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Welshbloke

It's well worth linking the pickups on the unpowered bogie. I used some very fine silicone insulated wire which fitted into the grooves on top of the underframe moulding without being trapped by the body. My two examples of the motor bogie run very well for such a tiny motor and will easily handle a couple of trailers (so KuMoRu/KuRu and an unpowered KuMoYa would be fine on level track). Do fit the ballast weights in the motor/wheelsets packs too.

 

The metal pantographs are a huge improvement, just study prototype photos to decide which insulators and so on you need. If you decide you'd like one of the single-pan KuMoYas then the leftover part from the double pack will make a good KuMoRu load.

 

Couplings - Tomix C-51 will fit, I can't comment on others from their close coupler offerings. They will need some modification to fit with the motor bogie, I've done this successfully on a KuMoYa from the same range. From memory I had to file the hump above the worm gear on the bogie as well as carving as much material off the back of the coupler mechanism as I dared. I will have to repeat the process in a few weeks as Tomix are making another batch of couplers and I've pre-ordered enough to kit the KuMoRu/KuRu out properly. Mine currently has a pair of grey couplers between the vehicles as those were the only ones available at the time, which will find their way under one of the grey underframed KuMoYas when Tenshodo re-run them.

 

The double head couplers will also fit and don't require any modifications, I used a Kadee #5 box and centring spring which needed a little fiddling about to get the right height and free movement, but removed it after seeing that the close coupler mechanism could be made to fit with the motor. If I could find another I'd fit them to the outer ends of the KuMoRu/KuRu.

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Kamome

Thanks for the information @Welshbloke 

 

7 hours ago, Welshbloke said:

Do fit the ballast weights in the motor/wheelsets packs too.

 Did you fit these into the cab as there is only really space for 2 weights in the chassis recess?

 

7 hours ago, Welshbloke said:

My two examples of the motor bogie run very well for such a tiny motor and will easily handle a couple of trailers (so KuMoRu/KuRu and an unpowered KuMoYa would be fine on level track).

 Yeah my motor is ok, but I think I might open it to see if anything is sticking or binding. I get the occasion stall but not clear why. Also has some speed changes on cleaned, straight level track, not related to distance from feeder.

Something may not be aligned correctly but at least worst case, I could replace with another one.

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Welshbloke

Nope, I just fitted the two under the floor. Did try to get them as close as possible to the motor end of the chassis within the slot. Those whitemetal wheels should help too, my other thought was to add an aircon pod as a load with a bit of lead sheet hidden inside.

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A first little order from Models Imon.

 

Great service, kept updated about the order even getting an automated reply that as the order was towards the end of the month, it may take longer than normal due to most manufacturers delivering around that time. Stock was accumulated from Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Yokohama quite quickly.

 

Anyway finally have some correct destinations for the Kato 20 series Fuji, some head marks for the EF65-1000 amongst others, as well as some Yamagata destination stickers for the 50 series coaches.  The main reason for the order is for the head tail light modules for the Kumoru 145 from Model cedar. These use tiny LEDs. Maybe could have used the cheaper ones with larger LEDs as these could probably be used on Z scale applications.

 

 

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Martijn Meerts

IMON has a lot of really nice tools and materials available in their shop. Unfortunately they don't do international shipping, but luckily, RG-Rokko can get most of the stuff from IMON. Several tools for building brass kits came from IMON, and they're one of the few places I found that have solder with a low melting point.

 

I should probably visit 1 of their shops when I go to Japan again. Although, maybe that might not be the best idea budget wise o.O

 

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lighthouse

Today, from RG Rokko the Toshiba 40t loco made from Tenshodo and two Kato Wara's arrived. Now I can start a new Gakunan - style project 😃

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Hi Mark, thank you very much for sharing the document. It will be helpful to build the layout.

 

Regards, Ulli

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Yesterday after the Kato show in Tenjin, popped into Volks and bought a second Zoukei Mura DD54. This time the 6th generation blue train fitted one with the round side windows, closer in appearance to its German counterpart.DA618AE3-53FA-4028-AA79-19E205CEB620.thumb.jpeg.fafd68a3e2d479626ece667d90e8df33.jpeg

 

There are a few other slight cosmetic differences but generally the same mould, although I did think there was more roof variation than this model suggests. 9418636F-EA64-499B-8D88-868DD5FE067D.thumb.jpeg.a14f0a70d6da5a672fccec60b7f1a22e.jpeg86CBF810-EF73-4CE2-BE49-8F752949C95B.thumb.jpeg.07730f80ded46840ed969c87250f2f04.jpeg

 

The large task of detailing will have to wait a while although having learnt some tricks the first time round, hopefully will be a bit simpler thin time.

 

It runs nice and smooth, just like the previous one and now I have a mating pair, I have started breeding DD54s.

 

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Received a couple of Tenshodo plastic coaches as a gift from family in the UK. These models seem quite challenging to find in Japan and Rails of Sheffield had a few in stock, released in 2015.

 

57033 Oyu 12 mail van

57038 Oro 11 green car

 

Both are extremely nice models, lots of fine detail on the underside and crisp tampo printed details. The green car seats are also beautifully painted in red with cream white seat covers. I will probably change out the plastic couplers for metal Kadees and add some of the Tenshodo lighting strips.

 

Word of warning. These were listed as New on Rails of Sheffield but after a quick look over them, they are not new, perhaps the website description should read “Like New”

Very good condition but there had been some obvious wear on the wheels as well as them being slightly oxidised. Also new stock generally doesn’t come with crud on the wheels. All parts and decals hadn’t been fitted although oil and grease had been added in some unnecessary areas. 

