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disturbman

No worries, I thought I read somewhere that the new 100 series Grand Hikari model was based on an old and slightly incorrect mold. I might have mixed my Shinkansens models, this is really not my domain. Maybe it was only unimproved molds. Or maybe @Yavianice knows the answer to your question.

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railsquid
On 3/29/2021 at 4:35 AM, 200系 said:

And while it's true that the all wheel pickup system reduces flickering, all the additional pickups also increases rolling resistance by a margin, which to me is quite noticeable.

 

As (AFAIK) most if not all modern models have pickups by default for adding lighting, surely that doesn't make any real difference?

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Yavianice

I notice no real difference in roll resistance between kato and Tomix trains. But I’m probably spoiled by Japanese brands as roll resistance for European trains with pickups is usually abhorrent. Also in my opinion the difference in “flicker free” lighting due to electric couplers is only marginally better, my Tomix trains are just as good/bad as my kato trains in general on relatively clean track. If anything I like electric couplers less because the distance between cars is larger and the cars don’t align as well as with kato couplers, and they are annoying to setup. My 2 cents.

 

I choose the brand of shinkansen trains on model looks and correctness. I’d say the ratio between the brands is about 45-45-10 between Tomix, kato, and MA. There is no real answer which brand is best in general, it’s all model specific. I prefer kato because their motor construction and couplers are better, and they run quieter (e.g. a 2 motor Tomix shinkansen is loud as heck!)

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On 3/29/2021 at 9:08 PM, Yavianice said:

I prefer kato because their motor construction and couplers are better, and they run quieter (e.g. a 2 motor Tomix shinkansen is loud as heck!)

 

You can also sometimes have the problem of one motor car running at a slightly different speed than the other. Luckily since (usually) you run shinkansen at higher speed this is less of a problem. However at higher speed I've always found the enjoyable sound of 64 pairs of wheels going over the track to be much louder than the motor. 

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Yavianice
14 hours ago, nah00 said:

You can also sometimes have the problem of one motor car running at a slightly different speed than the other. Luckily since (usually) you run shinkansen at higher speed this is less of a problem. However at higher speed I've always found the enjoyable sound of 64 pairs of wheels going over the track to be much louder than the motor. 

 

For sure. I just wish that a KATO 16 car shinkansen goes up a 2% slope without going up in a puff of smoke 🙃

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JR 500系

 

A new release video by Tomytec and Tomix... What is really interesting is the 'Train display in park' diorama piece and the much anticipated re-release (with new improvements) of the moving bus system chassis!!! It also seems to run on batteries (YES) and a retractable chassis for small to large wheel base type buses! 

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Madsing
48 minutes ago, JR 500系 said:

re-release (with new improvements) of the moving bus system chassis

If I understand well:

- Chassis adjustable in length

- Single "button" battery (instead of two)

- Same running time as now. 5 hours?

- Battery accessible from the bottom of the chassis (without having to remove the bus body)

- No release date yet

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Yavianice

The most amazing thing about this months announcements is that the 485 series will also have removable doors. Seems that Tomix is going on the removable doors train and that the Tobu 500 series with removable doors wasn't a one off!

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Sheffie

What’s the appeal of removable doors? I’d be afraid of losing them 

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disturbman

Prototypically coupling it with another consist. You probably swap the front, not just the doors.

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And nice to have the detail option of open doors rather than a custom version that you cannot change. 

 

I’m very happy about the ED76 0 in HO but it had to be the Kato 20系 release month didn’t it. I’d better get saving now. 

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