Website Updates #6 2015

Over the past few weeks, I’ve made many small tweaks to the website. Here’s an overview:

The website theme I was using, worked pretty well on all devices. On desktop it works fine, and browsing the website on mobile or tablet is a pleasant experience as well. However, I did not like the huge white spaces all over the page (especially on desktop), and I sought to reduce this ‘wasted’ space on the screen. The header and menu elements are closer to eachother, and white space has been removed in other areas as well. The website feels a bit more ‘compact’ now on both desktop and mobile. There is still some work to be done.

I’ve added support for ‘Categories’ and ‘Tags’, which are now both added to the sidebar for easy access. Categories are what the posts are about (e.g. Rolling Stock, Electronics), tags show which brands are mentioned in the post (e.g. LGB, USA Trains), which railway companies are mentioned (e.g. D&RGW, DB, RhB) etc. The tags are just a test, your feedback is welcome (as always).

A few years ago, I started publishing some of the English content in a separate German section as I noticed a lot of Germans visited my site. I translated several pages of the G Scale Info section, provided the ‘New Items Archive‘ in German, and some of the Product Databases were available in German as well.

Statistics showed the German pages were barely used, so I decided to remove those pages and focus all my efforts on the English site (which is, and always has been, my priority). People who may have the German pages bookmarked, are automatically redirected to the corresponding English page to avoid getting a 404 error.

The PIKO G and POLA G ‘Service’ sections with manuals and parts lists have been updated with 2015 models.

Discontinued Items from PIKO

PIKO published a list of discontinued items for G scale. The items below are (almost) sold out at the factory, but they might still be available at your local shop. If you are interested in buying one of these models, you should definitely hurry.

  • 30017 Tank Car w/Brake Cab ‘OMV’, ÖBB III
  • 37305 Railbus VT 798 ‘Signaldienst’, DB AG VI
  • 37921 Passenger Car 2nd/3rd Class, DB III
  • 37937 Boxcar, DB III

PIKO G 30017PIKO G 37305
PIKO G 37921PIKO G 37937

Source: PIKO

PIKO America ‘Product Spotlight’ November 2015

PIKO America uploaded a new video that showcases new items that just arrived in the US from PIKO.

PIKO Germany delivered all the 2015 PIKO G scale new items last month, but – as always – worldwide availability takes a bit longer. An overview of all 2015 new item deliveries from PIKO: PIKO G New Items 2015 – Delivery Dates

Latest Arrivals from Prehm Miniaturen

Prehm Miniaturen released several new 1:22,5 scale figures. All figures are made from metal (unless stated otherwise), and hand painted.

500036 Shunter DR/HSB – 500037 Shunter DR/HSB – 500041 Fireman RhB
Prehm 500036Prehm 500037Prehm 500041

500051 Monk (grey) – 500051A Monk (brown) – 550052 Conductor RhB (plastic)
Prehm 500051Prehm 500051aPrehm 550052

500050 Pastor – 500119 Man with Mower
Prehm 500050Prehm 500119

Source: FGB-Berlin