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Author Topic: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series  (Read 46522 times)

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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #195 on: August 31, 2017, 01:25:59 PM »
Bent some .008 phosphor bronze wire. Not sure yet if I do the side ones as well.



If you want to bend your own, use this template. It will fit if you drill the two holes right at the end of the molded on handrail.



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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #196 on: August 31, 2017, 03:21:11 PM »
For information, RhB EW I coaches from Kato (in 1:150 over 9mm gauge tracks) are now available !
I've ordered mine from Hobby Search (1999.co.jp).
Mine have just been shipped from hobbysearch as well, together with  "albula 100th" GE 4/4 III.   :thumbsup:
Date for spare pantographs has gone from "August" to "after September"  :thumbsdown:

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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #197 on: September 04, 2017, 02:06:12 AM »
Spring is here and I am getting more and more items to tinker with.

Four more RhB Ge4/4III shells.



And Allegra decals, ahyeah !



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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #198 on: September 15, 2017, 11:41:57 PM »
My preordered Hobby Search EWIs have been shipped

Now arrived.

The shape and general allure of the coaches is superb, however:

1) there is a huge hole in the lower part of each end of each coach to cater for the couplings
2) the Rhätische Bahn lettering is not 100% perfect

As regards the 'coupling hole', there is a narrow slot that looks as if it was engineered for a slide in cover piece to be inserted instead of the coupling, but no such accessory is included.

At my club on Wednesday I was able to replicate in model form  the current standard Albula set of Ge4/4III,1st, 1st, DS van, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd - albeit that there are EWII in some rakes.

My Shapeways vehicles will have to be modified chassis-wise to fit in with the Kato coaches.


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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #199 on: September 23, 2017, 01:52:05 PM »
Not wanting to steal Gordon's thunder, here some pics of the EWI's and the Albula 100th Ge4/4 III.

the ge 4/4 III, comes fitted with close couplers, arnold couplers provided.


EWI 1st Class:



and 2nd class:



the coupler pocket gap Gordon notes above:



The standard corridor connections are very short, here's the effect of adding a "long" connection removed from the glacier express.





Not clear what radius rhis will cope with though!
 
The EWI set comes with short couplers to convert a loco, but no explicit mention of putting arnold couplers on the coaches themselves, but I can't see that this would be an issue if needed

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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #200 on: September 27, 2017, 01:19:48 AM »
the coupler pocket gap Gordon notes above:

The standard corridor connections are very short, here's the effect of adding a "long" connection removed from the glacier express.

Not clear what radius this will cope with though!

It's amusing that when the concept first started, it was Arnold couplers being exchanged for close couplers as an 'option'. Now the EWI pack comes with instructions to do the opposite in order to connect the EWIs with previous Kato vehicles with Arnold couplers!

It is not an issue for me because as I have been collecting from the very start, I now have a spares box full of Glacier Express coach bodies (Chassis used for the non GEX coach conversions and 3D), long corridor connections  (taken off the aforementioned GEX carcasses) short corridor connections and short couplers supplied in the original short coupling spares pack.

I have three GEX sets, one is fully close coupler fitted, one is fully Arnold coupler fitted, and the third is now incomplete as per above). Of my six Ge4/4III, most now have Arnold one end and close coupler the other. I retain Arnold couplers for connecting to my various wagon kitbashes.

BTW I intend to try sliding a piece of thin red plastic or card into the slot so that an EWI at the tail end of a train doesn't show the unsightly coupler
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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #201 on: September 27, 2017, 01:34:00 AM »
Not wanting to steal Gordon's thunder, here some pics of the EWI's and the Albula 100th Ge4/4 III.


EWI 1st Class:



and 2nd class:





Note that these pictures only depict the latest livery versions.

Of the eight models issued, three (two 2nd and one 1st) are in the older livery with the thin silver stripe.

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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #202 on: September 28, 2017, 07:36:58 AM »
Wow, didn't noticed that. Nice one  :thankyousign:

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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #203 on: October 03, 2017, 11:49:31 PM »
here we are on my layout (which will be going to Boulogne sur Mer show  on November 4/5)




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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #204 on: October 06, 2017, 08:35:35 PM »
The reservation is now open for the Kato Ge4/4II locomotive on the Hobbysearch website.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10495218

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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #205 on: October 06, 2017, 09:19:21 PM »
Thanks for the link Steve. :thumbsup:

The website has a wonderful translation of the details. :confused1: Auto translate systems always raise a smile. :)
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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #206 on: October 07, 2017, 12:25:42 AM »
The reservation is now open for the Kato Ge4/4II locomotive on the Hobbysearch website.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10495218

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Reserved!

I just saw it on my Hobby Search newsletter before reading this.


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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #207 on: October 07, 2017, 12:34:47 PM »
Hobbysearch give release date only as February, though chiayu.biz website seems to give it as "28 February 2018 Wednesday". How accurate this is remains to be seen. Site also gives this larger pic of the prototype:

http://chiayu.biz/catalog/images/3102.jpg

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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #208 on: December 08, 2017, 10:10:35 AM »
The latest Kato flyer is out, no RhB Postwagen and no RhB Gueterwagen so far :worried:

steve
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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #209 on: December 08, 2017, 01:13:50 PM »
The latest Kato flyer is out, no RhB Postwagen and no RhB Gueterwagen so far :worried:

steve

My understanding is that it's too early.
Rumors I read seem to say that it should be for end 2018. With a Ge 6/6 I.
Let's cross fingers and toes.


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