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Got a delayed package from AmiAmi today, the new Rhätische Bahn stuff is finally here.

 

Both the loco in Unesco livery and the new baggage car are very nice, I'm looking forward to trying to run them. They got a place in caskets with other RhB stuff.

 

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Also got both sets of Rhätische Bahn EW I cars. The expansion set that comes with the casket includes a sticker set for it that hides all the "additional set" texts, it's nice, too bad it was not part of the Bernina casket as well. As I already have two EW I cars from the Hakone Tozan set, I got a Casco urethane for 10 cars to use for these cars. It surprised me a lot that the EW I casket is larger than the Bernina one and also larger than the Casco urethane! You can see the spare space on the photo. Does Kato use different casket sizes? I only have one other Kato casket (Hanawa Line freight car set) and it is also the larger one. It is kinda weird...

 

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Does it have any purpose that some cars have thick white line and others have thin one?

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Both line thicknesses are accurate, IIRC the thinner one is an earlier version of the livery. I tend to split mine up anyway, the three thinner lined vehicles run with my Pirata Arosa Express coach for now. If Kato get around to making a steuerwagen that plus the three will be prototypical.

 

Talking of which, I believe the two types of steuerwagen which use the same cab design as the Allegra have identical bodywork, despite one being all 2nd and the other a 1st? Just thinking tooling that would also give them a first step to the new ALVRA six/seven car sets...

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5 hours ago, Welshbloke said:

Both line thicknesses are accurate, IIRC the thinner one is an earlier version of the livery. I tend to split mine up anyway, the three thinner lined vehicles run with my Pirata Arosa Express coach for now. If Kato get around to making a steuerwagen that plus the three will be prototypical.

 

Talking of which, I believe the two types of steuerwagen which use the same cab design as the Allegra have identical bodywork, despite one being all 2nd and the other a 1st? Just thinking tooling that would also give them a first step to the new ALVRA six/seven car sets...

 

Thanks for explanation, agree that split into two groups looks better, neater.

 

Yes, both At and Bt have the same chassis. Possible future expansion by Kato, together with the rest of Alvra cars? 🙂

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From observation, Kato seem more interested in sleek new trains. A steuerwagen is the next missing link in the range (unless they finally make some freight stock or go off the wall with a BVZ loco for the Glacier Express theme). On that basis I don't see them making an older one like the NEVA or the Arosa pattern. They already have the CAD files for the Allegra, so they'd just have to adapt the sides and roof, save as, and start cutting tools. I'd imagine some parts would be reusable without needing new tools.

 

If they offered the Bt version then it would be a standalone addition to the existing range (combine with EW1s and any loco/Allegra). With the option to use most of the same tooling to make the At version to go with an Alvra set later on. Again, compatible with Ge 4/4 III and Allegra, and easily split into a basic/add on set like the rest of the range.

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A couple detail items for scenery on my layout for new Kato trams.  An old-issue second-hand Faller 2573 Town Decorations kit and Metcalfe Tarmac sheets for all the paved surfaces. Both kits arrived today from Germany and the UK in about one week.

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Fresh in from Shimane Prefecture, which is not where you'd usually expect to source a Graham Farish British Railways class 44 but hey, it's not like they're making them any more [*]

 

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Farish Class 44 44008 "Penyghent" by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

Appropriately for (at the exchange rate on the day of purchase) GBP 44. Comes with a pre-split gear or gears, but that's utterly predictable.

 

[*] I think a re-release was planned a couple of years ago, but the tooling was damaged or something

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I remain baffled how Kato, Fleischmann, Minitrix, etc models from the early 80s can still whirr around contentedly while Farish stuff from the 90s to the present day splits its gears.

 

I recently acquired a minty Farish Class 108 power twin in blue for £65. Was going to buy something else but I'd have been daft to leave this, the current three car sets are more than 3x the price (more like 5x for a green one): https://www.instagram.com/p/CVVld8goP3y/?utm_medium=copy_link

 

Unfortunately it doesn't have switchable lighting and runs at different speeds to my 101, so they can't work together. Tail loads/other units look a bit odd with the tail lights shining on them.

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On 11/6/2021 at 8:22 AM, Welshbloke said:

I remain baffled how Kato, Fleischmann, Minitrix, etc models from the early 80s can still whirr around contentedly while Farish stuff from the 90s to the present day splits its gears.

 

Check out the gears on this: 😛

 

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Piko BR65 (65 1010) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

Yup, classic Piko...

 

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Piko BR65 (65 1010) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

I was curious about their steam locos. It's not going to win any prizes for scale fidelity, but runs reasonably well, if a little noisily. Lima could have learnt something...

 

The instructions booklet, helpfully translated into most of the COMECON languages and also Serbo-Croatian, bears the stamp of a model shop which was literally about 2 blocks away from where I lived, though the building at that address has been replaced by a 1990s structure.

 

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Piko BR65 (65 1010) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

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On 10/1/2021 at 12:07 AM, Welshbloke said:

From observation, Kato seem more interested in sleek new trains.

Keep in mind Kato only makes the RhB stuff on behalf of Noch. 😉

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On 11/15/2021 at 5:47 PM, gavino200 said:

I got my little Taiwankansen in the mail today

Where did you find them? I looked everywhere and found either nothing or sold out within the day it released.

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Hello,

 

I ordered small laser cutting modules from ScaleModelScenery to make a small layout in N US.

 

Assembly, painting and first layout tests.

 

The value for money is very interesting, I will order more.

 

I also bought building assembly guides.

 

 

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1 hour ago, railsquid said:

 

Not sure if the Bundesbahn was in the habit of hauling those...

True that, but that's what these locos were initially made for 😄 kinda sad that the DB scrapped the two they kept running.

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Examining the model further, I presume the mechanism hasn't been repaired since the days when it was dragging heavy ordinance around the front, as half the gears seem stripped. Happily replacements can be sourced.

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