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Holy freight crap batman! That impressive for the little guy! 
 

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On 12/27/2021 at 1:21 PM, Kamome said:

Some rare hobby time so thought i’d try some exercises in reaching n scale enlightenment.

 

The Mokei dry rub transfers are relatively thick and hardy. Seat details are spaced appropriately for each row. The premium seat pieces bend slightly so a few needed correcting after the photo was taken.

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Really a great work (how many time did you spent on that ?)

 

 

Why didn't you tried those ones from Densha.me ? too complex to stick ? too time consuming ? 

 

JM

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5 hours ago, JR East said:

 

Really a great work (how many time did you spent on that ?)

 

 

Why didn't you tried those ones from Densha.me ? too complex to stick ? too time consuming ? 

 

JM

I would say each car took around 10-15 minutes.

 

I came across these details purely by accident and wasn’t aware of the Densha Me ones until now. I was mainly looking for destination display stickers as these are absent from the Tomix model. 

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8 hours ago, Kamome said:

../.. I was mainly looking for destination display stickers as these are absent from the Tomix model. 

 

Exactly the same issue with my Tomix Tobu 500. Thanks to you, I discovered thoses stickers and RGR succeeded in purchasing them for me. Now I got a nce Tobu 500. 

 

I do not understand why Tomix is not either providing the labels together with the trainset like Kato or selling apart as Assy. 

 

JM. 

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Agreed.  It was bad enough that I had to butcher a new Tomix model to fit more realistic couplers to the set but you'd think they would include all the relevant details that their competitors do as well as finally stop putting shiny wheels on everything.  I think I'm still very much in the Kato camp when it comes to N scale but Tomix do produce some interesting trains that are not produced by Kato. Had I the choice, I'd always pick the Kato version as they feel like modellers making models for other modellers. 

 

Tomix HO is way more detailed than Kato although models are still produced without any DCC compatibility and would all have to be hard-wired. This seems a bit of an oversight as DCC in HO is probably way more common in Japan than it is in N scale. And Tomix HO is usually 50-100% more expensive than Kato that usually has an 8 pin decoder socket. There are many more factors to account for the increase in price however, metal etched details, third party motors etc..

 

Not that either always get it right, so in the interest of fairness here are my Kato HO train gripes:

  • I like that Tomix include the depot plates for their HO locos, Kato do not.
  • Kato don't include the right headmark or enough of the destination signs for their HO 20 series coaches unless you want an Asakaze service. 
  • Kato HO coach lights are the worst thing ever made and are infuriating to fit, troubleshoot and don't make the coach look fully lit!!
  • DD51 from Tomix has cab detail, Kato's does not.

 

 

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Just to let you know that leds in bulb color (yellow ones) for Kato are available now at HKTILC.com. It was out of stock for a while ....

 

https://hktilc.com/product/TRTixtBscvxjNtqK

 

I'll be able to finish my Saphir Odoriko Premium first car with the right color temperature

 

Unfortunately now the warm white are now out of stock. Seems difficult for them to have stock enough everywhere. 

 

JM. 

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Thought I’d mimic some of my HO gauge by adding air hoses to some of my n scale locos. The taps are moulded to the coupler housings on the model so just drilled and added some 0.3mm brass wire and a lick of paint. 

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