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Title: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on March 23, 2016, 06:30:53 AM
This topic is for the discussion of Large Scale Thomas Only! Please don't hijack chats with petty childish comments/arguements, last time 2 years of hot topic chats were deleted because of a rogue user...

to kick start conversation, a couple of questions

How Large are your collections?
What would you like to see?
Would you purchase buildings if they were made?



Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on March 23, 2016, 06:59:14 AM
the other question...

have many of you customised any Large Scale Thomas?


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: lgbmarklintrein on March 27, 2016, 02:41:46 AM
Hallo,


I have a Thomas G scale layout
Next week I 'm going to build it in the art gallery for one month

(https://lgbmarklintrein.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/x34a7161.jpg?w=300&h=200)

(https://lgbmarklintrein.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/x34a7167.jpg?w=1000&h=)


Greatings Eugene Pieterse  Netherlands


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JD417 on March 27, 2016, 05:12:19 PM
the other question...

have many of you customised any Large Scale Thomas?


I've done modifications to every engine, except Toby:

Thomas- I installed lights in the front and rear, painted his smile white, and painted his side rods silver, and his wheel rivets blue.

Percy- Painted his side rods silver, and his wheel rivets green. I also tilted his cylinders to be at an angle, like the early model series, and removed the bit at the end of the slide bars. Also painted the underside of the running board the same colour as the sides, front and back of it.

James- Painted his side rods silver, and his wheels and wheel rivets black.

Emily- Added a Lamp, lamp irons, and a brake pipe to the front of her running board, and a brake pipe at the back of the tender. (These parts are tacked on, and can be removed, or as I like to do; remove the lamp irons, and play around with head codes :P)


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: UPTODAY on March 29, 2016, 07:52:21 PM
Hi,JD417,we would love to see some photos!!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JD417 on March 29, 2016, 11:52:02 PM
I don't really feel like cluttering up the fourms by posting pictures, so I have a couple of links to the photos uploaded to my Facebook page (The Facebook page is JD41796, if you want to check it out :P:

Here is how Emily looks:
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/t31.0-8/11896350_943398675726095_2838686244544452683_o.jpg

Here's James:
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t31.0-8/792251_455144681218166_178712093_o.jpg



I don't have any real good ones of Thomas and Percy uploaded to the Facebook page, but I have uploaded a few to my actual Facebook profile:

Here's Thomas:
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/t31.0-8/11206671_824239220977743_1319905587362647397_o.jpg

And Here's a not-very-good-picture-but-you-get-the-point of Percy:
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t31.0-8/10887618_783902165011449_4139779359242854631_o.jpg


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: lgbmarklintrein on March 30, 2016, 02:35:57 AM
Yesterday the module track , and placed Thomas made ​​his rounds .

(https://scontent-amt2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/12931234_1084657391595682_3746917592121295479_n.jpg?oh=711fca46406ffc6a7dedb63f67d53772&oe=57824F28)

(https://scontent-amt2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/v/t1.0-9/12928239_1084657494929005_9182812841924314140_n.jpg?oh=e9a55830251e4007d1b8fa2774d5d53c&oe=578F5388)

greating Eugene  the  Netherlands.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: UPTODAY on March 30, 2016, 12:01:39 PM
Thanks everyone!!!!!!those large scale models are stunning!!!!!great pics!!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on March 31, 2016, 11:51:18 AM
Seeing as how we have a new large scale thread, I figured I would share my thoughts on the future of the range here.

Honestly, I have been under the impression that the large scale line has been going through a difficult stage in regards to affording a new tooling.  There has been a number of recolors and retoolings in the last couple of years announcements and the last locomotive that we had in the range is Toby (I'm not including Winston since I don't consider him an actual locomotive).  I think that Winston was probably made not just because his small size works really well in large scale, but also because he would be a lot cheaper for Bachmann to produce than an actual locomotive.  If they do any new toolings at this point, I think they would most likely invest in a new tooling that they could use for recolors in the near future, much like how they did with the ice cream wagon this year with three van recolors.  

