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Title: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 14, 2016, 07:30:11 PM
Hey all.

I haven't seen a post for new additions to everyone's fleets so I figured I'd start one. My recent additions came in a huge bundle that someone just wanted rid of. About $2000 worth of stuff for $275. Not bad ae. This is the Bachmann HO stuff I got.

Gordon the Big Engine
James the Red Engine
Percy the Little Engine
Salty the Dockside Diesel
Spencer the Silver Streak Engine
Gordon's Brake Coach
Henrietta
Troublesome Truck 1
Troublesome Truck 2
S.C.Ruffey
Flatcar
Sodor Junction Scenery

As well as plenty of other coaches, locomotives, and buildings from Hornby.

What has everyone else picked up recently?

Ryan



Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 14, 2016, 07:44:14 PM
Good post. I like this new Thread.

My most recent purchase for the Bachmann Thomas & Friends range was on the 02/11/2015 and they where x2 76038 Red Coach and x1 76039 Red Brake Coach.

My most recent Hornby Thomas & Friends purchase (A present from my Dad really!) arrived yesterday actually (13/01/2016)! It was R9243 Circus Tent No. 3.



Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 14, 2016, 09:59:48 PM
Let's just keep it to Bachmann products.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: TrainMan2001 on January 14, 2016, 10:46:05 PM
I got the Bachmann Deluxe Thomas & Friends Special Set for Christmas.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 15, 2016, 04:50:45 AM
What's in that one TrainMan2001?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 15, 2016, 05:14:13 AM
Let's just keep it to Bachmann products.

OK, sorry Titanic5972.

What's in that one TrainMan2001?

In Bachmann Thomas & Friends 00644 Thomas & Friends Special Train Set, you get:

Thomas the Tank Engine (With Moving Eyes)
Annie Coach
Clarabel Coach
Bertie the Bus
Harold the Helicopter
Sir Topham Hatt
12 Pieces of Curved E-Z Track
3 Pieces of Straight E-Z Track
Power Track
Speed Controller
Illustrated Instruction Manual  


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 15, 2016, 09:06:48 PM
TITANIC5972,WOW!!!!!what a score that was!Im just getting started. I have THOMAS,ANNIE,CLARABEL,SALTY,6TON WAGON,RASPBERRY TANKER,SALT WAGON,ez track,ATLAS
powered turntable,roundhouse,Clarksville station,and more I have not ordered yet.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 16, 2016, 05:13:44 AM
TITANIC5972,WOW!!!!!what a score that was!Im just getting started. I have THOMAS,ANNIE,CLARABEL,SALTY,6TON WAGON,RASPBERRY TANKER,SALT WAGON,ez track,ATLAS
powered turntable,roundhouse,Clarksville station,and more I have not ordered yet.
UPTODAY

You will have a lot too post here of your recent purchases Steve (UPTODAY). You have updated me very well by Personal Message's of what you have been buying.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: TrainMan2001 on January 16, 2016, 09:51:27 PM
I just bought today the Coal Wagon with Load and Troublesome Truck #1 NIB at a train show.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 16, 2016, 10:08:03 PM
I just bought today the Coal Wagon with Load and Troublesome Truck #1 NIB at a train show.

Is the coal wagon noticeably heavier than the normal trucks? Wasn't sure if the load is Moulded as part of the truck or removable.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 17, 2016, 04:45:51 AM
I just bought today the Coal Wagon with Load and Troublesome Truck #1 NIB at a train show.

I know this is off topic here, but is it worth me getting Bachmann Troublesome Truck #1 and Troublesome Truck #2, even though I own Hornby Troublesome Truck 1 and Hornby Troublesome Truck 2?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 17, 2016, 12:49:00 PM
Yes it is off topic and yes it is worth getting the Bachmann ones. The Hornby troublesome trucks, along with Toby, Bill, & Ben are hopelessly over scale, to the point of looking ridiculous. Switch to the Bachmann ones. And when you do, post it here.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 17, 2016, 12:56:22 PM
Yes it is off topic and yes it is worth getting the Bachmann ones. The Hornby troublesome trucks, along with Toby, Bill, & Ben are hopelessly over scale, to the point of looking ridiculous. Switch to the Bachmann ones. And when you do, post it here.

I am sorry for being off topic. Yes, I agree Hornby Toby, Bill and Ben where not scaled correctly.

Bachmann with their Troublesome Trucks have used the 7 Plank Open Wagon which is correct, where Hornby have used the basis of another Open Wagon, which is not the correct Wagon.

Do you think it is worth owning Hornby's and Bachmann's Troublesome Trucks 1 and 2?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 17, 2016, 03:48:40 PM
Hi everyone,Seems to me you cant have enough troublesome trucks!!!!!#1 and #2 look the same to me ?
STEVE


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 17, 2016, 04:42:57 PM
Hi everyone,Seems to me you cant have enough troublesome trucks!!!!!#1 and #2 look the same to me ?
STEVE

Yes, Hornby and Bachmann Troublesome Trucks 1 and 2 have pretty much the and faces, but you can never have too many.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: TrainMan2001 on January 17, 2016, 04:43:53 PM
The coal wagon is pretty much the same weight and the coal is removable.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 17, 2016, 05:38:46 PM
The coal wagon is pretty much the same weight and the coal is removable.

