Wrong instructions in HO Kato locomotive package?

zaulden Nov 8, 2018

  1. zaulden

    zaulden TrainBoard Member

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    I bought an HO Kato locomotive off eBay, listed as brand new. The circular tape stickers on the two sides of the box were unbroken, and I sliced them open.

    The locomotive is what I expected, and the rails, etc. are not opened or applied. However, it appears to have the wrong instruction pamphlet. It has instructions for the Kato Amtrak Superliner Passenger Car.

    Has anyone had this happen before? Could the eBay seller actually have opened this package previously and mixed up instructions? Or could this be an error on Kato's part?
     
  2. dalebaker

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    Considering, any of the above could be true. See if you can find the instruction on their website.
     
  3. zaulden

    zaulden TrainBoard Member

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    I perused the KATO web site and couldn't find instructions on the product page. I ended up Googling and somewhere else on their site KATO had instructions, but for an older model of the GP35. (The new one has some more detail - wipers, etc.). I think I'd need to call them to see if they have new instructions.

    The seller on eBay got back to me and it sounds like I will probably be getting the proper instructions mailed to me, so I'm feeling a lot better about this.
     
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  4. astrotrain

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    Its pretty simple to know where the parts go' as some Kato Loco's come with handrails ect that you have to put on. I love Kato' they are the smoothest running Loco's out their. Just wished they made more choice's.
     
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  5. zaulden

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    Interestingly, my seller claims to have to gone through their stock of the same Kato locomotives to get an instruction pamphlet for me, but they all have incorrect instruction pamphlets. I was told it is likely an error in packaging at the factory.

    I hope that's not an indication of quality! (I know Kato is very highly regarded).
     
  6. dalebaker

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    The wipers are usually predrilled. If I remember correctly, on the outer front and rear wipers they are oriented to the outside edge of the cab. The front double wipers are oriented so the blades are on the fireman’s side of the window.

    If you google EMD GP-35 and look at pictures, you will find they would end up on either side of the windows. I usually install mine with a pair of tweezers and get them started in the hole then very carefully push them the rest of the way in with the back edge of an exacto knife.

    Same for sun shades, they are usually predrilled as well. I don’t think that anyone puts out a model anymore with details like those where the hole are not already done.

    Unless it an new/old Athearn BB where they put dimples where the grabs went. I just did a Frisco GP38 and drilled the grabs, air lines and added sunshades. It can be done!

    Go for it!
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2018 at 3:33 AM

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