Rokuhan Kiha 52 diesel railcar

kevsmith Apr 7, 2019

  1. kevsmith

    kevsmith TrainBoard Member

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    Finally got around to taking a closer look at the Rokuhan Kiha 52 railcar this weekend. Nicely detailed and a very smooth runner this is going to be a really useful vehicle at shows (on Sunday afternoon about half an hour before closing when I'm taking the rest of the stock off!) Just a couple of cosmetic issues that a few minutes with a paintbrush will solve and it is good to go

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    video here



    Kev
     
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  2. husafreak

    husafreak TrainBoard Member

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    If it runs anything like my new Rokuhan DB BR181 it must be nice. I’m very impressed with the BR181 even though I have little experience with trains.
     
  3. eXact Modellbau

    eXact Modellbau TrainBoard Member

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    Kev, thanks for posting this. I think the railcar does not run very well. The current consumption could be better. Flickering lights are always a good indicator. It should probably weigh more. Too much plastic.
     
  4. husafreak

    husafreak TrainBoard Member

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    Well I looked at the video and it is not running like my BR181. My BR181 is super smooth and the lights stay on bright from stop to any speed.
     
  5. z.scale.hobo

    z.scale.hobo TrainBoard Member

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    The rough operation looked more like a trackwork issue with the test loop as it ran smoothly on the large layout (nice layout Kev!). These have great electrical pickup and traction. Adding weights are an option due to so much real estate available inside the units.
     
  6. John Bartolotto

    John Bartolotto TrainBoard Supporter

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    Kev,

    That's so cool! What is the length of the body of the railcar and would you know if they are going to release non-powered cars to connect to this one?

    John
     
  7. kevsmith

    kevsmith TrainBoard Member

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    Hi John
    102mm long. The unpowered one is available but is only $8 dollars less than the powered one at Z-Track Centre. The powered ones are $99.

    I've seen them as low as $69 if you get them direct from Japan but there will be postage and taxes involved.

    There is also a newish model of a Kiha 40-200 from a firm called Platz that looks quite nice. next time I order something from over there I'll get one and see what it is like

    Kev
     

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