I like 77029 Coal Wagon with Load. I have bought 3 of them, as they are very nice. I take the coal load out too sometimes and then you get a nice Green Open Wagon.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 20, 2016, 02:06:50 PM
I now own x1 Bachmann Thomas & Friends 77018 Green Mail Car / Coach (Utility Wagon).


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 20, 2016, 05:06:29 PM
Jacob,how many thousands of dollars do I need to spend to catch up with you??????Love those green mail cars!!!!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 20, 2016, 06:12:33 PM
Jacob,how many thousands of dollars do I need to spend to catch up with you??????Love those green mail cars!!!!!!!
UPTODAY

Why are you saying that? I haven't got any dollars as I use pounds, but I don't have many of those either!

Yes, the Green Mail Coaches (Utility Wagon's) are nice. I have decided I am going to get 2 more of them!


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: SportyPup on January 20, 2016, 07:55:19 PM
Bachmann calls them "Green Mail Coaches" but I call them "Olive Utility Wagons."  I agree with other posters that Bachmann's word choice is more appealing to a general audience, but I think everyone here know what they really are ;)

As far as new acquisitions go, I spent my Christmas budget (plus just a tad more) on Skarloey and giving him a nice long train to pull.  I'll have to wait on the mail cars and anything else, but I mainly wanted to support Bachmann's latest venture and build my new N-Scale layout.

However, I did manage to get four blue open wagons in G scale at a very low price (less than 100 for all four) so I have that going too.  I agree that there can never be too many trucks on a Thomas layout


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 20, 2016, 08:19:05 PM
Bachmann calls them "Green Mail Coaches" but I call them "Olive Utility Wagons."  I agree with other posters that Bachmann's word choice is more appealing to a general audience, but I think everyone here know what they really are ;)

As far as new acquisitions go, I spent my Christmas budget (plus just a tad more) on Skarloey and giving him a nice long train to pull.  I'll have to wait on the mail cars and anything else, but I mainly wanted to support Bachmann's latest venture and build my new N-Scale layout.

However, I did manage to get four blue open wagons in G scale at a very low price (less than 100 for all four) so I have that going too.  I agree that there can never be too many trucks on a Thomas layout

I agree Bachmann must have called them Mail Coaches to make them more appealing, but of course it is just a Utility Wagon. I have not looked at it of being an olive colour, but I suppose it an olive colour. Personally I would prefer to be as bright at the prototype image, but I still like it being an olive colour.

I am hoping to get Skarloey soon. Just a bit of advice is that rather venturing into the N Gauge track, I recommend you get PECO's OO-9 Gauge track this is what Bachmann's Thomas & Friends Narrow Gauge range is based off and it will be better if you buy the track in this range, rather than in the N Gauge range.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 20, 2016, 09:42:23 PM
Jacob,I was complimenting your large collection,wondering what I would have to buy to equal your collection.We seem to have a language barrier.
LAYING TRACK
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 21, 2016, 04:06:21 AM
Jacob,I was complimenting your large collection,wondering what I would have to buy to equal your collection.We seem to have a language barrier.
LAYING TRACK
UPTODAY

Oh, sorry about this Steve (UPTODAY). I do not mean to have a language barrier between me and you and is my Thomas & Friends Collection bigger than yours then?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 22, 2016, 07:56:19 PM
NEW !!!! #58743 JAMES THE RED ENGINE,he really runs great!!!and also#77048 milk tank car!!!!slowly building up my T&F collection!!

JUST SAYING
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 22, 2016, 07:58:21 PM
NEW !!!! #58743 JAMES THE RED ENGINE,he really runs great!!!and also#77048 milk tank car!!!!slowly building up my T&F collection!!

JUST SAYING
UPTODAY

Congratulations on these new purchases Steve (UPTODAY). What do you think of James the Red Engine and the Tidmouth Milk Tanker?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 22, 2016, 08:31:46 PM
JAMES has a problem with the pilot truck wheels derailing coming into the switch points.Filing down the tip of the switch point helps,but not every time.the milk tanker has a very nice paint job!!!Tryed to get a glass of milk,but the tank was dry!!
UPTODAY

PS,thinking of putting weights on the pilot truck!!!


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 22, 2016, 08:38:46 PM
JAMES has a problem with the pilot truck wheels derailing coming into the switch points.Filing down the tip of the switch point helps,but not every time.the milk tanker has a very nice paint job!!!Tryed to get a glass of milk,but the tank was dry!!
UPTODAY

PS,thinking of putting weights on the pilot truck!!!

Oh, dear. I have heard there are number of faults on Bachmann James the Red Engine.

I like the 'trying to get a glass of milk out of Tidmouth Milk Tanker there! It is very funny Steve (UPTODAY)!

How many Bachmann Tidmouth Milk Tanker's do you own?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 22, 2016, 08:50:15 PM
Only have one milk tanker.Every time I buy one item ,Jacob buys three items.I will never catch up!!!!WHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 22, 2016, 09:04:39 PM
Only have one milk tanker.Every time I buy one item ,Jacob buys three items.I will never catch up!!!!WHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UPTODAY

Oh, I see what is happening. You want to buy as many items as I buy, Steve (UPTODAY)?

