In order to help out hobbyists who are just getting started with G scale, I’ve been working on some track related pages lately.
First of all, I am working on an overview of track manufacturers, but this is still a work in progress as we speak. A newly added page is the ‘Rail Joiners‘ page, which lists a number of rail joiners and rail clamps from various manufacturers. Also new is a page with insulating rail clamps and isolated track sections. I have also updated the ‘How to Remove Rail Joiners‘ page.
Nobody likes cleaning the track, so I’ve listed a few track cleaning cars and tools that make your life easier: Track Cleaning.
I have a few more roundups planned, and the existing ones will be expanded further over time. That’s it for now, see you in the next one…
Grootspoor.com offers several detailing sets for locomotives from PIKO and LGB. If I am not mistaken, Grootspoor originally did the design of those and later cooperated with Massoth for the distribution.
A new offering is a detailing set for the PIKO TEE diesel multiple unit train. This set of detailing parts contains all the parts you need for the decoration of both power car cabins. All parts are plastic, and come in white. Looking at the pictures, it seems the parts are 3D printed.
The detailing sets is available for € 259,95. Link: Grootspoor.com
Dutchman Lammert Boerman from ‘Modelbouw Boerman’ now offers a ‘Deutsche Reichsbahn’ 99 5903-2 Mallet in a historic green livery (as used in 1974).
More information can be found on their website, unfortunately only in German or Dutch.
Link: Modelbouw Boerman
I just had a look in the PIKO webshop, and noticed pretty much all prices have increased for their G scale range.
Let’s use some of the 2015 New Item products for a comparison. The ‘old’ 2015 MSRP prices are taken from the PIKO 2015 New Items page here on GSN, the new MSRP prices can be found in PIKO’s webshop.
||‘Old’ MSRP 2015
||New MSRP 2015
| US ‘Mogul’ Steam Locomotives
|| € 400,00
|| € 445,00
| BR 64 Steam Locomotive
|| € 510,00
|| € 555,00
| BR 24 Steam Locomotive
|| € 595,00
|| € 650,00
| BR 103 Diesel Locomotive
|| € 310,00
|| € 335,00
| Silver Coin Control Car Wittenberg
|| € 250,00
|| € 270,00
| D&RGW Work Caboose
|| € 130,00
|| € 145,00
Those are just a few examples, it seems like prices have gone up on the entire product range. I don’t see any price changes yet in internet webshops, so better hurry with your order before their prices will be changed as well!
KISS Modellbahnen announced there will be a 10% price increase on their products at 1 July 2015. The increase does not apply to already ordered products. KISS states that, as a result of the weak Euro, the German company experiences higher production costs as they cooperate with international partners (e.g. Asia).
Source: KISS Newsletter April 2015
LGB announced their ‘Summer New Items’ for 2015, check them out here: LGB Summer New Items 2015