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Yap, the invasiveness of the TN couplers sometimes frightened me, plus sometimes the TN couplers derail trains on my layout, maybe due to the closeness of the carriages and the tightness of the curves... 

 

I'm using the Kato 11-704 type, which is easy to install. Simply remove the existing Arnold Hook coupler and install this coupler assembly in, taking care not to lose the coupler spring in the process... The gangway is Kato Z05-0808 grey gangway pieces, but you would need to cut off the connecting pieces to flush it flat, as this coupler are actually designed for the 201, 285 series trains ~A little super glue is needed to attach the gangway pieces. 

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Fitted the 813 update parts. The coupler is the new variety without the hook underneath so looks far more prototypical. I may need to get more of these to start updating a few of my other older models where the hook has bent over time. 

 

The roof replaces the grey with a silver one, much more like the real one. The light unit actually subdues the light spill so that rather than having twin head lights, you now get single much more like the real thing but actual a little less bright.

 

Light Unit

Old Left, New Right

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Roof

 

New Left, Old Right

 

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Old lights

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New Lights

 

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Not really sure if everyone will agree this is an upgrade but definitely far closer to the real thing.

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katoftw

I have been deciding if to buy this update kit. Will have to pull out my 813 and make a decision.

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For ¥1400+tax i think it’s a reasonable update set.

 

3 roof pieces, including  all roof equipment except the pantograph, 2 light prism pieces, 2 new couplers + coupler detail piece. 

 

Couplers between cars remain the old hook type. 

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ED75-775

Today something arrived in the post from HobbySearch, the eagerly-awaited Arnold couplers and return springs for my Tomix 2714. It had arrived in New Zealand with two different knuckle couplings and thus would not run with my other stock.

Well, not anymore! In the process I also learned two things:

1) The cover plates are very fiddly little things to get on or off;

2) They’re also easy to bend if you’re not careful.

All is now fixed and as it should be, and in case anyone’s wondering, that spiced ginger beer makes a nice reward after a little job like that (plus it’s also part of my lunch!)

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ED75-775
1 hour ago, katoftw said:

Bundaberg ginger bear?

That's right! Good drink for a good job well done.

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Kamome
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Another update.

This time the Kato 0系 update parts. 

 

The kit comes with

 

2 chassis with the new light units, housing and seating with the usual brass strips running underfloor. 

 

2 sets of light prisms (small pieces which are a little bit of a pig to fit. 

 

2 new nose cones as easy to damage removing them. 

 

The cab with the missing nose cone is the updated one. Difficult to see in the photo but the headlights are a little less yellow than those from 10-453. Cab is now green rather than silver which looks better. The huge prism on the old model is removed so should make it easier to remove body in future.

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Two, one for each end cab.

 

Pull the cab away.

Separate the light unit from the packaging.

Remove the black cover from the chassis

Fold down the arms of the light unit

Insert the light unit into the cavity.

Replace the black cover on the cavity.

Reassemble the cab and body

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You can use 2 x 11-211 or order 11-212 which is a six pack.

 

Old Kato lighting kits thread   

 

Widely available, so you don't necessarily have to order from Japan.

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Cool glad it’s so simple! I shutter from the memories of pulling apart Kato portrams to fix them, looks like the lex come apart easily. I have my lex here now may just have to light it up!

 

so is there a light bar in the top of the center section in there or do you put one in. Your photo shows such good lighting in the center section just like the ends.

 

jeff

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25 minutes ago, cteno4 said:

Cool glad it’s so simple! I shutter from the memories of pulling apart Kato portrams to fix them, looks like the lex come apart easily. I have my lex here now may just have to light it up!

 

so is there a light bar in the top of the center section in there or do you put one in. Your photo shows such good lighting in the center section just like the ends.

 

jeff

No, I did not touch the center section.  Just make sure the cavity cover is right back on and the articulation hinge can swivel. I'm usually not one to do these type of things, but this was easy.

 

Another photo today.

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