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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: piko LGB on: April 01, 2018, 04:16:20 AM
Tom, to add to what Ted already wrote, LGB made far far more products to date than PIKO. Also more than Bachmann - at least in terms of model variety and probably also in terms of actual numbers sold (and many of them now available on the second hand market). Best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New product suggestion on: December 24, 2017, 08:33:24 PM
Mike, thanks for the info. Sure I know the Bronson Tate kits and MLS Masterclass, I will send you a note via email, would be happy to see the photos! Merry Christmas and best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New product suggestion on: December 23, 2017, 10:42:23 PM
Mike, excellent suggestion, albeit not realistic I fear. Still, you got hold of the laser cut kit - is it still available and who makes it? Best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New 'Annie' paint suggestion on: November 24, 2017, 10:30:25 AM
Ted, I can understand that, I prefer factory paint too. But not everything is possible and I do have some custom made models. I hope you will get your Flying Rio Grande and Moffat (sic) logo liveries, Zubi
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New 'Annie' paint suggestion on: November 24, 2017, 08:40:00 AM
Mr Ted, alternatively, you could learn to repaint and apply decals. BTW, 169 looks nothing like ET&NWC #12, but if Bachmann chooses to release it in your preferred liveries, why not! Best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: What happened to cause the downturn of the large scale market sales? on: November 21, 2017, 01:04:45 PM

Bachmann should start producing large scale European models to augment its current product line.

Imagine: a Zillertalbahn U-Series 0-6-2 made by Bachmann- LGB would be quaking in its boots. lol

Very unlikely, although not impossible. European (and primarily German) market is very demanding. It is also doing exceptionally well considering the circumstances (economical, political, etc). LGB recovered and is now almost as dynamic as in the good old days (fortunately not doing the mistakes the previous owners did, when they overheated the market). They have a new formula, which works. Other companies are capitalising on this revival, see the new rolling stock and locomotives by TrainLine and by Kiss. The diversity and number of new releases is perhaps even greater than what we have seen twenty years ago. In live steam, Roundhouse keeps bringing up more and more dream engines, Accucraft can hardly keep up with new developments for the UK market. IMHO, it is actually more likely that we will see something for the US market by LGB or a Baldwin or another export loco by Accucraft or Roundhouse - they already released WD Alco and Baldwin in 1:19 (for both 32mm and 45mm gauge). True, many manufacturers of the US stuff keeled over, but I would say that it is not a great loss. More interesting things are coming out, and the future is all about quality, very small production runs and diversity. Who can adapt, survives, dinos go extinct. This is how it works and whoever has been in the hobby for a couple of decades or more surely clearly have seen this pattern. Best wishes from Madras, Zubi
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Idea for a new shay on: September 22, 2017, 02:44:54 AM
to the Bachmann  How about producing a G Scale model of the Western Maryland #6 three truck shay. I would give you a deposit on the spot if you were to do so.   Jeff Langmack                 

Jeff, Aster produced them in 1984 both in live steam and electric versions. You can buy a second hand one, that is your only option, other than scratch building one yourself... Best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum box car stirrup steps on: June 20, 2017, 11:42:24 PM
I asked, and I am glad I did, because the correct steps for Spectrum cars are different!
Here is the link (please note that they come in three colours to choose from):

Parts Team said that they are better quality.
With best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum box car stirrup steps on: March 06, 2017, 09:00:04 AM
Dear Yardmaster,
I also have a Spectrum boxcar with broken stirrup steps.

I was planning to buy replacements but:

a) they are not cheap

b) I wonder if they are any stronger than those mounted on Murphy roof Spectrum boxcars, which do not bend but break like biscuits...

So my question is, before I buy these replacements, are they actually stronger or equally prone to breaking?
Many thanks and best wishes from Tokyo,
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Narrow Gauge on: October 20, 2016, 12:41:14 PM
Some of these models are real work of 'art' or 'love' or 'madness';-). Judge this for yourself, on these couple of examples (all in 1:25)
Remember, this is all from paper, with perhaps a minor help of a piece of wire here and there.
Kind of Polish origami;-)...? In 1:25 mainly.
Best wises from Tokyo, Zubi
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Narrow Gauge on: October 19, 2016, 11:32:26 AM
The Train Kid, as it happens, 1:25 is a popular scale among builders of narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock from paper. The hobby is particularly popular in Poland although there may be paper modellers in Germany too. They are capable of doing pretty amazing models. Some 'kits' are listed here: and

I could identify a narrow gauge Davenport with a tank car, if you are interested in US prototypes.  And the Jupiter 4-4-0

Majority of these models are of course of European prototypes. I am not aware of any producer of plastic or metal models in 1:25, but there were a few who made narrow gauge stuff in 1:24 These were produced in large quantities and are easy to come by secondhand (Delton, Aristocraft, etc).

Best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Replacing Box Car Strap Steps on: October 15, 2016, 05:48:16 AM
Andrew, where did you find these metal replacement stirrup steps at $4.25? I cannot identify them in the on-line parts catalogue. I suppose these may be 'spectrum' stirrup steps. Many thanks and best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Anybody with Bachmann 1/20.3 spares going to ECLSTS? on: February 26, 2016, 09:14:44 AM
 Grin Grin Grin Hahaha Terry, how on earth did you manage to loose three air tanks?! Anyway, my advice is - forget it - I wasted too much time trying to get spares too. It is easier to get them hand made from brass or pvc, or perhaps 3D printed if you know someone with a professional 3D printer... similar reasoning applies to other parts. Ryan Bednarik in the US offers custom castings of very high quality, in bronze. That might work for some more complex parts, especially if they need to be strong. Best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Official 2015 Announcements on: September 01, 2015, 10:17:55 AM
Mark, there are many reasons to like 1:22.5 Apart from the existing LGB cars, we almost had these released:
Unfortunately, the company went belly up. But it is getting back in shape. Still no new US equipment, but I hope someone will take these magnificent models of Barry into production some day. Best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Official 2015 Announcements on: September 01, 2015, 08:08:21 AM
It is actually a good thing to see 1:22.5 coming back to favour. It is ever so strong in Europe with more and more manufacturers offering a growing range of locomotives and rolling stock. Long live 1:22.5! Best wishes from Tokyo, Zubi
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