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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #75 on: November 17, 2014, 06:46:34 pm »
Not only the latest Japanese purchase, but in fact the only one.



...and very nice it is too. I have a few DD51s (Kato and Micro Ace) and they are impressive beasts. The Kato examples are particularly smooth and very well detailed.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #76 on: November 18, 2014, 02:49:13 pm »
I have a (just one) DD51 from Tomix, more than satisfied with it (though it's perfectly possible that it's missing some details or something, I have nothing to compare it with...)

And now for something completely different... trams:

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #77 on: November 18, 2014, 03:41:39 pm »
Nice trams, I have the one on the left and it is a great little runner  :thumbsup:

cheers John.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #78 on: November 18, 2014, 10:33:37 pm »
It's certainly very zippy.

The one on the right has a much lower, presumably more realistic gearing and also has interior lights, which I wasn't expecting. Not the cheapest of models, though.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #79 on: November 18, 2014, 10:44:19 pm »
They are expensive but being illuminated is a bonus  :thumbsup:

This site often has very good deals on Kato trains etc,
http://www.topslotsntrains.com/topslotsntrains/index.asp

e.g. They have the Hiroshima tram for 25.49
http://www.topslotsntrains.com/topslotsntrains/final.asp?ref=Kato-Japan-14-070-N-Scale-HIROSHIMA-RAILWAY-TYPE-200-HANNOVER-TRAM-&id=11919&manufacturer=%27KATO%20N%20Gauge%27

They are worth keeping an eye on  :thumbsup:

cheers John.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #80 on: November 18, 2014, 11:01:14 pm »
Thanks... though as I live in Japan I get even better prices  :D  The Portram set me back an effective 6300 yen, which at the current lousy exchange rate is about 35 quid (compared to the 80 they want for it).  :thumbsup:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #81 on: December 08, 2014, 02:25:07 pm »
Did my usual Akihabara round a bit earlier this week, came across a bunch of these on sale for 3780 yen (a smidgen more than 20 quid at current exchange rates), and as I have a weakness for little shuntery-type things I gave one a new home:



It's a MicroAce model, number A7510. Turns out it's an older design, latest production run seems to be 2007, and the headlights are evidently not LEDs. It was a bit juddery out of the box but has improved with a bit of running-in. Though it's not as smooth as my newer Kato and Tomix locos, depressingly predictably it performs more satisfactorily than most of my BachFar stuff.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #82 on: December 13, 2014, 04:16:11 pm »
A couple of more bargains from this week:



On the left, an olde-style train from the Hakone-Tozan railway, built in 1927 (the 1:1 prototype) and still in operation on this little line which runs up into the mountains southwest of Tokyo near Mt. Fuji. THis is a Modemo model (NT44), a 2004 model but in mint condition and runs real nice.

On the right, a slightly less olde-style train from JR, a 203-class EMU which was built for through-running on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line. One of the second generation of post-war mass-production commuter trains built in the 70s/80s, the last examples were taken out of service a few years ago (I think some sets were exported to Indonesia). This model from Microace (A8280) captures the last days of the last set of this type and has the "thankyou 203 class" headmark. It's a lovely little model and even has the hanging straps typical of Japanese commuter trains. Runs really nicely too. Not everyone's cup of tea but it's one of those classes I have a soft spot for.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #83 on: December 30, 2014, 10:48:26 am »
My latest addition turning up this morning... Amazing bearing in mind I had the dispatch notice from Japan on Saturday!

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10276120a/20/1

What it probably mainly demonstrates is the ridiculous amount of time stuff gets held up at customs, and how much time and expense get wasted.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #84 on: January 11, 2015, 03:08:17 pm »
I was out and about in Tokyo at the weekend, and I ended up getting crabs...



And a teensy-weensy Modemo tram as well.

And while I was at it, this Kato 185 express:



which I put together from individual cars sold from a shop's "junk" box. Though in Japanese terms "junk" mainly means "these are cars from a set which can no longer be sold as a set" (missing packaging, decals etc.) and generally in good working order. However most shops won't allow you to test them before purchase, so it can be a bit of a gamble. This one works fine, except I couldn't find one of the trailer cars so will have to hope I can find one another time.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #85 on: January 13, 2015, 10:49:46 am »
The DD16 locomotive pictured above is actually supposed to be part of a snow plough set, but I didn't feel like spending the 4,000+ yen they were on offer for. However I came across a pair for half that price, and as it's still winter it's better to be prepared...

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #86 on: February 13, 2015, 03:28:41 pm »
Finally sated my curiosity about GreenMax, the dark horse of the Japanese "Big 4" manufacturers, as this two-car Kintetsu unit was on sale:

Unfortunately it confirms my impression of GreenMax, that they do manufacture some mighty obscure stuff but it's a bit basic and lacking in interior detail. Not bad per-se and looks OK running at a distance, but I'll probably steer clear of this brand unless they have something I particularly want.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #87 on: March 06, 2015, 04:12:18 pm »
This one works fine, except I couldn't find one of the trailer cars so will have to hope I can find one another time.

Which indeed I did, and a Kato 4-car case to store them in. I've probably not saved that much compared to a 2nd-hand boxed set, but never mind.

Meanwhile... a couple of railbuses:


Teensy little things, but both motorised. Shown with a Kato tram for comparison. Incredibly the motor is below the level of the windows so unless you look very closely you hardly see the compromise. Excellent runners despite being two-axle units, and even come with weights (the black square on the photo) which can be installed for additional adhesion.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #88 on: June 03, 2015, 02:01:28 pm »
E655  five-plus-one cars set from KATO

A close up of the front.
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It looks brown in colour, isn't it?

Now look at it in a different lighting....
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Not so brown any more.

Look again.....
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Now it's purple.

It is released as a 5 cars set as standard. There is an extra Royal carriage sold separately. It was sold as a "blank" royal carriage, without the royal shield on the side.
It seems now an agreement was made between Kato and the "whoever" ,  a shield-ed version of the royal carriage is available.
 
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #89 on: June 03, 2015, 08:49:28 pm »
Such an impressive model!

 

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