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    The engine shop and the factory kit are the same thing. They have an extra end wall to make it into either one.
    Here are two that I built. The first one is a kit bash using the rear wall as another front. The second is one built stock that I will be putting on eBay.


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    Someday I'm going to have to find a use for at least part of that GreenMax factory building. It's just too cool looking not to.
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    Biggest problem with this kit is that its available as the factory or the engine house without the tanks and pipes. Also available as the factory with the accessories included. Or...the accessories are available as a separate kit. Since they call the accessory kit a "structure" kit, you have to be careful what you order, especially on eBay from sellers who are not familiar with this. There was one listed that I bid on and won. I had even asked the seller if it was the complete factory before I bid. I received the accessory kit. Luckily when I contacted him he gave me a full refund and told me to keep what I received. It is really hard to determine what is included in most GreenMax products from the picture on the box. The drawings they use often picture surrounding items that are not included. If buying new from Plaza Japan or Hobby Search it is not much of a problem since they generally have a photo of the parts.
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    There are three different accessories packages.
    Kit A - Contains the mechanical bits like the compressor, cranes and details.
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10169332

    Kit B - Specialized on the tanks and pipes. The one listed above.
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10169333

    Kit C - Contains the smokestacks, dust collectors and tall supports for the piping.
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10169334


    All three are currently available.

    Here's the link for the full boat
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10169331
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    $15 for the whole thing is such a deal. Woodland Scenics would call this a deluxe kit and charge $50

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    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    Keep in mind that some of those tomy building don't have actual windows, it's more like resin cars that you paint the windows black. I was interested in a couple of them but when I finally saw one in person and saw the windows were just painted on I changed my mind.

    Greenmax makes excellent kits and I'm always blown away at their prices compared to others. These are really good value kits.
    Are you sure those were TomyTec Kits?
    I've never seen them in a hobby shop. Walther only started selling them a few months ago. The ones I have, use smoked clear styrene in their window and door spaces.

    IMEX on the other hand molds their structure in one or twp pieces of white styrene and pad prints all the details like windows and doors. Looking a lot like they were made in the 60s out of cardboard. Or earlier on stamped tin.

    Graham Farish makes their Lyttle End line similarly using clear for the windows but printing textures rather than molding them. The station and carbarn on my Garfield Ridge Streetcar Museum layout are from GF and I added shingles to help them look better. I still need a way to improve the "stone" walls.
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    Speaking of windows...In yesterdays update from Hobby Search they had listed a new hotel from Greenmax. Picture looked pretty good. When I read the description it says that the windows and doors are printed on. I hope that this isn't going to be a regular feature from Greenmax.
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    I haven't seen this update yet. Can you post a link?

    It may be a lot better than you think.
    Many Japanese models will pad print onto 3D details enhancing them.

    The TomyTec Firetrucks that I have are done this way. Rather than making a cab with the window glass and body as separate pieces, the cab is molded in clear and all the detail color is added in paint. The window frames are even chrome and rubber. I consider the quality on par with the Athearn truck which are made of pieces. This lets the TomyTec vehicle cost less than $10 versus the $20+ for an Athearn.

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    GreenMax sells train their trains as undecorated and pre-painted kits as well as ready-to-run. Maybe they are trying this with the buildings.
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    Here's the link Mike.
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10232224
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    I think Liddle End series is/was Hornby but is now discontinued , and prices are creeping up.

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    Good lord, if they hadn't included the prototype picture I would have said that was an impossibly ugly building with an unbelievably bad billboard. I'd have said "Owch, typing some text onto a white page in ms-word does not make a realistic looking billboard, they should try looking at some actual logos and billboards"

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    While on the subject of U.K. manufacturers, check out Kestrel. Most of their kits are definitely British in style but a few detail changes (especially the chimneys) can "Americanize" them pretty well. They are easy construction and the cost is reasonable. I have done several and the only one I gave up on was the modern station which is all clear plastic and next to impossible to paint since it is mostly windows and glass doors. The window edges are not raised enough to be able to paint without getting paint on the glass areas.
    Here is a block of buildings made from 4 kits. This is one I sold on eBay about two years ago.

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    I love the apartment tower by Cosmic...great structure.....
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    Here's a link to the Cosmic tower building...
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10180238
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    And it's gone from Reserve to Waiting List.
    With enough requests it will come again.
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    Could people even fit in that building? After stairs and elevator there would be what, only 1 weird shaped apartment on each floor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmi View Post
    Speaking of windows...In yesterdays update from Hobby Search they had listed a new hotel from Greenmax. Picture looked pretty good. When I read the description it says that the windows and doors are printed on. I hope that this isn't going to be a regular feature from Greenmax.
    With a slow reading of the description the windows are not ink. The ones in the shops at ground level are smoked "glass", while the hotel windows are frosted. Most likely the door frames and details are painted. Unlike most GreenMax buildings this one is ready to drop on the layout. I suspect the undecorated kit will be half the price. This might be a promo model for the Hotel Chain.
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    You're probably right about the building being a promo. But then...who hasn't already heard of the 東京イン
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    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    Could people even fit in that building? After stairs and elevator there would be what, only 1 weird shaped apartment on each floor?
    Baron the concept of personal space in Japan is quite different than that of Canada. Remember they have hotels with rooms that are 1.25x1.25x2.5 meters in size. Many large Japanese homes could only be considered an Efficiency Apartment in North America.

    Enormous permanent layouts like Archer Heights are an extreme luxury. An around the room layouts, are a commercial enterprise where you rent track time. Given the output of the Japanese manufacturers, it's amazing that the country is not covered in N scale track.
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