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(Japanese Model Train Newsletter)

Kato to release Tokyo subway train series

A poster from the recent 3rd Kyoto Rail Expo would seem to indicate that Kato will release a ‘series’ of models of all of Tokyo’s subway system trains !!!

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June 6, 2011 Posted by | Kato | 4 Comments

New trains & buildings on ‘Enoshima’

Here are some photos of my latest acquisitions/changes on the layout from last weekend’s Canberra exhibition …

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April 5, 2011 Posted by | Enoshima, Kato, Modemo, Tomix, Tomytec | 4 Comments

Kato Diotown 23-433 & 23-434 building kitbashes

Here are some kitbashes I just completed on these 2 Kato city buildings …

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January 29, 2011 Posted by | Enoshima, Greenmax, Kato, Tomytec | 1 Comment

Enoshima update (updated again)

Here is a summary of the latest changes made to the layout for the Castle Hill show last weekend …

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July 31, 2010 Posted by | Enoshima, Greenmax, Kato, Tomix, Tomytec | 2 Comments

More new Kato city buildings – now here !

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

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July 12, 2010 Posted by | Kato | 4 Comments

More new Kato city buildings (updated)

At the recent Shizuoka Hobby Show, Kato announced a new series of modern city buildings …

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May 30, 2010 Posted by | Kato | 2 Comments

New Tomytec city buildings

Tomytec have announced a series of city buildings, that will complement those already out from Kato …

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | Kato, Tomytec | 3 Comments

New releases from Tomix

Tomix have just announced their competition to Kato’s Unitram system, as well as a new Wireless controller !!!

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April 18, 2010 Posted by | Kato, Tomix | Leave a comment

N-Gauge of the Year 2009

After analysing and translating the results from a popular Japanese new release blog page, I have tabulated the top 5 releases from last year …

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January 5, 2010 Posted by | Greenmax, Kato, Kawai, MicroAce, Modemo, Statistics, Tomix, Tomytec | Leave a comment

Tomix’s answer to Kato’s ‘Unitram system’ (updated)

Tomix has reacted to the interest in Kato’s new ‘Unitram’ system by announcing further releases in their street trackage components, and also by introducing some new vehicles …

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December 28, 2009 Posted by | Kato, Tomix, Tomytec | 4 Comments

New products from all the manufacturers

A number of exciting new releases were announced over the weekend at the 49th All Japan Model Hobby Show …

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October 11, 2009 Posted by | Kato, Modemo, Tomix, Tomytec | 1 Comment

‘Enoshima’ gets a new Freeway

There have been more changes made to Enoshima, in time for the Newcastle exhibition this weekend …

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August 24, 2009 Posted by | Enoshima, Kato, Tomytec | 2 Comments

Kato announce ‘Unitram’ system

After the surprise announcement of their release of the Toyama City Light Rail Transit ‘Portram’ at the Matsuya Ginza exhibition last month, Kato have made the big announcement at JAM2009 of a track system to suit …

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August 20, 2009 Posted by | Kato | 11 Comments

more new buildings on ‘Enoshima’

With the arrival of more new Tomytec houses, there have been more real estate changes !!!

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July 21, 2009 Posted by | Enoshima, Kato, Tomytec | Leave a comment

New buildings for ‘Enoshima’

The release of more new buildings from Kato, Greenmax & Tomytec have forced many changes to the real estate landscape on Enoshima !!!

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May 23, 2009 Posted by | Enoshima, Greenmax, Kato, Tomix, Tomytec | 2 Comments