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Awesome DHL Again!
DHL has again served me well. This package was picked up in Japan yesterday (6/25) at 12:48pm and just arrived at my doorstep today (6/26) at 17:25pm...Amazing...less than 2 days in these times is remarkable...isn't it?

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Nice little haul, too!
I've had packages from Amazon Japan end up the same way.
Making Customs, Filming Videos and looking for the purest engines. That's how I roll here on Blue Plastic Tracks.

meanwhile eBay's international priority shipping program delayed my purchase.
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Well, it has to be quick, Super... You've got 24 pigs shipped with those KF-03 cars, you know!  Big Grin
Planning a farm on your layout?  Wink
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Observation on the Pig Wagon.

I think I have seen this on a different recent release of a Plarail rolling stock but can't remember which. The wheel system has changed. Gone is the chassis with a clip that holds the wheel axle. The chassis is one piece and the wheels and axles are made together. What I mean about that is the wheels are affixed to the axle so the whole axle and wheel have to move together. Not sure if this way is for better rolling than the original with the wheels independent of the axle or its just a easier way to make and install them.

One thing that is better with these wheels is that there is no wobble (side to side) like the originals. These new wheels are a tab bit bigger around and a tad bit thinner. Another thing that I am disappointed in is that I was going to swap out the grey wheels with black on these but although the older wheels and axles fit there is more wobble to them with the clearances on this chassis. So unless in the future they make some of these wheels in black instead of grey on some stock I will be out of luck with swapping.

So in conclusion...these do look to make the car more stable I am not sure if they rotate better than the wheels that are separate from the axles.

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Congratulations! Does the axle and the axle cover look misaligned here? This issue is more prominent on the rail transport car, where both axles are misaligned.

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I see what you mean. Taking those same wheels off the wagon and they don't look off but maybe a little. Two things I just noticed is that this axle is not as strong as the original where I think it can be bent and the other is that, by themselves these wheels roll great on a flat surface by themselves. Much better than the original by themselves.

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Well, that's an important change... I have many R-28 double points on my layout and some cars with especially loose wheel/axle combination tend to jump a bit off the rails and even derail sometimes there. If the wheels and axles are made together now, this may solve that problem, we'll see...
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Here is misaligned too. The side axle covers.

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Oh...thats what you were referring to Vio. I thought you were talking about the wheels on the axle being misaligned.

Looking at it again and a bit closer, the rear axle looks to be perfectly covered and the front axle is just a bit off.

Are those axles on the Rail Transport Car the old style or the new like the Pig Wagon?

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Should be new style because they are released together.
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My observations on the new, re-released Crane Car (KF-08). The best Train vehicle Plarail/Tomy/Trackmaste/Hit etc ever released.

This is exactly a match for the original that came exclusively in 2009 in the "Protect the Rails, Track Maintenance Set".  This very detailed Crane is exact and they must have used the original molds. There is only one difference. and that is how the 2 vehicles connect.

The original has a long white, rubber like, sealed doubled ended coupling where the two cars can not be separated. This new version has an exclusively long hard plastic coupling that can be 'un-coupled'. I am not so sure this was a good idea as this exclusively made can easily be lost leaving the owner without a means to couple up short of a hand made one. The rubber of the original made it very flexible so I am wondering what there reasoning was for the replacement unless they heard complaints. The longer length is needed so the outriggers would clear the support car going around curves. If anything they should have made one end of the coupling a sealed circle like the normal ones so it wouldn't easily get lost.

I must admit that I was hoping that a new release would have improved upon the connection points for the cranes boom along with the movable roof cover for it. These easily pop off and with rough handling by children can be lost or damaged but no changes were made as this is an exact match. You see many for sale in the Japan Auctions with either parts or both missing.

One other thing to mention on this beauty is the fact that neither can have anything coupled after it. There is now where a coupling can go on the rear of the Crane Car so this would have to be the last cars in your rake of rolling stock running on the rails.

Below is a picture showing the comparison of a regular coupling next to the longer couplers that come with Plarails DD51 and DE10 Diesels. Then the longest one is what comes with this crane.

I  love this Crane and love the fact that they didn't cut corners as it has six wheels to simulate the need of carrying a heavy piece of machinery along with the weight it would be lifting.

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The long couplings can be used for C-57 SL, where the 2 couplings can be removed to be replaced by 1 long coupling. Its almost a staple asset in the Plarail inventory.

Even after the crane is released, the Protect The Rails Track Maintenance All Stars set still goes for a very high price. Say around 22000 yen or more.
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(06-29-2020, 06:58 PM)Vio Wrote:  Its almost a staple asset in the Plarail inventory.

Really??? I have not seen any this long before. Where were you getting them from.

The C-57 is a 'Push' engine, wouldn't it have trouble using a long coupling like this rather than the special hook and coupler made so the side to side movement is reduced?
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