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Johnstrams

Any recommendations what vehicle I could use as a taxi as I am unable a typical Japanese one in n scale please?

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Tomytec did release a set of taxis but that was some time ago, last released in 2014. Product 25551 I believe.

 

Common taxi models are either older types like the Nissan Cedric or Toyota Comfort.  Most older sedans are all pretty much the same square shape so you could probably get away with a different mid-sized sedan model. Especially if you use the same model to create a big long queue of them, if should look OK. 

 

Newer taxis are Toyota Prius or the premium taxis are Toyota Crowns. The older Prius have quite a distinct look so difficult to replace but again the Crown is a large Sedan so you could substitute with something else quite easily. Premium taxis are usually all black or all silver. 

 

 

Tomytec have not done an N version of the new Toyota JapanTaxi, (a kind of London Black Cab inspired design) that started being rolled out before the Tokyo Olympics. They are now common place in many cities, not just Tokyo. Tomy Takara did produce it through their Tomica line though. 

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maihama eki

I made my first taxi from a cheap Kato Crown sedan - painted yellow, with a red decal stripe and a rooftop light. It came out okay.

 

The Tomytec ones from 2014 are really nice. I bought several of those when they were available.

 

I am hoping Tomytec will eventually do the new Toyota JPN taxi.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_JPN_Taxi

 

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JR 500系

I was glad i went crazy with the taxis then... The taxis truely are getting harder to find, not just the taxis, basically N scale vehicles in general... 

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Yes it’s been sad to see Tomytec cut so far back on the various vehicle collections… not like the good ole days when cars for car collections were $1.50 each shipped… sigh.

 

jeff

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Johnstrams

That’s for all our replies. Such a shame I can’t get any taxis however I have been able to get the Kato 23-500 Toyota Crown car set so hopefully I can convert one to a taxi.

 

john 

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I got mine yesterday. I must admit it was the smallest total bits I’ve ever gotten in a Tomytec set! Figured I would perhaps make my own bits off of these designs later.

 

jeff

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