For the next locomotives I can see them only adding DCC and sound to the rest of their locomotives such as doing James and Emily next year and then do Toby the following year.  For a new character, I think Mavis would make perfect sense as she would not only require the same wheelbase and motor as Toby, but her new body shell also allows for decent conversion possibilities.  In regards to a new tooling then my money is on Diesel at this point since he is not only an iconic character in the current show, but he also has a very simple design that Bachmann could create.  He could also be used for recolors so they can invest in other characters like 'Arry, Bert, or even Paxton.  However, if you were to ask which locomotive(s) I would like to see personally, then I think Edward and/or Mavis would be pretty decent candidates.  Edward's had high demand for a long time and is also a decent size despite being a tender engine and Mavis would work for the reasons I explained above.  Either way, I imagine a diesel engine is more likely in large scale at this point.

Rolling stock wise, my money is on the red coaches since they are recolors of Annie and Clarabel with some modifications.  New tooling wise, my money is on the mail car since it seems to be a reasonably sized tooling Bachmann could work with.  They could also go for recolor possibilities just like how the HO model did in recent years.  However, if Bachmann wanted to listen to fans more carefully then I would like to see Henrietta next.  In my opinion, there is no reason for Henrietta to not be included in the range already, even though new toolings are expensive I think this one is actually worth the investment, regardless of lack of recolor value.  Toby is still a popular seller and it only makes perfect sense to include her in the range as she would have equally strong sales.  Perhaps maybe include her once they add DCC/sound to their Toby model?  Regardless if they do or don't, I feel Henrietta is long overdue in the range, moreso than a new locomotive.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: E2 Billington on March 31, 2016, 11:56:44 AM
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum.  Anyways,  I recently managed to get a G scale Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, an oval of track, and a controller for $50.  Does anyone know where I can get tar cars for that cheap?


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on March 31, 2016, 12:19:58 PM
The cheapest I know of is Wholesale Trains:

https://www.wholesaletrains.com/Detail.asp?ID=200864016

I would recomend calling/emailing them first before ordering as I ordered something from there not that long ago and they called in telling me that they weren't available despite their website saying they had them in stock. 


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: E2 Billington on March 31, 2016, 12:27:26 PM
Thanks Chaz, do you know where I can get track that cheap?


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on March 31, 2016, 09:18:47 PM
I think it's worth browsing around there or their other store Lantz's Hobby shop.  They are a great business and sell HO and large scale equipment for reasonable prices.   Easily my favorite place to order models. :)


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on April 01, 2016, 07:55:39 PM
Fantastic layout "lgbmarklintrein", some good adaptions from others... but has anyone really built something new from scratch?


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: lgbmarklintrein on April 02, 2016, 02:36:27 AM
Hello large scale Champion,

It's been a family project the rear walls are painted by my wife and daughter Anja Cindy, the building I myself built, including the engine shed and the signal box. The releief homes purchased in England in Model Town.


Greating Eugene LGBmarklintrein

(https://scontent-amt2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-0/p370x247/12495057_1088030997924988_5975603691257269011_n.jpg?oh=3fdf2f349ac6d44eee3036bbeb1deefa&oe=578DD3AE)

(https://scontent-amt2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xal1/v/t1.0-9/12670716_1088031027924985_3059712939291733558_n.jpg?oh=30dcb2609e43b597360dac7b67996feb&oe=577E3081)

(https://scontent-amt2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/12417563_1088031087924979_1302254543839701006_n.jpg?oh=2bc29d2932675f9e785b50b3081ce0cc&oe=577E4ACD)


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on April 08, 2016, 07:19:19 PM
I really like the set up, it looks really nice seeing the wagons and tankers lined up together in the yard like that.  The signal box especially looks really nice over there too.  Glad to see that the public enjoyed the setup too. :)


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on April 10, 2016, 04:43:35 PM
Just had a surprise... Found out that there is a 4th figure in the range... It's an exclusive conductor/guard in the Salty HO set! So bored of waiting for new product we've bagged the set ;-). It's the little things sometimes... But a welcome addition to our collection.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on April 16, 2016, 07:28:55 AM
(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm190/deano1kenobi/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsrave9ojn.jpeg) (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/deano1kenobi/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsrave9ojn.jpeg.html)

He's Here!


