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Any UK dealers of Japanese building KITS?
« on: August 22, 2019, 02:37:44 PM »
Dear all,

Having watched 'Spirited Away' for the umpteenth time with my daughter, I'm toying with the idea of doing a Japanese diorama of some sort. While I like the Kato models on sale at TrainTrax, they are ready to plant buildings, and I'd prefer building some kits.

Are there any retailers in the UK selling such kits?

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Re: Any UK dealers of Japanese building KITS?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2019, 11:23:32 AM »
Dear all,

Having watched 'Spirited Away' for the umpteenth time with my daughter, I'm toying with the idea of doing a Japanese diorama of some sort. While I like the Kato models on sale at TrainTrax, they are ready to plant buildings, and I'd prefer building some kits.

Are there any retailers in the UK selling such kits?

Cheers, NeMo


AFAIK there are no Greenmax / Tomix official stockists in UK.HOwever DM-Toys (De) are very efficient and a Tomix agent, , there are lots of Chinese kits on Ebay ( and Tomytec buildings ) and Model Train Japan is very helpful

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=34824.msg475204#msg475204

tomytec

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=n%20scale%20buildings%20japan&rt=nc&LH_PrefLoc=2&_trksid=p2045573.m1684

Chinese buildings (Outland models)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC0.A0.H0.Xoutland+models.TRS0&_nkw=outland+models&_sacat=0

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=40000.0

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=43543.msg569062#msg569062


PS Plus Daughters have stocks of Tomix kits , and go to the major shows and have a shop.

give them a ring (satisfied customer)

http://www.plusdaughters.co.uk/

and Osborns

https://www.osbornsmodels.com/tomytec-128-c.asp




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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2019, 12:10:58 PM »
That's really helpful information! Thank you, @Railwaygun

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2019, 12:20:24 PM »
Your're thinking of joining railsquid's thread, then? Cool!
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2019, 12:28:35 PM »
Your're thinking of joining railsquid's thread, then? Cool!

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2019, 12:37:18 PM »
Your're thinking of joining railsquid's thread, then? Cool!

Am I allowed?

I'm thinking of something very simple: circular, maybe 90 cm diameter, with rocky, craggy countryside and a few traditional buildings perched at jaunty angles. Steep footpaths. Shrines. All the usual cliches!

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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2019, 12:54:44 PM »
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Re: Any UK dealers of Japanese building KITS?
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2019, 01:50:38 PM »
Your're thinking of joining railsquid's thread, then? Cool!

Am I allowed?

I'll send the ninjas around for a quick background check then ;)

I'm thinking of something very simple: circular, maybe 90 cm diameter, with rocky, craggy countryside and a few traditional buildings perched at jaunty angles. Steep footpaths. Shrines. All the usual cliches!


Can I ask you to go easy on the rocks and crags, unless you're modelling somewhere specific which is actually rocky/craggy? The Japanese countryside is, for the most part, full of steep up-and-down hills (which is excellent from a modelling perspective) but said hills are smothered in verdant greenery for the most part. One of my pet hates is seeing "Japanese" layouts which look like they're in the Rocky Mountains  :no:

To pick a random example of rocks vs green: https://goo.gl/maps/RREbKRGyDqiQ7X379

BTW I use this stuff: https://www.dm-toys.de/produktdetails/items/Heki-1552.html to cover up the hillsides, save me a lot of money on trees.

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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2019, 02:09:27 PM »
I googled 'spirited away landscape' and got a few suggestions.  The second one is 'the real Spirited Away' https://www.tofugu.com/travel/jiufen-spirited-away/

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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2019, 02:11:48 PM »
More.  A rail line into the sea could be awesome.

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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2019, 02:27:46 PM »
May I use this thread to ask a question about a Japanese mountain railway?
Of course this also shows some of the scenery around the only Japanese mountain railway (that's what they say...)
https://japantravel.navitime.com/en/area/jp/spot/02301-2100267/

But the question is: how does the passing loop work???  :confused1:

Another photo here. No point blades or crossing V??
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5f/Hakone_Tozan_Cable_Line_01.jpg

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2019, 03:05:46 PM »
I googled 'spirited away landscape' and got a few suggestions.  The second one is 'the real Spirited Away' https://www.tofugu.com/travel/jiufen-spirited-away/

I should point out that I have no idea about anime stuff and the like...
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2019, 03:07:27 PM »
Everyone should see Spirited Away.

Completely wonderful.

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« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2019, 03:14:59 PM »
May I use this thread to ask a question about a Japanese mountain railway?
Of course this also shows some of the scenery around the only Japanese mountain railway (that's what they say...)
https://japantravel.navitime.com/en/area/jp/spot/02301-2100267/

But the question is: how does the passing loop work???  :confused1:

Another photo here. No point blades or crossing V??
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5f/Hakone_Tozan_Cable_Line_01.jpg

That's a funicular, no idea how that's supposed to work (though I have been up there a couple of times).
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2019, 04:05:55 PM »
Can I ask you to go easy on the rocks and crags, unless you're modelling somewhere specific which is actually rocky/craggy? The Japanese countryside is, for the most part, full of steep up-and-down hills (which is excellent from a modelling perspective) but said hills are smothered in verdant greenery for the most part.

Understood. I'm really just playing with ideas.

Now, since you're on the line, so to speak, what do you think of this model EMU:

https://www.traintrax.co.uk/101345-kumoha-nambu-branch-line-powered-p-1309.html

I know NOTHING about Japanese trains, but this looks like something relatively timeless to me. Old, but not ancient, and something that might tootle along a secondary line? It is even a particularly good model?

Any ideas if it'd work its way around ~30 cm radius curves? I've seen a circular mirror in a local junk shop with a 62 cm diameter, and wondered if it'd do as a base for such a project.

Cheers, NeMo
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