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cteno4

Aimed at adolescents and sponsored by clearex...

 

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Yavianice
10 hours ago, gavino200 said:

Are there marks somewhere on the shell to show you where to drill? Or do you just have to eyball/measure it?

 

10 hours ago, katoftw said:

dimples in the shell.  very easy to see.

 

KATO's model of the E655 is very well done, the dimples are the same as on the real thing. You can use them (if you have a steady hand) to stabilize your drill.

 

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JRE-E655inOku.jpg

 

Also MiyakoMokei has a video where he shows how to do it.

 

 

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Sheffie

I don’t know about anyone else, but when it comes to superfine drilling jobs in plastic, I never trust myself with any kind of power drill. Instead, I use the smallest straight edge screwdriver bit I can find, and drill by hand using alternate clockwise/anti-clockwise turns. I feel like I need that level of control over the speed and pressure. It really doesn’t require a lot of either.  

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Yavianice
Just now, Sheffie said:

I don’t know about anyone else, but when it comes to superfine drilling jobs in plastic, I never trust myself with any kind of power drill. Instead, I use the smallest straight edge screwdriver bit I can find, and drill by hand using alternate clockwise/anti-clockwise turns. I feel like I need that level of control over the speed and pressure. It really doesn’t require a lot of either.  

 

Miyakomokei in the video uses a hand drill. Like I would. 

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Sheffie
5 minutes ago, Yavianice said:

 

Miyakomokei in the video uses a hand drill. Like I would. 

 

I see that now. Nice tool. 

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katoftw

Hobbysearch is where I got all mine from. All the bits also. In the tool section.

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cteno4

Pin vises and fine drills are your friends. They can be had inexpensively on ebay as well. Small drill bits are so easy to snap off using a pin vises so i only use my good bits for special stuff and the cheap ones for the rest. Plastic is super easy to go thru so you don’t need super great bits.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/20X-Marvelous-Mini-HSS-High-Speed-Steel-Twist-Drill-Bit-Set-Tool-Craft-Case-EN/222676127837?epid=1182777204&hash=item33d888105d%3Ag%3APs4AAOSwjaRZwlnq&LH_BIN=1

 

And for sizes you use (and break) all the time get a pack of 10

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/10Pcs-Micro-HSS-0-3-3mm-Straight-Shank-Twist-Drilling-Bits-Sets-Tiny-Dura-HK/223292377956?hash=item33fd434b64%3Am%3AmRFyAU8V0jKTo1hQmBRPYxQ&LH_BIN=1

 

handy pin vise and bit set

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Swivel-Head-Pin-10x-Micro-HSS-Twist-Drill-Bits-For-Jewelry-Watch-Hobby-Hand-Tool/362468292800?hash=item5464cb38c0%3Ag%3AtDAAAOSwSVdb0EbZ&LH_BIN=1

 

and lastly if those small holes are not quite big enough these dental root canal files are very handy to get the hole just right!

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-Pack-Dental-Stainless-Steel-Root-Canal-REAMERS-Hand-Use-H-K-Files-21-25-31-mm/202594771421?hash=item2f2b96e1dd:g:V9AAAOSwUR9cYick

 

Also put a needle in your in pin vise and make a divit where you want the hole if there is not one already. If you try to start drilling with a pin vise on smooth plastic the tip can easily wander.

 

cheers

 

jeff

 

 

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nartak

KATO new product information as usual.

 

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katoftw

There was some discussion about the concrete tie version a week or two back. Hopefully it becomes normal available stock.

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Yavianice
17 minutes ago, katoftw said:

There was some discussion about the concrete tie version a week or two back. Hopefully it becomes normal available stock.

Yes though as far as I know they weren't available in store back then. So here is a link.

 

Seems they will be a web store exclusive for now. They also added brown variants (the same color as the single crossover ties).

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Yavianice

Kato will sell a customized version of the 12 part E353 with opened front doors for 48700 yen, retail store exclusive. Interior light not installed.

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Kiha66

A kato kyoto store executive, party light in both ho and n for your trains and structures.  😁

 

  

  

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chadbag
28 minutes ago, Kiha66 said:

A kato kyoto store executive, party light in both ho and n for your trains and structures.  😁

 

  

  

 

That would be cool for our light board 🙂  though too complicated to do easily  (Though I suspect that this is an April 1 post)

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Kiha66

Popondetta has taken up the challenge and is developing a competing product!

 

 

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bill937ca

2018/12/1

There was a car number printing failure in "D 51 200 + 35 series SL" Yamaguchi "6-car set / special plan product released in September (part number: 10-1499). We deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused. The acceptance period for product collection has ended on 20/18/30. For further inquiries, please contact our KATO Customer Service Representative (TEL 03-3954-2503, opening hours: 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 17:00 on Mon-Fri) I will.

 

https://www.katomodels.com/

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Yavianice
1 minute ago, bill937ca said:

2018/12/1

There was a car number printing failure in "D 51 200 + 35 series SL" Yamaguchi "6-car set / special plan product released in September (part number: 10-1499). We deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused. The acceptance period for product collection has ended on 20/18/30. For further inquiries, please contact our KATO Customer Service Representative (TEL 03-3954-2503, opening hours: 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 17:00 on Mon-Fri) I will.

 

https://www.katomodels.com/

 

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katoftw

Yup got my replacement shell long ago.

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chadbag

Dang, there is an updated JR 321 series...  Plus they already announced for June or whatnot a re-do of the previous JR 321 (of which I need the 4 car add-on).

 

 

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nah00
12 hours ago, Das Steinkopf said:

The poster for August's releases is up and has a bit of a 115 Series and JR East bonanza, luckily for myself there is nothing that I am after as I have already committed myself to other purchases.

 

My wallet wants to scream but has no mouth. The price on the six car set isn't bad and luckily August is nothing for me. 

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Kiha66

Man what a huge disappointment, for all the "upgrades" kato is still keeping the single piece moded roof.  Seeing as their older cars are available for about $10 each with the same amount of detail I wont be paying the massive price increase for these coaches.  I care less about that small prototype seam than the massively obvious one piece vents right next to it.  The "prototypical ac units" is a very poor justification for the price increase imo seeing as the parts were made for previous models and wont require new molding for this one. 😡

 

 

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