You need at lest one or two more Tidmouth Milk Tanker's.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 22, 2016, 11:05:56 PM
MY GOAL IS TO BUY THREE OF EVERY WAGON!!!!THREE RED MAIL WAGONS,and only one of the coachs with names,and only one each of the engines.All Bachmann Range!!!!
I might have to get a job mowing lawns or something,so I can catch up with MR. WILSON!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 23, 2016, 04:38:54 AM
MY GOAL IS TO BUY THREE OF EVERY WAGON!!!!THREE RED MAIL WAGONS,and only one of the coachs with names,and only one each of the engines.All Bachmann Range!!!!
I might have to get a job mowing lawns or something,so I can catch up with MR. WILSON!!!
UPTODAY

I employ a similar system too. I get x3 of every Wagon, but not with Wagon's like the Troublesome Trucks, S.C.Ruffey, Breakdown Crane's and Circus Wagon's. I only get one of each of these.

Maybe you need to get a job of a newspaper boy to get some pocket money, but you may look a bit odd doing this as a 69-year-old man!


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 23, 2016, 02:50:15 PM
Hi,everyone,still thinking on the James front truck derailment,probably better look back in the previous threads.
PERPLEXED IN PORTLAND,
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 23, 2016, 02:52:18 PM
Hi,everyone,still thinking on the James front truck derailment,probably better look back in the previous threads.
PERPLEXED IN PORTLAND,
UPTODAY

I have heard that Bachmann are going to re-design James in 2017, so if this happens, maybe Bachmann will sort this front bogie out on James. You would think Bachmann will anyway!


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 23, 2016, 02:58:38 PM
Hi,everyone,still thinking on the James front truck derailment,probably better look back in the previous threads.
PERPLEXED IN PORTLAND,
UPTODAY
I think I can assist here, I have a friend who has a Bachmann James. In James's front bogey, there's a spring underneath the screw that holds the bogey in place, unscrew the bogey completely, remove the spring and then re-screw the bogey back in place. The bogey itself should now move much more freely, provided the screw has not been over-tightened. This should solve the derailing problem.

Best of luck,
~Alex


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 23, 2016, 03:02:15 PM
Hi,everyone,still thinking on the James front truck derailment,probably better look back in the previous threads.
PERPLEXED IN PORTLAND,
UPTODAY
I think I can assist here, I have a friend who has a Bachmann James. In James's front bogey, there's a spring underneath the screw that holds the bogey in place, unscrew the bogey completely, remove the spring and then re-screw the bogey back in place. The bogey itself should now move much more freely, provided the screw has not been over-tightened. This should solve the derailing problem.

Best of luck,
~Alex

Good useful information here Alex (AJW98Productions), but why would Bachmann fit a spring that courses James' front bogie to derail?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 23, 2016, 03:08:33 PM
I imagine the spring was fitted to prevent the front bogey from moving too freely, worrying it could "flop around" as such and break. Edward, Henry, Gordon and Spencer don't have this feature though, I imagine Bachmann decided to strengthen the drawbars that hold in the bogeys instead of using a spring to hold the bogeys in place.

I feel this has strayed a little from this topic's intended course, anyone else have any new acquisitions to speak of?

~Alex


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 23, 2016, 03:13:02 PM
I imagine the spring was fitted to prevent the front bogey from moving too freely, worrying it could "flop around" as such and break. Edward, Henry, Gordon and Spencer don't have this feature though, I imagine Bachmann decided to strengthen the drawbars that hold in the bogeys instead of using a spring to hold the bogeys in place.

I feel this has strayed a little from this topic's intended course, anyone else have any new acquisitions to speak of?

~Alex

Maybe Bachmann fitted this spring when they designed James back in 2002 as they thought it would help. Clearly not though. Of course, Thomas, Percy and James where the first 3 Locomotives in the Bachmann released in the Thomas & Friends HO/00 Gauge range, so I guess they where not sure how to design them correctly back then.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 23, 2016, 03:43:00 PM
thanks,Alex for the info on my new acquisition!!!I will try that remedy before days end.MY new milk tanker is very handsome,but I must buy two more according to you know hooooo!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 23, 2016, 03:47:10 PM
also,my next ORDER will be PERCY,two red mail cars,And a brake van,which I may repaint dark brown.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 23, 2016, 04:04:33 PM
thanks,Alex for the info on my new acquisition!!!I will try that remedy before days end.MY new milk tanker is very handsome,but I must buy two more according to you know hooooo!!!
UPTODAY

That must clearly be to do with me Steve (UPTODAY), comparing our collections!

also,my next ORDER will be PERCY,two red mail cars,And a brake van,which I may repaint dark brown.
UPTODAY

How can you not have a Percy? Which Thomas Locomotives do you own?

You are not going to paint the Brake Van Purple then?!


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on January 23, 2016, 04:14:41 PM
THANK YOU ALEX!!!took out that spring and my new acquisition,James,made six laps around the main line with no derailments!!!!!
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!!!
UPTODAY

PS,JACOB,in my mind ,I have all the locos!!!!!!
(no purple)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 23, 2016, 04:22:47 PM
THANK YOU ALEX!!!took out that spring and my new acquisition,James,made six laps around the mine line with no derailments!!!!!
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!!!
UPTODAY

PS,JACOB,in my mind ,I have all the locos!!!!!!
(no purple)

You can't have all the Loco's in your mind!


