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Fire Engines from Japan
« on: April 26, 2019, 12:42:11 AM »
Look what just arrived in the post today from Japan (EBay seller is Trade Lab Japan) 

Really nice models, they do come as kits so a bit fiddly to build

Oxford models are in the photos for comparison











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Re: Fire Engines from Japan
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2019, 07:49:57 AM »
I think Oxford need to up their game, the Japanese models look fantastic!

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Re: Fire Engines from Japan
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2019, 08:16:34 AM »
Very cool!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Fire Engines from Japan
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2019, 08:17:58 AM »
I think Oxford need to up their game, the Japanese models look fantastic!

Really? The Oxford one is 7, not a kit, and has significantly more detail.

The Japanese ones look decent, the one without the ladder looks like a lot of airport fire engines, but IMO the Oxford one is a better choice for UK layouts still.

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Re: Fire Engines from Japan
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2019, 09:26:24 AM »
I think Oxford need to up their game, the Japanese models look fantastic!

Really? The Oxford one is 7, not a kit, and has significantly more detail.

The Japanese ones look decent, the one without the ladder looks like a lot of airport fire engines, but IMO the Oxford one is a better choice for UK layouts still.

I was referring to the quality and detail of the model as opposed to the relevance of the model to a particular time/place/country.

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Re: Fire Engines from Japan
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2019, 12:05:55 PM »
I realise, but to me the Oxford one still looks like a significantly better model, I'm just not sure if Oxford need to up their game.

The Japanese ones definitely have a place though - variety is great!

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Re: Fire Engines from Japan
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2019, 12:25:41 PM »
I still think the Transit could be better considering some of their other creations. The roof lights look oversized for starters.
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Re: Fire Engines from Japan
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2019, 12:45:17 PM »
I was talking about the fire engine, as the direct comparator. Can't comment on roof light scale, so I'll take your word for it on the Transit!

As I said, good to have a choice though, road vehicles seem to be a big hole in N gauge, and being Japanese they're at least useable alongside 1:148 models.

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Re: Fire Engines from Japan
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2019, 02:30:13 PM »
As I have the models themselves I can confirm the detail between the Oxford and Japanese models is very comparable

The Oxford models have better printed quality and the detailing on the Japanese models is a little better, little between them

Cost wise the larger fire engine was about 7.50 and the smaller one 6.50 with 8.00 postage in total (delivered in 7 days so very good service from Japan)

Although not perfect for UK layouts still acceptable and scale well to 1/148 as 1/150 models, far better than 1/160 from Europe

As Oxford are very slow at releasing N gauge vehicles my view is selected Japanese models are a good compromise

I am always on the look out for releases of vehicles in N gauge from Japan but they can have limited release numbers and in the case of Tomytec can also be expensive

I would also say just like Oxford each release from Japan is showing an improvement in quality
 

 

 

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