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Krackel Hopper

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When i realised my mistake, i quickly turned back to Popondetta in an attemp to quickly grab them but it was all too late.....   :BangHead:

Ahhh... that's a pity! I know your feeling of trains getting "grabbed out of your hands" with Popondetta. Registering on their website may make the process faster, but I've yet to attempt that.

They regularly have new 2nd hand stock, if you are a die-hard you could search for the article numbers every day to see if it's back in stock.

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@ Martijn - YES! I didnt know about the train until i saw the train going on sale on Popondetta! I goggled more info on this train and man i'm so going to board this train on my next Japan trip to Kyushu!  More info here: http://jprail.com/destinations/limited-express-hayato-no-kaze.html 

Look at the interior photos! Very nice and traditional feeling to it! Smashing!

 

@ Densha - Yes i check Popondetta website every now and then, and miss good train deals every now and then too. Blame it on my limited knowledge of all the N scale train models to date, esp Micro Ace models. I have very limited knowledge on MA models probably due to the fact that i have none of them (but ordered the Kiha-40 Squid-Fox-Crab set and the Kiha-185 I-Love-Shimanto set recently) and they have a vast range of trains from shinkansen to DMUs... But i'm learning the hard way ~~

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I spent way to much time browsing Japanese N scale websites since I was introduced to the hobby, but there's still a lot of stuff I don't know. I have had email contact with Popondetta recently for the first time, and am making my payment soon. It's only non-painted trains though. :grin

I have one MicroAce model, the JR Shikoku 8000 series renewal 5-car set. The quality is really good, the motor is very quiet as well. The problem is that, as with every product and manufacturer, it doesn't mean that every single model will be this good. But that is the case with Kato and Tomix too. I always keep comparing between models.

But I'm sure you're gonna love your MA models either way.

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Martijn Meerts

I have quite a few MicroAce models, ranging from single car trains to 16-car shinkansen, and about everything in between. They're pretty consistently high to very high quality. Every once in a while I get a set where a bogie has come off, but that might also have been because of shipping. Easy enough to reattach those anyway. The MicroAce 25th anniversary 200-1500 Tohoku shinkansen for example is a stunning train with great details.

 

My main issue with MicroAce is that they give very little info with their models. Figuring out which couplers are interior lighting to use isn't always easy. And of course, they don't seem that much into spare parts at all ;)

 

They used to hardly ever re-release models, but fairly recently I've seen them doing a lot of re-releases. I think that's a good thing, but of course collectors don't quite agree. Some MicroAce models could get really expensive really quick on the 2nd hand market because of their limited numbers and little change of a re-release.

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Figuring out which couplers are interior lighting to use isn't always easy.

As I told you before (at least the last part of my post), if you take a look on the Micro Ace website you can find what couplers and interior lights you need: http://www.microace-arii.co.jp/products/itemlist/index.html

This means interior lightning: "幅広室内灯" and this Micro Ace coupler: "マイクロカプラー".

Then you can also take a look over here at Don's website: http://akihabara.artificial-science.org/tag/tn-coupler/ (but note that some item numbers changed and they are also available as sets)

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Martijn Meerts

Densha, true enough, as long as you have the more recent models.. The older ones have a nice little 'x' in both the coupler and lighting fields ;)

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Sigh... but if there is any sign of the pins that Tomix and MicroAce use for their body-mount couplers then I don't think it will be too difficult. I guess every Tomix and MA train that has truck-mounted couplers can have TN couplers attached if you following Don's guide.

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They do, Tomix TN couplers are much nicer than the MA equivalents. It's not really hard to make conversions and to know which type of couplers you need. MA always give you the number of the needed item on their fact sheets (couplers and interior lighting), you just then to cross-compare with Tomix products to know which one is the grey sharfenberg you might need for that train set.

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A beautiful addition to my painted trains recently:

 

The Keifuku Dentetsu Mobo Series Yuko-go Tram! It's really beautifully coloured and painted! I love it, though i have no tram line in my town to actually run it, and it looks wierd running alongside the express and local line trains....  

 

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It is definitely Pokemon (or Pocket Monsters as the Japanese say). Off-topic, but that red monster is as ugly as it can get.

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The Next Station Is...

I posted this a little while ago on my blog but I'd still like to see a model of this Evangelion-themed train to tie-in with Fuji-Q Highland's Evangelion rollercoaster ride... (source)

 

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oooh that would be nice. very bold colors! that would really be an eye catcher! lets hope! sooo many cool painted trains in japan, i guess we are lucky they are all not done as it would bankrupt me!

 

thanks

 

jeff

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I posted this a little while ago on my blog but I'd still like to see a model of this Evangelion-themed train to tie-in with Fuji-Q Highland's Evangelion rollercoaster ride... (source)

Indeed, but the licences. Oh the licences...

 

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