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 23, 2016, 10:05:27 PM
I'm planning repainting the red coaches to something closer to what was in the original tv series, more of a mix between BR Bauxite Brown and GWR Indian Red. They look far too bright for my liking.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 24, 2016, 12:45:19 AM
THANK YOU ALEX!!!took out that spring and my new acquisition,James,made six laps around the main line with no derailments!!!!!
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!!!
UPTODAY
Glad to hear it worked then, best of luck with your other engines :)
I'm planning repainting the red coaches to something closer to what was in the original tv series, more of a mix between BR Bauxite Brown and GWR Indian Red. They look far too bright for my liking.
Dont forget the light grey (or gray if you prefer) roofs of the coaches.

Also to me in some light, those coaches look a BR Crimson colour...but it depends on the lighting of the shot, as in others they look a bit darker, and I'm assuming they are a little darker too.

Anyway, best of luck, and please post pictures if you can :)

~Alex


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 24, 2016, 01:23:29 AM
Yes the rooves will definitely be painted grey as well. Will definitely post pics when it's ready


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 24, 2016, 05:03:43 AM
I'm planning repainting the red coaches to something closer to what was in the original tv series, more of a mix between BR Bauxite Brown and GWR Indian Red. They look far too bright for my liking.

What's the matter with the Red Coaches as they are now? They are perfect too me. I think they are one of the Coach sets that Bachmann have ever released in Thomas & Friends HO/OO Gauge range.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 24, 2016, 06:50:50 AM
It's my own personal opinion Jacob. I am allowed them. I'm not telling everyone else they have to change the colour of their red coaches. It is my own choice to repaint them.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 24, 2016, 07:08:57 AM
It's my own personal opinion Jacob. I am allowed them. I'm not telling everyone else they have to change the colour of their red coaches. It is my own choice to repaint them.

I know it is your personal decision. I am sorry for upsetting you.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Griffin on January 31, 2016, 04:20:10 PM
I got a cheap, almost-new Toby off of ebay- yippee!


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 31, 2016, 06:07:30 PM
Nice win there James


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Griffin on February 01, 2016, 03:41:24 PM
Nice win there James
I was thrilled-- $18 US!!


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 01, 2016, 07:24:32 PM
Wow $18? Really nice win there lol


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on February 06, 2016, 04:51:17 PM
(http://puu.sh/mYgxE/2a6ce3b4ef.JPG)

Might not be an actual "Thomas and Friends" purchase but a fellow member from my model railroad club was selling logs that used to belong to a friend of his.  There were about 100 of them so I split them amongst two other friends at the club and I took 30 for my flat cars.  

(http://puu.sh/mYgy7/8dd1ec7f31.JPG)

I'm pretty happy with how these look on my flat cars.  I honestly never cared that much for the paint drums that came with the flat cars and I thought that logs would have been a more suitable load.  I never got around to getting logs for the flat cars until last night, and I'm glad I did.  I would even go as far as to say that the flat cars actually performed better on my layout than when carrying the paint drums because the paint drums were so light making the already light flat cars have a higher chance of coming off the tracks, whereas my logs made the flat cars perform a lot better on my layout.  

(http://puu.sh/mYi3f/38af40e47d.jpg)

Had a great time running them on my layout and I especially think they look great behind Henry in particular.  I also hope you enjoy my sense of humor that also made it in two of these pictures. ;)  Looking forward to Oliver and Toad next!


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 04:56:56 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #53 By Chaz: Good pictures Chaz. I love the look of your layout, plus some brown paint on those wooden logs would go down a treat. I hope you will post more pictures of your layout and your Thomas Collection. I am really interested in seeing more.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on February 06, 2016, 05:08:47 PM
Great pictures Chaz.I found the humor in your last picture,but Im playing"wheres waldo"with the other photos.Looks like the baggage handler had too many beers!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 05:14:42 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #55 By UPTODAY: I have actually read Chaz's post about 5 times now carefully and slowly, but I just cannot spot them! Can anybody point them to me, please?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on February 06, 2016, 05:46:21 PM
Hi Chaz,log loads should be chained down with load binders on class one railroads,logging railroads maybe.
JUST SAYING
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on February 06, 2016, 06:25:32 PM
Thanks for the input guys!  I may add more color and details for the logs and possibly chaining the load.  It might look a little plain for now but I may get around to it soon.  Hard to say no to a good deal from a friend in my club. 

The jokes were the Porter's baggage trolley breaking with suitcases falling out was one of them and the other was Gordon pulling the red coaches instead of the express coaches. 


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 06:38:19 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #58 By Chaz: Your welcome Chaz, for the input on behalf of myself and Steve (UPTODAY) have given you. I do recommend you chain the log loads up as well, just like Steve mentioned to you.

I did think that Gordon pulling the Red Branchline Coaches was one of the jokes and had been done on purpose, from what I mentioned last night in 'The Everything Thomas Thread'. It was very good Chaz.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on February 07, 2016, 05:02:44 PM
Chaz, very nice log cars ,realistic looking layout.lots of THOMAS STUFF!!!,I am soooooooooo jealous.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 07, 2016, 05:42:21 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #60 By UPTODAY: I am jealous as well. I never even managed to get the Flat Car with Paint Drums, so even if I had these logs, I wouldn't ave anything to put them on.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: mully on February 10, 2016, 10:06:20 AM
Latest additions to my layout were James and the red Coaches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2rqDrj3G3k James Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWHVkjyhDbA Coaches Review. Hoping to Add Toad next. I have a list of engines I want by the end of the year   ;D


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 10, 2016, 10:16:12 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #62 By mully: Are you going to get another Red Coach? I recommend you do. A set of three of these are nice, and this what I have.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Duke on February 10, 2016, 02:43:57 PM
I've just brought Iron 'Arry from ebay. Brand new & sealed package for only $27.50. Original price tag still on it says $99.99. So that was quite a good deal I think.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on April 20, 2016, 07:55:31 PM
Between the last two or so months I managed to order some new rolling stock on my layout, and I figured I would share them here.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2yy1jr5.jpg)

The maunsell coaches were amazing when I picked them up, they really do justice for express coaches on my layout.  I'd recommend them to anyone who is looking for express coaches while Bachmann's are discontinued.

