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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 23727 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #480 on: June 29, 2019, 01:39:54 AM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
    Many thanks Ian, nice to know about the prototype on which these excellent models are based   :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #481 on: June 29, 2019, 03:35:07 AM »


Tomix 209 series (Nanbu Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Model by Tomix, from ca. 2007, disappointingly directional lighting is not LED-based, which really needs rectifying for these kinds of modern destination panels.

Not, alas, a replacement lighting unit yet, but third-party replacement stickers with a more realistic depiction of the coloured LED destination boards I chanced upon:

Tomix 209 series (Nanbu Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

As supplied by Tomix, they look like this:


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which is somewhat unsatisfactory.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #482 on: June 29, 2019, 08:00:42 AM »


left-side-hill-2019-06-25_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr


Going back to layouty things for a moment, this Peco tunnel portal is reasonably prototypical for the original style of tunnel found on the Chuo Line, such as this abandoned one in this video here:

https://youtu.be/YRZplwg55BE?t=467

(video is documenting a section of tunnels on the Chuo Line which were abandoned in 1917 due to cracks and replaced by a new section of tunnel; section seen on the video is now in use as a wine cellar)
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #483 on: June 29, 2019, 08:24:58 AM »
So, fast-forwarding a century or so, the rake of excitingly brown coaches would, towards the end of its life, have been hauled by a locomotive in a colour neither brown nor black, specifically an EF64:


MicroAce EF64 (EF64-42) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

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Unfortunately this locomotive as depicted is only a placeholder, for it bears the post-privatisation "JR" logo (and is also fitted with a train radio antenna, the stubby grey thing on the right of the cab roof, which puts it at some time in the 1980s) so is not prototypical for the carriages depicted, which lasted in some form until ca. 1975, so I am considering what options are available to obtain an early EF64 in prototypical form, as the options are suprisingly limited (Kato, who make the coaches, helpfully point out that an early EF64 version would be appropriate, but unhelpfully fail to actually make one; MicroAce do, but it is of an older model generation than the one depicted so not as well detailed).

For the sake of accuracy, I have since realised Kato did produce potentially suitable models, but last relased them in the early/mid 2000s and they're of the older style tooling and not much different from the MicroAce version since acquired.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #484 on: June 29, 2019, 12:00:05 PM »
An old tunnel for a wine cellar - Ingenious use of scarce land!

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #485 on: June 30, 2019, 03:50:58 AM »
It occurred to me I might as well make use of the Peco tunnel "wings" (to use what is probably not the technical term) to defuse some scenic right-angles and generally give the impression they are there to hold the scenery up (very important in Japan as there is lots of steep scenery engaged in an aeon-spanning attempt to slide inexorably down the gravity well), though in a modelling context the scenery is holding the retaining walls in place, rather than vice-versa.


left-side-hill-2019-06-30_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Bottles are holding the hair-pin curve in place while the glue dries.

No prizes for guessing the line identity of the train with the orange stripe, but can anyone come up with the series number?
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #486 on: June 30, 2019, 06:47:10 AM »
So, while we are waiting for the above adhesive to undergo a permanent viscosity transformation, time to pop up to the loft and break out the pack of emergency disposable chopsticks.

Why would one keep emergency disposable chopsticks in the loft? I hear you ask. Simple - plate tectonics. Or more precisely should any of the three (3) tectonic plates lurking deep beneath the layout decied to undergo a spontaneous release of frictional tension, there is an approximately 20% (according to Official Statistics) of an interruption to the water supply, and the chopsticks can be use to construct a cunning mechanism to extract humidity from the air. No sorry, that's my t-shirt (it's humid rainy season right now). The chopsticks are handy for hygenic purposes as there may be no water available for washing. We also have plastic cutlery of course, but that is less useful for my intended purpose, which (taking a gamble on tjhe continued absence of unexpected outbreaks of plate tectonicism) is to construct a rickety-looking framework upon which to support (removable) scenery while a complex(-ish) arrangement of running lines pass beneath.


chopstick-mountain-v2_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr


chopstick-mountain-v2_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Once the initial structure has solidified somewhat, I will add cross-bracing for Additional Solidity™.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #487 on: June 30, 2019, 07:46:37 AM »
Hope you didn't nick them from Torikizoku  ;)
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #488 on: June 30, 2019, 08:52:19 AM »
Splendid space frame technology in action.  Light and very strong.  Especially after you add the cross-bracing for Additional SolidityTM.

My few efforts at using chopsticks have certainly resulted in plate tectonics!  At least I avoided tie tectonics by always removing it when using chopsticks.

Best wishes.

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PS Anent your earlier post, I've certainly heard the term, 'wing walls' used.  'Retaining walls' is probably the more commonly-used term.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #489 on: June 30, 2019, 04:41:30 PM »
Additional Solidity™ added:


chopstick-mountain-v2_03 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

A couple of buildings placed for effect; local Elvensafety Orders are in place to prevent access other than by authorized personnel with appropriate safety equipment.


chopstick-mountain-v2_04 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #490 on: June 30, 2019, 04:56:02 PM »
Hope you didn't nick them from Torikizoku  ;)

Nah, I buy 'em in bulk down me local Don Quijote.


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #491 on: June 30, 2019, 08:55:54 PM »
anyone interested in wooden chopsticks should track down their local Chinese/japanese  supermarket

this is easier in London...
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #492 on: June 30, 2019, 09:11:18 PM »
I don't tell some of my friends that I'm interested in model railways let alone chopsticks, imagine the wonderment and then the P taking :D.

Seriously though, a good idea. I'm always acquiring (shall we say) coffee stirrers from anywhere I can but chopsticks sound like a useful addition to the scenery box.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #493 on: July 01, 2019, 12:00:52 AM »
anyone interested in wooden chopsticks should track down their local Chinese/japanese  supermarket

this is easier in London...

Or Birmingham or Manchester: https://www.wingyip.com/nsearch/?q=chopsticks
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #494 on: July 01, 2019, 12:07:03 AM »
anyone interested in wooden chopsticks should track down their local Chinese/japanese  supermarket

this is easier in London...

Or Birmingham or Manchester: https://www.wingyip.com/nsearch/?q=chopsticks

Wing Yip in Wembley has a very good restaurant upstairs.    :thumbsup:

 

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