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Plow Bender on April 21, 2016, 04:16:01 PM
Hey there everyone,
I've been collecting large scale Thomas models since 2010 with my first product being the large scale Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel set.  I've got probably just a small handful of the models from the range and also models from Bachmann's Big Hauler and Spectrum ranges.  I've also got a few Lionel, LGB, and Aristo Craft models as well.  Just last winter my collection of large scale trains expanded so much that I actually built a shelf layout for around my room.  The shelf itself is done, but I still need to get more track to finish building the layout around it.  I also upgraded from steel alloy to brass track.

Although I can't show everything I have at the moment, here are a couple of the Thomas models I have in my collection.  You'll notice I have switched from hook n' loop to Bachmann knuckle couplers to make my Thomas models compatible with other models in my collection.  Questions and comments welcome.

(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii234/FPTMM/IMG_2767.jpg) (http://s265.photobucket.com/user/FPTMM/media/IMG_2767.jpg.html)
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii234/FPTMM/IMG_2766.jpg) (http://s265.photobucket.com/user/FPTMM/media/IMG_2766.jpg.html)
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii234/FPTMM/IMG_2768.jpg) (http://s265.photobucket.com/user/FPTMM/media/IMG_2768.jpg.html)
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii234/FPTMM/IMG_2765.jpg) (http://s265.photobucket.com/user/FPTMM/media/IMG_2765.jpg.html)

-Rusty


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on April 25, 2016, 07:04:18 AM
Here on Ruby's Railway having completed all available large scale offerings, whilst we wait, the temptation for custom coaches draws us in yet again...
Coaches for James would be a nice obvious choice..
(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm190/deano1kenobi/TendersandTurntables_zpsdwufri3l.png)
Easy 4 Comp
(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm190/deano1kenobi/JamesandtheCoaches_zpsy4f2depd.png)
Trickier 5 Comp like in "James and the Coaches"
and now an interesting addition...
(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm190/deano1kenobi/TobysMuseumCoach_zpseeqkqogv.png)
Toby's Museum Coach from "Toby Feels Left Out
Keen to know others thoughts, we currently have a spare Annie & Clarabel and Set of Emily's Coaches for kit bashing but I'm keen to add value. We've considered the Old Coaches as well and I'm also musing weather to create a version of the Works Unit.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on April 25, 2016, 07:25:26 AM
This on the Ashburton Railway is a great example of custom building, however I wouldn't risk the red coaches myself, as they are a hopefully obvious choice for Large Scale by Bachmann (Hopefully).
(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm190/deano1kenobi/IMG_3734_zps2wekihcd.jpg)


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: lgbmarklintrein on April 26, 2016, 01:12:30 AM
nice car  :D


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on June 03, 2016, 06:31:17 AM
Fantastic Inclusion in the June Newsletter is that 98015 Ice Cream Wagon is released!
This is the first wagon in the Box Wagon mold and a welcome addition to the fleet..
Now it's in the US I wonder how long before it appears in the UK?


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JD417 on June 11, 2016, 02:04:03 AM
Just wondering if anyone here has gotten the Ice Cream Wagon yet, as I'm curious to see the detailing on it, but I'm not ready to buy it myself, yet. :P


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Sparks on June 12, 2016, 03:17:33 AM
I think Thomas fans are more excited for the upcoming liveries of the LMS box car van wagon than they are the ice cream wagon. This ones gonna be a real melter...!


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: sodorlad on June 22, 2016, 05:06:16 PM
Ice cream is ready, just need the weather to match!
(http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af338/Ashley_Mark_Charles_Smith/image_zpsd8kfmshd.jpeg) (http://s1021.photobucket.com/user/Ashley_Mark_Charles_Smith/media/image_zpsd8kfmshd.jpeg.html)
(http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af338/Ashley_Mark_Charles_Smith/image_zpsdvkifqtf.jpeg) (http://s1021.photobucket.com/user/Ashley_Mark_Charles_Smith/media/image_zpsdvkifqtf.jpeg.html)
In the process of unpacking from a move, so test run will have to wait for now!


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JD417 on June 22, 2016, 09:35:51 PM
Those look pretty nice actually.
The colour seems to be improved from the HO model but it's not as yellow as it should be.. (The Cream Tanker shares that same dilemma)
And the details are fixed as well (The HO one actually had a bit too many of those line things on the end)

Are the Ice Cream logos 3-dimensional, or are they just painted on the sides?


