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Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« on: June 06, 2020, 06:14:18 PM »
So here's my bit of Lockdown fun!

Primarily built to entertain my five-year-old daughter (who enjoys the Studio Ghibli films), Chipango mostly uses leftovers and a 40-cm 'lazy Susan' from a local charity store. It was fun to try out an autumnal scene, too. Track work is the 15 cm radius Kato Unitrack, with a Kato building at the top of the hill. There's a woodland within which hides a Totoro.

A Kato 'Kumoha' EMU rattles around without any problems, but I did have to perform a spot of surgery, replacing the couplings with fragments snapped off a neodymium magnet. This has made the two cars a heck of a lot easier to connect and they run around the circle very reliably.

Everything else is out of the scrap box. Witness the authentic elegance of the Peco station shelter turned into a mock-Japanese one with some pantile roofing plasticard! Gasp at the sophisticated tunnel frontage built from coffee stirrers and plastic strip! I did happen to have a Japanese saloon car kicking about, so that's parked at a jaunty angle.

I don't even pretend to suggest this is accurate, but it's been a fun way to try modelling somewhere outside my normal comfort zone. Needless to say, the Japanese bits came from TrainTrax. Since playing around with this tiny layout, I've bought a few other Japanese bits, so might get more serious down the line.

Cheers, NeMo






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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2020, 07:34:20 PM »
Quite clever Neale - even if it does look a bit like a discarded pizza!  ;)
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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2020, 07:54:26 PM »
That looks like a fun layout. Your daughter must be very pleased (if she gets to play with it, that is :D)
How did you make the Totoro?

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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2020, 08:15:14 PM »
That looks like a fun layout.
Arigatō!
Your daughter must be very pleased (if she gets to play with it, that is :D)
She does! It's amazing how fast the train can go without derailing.
How did you make the Totoro?
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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2020, 08:28:43 PM »
Thanks, good work.
And good to hear,she's having fun with the layout.

Arigatō!
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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2020, 09:36:46 PM »
Look out, @railsquid and @Lawrence !

Competition on the horizon!  ;) :thumbsup:
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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2020, 01:01:45 AM »
Hi Neale.

What a great little layout, I love the autumn colours :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Lovely that your daughter is having fun with it ..... hope she lets you have a play sometimes though  ;)

All best wishes

Kevin

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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2020, 09:06:58 AM »
I may need to construct a small layout soon to entertain my three year old granddaughter, you have inspired me to develop something to keep her entertained.

I dread the day she finds where my railway room is at present she is happy watching videos of the layout, which I am informed she watches frequently.

Stay safe

Mike H  8)

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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2020, 11:24:38 AM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
 Great fun Neale, looking good & all hail the Kato track.
  stay safe regards Derek.
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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2020, 11:52:48 AM »
I did try using Flexitrack, but it was really difficult to get a circle this tight without a kink at the two sets of joins (irritatingly, a single piece of track wasn't long enough). Unitrack obviously avoids this problem, and the running is literally superb. Apart from the Kato EMU, I've run various other things on the circle without bother, including the Farish 03 and even a Class 24!

Cheers, NeMo

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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2020, 12:06:58 PM »
Track work is the 15 cm radius Kato Unitrack ...

A Kato 'Kumoha' EMU rattles around without any problems

Out of curiosity, how rattly exactly? I tried mine on 140mm radius Tomix curves and they screeched something awful, so I stopped trying it for fear of breaking something.
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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2020, 12:26:48 PM »


Welcome to the world of the toy-like set-track with a limited choice of radii that we’re frequently told to steer clear of.  I didn’t listen because I like my 480mm banked curves straight out of the packet :D

(Sorry about the naff picture quality, it's nearly pitch black here)

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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2020, 01:01:59 PM »
Out of curiosity, how rattly exactly? I tried mine on 140mm radius Tomix curves and they screeched something awful, so I stopped trying it for fear of breaking something.

Does this help? The noise seems to be much louder in this video than in real life! And some of the noise is my daughter chasing one of the cats! But certainly the EMU isn't struggling or screeching.

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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2020, 01:31:23 PM »
Sounds perfectly normal there (though a tad above normal running speed for that type ;):thumbsup:

The model must have an absolute minimum design radius of somewhere just under 150mm then.
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Re: Chipango: a bit of Japanese nonsense
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2020, 01:38:05 PM »
The model must have an absolute minimum design radius of somewhere just under 150mm then.

Maybe. The couplings really didn't work. At least, you need to connect them on a straight, which isn't happening on a circular layout! Hence using magnets.

Must say though, you do get a lot for your money. The EMU itself is nicely detailed and runs really well, with lights at both ends. In the box are bags of details and decals for personalising (I'm assuming) the train for different destinations or routes. I'm quite taken with the Japanese stuff now, and have since bought a couple wagons, that Bo-Bo-Bo diesel, and a little 'Pocket Line' electric shunter with its train.

Cheers, NeMo
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