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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japan)  (Read 2930 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #45 on: August 05, 2018, 08:43:45 am »
Looking really good, mate.  :thumbsup:

I must admit that I was guilty of squeezing sidings in here and there as my layout grew like topsy. I really was making it up as I went along!  ;D
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #46 on: August 10, 2018, 09:33:49 pm »
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Looking good Ian, thanks for the updates
     regards Derek.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #47 on: August 12, 2018, 12:44:57 pm »
And today we have running on all 3 main loops:



Do please excuse any unprototypical speeds, this is all testing. If you listen carefully towards the end you can hear the Squidlet speak a single railway-related word.
« Last Edit: August 12, 2018, 12:46:18 pm by railsquid »
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #48 on: August 12, 2018, 07:06:40 pm »
Very nice work. Some very attractive scenes. Once you got going, you've made a lot of progress.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #49 on: August 16, 2018, 09:53:08 am »
I am getting somewhat more quality free time at times other than late in the evening, which is helping solve the chicken-and-egg problem inherent in the interaction between track layout and scenery, which means particularly on the lower level I can't do much until I've tweaked the track into the right position. Anyway slowly coming together.

Random work-in-progress shot from "inside" the layout, cunningly hiding a lot of chaos (though careful observers may spot a bus which appears to be falling into a sinkhole, and either Annie or Clarabel on her side).

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #50 on: August 16, 2018, 10:30:16 am »
Great pic, Ian! Spotted the bus down the sinkhole, but took a while to find Annie on her side!

Shades of Where's Wally!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #51 on: August 17, 2018, 03:04:55 pm »
Slightly less hidden:



"This isn't Sodor any more, is it?" said Annie with a worried voice.
"My axle boxes are starting to feel all hot and bothered", complained Clarabel.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #52 on: August 18, 2018, 07:42:13 am »
Great pic, Ian! Spotted the bus down the sinkhole, but took a while to find Annie on her side!

Shades of Where's Wally!  :thumbsup:

Yep, got the bus and Annie.  :thumbsup: Still canít find Wally, can I have a clue please?  :D

Great scenes,  :thankyousign:

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #53 on: August 19, 2018, 09:06:49 am »
Great pic, Ian! Spotted the bus down the sinkhole, but took a while to find Annie on her side!

Shades of Where's Wally!  :thumbsup:

Yep, got the bus and Annie.  :thumbsup: Still canít find Wally, can I have a clue please?  :D

You'll have to ask George, he's the one who brought him into this  ???

Meanwhile a bit more random scenic work-in-progress, mainly to finally cover up the wallpaper formerly visible on the right-hand side.


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #54 on: August 19, 2018, 09:09:35 am »
That's awesome. You have captured the landscape we went through on the train to Hakone!

Brilliant, mate. Triple  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #55 on: August 19, 2018, 03:05:59 pm »
Really excellent scenic work. Thanks for the update and photo. The hill blends in nicely with the photographic backscene.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #56 on: August 20, 2018, 07:30:56 am »
Great hillside, excellent. :thumbsup:

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #57 on: August 21, 2018, 05:11:51 pm »
Over the last couple of days I've been amusing myself by running my motley collection of Shinkansens, as they're the largest Japanese trains I own (and the double-decker ones have the largest cross-section of any trains I own) to check for various issues, particularly clearance, radius tolerance and with one unit, uncoupling issues.

This was the scene in December 2017:



Earlier today:



The comparison leads me to believe some progress has been made in the intervening months.

I will need to raise the grey tunnel portal by a couple of mm, as the white/yellow/blue Shinkansen on the right (if anyone is taking notes, an E4 series, model by Tomix) as it's prone to hitting the tunnel portal edge when running on the outer loop. Otherwise everything is satisfactory.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #58 on: August 21, 2018, 05:19:16 pm »
This is an E2 series Shinkansen, pictured against the recently added, albeit not yet all shrubbed-up wallpaper-disguising scenery.



Another perspective:



Here much wallpaper would still be visible, but thanks to the power of modern technology I have GIMPed it into sky.

The E2 unit pictured here is also from Tomix, originating from a 1990s era starter set acquired for small change and restored to working order with my own fair tentacles.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #59 on: August 21, 2018, 05:30:57 pm »
And this is my favourite shinkansen:



A 200 series by MicroAce, which is a very nice model with "presence", but was suffering from random decoupling issues as it has a slightly fiddly coupling system unique to MicroAce which seems very sensitive to uneven track, but I think I've ironed that out (without melting too many sleepers, hah).

For anyone taking notes, the 200 series is very similar to the classic 0-series "bullet train" design, the obvious difference being the green rather than blue livery, the less obvious difference is that it was designed for the northern, often snow-bound mountainous routes and is therefore more snow-repellent.

A detail shot:



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