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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 29273 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #855 on: January 12, 2020, 11:09:00 AM »
Meanwhile "Project Cover All The Plywood" makes slow but steady progress,  with another area receiving an initial covering of Tamiya foamboard pending application of InstaBallast (TM) and other items to fill the gaps between tracks, such as some more road (on the left). On the right I am please to report we have finally reached the edge of the built-up "urban" area.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #856 on: January 12, 2020, 12:26:35 PM »
Thanks to some overtime by the InstaBallast team things now look like this:



The "interface" between road and railway is not yet complete due to the road being a little higher than the railway line at that point.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #857 on: January 12, 2020, 01:07:28 PM »
Meanwhile "Project Cover All The Plywood" makes slow but steady progress,  with another area receiving an initial covering of Tamiya foamboard pending application of InstaBallast (TM) and other items to fill the gaps between tracks, such as some more road (on the left). On the right I am please to report we have finally reached the edge of the built-up "urban" area.

Hi Ian.

Is there anything special about "Tamiya foamboard", or is it regular foamboard sold under the Tamiya brand ?

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #858 on: January 12, 2020, 01:27:42 PM »
Meanwhile "Project Cover All The Plywood" makes slow but steady progress,  with another area receiving an initial covering of Tamiya foamboard pending application of InstaBallast (TM) and other items to fill the gaps between tracks, such as some more road (on the left). On the right I am please to report we have finally reached the edge of the built-up "urban" area.

Hi Ian.

Is there anything special about "Tamiya foamboard", or is it regular foamboard sold under the Tamiya brand ?

Good question - it's the only 3mm foamboard I've come across and is excellent for my purposes. It's strong, cuts cleanly and has a nice grained surface which looks reasonably road-like when painted. It appears to be a layer of foamboard sandwiched between two surface layers, rather than being a solid sheet of just foamboard. I can get cheap 5mm foamboard which doesn't have those surface layers and is not as nice as the Tamiya equivalent (comes in handy for "filler" layers though). Dunno what's available in the rest of the world though.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #859 on: January 12, 2020, 01:58:51 PM »
Still not made it to Japan on a business trip but I wondered what readers of squiddy’s fine thread make of this article. Ian has mentioned themed trains before but not this plethora! Very Japanese....can’t see the Europeans doing this.... https://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-transport/character-trains
« Last Edit: January 12, 2020, 02:00:36 PM by DarrwestLU6 »
Hogwarts to King's Cross - My layout under construction: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=43358.msg536504#msg536504

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #860 on: January 12, 2020, 02:30:02 PM »
Oooh, I went on the Anpanman train once, wasn't planning to but it was the one which turned up. Very bizarre experience, I'm sure whoever came up with that character and friends was taking some kind of stimulative substance.

Anyway not an expert on these but I'm sure that list is not exhaustive. Tends to fall into two patterns - back-of-beyond little railway struggling to pay the bills comes up with something to attract the tourists, or the marketing department of a major commuter railway and the marketing department of SomeRandomCharacter come up with some sort of event which involves plastering a 10-car commuter train with CutesyTheWhatever (or Gundamgelion Anime Thing) for a while.

Let's not even talk about the Panda train (available in N gauge from Kato *and* Tomix).



Those of a sensitive disposition may wish to avoid Tama Center station in Tokyo altogether.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #861 on: January 12, 2020, 03:14:49 PM »
Anyway, no need to worry about gimmicky "characters" here on Planet Ivar-Plywood:


rear-left-area-2020-01-10_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #862 on: January 12, 2020, 09:25:35 PM »
 :hellosign: 
 :greatpicturessign:  & super video Ian, puts a smile on my face  ;D The layouts coming on treat too   :thumbsup:
             regards Derek.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #863 on: January 15, 2020, 12:31:24 AM »

The "interface" between road and railway is not yet complete due to the road being a little higher than the railway line at that point.



Made a start on that:


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