Japanese Z I turn to the electric outline locos available. Now it was never my intention to buy any Electric locos and certainly I don't intend to put any catenary up (not after last time!) but Alison at Contikits had bought a collection of Japanese Z and was offering it at very reasonable prices. So I indulged in a Rokuhan EF 66 and a PRMloco EF 64 The EF66 in Early version livery is in the foreground with the 64 in JRF Blue and white behind. Compared to the rolling stock
  11. Following on from the 3D printed GE 70 tonners I completed last year the next designs to fit the Rokuhan Shorty chassis were two different boxcab diesel shunters both designed by Stonysmith on Shapeways. The first one was an American loco very similar to the Central New Jersey GE-Ingersol Rand loco now preserved at the Baltimore and Ohio museum and like the 70 tonners is designed to drop straight onto the Shorty chassis There is no detail below solebar level and the windors are not open The other contender is the rare British Thompson Houston Bo
  12. kevsmiththai

    Australian Z

    So the other day I watched a 'Slow TV' documentary about the 'Ghan' transcontinental train in Australia. 3 1/2 hours long, no presenters and just pop up captions every now and then. Very interesting and relaxing but I had to watch it in chunks as I kept drifting into one of my Powernaps! I had the Atlas editions static model of the NR class and a couple of coaches and though I wonder if I have a chassis to fit? Voila, Body hollowed out and fitted on AZL SD70 chassis. Still needs MTL couplings added and handrails toning down. The big plate at the rear should be red and t
  13. kevsmiththai

    Cuyahoga tenth anniversary

    Remarkably it is now ten years since 'Cuyahoga' my Nickel Plate Railroad layout first appeared in public. Based on the Cuyahoga Flats area of Cleveland Ohio where the Cuyahoga river meets Lake Erie it was an attempt to capture an area where industry, the lake and the railroad meet. I had always wanted to construct a Nickel plate railroad layout since I first read John Rehor's 'The Nickel Plate Story' book as a teenager and had had a go in various scales from H0 up to gauge 1 without success. The plan was for the layout to make its debut at Zedex 2008, which that year was away from
  14. Hi all. Just posted the review i have done on the available freight stock in Z by the three major players in the field. Starting with the Showa era 4 wheel wagons before moving on to the modern image container wagons and tank cars In a future video I'm going to look at some light weathering of some of the stock and also take a look at coaching stock when I have a few more to review (I only have Tenshodo one at present) So far then I have done C62s, D51s, DE10s and DD51s. Must get a C57! video at
  15. kevsmiththai

    Tenshodo Z D51

    Hi all Still on a roll catching up with reviewing what is available in Z and how well it performs. This is a belated review of the game changing Z Gauge Tenshodo D51. The model has been out for quite a while and when it came out was a revelation with its tender mounted motor with a cardan shaft drive to the loco, heavy boiler weight, full valve gear, separate number plates and a highly detailed body. They are getting hard to find now and I'm glad i managed to get one of each body style Anyway full video review here Next up w
  16. One of my youtube subscribers enquired if i was planning on doing anymore video reviews after watching my recent DD51 production. As it happened I was but had been busy for the last few months developing my British stock for Republic steel. Now I have got over the recent flurry of exhibitions I've got a bit more time to do things. I've had the Rokuhan C11 for a while now and it is a lovely little model seen here on Republic on a mixed freight passing a couple of D51s Video at Next up s
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