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: sodorlad on June 23, 2016, 06:24:09 PM
Next to the white of the milk tanker, it does have a yellowish hue, as does the cream tanker - but you're right, it's a little on the ivory side.

There is some nice 3D moulding of the doors, but the ice cream logo is painted over this.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on July 05, 2016, 10:40:20 PM
http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=6476

http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=6474

Images of two of the new vans are up on the website.  The Great Western van is the nicest one out of the bunch, I can also see it selling better than the ice cream wagon too.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on July 06, 2016, 07:48:08 AM
That Great Western van is definitely beautiful.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: sodorlad on July 06, 2016, 02:04:17 PM
I like the vegetable one... I like the colour of the other one... But why on earth does it say GW???? Why not NW, or better still, plain? Bizarre.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on July 06, 2016, 04:21:59 PM
My Daughter is excited by the Ice Cream Van but I'm looking forward to the Explosives Van.
This is a welcome addition and the choice of doing the GW Van gives hope for Duck, Oliver or even Toad.
Really hoping for another loco next year.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JD417 on July 20, 2016, 04:14:57 AM
Well it seems the likelihood of Henrietta getting a Large Scale model may have increased.
A new coach character to debut in Season 20 is going to be very similar to Henrietta.
So, like the whole Clarabel using Annie's tooling situation, even though they're different, may be used here.

(This is apparent. No photos yet. The writer confirmed this via email, one can only hope at this point.)


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Anthony P2 on July 20, 2016, 05:44:35 PM
new coach character? are you talking about Bradford the Brakevan?


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JD417 on July 21, 2016, 01:39:01 AM
Fairly certain a a Welsh brakevan doesn't look like Henrietta. :P

I shouldn't really be spreading this around, but there's no recoil or anything from this, so why not.

The coach's name is supposedly 'Hannah'. Starring in the episode "Hasty Hannah". The episode plot seems to basically be 'When Henrietta needs to go to the steamworks to get repaired, Toby gets a relief coach, Hannah, in replace of Henrietta.'


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Sparks on July 21, 2016, 12:40:36 PM
[citation needed]


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 21, 2016, 12:44:58 PM
A new coach character to debut in Season 20 is going to be very similar to Henrietta.

If that's so, is it possible that it's going to be like a bogied version of Henrietta. I say this because the TTTE Wiki says that in an annual, Henrietta has a sister who is like her, but with bogies.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Anthony P2 on July 21, 2016, 02:29:53 PM
Fairly certain a a Welsh brakevan doesn't look like Henrietta. :P
Well, the only character so far that is going to be introduced is said brakevan. Sometimes people confuse names of things by mistake (like calling a brakevan a coach). In addition, there was no citation on where this "Hannah" information has come from. I checked SiF and the Wiki and could find no info about the new character. Some people love to spread rumors to create drama in the fan base. Sometimes, people don't always find out news immediately if their not on all social media sites. This info could have been made up by someone wanting attention, it could have been from a picture or tweet on Twitter, a comments section on YouTube or Facebook...the list goes on. I'm not accusing you of spreading a rumor, I'm just helping you by saying to add a link or a picture of some sort to where you get this info from.It's just for future reference to avoid people from thinking your spreading rumors.  


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: TrainMan2001 on July 21, 2016, 04:11:03 PM
Fairly certain a a Welsh brakevan doesn't look like Henrietta. :P
  there was no citation on where this "Hannah" information has come from.

Fairly certain that he said it was confirmed by a writer via email.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Anthony P2 on July 21, 2016, 05:08:01 PM
Fairly certain that he said it was confirmed by a writer via email.

Oh well in that case it must be true!  ::)
So where is the email? Who was it from? Who was the email to? Where did the email surface? on Twitter? Where is the link to prove that this info is correct?

You're not getting what i'm trying to say. How do I, as well as everyone else, know where he's getting this info from? For all I know, he could be just saying that. I could easily say something similar.

It was confirmed in an email from a writer that Bear will be introduced in the next special.**
**He's not. it's just an example. Please DO NOT start this as a rumor.
See how easy that was?