 

I would’ve expected better from a well known model railway shop that have to look over, appraise and price stock according to its condition. Yes, the design maybe different but I think I could look over a railway model from a country I know little about and judge whether it was new or not. As far as I’m concerned, if you purchase from the supplier, they’re new. If they come in from another source be it estate lot, reclaimed stock or an independent seller they are “like new” or used. 

Still a welcome addition as they were priced under what these coaches tend to sell used on auction sites in Japan but certainly will be may more wary of RoS listings from now on.

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It's been quite a while since I got anything Japanese, but the tramway 8620 was to pretty to pass up.  It should work well for late steam on the Matsuura and Sasebo lines.  I also picked up three of the blue kato old type coaches.

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Managed to score a couple of NaHaFu 10(11) coaches today from a little tiny independent shop called Treasure Trains. It wouldn’t be the easiest place to find but certainly a few things long out of general availability. Definitely some N scale bits for me to consider too. The chap who runs the shop is pretty knowledgeable although the shop is pretty limited as a general place to visit. 

 

These coaches were released in 2014 and here they are, brand spanking new.

Sadly, no Naha 10 to accompany them as my intention is to make a short 7-8 coach, loco-hauled, non-sleeper express with 6 seated coaches, 1 of which is an Oro 11 green car, with Oyu 12 and Ohani 36 mail vans. 

 

Seems a pretty lucky find and priced as they were at release in 2014 minus a small discount, roughly ¥3000 less than the 2019 versions. 

 

 

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Trying to find information of mixed (old style) coaching stock in late JNR era. 

 

I have been trying to locate some Naha 10s with very little success as my aim is to make a late era JNR passenger service rather than a sleeper. As I already have some 20 and 24 series sleeper formations, though it would be good to make a express or local formation. 

 

As I understand, the 10 series were phased out totally by 1984, but seems that odd coaches were thrown into formations with 35 and 43 series coaches, especially around the Sanin and Fukuchiyama lines in western Japan before their demise. There still seems to be some Kato models of 35 and 43 coaches around and thought these could be ideal if I could get some idea on rules or examples of how coach sets were put together. I understand that Fu will be put at ends of the train due to the conductors room and tail lights. 

 

As example from what I could deduce (happy to be corrected if anyone has further info) 

 

12 series tended to be in sets of 6

 

50 series often in sets of 4, sometimes formation halved to create a 4+2  (Ohafu, Oha, Oha, Ohafu)

 

 

There seems to be very little photographic information on 10 series other than individual coaches and wondered whether forum members could shed any further information from books, magazines you may have accumulated over the years. Most of what I have found is either full 10 series sleeper formations, which can be found from model manufacturers or combination images of the 10 sleepers and 12 series passenger coaches on the Kitaguni services. 

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4 hours ago, Kamome said:

As example from what I could deduce (happy to be corrected if anyone has further info) 

 

12 series tended to be in sets of 6

 

50 series often in sets of 4, sometimes formation halved to create a 4+2  (Ohafu, Oha, Oha, Ohafu)

 

I am by no means an expert on JNR passenger coaches, but from what I recall 12 series gensets could only power 6 coaches (2 end coaches and 4 mid train coaches).  Any larger sets would have a set of end cars mid train as well and be broken into smaller blocks of cars electrically for power reasons.  50 series generators could power 4 cars, but you can see longer sets again broken into smaller power blocks.  Due to this the end cars have pass though doors to allow operation in these larger sets.

 

Regarding 10 series coaches, while they may be the first of the "new type" passenger coaches from a design and construction standpoint, they are operationally "old type" coaches ala 35/43 series with steam heat and each car having an independent axle driven generator powering individual car batteries.  As such you would not find them mixed in a later "new type" series coaches as they do not use HEP.  They could however be mixed in older style coach trains just fine.  

As an aside, some were later converted to HVAC and/or electrical heat, but had HVAC coaches had individual engine driving AC units mounted under the car rather than one power car powering a set of coaches like later series such as the 20, 12, 50 and such.  Sleepers were retired first, coaches that had been converted to electric heat lasted longer (running with other old type coaches similarly converted) until finally replaced by the 50 series.

 

From what I understand, when mixed in a train like Kitaguni the 10 series would each have their own engine driven HVAC unit to provide light and heating/cooling for the coaches, while the set of 12 series coaches would run as a block with one end car having a genset to provide light and heating for all the 12 series in that set.  http://yoneyamaexp.livedoor.blog/archives/4531759.html

 

The Japanese Wiki article has a pretty decent amount of information on the coaches.  https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/国鉄10系客車

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Thanks Kiha. 
That info is great. 

I’m also looking for some alternative formation ideas so I’m not just throwing things together. The most common night trains seem well documented but as i’m not planning any sleeping births, it’s difficult to find any documented information other than single coach photographs.   There seems to be a few images of Naha and Nahafu in a rake of old style coaches and would be good to know some common formation methodology. 

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18 hours ago, Kamome said:

I’m also looking for some alternative formation ideas so I’m not just throwing things together. The most common night trains seem well documented but as i’m not planning any sleeping births, it’s difficult to find any documented information other than single coach photographs.   There seems to be a few images of Naha and Nahafu in a rake of old style coaches and would be good to know some common formation methodology. 


I have a couple of issues of Jtrain magazine which have articles featuring formations/consists of late-period JNR passenger workings. I'm away from home until tomorrow afternoon, but when I get back I'll scan some and PM you.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark..

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