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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2019, 03:03:17 AM »
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Might bode well for possible future trolley/light rail models.
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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2019, 01:36:27 PM »
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If only they stuck a 4 axle power unit in that electric's body...

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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2019, 04:49:15 PM »
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If you can manage to chuck a drill in a power drill you can turn down the flanges on anything with split axles, as long as you have a decent file and a sense of adventure.   

The original 11-103/4 had dual shafts with worms on them, which was really sweet.   If they have come up with a coreless motor with longer, double shafts on it... with Kato quality and 'maybe' standard worms, that's another paradigm shift as the only thing like that out there that I've found was the motor on the Bachmann 44/70 tonner motor, and those are darn hard to obtain.

If this comes out in the $20-30 range, yeah, all kinds of ideas.  You don't need parts when the whole chassis is in the price range of a decent motor.


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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2019, 09:25:56 PM »
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But what about MY needs? :|
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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2019, 02:48:12 PM »
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Tomytec, buddy.    Tomytec.   Plastic frame, removable sideframes, dual flywheels, 8x8 drive and pickup, cut and splice a chassis to the exact length you need.  Different truck wheelbases available, inside bar or outside end-axle pickups.   Other than you don't have a cast frame to fight with, equal to Kato in performance.

My doodlebug got Bachmann white gear disease and spilled its wheels right out of the box.   Never ran right anyway.   This is what was parked on the siding at Trunkeyville on my T-trak module at Altoona, looks like any other Bachmann doodlebug....but it's not.



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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2019, 03:18:56 PM »
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Tomytec, buddy.    Tomytec.   Plastic frame, removable sideframes, dual flywheels, 8x8 drive and pickup, cut and splice a chassis to the exact length you need.  Different truck wheelbases available, inside bar or outside end-axle pickups.   Other than you don't have a cast frame to fight with, equal to Kato in performance.

My doodlebug got Bachmann white gear disease and spilled its wheels right out of the box.   Never ran right anyway.   This is what was parked on the siding at Trunkeyville on my T-trak module at Altoona, looks like any other Bachmann doodlebug....but it's not.


plus they run great on dirty track.

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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2019, 04:11:22 PM »
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A HOn30 modeler asked me about a power chassis because the Kato chassis cost too much. So I checked ebay and there are 11-103 chassis asking $104, even amazon has them for like $85. These things used to be $17-19 all day.

Wonder why they went up so high?

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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2019, 08:44:19 PM »
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A HOn30 modeler asked me about a power chassis because the Kato chassis cost too much. So I checked ebay and there are 11-103 chassis asking $104, even amazon has them for like $85. These things used to be $17-19 all day.

Wonder why they went up so high?

Was that price at plaza japan?
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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2019, 06:25:53 PM »
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Don't think so:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2060353.m570.l1313.TR1.TRC0.A0.H0.Xkato+11-103.TRS0&_nkw=kato+11-103&_sacat=0

Nope. I looked and plazajapan doesn't have these listed yet.  So those prices you see are from some unscrupulous sellers out to make a buck.  :RUEffinKiddingMe:
Plazajapan does have the complete train sets (pre-order) using the new mechanisms, and the complete set only costs $32, so I would expect the mechanism alone (when available) to cost less than that.
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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2019, 06:33:26 PM »
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I'm not sure any of these are the new version. But the old ones even an "expensive" on was like $25. It is like overnight all the prices went way up.

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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2019, 12:33:07 AM »
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I'm not sure any of these are the new version. But the old ones even an "expensive" on was like $25. It is like overnight all the prices went way up.

Had to be very recent, last time I took a look at them was in May and they were still $25 then.
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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2019, 04:06:04 PM »
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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2019, 05:28:48 PM »
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I had to buy one of these for a 3D shell I bought from the UK. Looked on eBay and those ridiculous prices seem to be the norm (seems to be that particular chassis, which is also used on their Pocket Line stuff and I paid $37 for a set a few years ago - they're now over $100) and you're right, they used to be cheap as chips. I found one for $20 on Amazon from Japan  but on delivery day I got a note from the seller saying it was destroyed in transit. I lucked out and got one from Italy for $25.
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Re: New Kato power chassis
« Reply #29 on: September 17, 2019, 06:11:38 PM »
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Tomytec, buddy.    Tomytec.   Plastic frame, removable sideframes, dual flywheels, 8x8 drive and pickup, cut and splice a chassis to the exact length you need.  Different truck wheelbases available, inside bar or outside end-axle pickups.   Other than you don't have a cast frame to fight with, equal to Kato in performance.

My doodlebug got Bachmann white gear disease and spilled its wheels right out of the box.   Never ran right anyway.   This is what was parked on the siding at Trunkeyville on my T-trak module at Altoona, looks like any other Bachmann doodlebug....but it's not.





I pulled the trigger.  Once I get it spliced to the correct length, I'll just have to work out getting the old sideframes on with the truck mount couplers to at least have that Retro look!
Thanks for the persistence!

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