It's hard to believe something without a source supplied for people to confirm that a rumor turns out to be a fact. People might be a little skeptical when believing something when a reliable source is not present to back up the info. it hasn't surfaced yet on the Wiki or SiF, both of which are reliable sources. All that need to be supplied is a link just so everyone can say "Oh ok. He seems to be right about the new character." Only reason why Bradford wasn't a rumor is because it practically appeared everywhere and was confirmed. I'm not trying to pick a fight. I'm just trying to help JD417 so that people don't think he's starting rumors by not supplying a link to a source and to prove a point that you can't always believe everything you hear or see on the internet.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JD417 on July 21, 2016, 07:27:37 PM
I can't say everything, because that could get me in trouble with the Writer, the person who started the discussion with said writer, ect. If I could say everything, I would.

All I can say is it came from one of the people from the Wikia who also confirmed Bradford as a character, Who owns the character in the show, his episode bio, and who's going to be in the episode along with him. It's the same writer for both episodes too apparently.

Like I said, if I could tell all the details, I would. But I'd rather not be on people's bad sides.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Sparks on July 21, 2016, 09:30:05 PM
If it was from an email with a writer working for HiT Entertainment, then even mentioning it on the forum without permission is violating the confidentiality agreement of email discussions with people who work at HiT Entertainment. I know this because I've emailed a staff member at HiT Entertainment before and they were kind enough to reply to my questions, but I still have to abide to the terms of agreement. The Wikia has done this as well, but since they post their findings on SIF and the Wikia, where HiT Entertainment has been known to and confirmed to have check occasionally, I'm gonna guess they had permission to do so.

The content of the episode doesn't matter to me, but by mentioning this content publicly without permission (and from the way you're wording your posts, it sounds like you don't), you're doing more damage than good, especially for future community members who wish to have their questions answered by the Thomas Team at HiT.

Loose lips sink ships. ::)


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: HLC Railroad on July 21, 2016, 10:42:55 PM
Yes please don't ruin it for people, emails are how we found out plenty of things. Also because this person is posting such things wouldn't it raise an alarm that it's fake. They're not agreeing to their terms. Kinda raises a red flag to me.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JD417 on July 22, 2016, 12:29:56 AM
Let me rephrase this. Everything I said was fine to say

but there's no recoil or anything from this, so why not.

The individual who was talking about it to other people, (the one who got the information to begin with) just wanted more information before they would make a page on the Wikia, or something. No contract breaking or anything, I just didn't want to get on his bad side if I 'ruined the surprise' before he was ready to bring it up.

In my original post, I brought up as much information as I needed to to bring my point across about an increase in the possibility of Henrietta, and that much information was fine to say.

I'm not spreading rumours, I'm not trying to create drama, I'm just stating that Henrietta has an increased chance if these emails from the writer turns out to be 100% true.

I apologize if this started something. Could we please get back on the topic.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: thomasj219 on July 25, 2016, 08:31:27 AM
What doesn't start something these days?  ::)


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: AJW98Productions on July 26, 2016, 12:48:30 AM
Getting this topic back on track (yes, that terrible pun was intentional).

One thing I would like to say, on the topic of Large Scale Thomas, is how impressed I am that Bachmann had the (quite frankly) brilliant idea to raise the bottom of Thomas's rear and front buffer beams, in order to accommodate couplings. I think I even read somewhere a while ago that (as a result of the aforementioned bufferbeam changes) Thomas's front and rear buffers are now level, something which his TV Series model (and now CGI render) hasn't had since...season 2...I think.

It may mean a little detail accuracy, in the form of the bufferbeam height, is sacrificed, but the operation value is increased a lot. Fans of the HO range have complained about the lack of a front coupling on the HO Thomas, Percy, and James models for years, so I still think his large scale model is quite impressive in that regard. In fact, all the Large Scale models I've seen from Bachmann have been quite impressive, but James, Thomas and Percy are especially so, when compared to their HO models, maybe it's time for an update of them? ;)

~Alex


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on July 26, 2016, 08:52:54 AM
Thankyou AJW98Productions,

for that dose of reality, having had this topic removed in the past by the moderator when it got out of hand I'd dearly like to avoid a repeat.
IF chances of Henrietta have increased yippee but until its confirmed then we are again back to focusing on topic.

It's great to see that images have appeared for all but the explosives van, I think it means the later end of this year may see most of the promised offerings appear and we can once again dream of more engines... Winston is fine, and sound is great but we do need another engine...

