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More new Kato city buildings – now here !

They have finally arrived – in the largest, heaviest & most expensive EMS parcel I have ever received šŸ˜¦

Firstly, whoever said these buildings were like the previous Diotown releases with the floors in separate sections so you can buy addition buildings and use the middle floors to make even higher structures was completely misinformed šŸ˜¦ The whole 4 walls and roof section is one molding, but as each floor section does have a line around it, you could cut the middle section out and make multiples if you wanted to – there are some clowns out there that think that adding as many of the same building together to make something as tall as possible looks realistic !!!

Also unfortunately these 4 buildings all just come straight out ofĀ their blister packs and on to the layout – there are no parts to add – no advertising signs or stickers included – NOTHING !!!Ā So based on these couple of points, as well as the fact thatĀ the tops of the buildings are covered with nice details like utility boxes, air conditioners, etc, etc but that are all just one bigĀ singleĀ coloured molding is disappointing šŸ˜¦

It also seems that these will be targeted at the US market, as other than the minimal Japanese signage, they have been given silly English names šŸ˜¦ …

  • 23-436 – Tenant Building (Sumitomo Mitsui Bank) – called Broadcasting Building
  • 23-437 – Fashion Building (Marui Department Store) –Ā called 5th Avenue Building
  • 23-438 – Brand Building 1 (HMV but labelled as HWV !!!) – called Boutique and Office Building
  • 23-439 – Brand Building 2 (Doutor Coffee)Ā – calledĀ Corporate Office Building

You can see a lot of šŸ˜¦ in this post already, but all is not lost – with a little effort these buildings will really stand out !!!

Here are the originals in the same order as the list above (sorry about the photo colour)Ā …

…Ā andĀ after a little paint on the roof top equipment & side details (mainly done using Gundam markers !!!) and some extra signage …

You can also see how the backs/sides of 23-436/23-437 and 23-438/23-439 are the same as well as the overall door/window patterns used on all buildings. So I guess Kato have been clever and minimized their tooling costs by only really having the fronts of the buildings different. If you want a closer look at the details I have added to the fronts, here are some LARGER files that let you see them better – and you can see how some of them beg for interior details …

Here is a photo of the tentative placement of the buildings on the layout – as they are so large, there is nowhere else closer to the front to place them, so where they are unfortunately hides the entrance floor details.


July 12, 2010 - Posted by | Kato


  1. Wow dude these buildings are amazing can you tell me the website i can buy some?

    Can you email me?

    Comment by Cranberry | October 11, 2010 | Reply

    • thanks for the detail on the new buildings will need to get a few for my own layout. Cheers jimmy

      Comment by Jimmy | October 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. […] the tall bronze Atlas buildings was ‘demolished’. If you haven’t already seen the post, I detailed these buildings quite extensively to improve their out-of-the-box […]

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  3. Hi reducer the buildings look very good, just what I need so there on my list for sure. I had not thought of putting one building on top of the other until I visited your website.
    Good idea that, I have and professionally made Australian building on my layout (hotel now) but it won’t take much to make it look Japanese. A few signs or Japanese Garden on the roof should do it. I am also making in resin shipping containers for my own terminal, saves me $$ and will need plenty. anyway thanks for the update,

    Comment by Jimmy | July 13, 2010 | Reply

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