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Kato GEX sets and the future

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I can hardly await to see the MDS RhB Ge 4/4 II next to the Kato version. Both play round and about in the same league, concerning pricing, with a slight topping for MDS, buying you separately applied hand rails both at the doors and the loco front, plus some finer detail on the roof and the pilot.

 

For the aficionados of Rhaetian Railways, it´s a much cheaper alternative to Bemo´s offerings. Mind you, the price of a Bemo Ge 4/4 II in DC only buys you the MDS one including DCC & Sound, without really sacrificing on visible detail.

 

What´s still lacking is a selection of 1/150 scale buildings. Stadt im Modell - a German manufacturer of laser-cut building kits, has announced a number od typical RhB buildings in N scale, but I am not sure about the actual scale of them. Faller´s "Stugl/Stuls" and "Langwies" station buzilding are actually even smaller than !/160 scale!

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Thanks VanBasten. That GE 4/4ii looks fabulous.

Will have to get a move on with planning my 1:150 RhB layout!

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Well after Parcelfarce spent a week ignoring the redirects they promised to deliver by 10am today, . . So their clocks appear to be 2hrs 29 min slow!

Anyway this was in the packet

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Popped them in order in the bigger box.

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On 249mm radius

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Neurot on the left and the older red livery on the right.

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Allegra on 216mm rad vs the Albula set on the 249mm

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https://youtu.be/D7e2aEHYRCw

Are they planning on doing the baggage van too for you Paul?

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Are they planning on doing the baggage van too for you Paul?

We can hope ;)

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What´s still lacking is a selection of 1/150 scale buildings. Stadt im Modell - a German manufacturer of laser-cut building kits, has announced a number od typical RhB buildings in N scale, but I am not sure about the actual scale of them. Faller´s "Stugl/Stuls" and "Langwies" station buzilding are actually even smaller than !/160 scale!

As far as I know, Stadt im Modell will produce their N buildings in 1:155 scale - that's smart, as they will cover both the markets (Nm and Kato scale)...

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Some stuff I've been doing:
 
 
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Large logo Ge4/4III
 
 
 
 
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WS Wagen
 
 
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tanker
 
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Bogie flat kitbash
 
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Experiment to see if my Shapeways Ge4/4II will be retained after the Kato and MDS ones turn up
 
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Ge6/6II
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EWI shorty
 
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EWI rendered surplus by Kato so painted as MGB
 
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Ge4/4I
 
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and something different:
 
Nascent MOB GDe4/4
 
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Some more stuff...

 

 

Longest freight train so far assembled

 

Formation: tanker, container well wagon, Valser van, tanker, bogie flat with pipes, Co-op van, bogie flat with timber 

 

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EWII seemlessly coupled to Kato EWI

 

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Overall view of my layout. Since its appearance at Eurotrack last year and ready for Boulogne last November I replaced the old ‘St Niklaus’ station building with the Kato Filisur, but with a modified roof to make it more like the lowland stations. My layout is based in the Domleschg so I have carefully studied Rodels - Realta and the re-roofing is based on this research (less overhang due to less risk of deep snow I assume)

 

I also replaced the Kestrel / foam board platforms with the Kato Glacier Express platforms which work very well with unitrack, especially the ramps and foot crossing parts 

 

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Are they planning on doing the baggage van too for you Paul?

 

 

 

My Ds van running seemlessly with Kato EWI

 

At the Boulogne show I was able to replicate a standard 7 coach Albula RE formation including Ds van for the first time

 

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Mines sat in customs waiting for them to send me the extra bill, ah well ;)

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Mines sat in customs waiting for them to send me the extra bill, ah well ;)

 

 

 

My Parcelforce letter arrived today...It's a mile or so away but I can't get at it!

 

 

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In the meantime, I have taken delivery of one of each of the two versions of Hai** van from TT Trams/Shapeways. I know MDS are about to issue RTR ones, but the Shapeways ones are a different variant, and I plan to use already prepared 'stick on sides'.

 

I prepared the 'stick on' sides for us on bashed about Roco Hbis vans, which worked up to a point, but the stick on sides will be much better when fitted onto the otherwise accurate body of the Shapeways ones.

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I decided to put my new arrival alongside the Bemo HOm version.

Obviously the HOm one is the older round headlight version but it makes a nice comparison and shows how nice the Kato Nm9 one is.

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This does show the lack of relief to the wheels with the override gauge but it doesn't spoil the look.

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Having been out of the loop for a bit, sorry for dim question but who are MDS?

New player in the market but I assume with previous connections somewhere due to the speed and sophistication of the release.

https://mds-modell.eu/produkte/

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Have now received my 631 - A cracking job!

 

Cab door footsteps are missed off but I agree with Kato's compromise to make the loco universal on Kato track.

 

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Have now received my 631 - A cracking job!

 

Cab door footsteps are missed off but I agree with Kato's compromise to make the loco universal on Kato track.

 

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... which allows the loco to negotiate a 150mm radius, but who needs that?

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... which allows the loco to negotiate a 150mm radius, but who needs that?

Well y'know Kato's Japanese and they like the RhB? :)

 

 

Well I thought how about a Bonsai Mountain?

 

 

With a RhB twist :)

 

 

 

 

 

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... which allows the loco to negotiate a 150mm radius, but who needs that?

 

 

Quite a few people I expect.

 

If not for visible parts of a layout, useful for hidden sidings/fiddle yards

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... which allows the loco to negotiate a 150mm radius, but who needs that?

 

It'll probably shock but I need it to negotiate Tomix 140mm Radius. The original Glacier Express has no problems with it.

 

Also received from Japan, yesterday, Kato are now going to offer a DCC Sound Board for the GE 4/4 III!

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How the heck that fits in will be interesting :)

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