My personal 2017 Wishlist:
Loco: Edward or Duck

Coaches: Red Coaches or Henrietta

Wagons: Box Van with Face, Toad (with moving eyes)

Significant others would include: Cattle Wagon, Mail Wagon, Maybe LS accessories and More Figures (Loco crew, Workmen Assorted, Mrs Kindley, Lady Hatt, Jeremiah Jobling, Passengers Assorted. Oh and wagon loads...



Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on August 03, 2016, 04:58:54 PM
& My Favourite Box Van finally has an image!

http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=6475

Can't wait!


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 04, 2016, 11:56:13 AM
Well everyone recently the Hasty Hannah thing was confirmed. It is also said Hannah resembles Henrietta. If you need proof check the ttte fan wikia and look at season 20. If you need links I can provide them.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JD417 on August 10, 2016, 02:22:44 PM
Not sure if this is a good sign, but the Bachmann Branchline website has an approximate date for Winston's release. (As well as the Sound Thomas and Percy)

http://i.imgur.com/MHzh7H9.png

The only reason I say it may not be a good sign, is the fact that the US site has a price listed for Winston, and the UK one does not. So that could mean they're still spitballing here.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on August 29, 2016, 01:35:43 PM
I am genuinely surprised on how little information we currently have about Winston.  Even Oliver has more going for him in regards to a release date and preorders.  Not too many shops have Winston listed or even have release dates posted.  Even with the new vans out and the DCC/sound models due next month, I think this is really saying something about the odds of a new engine in the range if it is taking them this long to get Winston out.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on November 20, 2017, 11:11:14 AM
Hello everyone,

It's been a long time since we've posted and generally wanted to get a feel for rumours or wishes for 2018, it's frustrating to wait so long to get a loco every 2 years! Diesel is a welcome addition and we always hold out hope for Edward or Duck with the Red Coaches but keen to know others thoughts???

Dean


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on November 20, 2017, 08:31:28 PM
I'm sure Diesel will be out in 2018, though I'm surprised we still don't have an official photo of the spiteful brake van yet. 

That being said, production has been a lot slower for Bachmann than usual this year and I'm sure this has made an impact for large scale too.  I'm not expecting a lot for large scale in 2018 besides 'Arry and Bert.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Falcon on November 20, 2017, 09:26:13 PM
Large Scale fans have been open to the idea of Bill & Ben (myself included) and I personally hope that Mavis can be made as well. I sadly wouldn't see any of them being made too soon, though.  :-\

Nonetheless, I cannot wait to see what Diesel and the Spiteful Brake Van look like. I'm a bit of a Diesel fan and the latter is a very unique choice.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on November 21, 2017, 03:50:01 AM
The Spiteful Brakevan is a strange choice as technically that is the brakevan we have as in the books heís NW 13 however we may be getting the tv series version thatís just grey and has a face. As freight running without a brakevan is difficult weíve already repainted a second brakevan so any new brakevan is still more than needed.

I hope a second sound decoder becomes available with diesel on as our plan is to eventually switch to DCC but at the moment our focus is on earthworks and tunnel construction.

I wish theyíd be bold enough to make some buildings for the large scale.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on November 24, 2017, 11:21:15 AM
Another thing we're keen to see is other members custom builds in large scale. we have a secret project on at the moment and will debut in pics. Has anyone else done a custom? the best we've seen is the red brake coach.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Falcon on November 25, 2017, 08:43:45 PM
I'd love to see some Large Scale custom builds made. That red coach sounds like a pretty cool sight to see.

Would Glynn be a possible idea for the Large Scale lineup? I myself wouldn't mind seeing him made, though I won't expect him that soon. He might need more speaking roles to qualify, but then again, Winston was in the lineup and he doesn't have too much speaking roles.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on November 26, 2017, 05:12:05 AM
Falcon - FYI
we posted the Red Coach custom earlier  on this thread, reply 20 on page two.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Falcon on November 26, 2017, 02:32:30 PM
Falcon - FYI
we posted the Red Coach custom earlier  on this thread, reply 20 on page two.

Thanks for reminding me. I tend to forget about previous discussions frequently...  :-\

Still, that red coach looks very cool. I too hope they're made in Large Scale someday.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Plow Bender on November 30, 2017, 01:36:22 AM
Another thing we're keen to see is other members custom builds in large scale. we have a secret project on at the moment and will debut in pics. Has anyone else done a custom? the best we've seen is the red brake coach.