The CCT van arrived today, which I'm pretty excited about.  The quality is amazing and does its justice as a flying kipper van on my layout.  Bachmann really outdid themselves with this one.

And last but not least, Toad.  Not a lot to say aside from the mainline recolor used to make Toad happen.  I'm surprised by the coupler choice too as it is an NEM coupler which is a lot smaller than their usual hook-and-loop coupler.  Honestly the only issues I have are the missing decals on only one side and the silver buffers, but fortunately the latter can just be repainted.  Though it's understandable why these have happened since Toads design was based on his whole CGI form and these inevitably got carried on to the Bachmann model.  At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if Oliver was based on his CGI form too, which I wouldn't mind as long as they got him to the right scale.  As a whole though, Toad is a great model and I recommend it to anyone who is interested.

Overall pretty happy with these additions, looking forward to Oliver and Rheneas next. :)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: JD417 on April 21, 2016, 09:10:25 PM
Those coaches look much better than the ones Bachmann decided to use, Chaz.

In regards to what we would like for Bachmann Oliver, as long as he has a white running board, and isn't CGI Scaled, I'll be buying him as soon as possible. If they screw him up, and make him stand out compared to the other 1-10 numbered engines, I'm going to be extremely thrown off from purchasing him.

It's like, we have 1-10 in model series style, then there's just the last numbered engine, 11, being from a completely different realm of the television show. That would be a no-buy from me.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Metal on April 23, 2016, 04:55:34 PM
Since Bachmann has discontinued their Express Coaches, I have the Hornby ones instead.

Here's my Express Coaches

Gordon's Express Coaches
(http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt213/nykrivas/20160423_123500%201_zpsfql0lm1q.jpg)
James' Express Coaches
(http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt213/nykrivas/20160423_122216%201_zpsidoid7fg.jpg)
Spencer's Special Coaches
(http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt213/nykrivas/20160423_121707%201_zpsemppdijp.jpg)

All by Hornby

As you could see how well they go nicely.
With Gordon
(http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt213/nykrivas/20160423_123522_zpsqkz5ci38.jpg)
I know they're called James' Express Coaches, but I perfer them more with Henry, plus he was seen more often with them than James in the show.
(http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt213/nykrivas/20160423_122240_zps40owckqu.jpg)
With Spencer
(http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt213/nykrivas/20160423_120410_zpsgfwyp4yi.jpg)

Considering that Bachmann has discontinued their Express Coaches, the Hornby ones could serve as great alternatives. The coaches also by Chaz work nicely as well.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on April 24, 2016, 06:21:29 PM
Hey Chaz and Metal,Those coaches are out of this world!!!!wow!!!!!However,I only have 18" radius curves so that might not look too good.I will keep dreaming!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on April 26, 2016, 10:17:40 PM
Hey, Chaz, what is a CCT VAN?????from your pictures????I can not figure this out?
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on April 27, 2016, 02:47:32 AM
The CCT stands for Covered Carriage Truck.  On the show these have been used on a couple of different freight trains, most notably the flying kipper. 

Here is a better photo of it:

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2n8bnsz.jpg)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on April 27, 2016, 02:24:08 PM
OK CHAZ,this has to be another one of your jokes!Where did that van come from?did you scratch build it?
time to own up!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on April 27, 2016, 02:39:14 PM
No jokes this time, this came from Bachmann UK and I ordered it from Hattons.  Here is a link if you are interested:

http://www.ehattons.com/52642/Bachmann_Branchline_39_528_Ex_Southern_CCT_Covered_Carriage_Truck_BR_Blue/StockDetail.aspx


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Metal on April 29, 2016, 12:28:49 AM
Hey Chaz and Metal,Those coaches are out of this world!!!!wow!!!!!However,I only have 18" radius curves so that might not look too good.I will keep dreaming!!!
UPTODAY
Actually the coaches and big engines like Gordon and Henry are able navigate 18" radius curves with no problems. :)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on April 29, 2016, 09:40:55 PM
Hey,Metal,thanks for the info on track radius.Where did you get your Hornby coaches????
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Metal on May 08, 2016, 11:59:38 PM
A bit of a late reply, I got the coaches from ebay, however ehattons has Gordon and James Coaches up for pre-order.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Metal on June 25, 2016, 08:16:42 PM
New items

Red Branchline Coaches
(http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt213/nykrivas/Mobile%20Uploads/20160625_165724_zpsnzu0vdvg.jpg)

While they do go great with most of the engines. I personally think they work best with......

Edward
(http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt213/nykrivas/Mobile%20Uploads/20160625_170101_zpstr5xhw6x.jpg)




Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on June 26, 2016, 02:56:43 PM
Went to New York recently so managed to get a pretty good haul.

