N scale Kato Mikado question(s)

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by billk, Jan 21, 2002.

  1. billk

    billk Active Member

    Hi All
    I finally broke down and placed an order for the new N-scale Kato Mikado, and am waiting with worms in my mouth (i.e. with 'baited' breath) for it to arrive.

    I understand that there are a lot of teeny-weeny detail parts to be applied. Has anyone had the experience of doing this? Any suggestions?
    What sort of glue did you use? Do you recommend doing any weathering, etc., before or after the detailing?

    Bill K
  2. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member


    I'm sorry to hear that you got taken in by the infamous Kato Mikado scam. They're really terrible engines, and certainly not worth your time.

    Hey, I have an idea! I want to make a display locomotive to put in my town. How about your send that terrible little Mikado to me? I'm sure that it's adequate for display...

  3. billk

    billk Active Member

    Rory -
    How about I hand-deliver it? I plan to be down soon to look at that bridge you sold me.
    - Bill
  4. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    If by "hand deliver" you don't mean that you're going to deliver me your hand (in a fist), then sure! :)

  5. billk

    billk Active Member

    So, where should I deliver it to? Are you still living in that post office box? (Looks pretty roomy based on the photos you posted.)

    If there's anyone out there that can give me a serious answer re: the Mike, I'd appreciate it!
  6. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    It's interesting that you should compare my house to a post office box, because it is rather small. It's a topic that comes up at least once a day around here...as we bump into furniture and each other, and generally fail to find places to put things.

    And my answer was serious. I want that Mikado!!! :):):)

  7. billk

    billk Active Member

    Rory - Your answer may have been serious but I don't really remember asking that question.
  8. BDC

    BDC Member

    Hey bilk - In answer to one of you original questions, there are a good number of small parts to be put on. Unfortunately, my Mikado that arrived on Saturday was the wrong road name, so it goes back tomorrow. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: Which also means that I haven't applied any of the parts yet. However, I have noticed that this baby has the same no-pull power that the original run did. If you haven't ordered a set of traction tires or two, you might want to. Oh, well... back to the waiting game.:mad: :mad: :mad:

    (If you can't tell, I'm pretty :mad: about this. But, whatcha gonna do?)

  9. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    The simple solution to all of your frustrations: SEND THEM TO ME!!! I'd give them a good home, I promise!!

  10. billk

    billk Active Member

    Rory - Offering your first-born in trade won't work with more than one person at a time. Just in case you were thinking of it.
  11. mrgooch

    mrgooch Member

    Kato Heavy Mikado

    This is a reply to the person who was waiting for his Kato to arrive. Good new-Bad news
    When it comes to the detail parts it's a lost cause. They are making money on the sale of parts that were lost by you trying to assemble it. It's next to impossible!!! When I tried pulling some cars on my Scenic Ridge layout [ a 4% grade ] it could only pull 4 cars before it started slipping [ yes 4 ]. I had to purchase a traction tire upgrade [ should have been included ] it was a different story. I can pull 10 cars up that 4 % grade into a curve without a problem. Love the Heavy Mike. Buy it.
  12. RI541

    RI541 Member

    I tried to put one together for a friend,I got it done but if you want my advise send it to Rory with a small donation towards his display;)


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