(http://memecrunch.com/meme/O4T1/lurch/image.jpg)

Well, I have 2 projects I did that were from a couple years ago.  The first one is Emily's snowplow which I built back in 2015.  The plow I made for her was built from tin and I used aluminum and styrene for the mounting bracket.  I then painted the front of the plow silver and the sides dark green.  Mounting the plow is simple as it just goes right down over Emily's buffers.  Unlike the Thomas model, I'm able to run Emily's plow on her without having to remove the knuckle coupler on the pony truck.

I modeled Emily's plow after the one she had in Season 8, and I know some will argue that its inaccurate that I'm using a model series plow on a CGI series Emily, but I could honestly care less.  Realistically plows tend to get shined up after excessive use, so having Emily's plow fully painted green doesn't make any sense.  One thing I would like to also add is that although I have tried it and the plow does indeed plow snow, I don't recommend it.  While the plow and it's mounting bracket could more than likely take the abuse, I fear Emily's plastic buffers wouldn't.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/1z673nl.jpg)
(http://i65.tinypic.com/11tq0sh.jpg)
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2j5ktva.jpg)

The next project I attempted was a custom Season 1 truck made back in 2016.  I started with the open wagon that you would get if you bought the large scale Thomas' Christmas Delivery set.  Now before you ask why I chose to use this wagon over one of the others, it's because of the price.  An online retailer I buy from frequently had the wagon (separate from the set) for only $24 which was cheaper than going out and buying one of the other wagons for about $50-$60+.  I also ended up with the 2 presents in the truck, but threw those in with the Christmas decorations.

It was pretty simple to just sand down the old decals on the wagon, repaint it flat black, add some weathering, and then the custom face.  Overall I thought the model turned out pretty good, and a friend of mine actually thought I used the Tenmile Gauge 1 kit to build it.  The photo shows the truck with a chain link coupler, but I actually run knuckle couplers on my railroad.  The photo was taken prior to me adding knuckle couplers to the model.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/m7rotf.jpg)
(http://i68.tinypic.com/vd3bz9.jpg)

Lastly is a current work in progress I started back in October of this year.  I'm currently making a large scale model of Victoria from The Railway Series.  Obviously I've used a Bachmann Annie/Clarabel for the basis, but Victoria isn't a LB&SCR Stroudley coach so quite a few alterations have to be made.  I've seen many of the HO Boys just simply repaint an Annie/Clarabel coach, but that's not going to cut it for this project.  I'm mainly trying to base my build off the Clive Spong illustrations, but have referred to Victoria's actual basis (Furness Railway Passenger Coach) for details as well.  Regardless what I do, this model could very well be a hybrid.

As she sits now, Victoria is mainly in primer gray until I finish adding details to the model and find the proper color blue to paint her.  The coach's frame also needs a few alterations as well, but I'm yet to start on that.  Incase anyone is curious, I don't have plans to build Helena, mainly just because of the fact (considering the fait Victoria suffered) it seems likely she's probably been scrapped.  I've still got quite a bit of work to do, but Victoria is perhaps a build I should revisit on here once she's finished.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/30xeb8p.jpg)
(http://i66.tinypic.com/dqneyf.jpg)

Questions and comments welcome.

-Rusty


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on November 30, 2017, 04:17:34 AM
Fantastic Plowbender,

now thatís what we like to see genuine customs and effort. Itís such a shame how slow production of the large scale is, we crave more models and it would be great if they added accessories etc to the range.

We can dream...


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on December 04, 2017, 01:01:56 PM
So what would we like to see the next offering from bachmann to be in large scale???


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Falcon on December 04, 2017, 08:31:30 PM
So what would we like to see the next offering from bachmann to be in large scale???

In terms of ideas for new engines...

-While I'd love to see Mavis made, it sadly doesn't seem like she'll be in the Large Scale lineup anytime soon since she doesn't have that many merchandise or TV show appearances anymore.
-There's a couple of fans that are open to the idea of Bill and Ben being made. Bachmann can get two engines with one brand new tooling and they would be much more profitable than 'Arry and Bert.
-I'm not too sure about this idea, but part of me wants to see Glynn made. His size is suitable for the Large Scale range and he would be a unique choice, but as I've said before, he might need more speaking roles to qualify.
-I'd also like to see Oliver made, but his HO Scale model is already out and we might need to give him some time to enter the Large Scale range.