Arry and Bert
Skarloey
Toad
And Red branchline coaches

And with Arry Bert and Skarloey my Bachmann loco collection is almost complete only need Celebration Thomas and the speed activated sound Thomas. Until Oliver and Rosie come out.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Sparks on June 26, 2016, 10:06:09 PM
How could you forget Rheneas? He's guaranteed to be better than Oliver and Rosie (especially Rosie...). ;)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on June 27, 2016, 07:52:11 AM
Come on Sparks what you got against Rosie? and yh i forgot Rheneas *smashes head against wall* i am most looking forward to Sir Handel and Duncan hopefully Bachmann keep going with the narrow gauge engines. sadly I don't think they will make Duke unless he retuns to the series.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: ClrwtrMK2 on June 27, 2016, 10:31:33 AM
Come on Sparks what you got against Rosie?

He's right, Rosie is the best post 7th Season character ever made. >:(


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: thomasj219 on June 27, 2016, 01:28:15 PM
I wouldn't go that far. But she's not bad. I'm actually kind of looking forward to the model.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Metal on June 27, 2016, 01:43:07 PM
Alright look before things get hostile

Let me say that while all the classic characters haven't been finished, at least almost all of them are.

Second of all...
Come on Sparks what you got against Rosie?

He's right, Rosie is the best post 7th Season character ever made. >:(
Why is it that you often get upset, whenever you say something on this board? Going by your recent feed.

While it's good to see that there's alot of fans that would at least welcome Rosie into open arms, maybe not here on the fourm, but on the outside. However, you can't get upset if there's people that dislike one of your favorite characters. Anything you like/support is always gonna have an opposition.
For example, there's people that actually hate Stepney, as well as those with Hiro.  ::)
No one is against Bachmann making post-S7 characters, but compared to Rosie, it seems that there's people out there that would consider other characters outside outside the classic era, like those from the CGI era, that they would find more appealing, mostly due an individual's personal taste.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on June 27, 2016, 08:00:28 PM
Speaking as someone who owns the Bachmann Skarloey and has plans to get other narrow gauge products in the future (including Rheneas) I can't deny that the stuff in the Skarloey products is at a far superior quality.  Skarloey alone blows all the HO engines out of the water, even more than Duck and the Scottish twins.  That's not to say that the HO products are in a bad quality at all, including Oliver and Rosie, but the quality of the narrow gauge products is something that I have never seen in not just Thomas models but even most model trains in general before, which is why I think that the narrow gauge line is something special on its own.   Compared to Oliver, (since I'm not getting Rosie), Rheneas is the one I am most excited for and nothing will change that.

To those of you moaning over the Rosie comment made earlier, get over it, it's not that big of a deal.  More importantly, it doesn't change the fact that the model has been announced and it will be on its way at some point in the future.  That by itself should be something for you to look forward to.  Just be grateful for what's coming your way, especially considering how many bumps Bachmann has been going through in production lately, especially with Oliver.  If you don't agree with someone, be civil about it and give a reason for why you think a certain way.

Now, can we please go back to a more civil topic?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: UPTODAY on June 28, 2016, 08:54:42 PM
Bachmann,s 50 ton Climax,in ho scale,now thats real DETAIL!!!!!Makes Skarloey look like a kids toy!!!!!!
JUST SAYING,
UPTODAY


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: thomasj219 on June 29, 2016, 03:22:55 AM
Well in essence.....it is.

It's an amazing amount of detail given that it is a "toy".


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on October 09, 2016, 03:30:33 AM
While it's not a "Thomas" model specifically, I figured I would share my newest acqusation here.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/21eyxlc.jpg)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2r26q77.jpg)

Wilbert runs great, has superb detail and is an all-around fantastic model.  Wilbert has always been one of my favorite non-TV characters, so having a model of this particular locomotive is really exciting, especially since there is a limited quantity.  A huge thank you goes to DJ Models and Hayward's Trains for providing the model.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: DinoNTrains on October 09, 2016, 01:23:09 PM
That is really awesome, Chaz! A fine addition to your collection. :)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Anthony P2 on October 09, 2016, 01:50:00 PM
i just received my model of Wilbert too! it is one beautiful model! It's also my first DJM model, and will most certainly not be my last! ;)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: HLC Railroad on October 09, 2016, 10:21:43 PM
This can be considered a Thomas model as this engine (or atleast on if the same class) was in a learning segment on a cgi DVD. Just incase someone wants it to be removed for not having to do with Thomas. But other than that the model looks beautiful. It even looks like it might have interior detail. Anyways I can't wait to see Rheneas. Aswell as to UPTODAY, The props were mainly just oversized toys infact in the original (and quite frankly better) script of a certain special they were called oversized toys. The original models were intended to be toy like and were just O Scale engines. So Skarloey looking like a toy has more to do with the actual model than Bachmann.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: douglas on October 23, 2016, 08:55:35 AM
With a reluctant conversion to N scale for space reasons, I've picked up a Bachmann Prairie as a test loco until Rheneas eventually arrives. (Get over to Trainworld and get him for $90 while you can, btw.) Also waiting on the re-released Tomix Thomas ($60 as a 3-pack with A&C, $100 as a basic oval set, $150 as a "deluxe" set.)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: thomasj219 on October 23, 2016, 09:35:05 AM
Where is the TOMIX stuff? Haven't seen any.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: douglas on October 23, 2016, 04:45:30 PM
Here's the new 3-car pack with Thomas now having a CGI face. (http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=RAIL-22070&page=top%2Fsearch%2Flist%3Fs_keywords%3Dtomix+thomas%24pagemax%3D40%24getcnt%3D0%24pagecnt%3D1) The links to the sets are there too.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: sean1994rail on October 23, 2016, 05:03:35 PM
Here's the new 3-car pack with Thomas now having a CGI face. (http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=RAIL-22070&page=top%2Fsearch%2Flist%3Fs_keywords%3Dtomix+thomas%24pagemax%3D40%24getcnt%3D0%24pagecnt%3D1) The links to the sets are there too.
hope they extend the range to include Gordon and Edward as they initially promised.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: douglas on October 23, 2016, 05:34:46 PM
Well, I'd be happy with just the Original Six too. (I don't believe there was ever an Edward rumor along with the confirmed-to-have-been-cancelled Gordon.) But there's three more engines to re-release before they get there, if they go there at all.
I just hope, if they re-release the freight car packs, that they don't cost almost as much as the engines used to. I find it ridiculous that people are unironically asking $150 for a truck and a van on eBay when the whole range looks (tentatively) to be re-released over time.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on October 23, 2016, 05:44:17 PM
If Tomix's revival results to Gordon finally being produced along with other new engines like Edward and Toby being released, then I will be looking into collecting N scale Thomas models again.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 26, 2016, 01:42:53 AM
Merry Christmas!

I'm pleased to announce that for Christmas, I got Bachmann Toad, Troublesome Truck #4, and the ice cream wagon. All are great models. :)

(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p526x296/15698287_10206871854749545_28112506665484522_n.jpg?oh=966a01d3401f22cde9332583555de823&oe=58DD86C4)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on December 26, 2016, 04:46:50 AM
^Nice presents you have there, DinoNTrains! What is the Ice Cream Wagon like? I don't own of those (Yet), but I've been thinking about getting one!

Also, would it be possible to post some ore pictures of you're layout, in the near future? I would love to see more pictures. :)

UPDATE #1 (For Any Reader) (26/12/2016):
I've just ordered Troublesome Truck #5 on eBay, from OmniModels! Should be with me from 4th January onwards, apparently! I'm vey happy! :) :D

UPDATE #2 (27/12/2016):
Now I won't get my Troublesome Truck #5 from the 4th January onwards. I've had an email from the business I've bought it from and they are out of stock. Now I'm on the back-order for one! I hope I don't have to wait to long for it. :(

UPDATE #3 (10/01/2017):
OmniModels emailed me to say Troublesome Truck #5 has come back into stock and they asked me to confirm if I want it dispatched to me and I said "YES"!

UPDATE #4 (11/01/2017):
I received an email at 16:37, UK time zone, to say that my Troublesome Truck #5 has been dispatched! 


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 26, 2016, 11:59:06 AM
@WilsonProductions2: The Ice Cream Wagon is really nice. It's a little smaller than I imagined (as in, it's shorter height-wise than the ventilated van. And I thought it would be taller.). But other than that, I really like it!

As for the layout, I'll have to see if there's a current layout thread here. I'd love to share more pics of my layout.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on December 26, 2016, 12:22:12 PM
^ I thought that the Ice Cream Wagon's height is shorter compared to the Ventilated Van, of seeing pictures on the Internet. I thought I could be seeing things! Do you think I should get it, even though I own the Hornby Ice Cream Van?

Thanks. You could always create a Layout Thread, if you can't find an existing one.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on July 22, 2017, 07:53:41 PM
So recently the motor on my Bachmann Mavis burned out and I had to mail it to Bachmann to have the motor replaced.  So even though it's not a new acquisition per se, while running this model again it ran like it was brand new and I found myself thinking about how overlooked this model is compared to a lot of the other models they came before and after it.  So I figured that I would do a review of her since I believe she didn't get enough credit when she first came out.  So I figured would talk about the Bachmann Mavis, so here are my thoughts on her.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/339k09k.jpg)
Mavis was first announced with Edward back in 2007 not long after Toby and Spencer came out while Emily was delayed. By the time both of the models came out in 2008 they seemed to be very popular, but it was all too obvious that compared to the two, Edward was not only the better model but also had better sales and overall reception. This was because Edward was at a much higher demand then Mavis, and is a lot more of a popular character and well-known face to the younger audiences. Mavis on the other hand, was a lot more of a minor character despite being a classic character as well as not having a model available by Hornby prior to her Bachmann announcement her popularity just could not keep up with Edward's.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/5oi8v7.jpg)
Despite this, I feel that her addition to the range was completely natural, despite her roles being fairly minor, she was a very iconic character and was the main "token female character" until Emily was introduced.  It's really no surprise that Bachmann would announce her as she managed to appear briefly and every season since her debut.  She isn't the best model in the range by any means, but compared to the other two female characters that are currently in the range, I think Mavis is definitely the best one.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2078f9f.jpg)
In terms of aesthetics, they really hit the nail with the hammer on Mavis' design as it really resembles her appearance from season 6-11 since this was the most up-to-date design choice at the time of production.  This is most notably in regards to the facial expression given to the model as while it is a classic grin that's been seen since the third season, Bachmann had the eyebrows painted in the same way during the later era of the show.  

(http://i68.tinypic.com/10sagzs.jpg)
One common complaint I've heard about Mavis (or other diesel engines from the range in general) is how the windows are painted silver to hide the motor inside the model.  Personally this never bothered me, it might look a little bit off since it was never like this on the show, but if anyone is really bothered, it's a simple modification they can fix up themselves.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2me5ylu.jpg)
Aside from that though, I have no complaints on the design of the Mavis model as I think it's design is spot-on just like the Edward model that came out at the time as both of these models were a step up compared to its predecessors.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/31446x2.jpg)
In terms of running power, Mavis reuses the exact same motor and chassis as Toby. This is probably another reason why Bachmann made a model of her, as well as having such a simple design to work with.  Why Bachmann hasn't looked into her yet for large scale is beyond me, but I'll leave that for a large scale collector to go in depth on that one at their own time.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/5wfm10.jpg)
So with that in mind, the Mavis model does run pretty smoothly, just like the Toby model. And while also using the same motor is Toby it is also evident that Mavis is not exactly a strong hauler.  Personally I would've preferred to see Mavis be a better hauler with more weight added than Toby seeing as how she is a more modern locomotive and could actually probably pull a lot more than Toby on the show.  Really though at the end of the day, Mavis doesn't typically pull a lot of rolling stock on the show so it wouldn't really make a huge difference to the consumers and Bachmann themselves.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2uzb447.jpg)
If you give Mavis a couple of wagons, loaded or not, the performance that you would be looking for the model should be just fine.  Do not expect anything extraordinary out of this model though, otherwise you might find yourself disappointed with the model in this area.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/73mio9.jpg)
Overall, while this review was basically a blast from the past, it's good to look back at old models from the range to and I personally think that Mavis still holds up pretty well to this very day.  I would honestly still stand by my belief that this is the best model of a female character in the Thomas range and comes highly recommended by me.  If you do not have this model already, I would honestly encourage you to look into buying this model while you still can.  If you are a classic series fan or even just a collector of Thomas models in general, I would say that this model is definitely worth looking into. It may seem a little random for me to review her but seeing as how she recently got fixed from Bachmann I figured this would be a good way to show appreciation for them.  Plus I also think it's a good time to encourage others to look into this model because (unlike stupid Rosie) Mavis is a good quality model that would look great in anyone's collection and is actually worth the investment.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/357en9v.jpg)
A huge thank you to Bachmann's service department for getting this model back to me in good working order.  It's great knowing that Bachmann is not only great for producing quality models but their service department really deserves all they credit they can get.


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Metal on October 23, 2017, 08:47:27 PM
Thought I might bring back this thread

Bought some Dapol Vans off Ehattons.

Perhaps not the most Thomas accurate colors...
(https://i.imgur.com/ffqBDcp.jpg)

But they do go nice for mixed Sodor Goods Trains
(https://i.imgur.com/QWlFKyr.jpg)

Any thoughts??


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Plow Bender on October 24, 2017, 11:14:54 AM
You say the colors possibly aren't accurate to Thomas & Friends, but personally I don't think you're too far off from basically having this.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/f/ff/ToadStandsBy8.png/revision/latest?cb=20150330234153)

Overall I think they look pretty good.  Kind of makes me wish I was still modeling in HO/OO scales.  Hoping to get my hands on a few of Bachmann's large scale vans to add to my collection and maybe make a 3rd troublesome truck unless Bachmann beats me too it.

-Rusty


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Chaz on November 04, 2017, 07:27:07 PM
So I recently picked up a few things from my local hobby shop, the first is the water tower:

(http://i63.tinypic.com/fjqizd.jpg)

Might do an in-depth review on this later, but I was debating on getting this or the square water tower.  Upon closer inspection (for once the blister packaging was helpful) and I noticed that the square water tower looked way to small in comparison to an engine.  Therefore I went with the round one, since it was cheaper, better details, and looked much better in size.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/24bnr0y.jpg)
Only modification I made to the water tower was a simple one... just added water!

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2il0rc1.jpg)

I also picked up some logs to replace my old ones.  They were made by a local company in my state, Oregon, and I picked up about three packs for 5 dollars each.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/25je8gg.jpg)
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2iv1ta1.jpg)

The result was far more satisfying than my older logs since I got those for free.  These logs, while I had to pay for them, have much better details carved into them and I am really happy to have log cars on my set up... no need to buy Bachmann log cars if they were ever announced.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/8x1pnk.jpg)

Going back to the earlier subject, would anyone like to hear my thoughts on the water tower(s)?


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 04, 2017, 11:56:48 PM
I can only speak for myself, but I'd certainly be interested in hearing an in-depth review of the water tower you recently got, Chaz. :)

As for your new vans, Metal. I'm pretty sure there have been a number of vans in the Thomas series that have been painted in that colour, or at least, colours close to it. I think they look rather nice, if I'm honest :)

~Alex


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 06, 2017, 02:34:36 AM
This evening, my family and I celebrated my 22nd birthday (my actual birthday is November 2nd), and two of my gifts were Bachmann Oliver and the new salt wagon. Oliver runs very well, and I'm glad to finally have a salt wagon in my collection. :) All in all, it was a great birthday, and both these Bachmann Thomas and Friends items are great!

(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23168061_10209025646993005_1167383127435682903_n.jpg?oh=16bc5a450e41e8fe0706d1c9229b621e&oe=5A9BF26A)


Title: Re: New Acquisitions
Post by: Falcon on November 06, 2017, 11:44:40 AM
Excellent gift! I myself hope I can get Oliver for my next birthday too.  :)