Are there any ideas for Large Scale rolling stock? Henrietta and Toad sound good, but I don't think I'd see either being made so soon.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on December 05, 2017, 02:48:51 AM
Rather than repeating myself, here's a link to my thoughts on what I think might come out in large scale next year:

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,33422.msg250477.html#msg250477


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: doug c on December 06, 2017, 02:30:58 AM
Amended: 20 hrs later;  okay now  ... found quite a few 'utube videos since original post,  doing the review or unboxing thing.  
Also called the vendor this a.m. to confirm p/n and doublechk the $.  
Today's clerk quoted a $, three hundred more than yesterdays' clerk quote  ::)     So that has killed any urgency to acquire.... leaving me wondering if i HAD known the street price and said I'll buy both,  would it have rang thru at three hundred each less than actual  :D    LOL      But them being a locally owned biz I don't think I could ah have done it to them... maaybe let him process it thru and then tell him ya might want to chk this out and do refund/return,  so you can sell them to someone else,  for the 'real' retail price !     If it was a national/international store I would not be so "thoughtful" !!  IMHO



original post;
Stumbled onto a couple 'Thomas with Annie and Clarabelle' sets at a small retailer.  

I was in a hurry, could not spot the p/n number on it (obviously the one sidepanel i did not look at ;)  nor a price tag, so asked a clerk who chkd their database who quoted me a seemingly really great  p'point.
Lookin' at my (complimentary showbooth acquired) B'mann 2016 catalog, I'm pretty sure it was p/n90068.  
 
Anyone out there wish to share their experiences with this set ?


Thanks for your time and any feedback

DougC  


p.s. now to chk my GR index to see if 'Kalmbach' did a review on it.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Plow Bender on December 09, 2017, 02:19:43 AM
Considering I've wanted to touch on this subject this year, I think now is my chance to do so.  For a couple years now, the idea for Bachmann to make a Troublesome Truck #3 for the range has been in the back of my mind.  I brought this up last year as a model I'd like to see for 2017, but now I'm hoping we can at least see this simple addition added to the range for 2018.

Lets start by explaining why Bachmann should add another troublesome truck to the range.  First off, troublesome trucks have always been a popular seller and to this day continue to carry on this trend.  This is because they are rolling stock that people will buy 2 or more of in many cases.  It's safe to say that Troublesome Truck #3 would be no different and would fly off the shelves as well.  It's just a simple fact that you can never have enough troublesome trucks.

Bachmann would also be able to keep production costs for the model low by just using an already existing piece of rolling stock.  Personally I think it would be most beneficial for Bachmann to make Troublesome Truck #3 by simply doing a recolor of the Ice Cream Wagon.  It would be easy to make a brown van and put a face on it, similar to what we have here.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/c/cd/TheSpotlessRecord22.PNG/revision/latest?cb=20091107193357)

I think the above photo pretty much covers what many large scale Thomas modelers want to see.  The only problem is that this style of troublesome truck hasn't been seen in the CGI series, which the large scale models are pretty much based on.  However, models such as Annie and Clarabel, the Troublesome Trucks, Tar Wagon, and the Raspberry Syrup Tanker are in their model series forums, so I really don't see where there's any room to argue that claim with Troublesome Truck #3.  HOWEVER, I do have that sneaking suspicion that if Bachmann did in fact announce Troublesome Truck #3 and it was a van, I feel we'd probably end up with this.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/1/10/SingleVentVanCGI.jpeg/revision/latest?cb=20171103092647)

Now I'm not saying I'm agents this style of troublesome truck because itís a CGI one or because its connected to Journey Beyond Sodor, but I prefer the model series one over this.  My main reason is simply because of the color and design.  I prefer the brown color (similar to the Great Western Van) and also the positioning of the face.  The face on the CGI version just looks to be positioned too high for my liking.  I'd personally like to see the model series style van with the same style of face in large scale, but with the range mainly focusing on CGI, it's probably wishful thinking.  Then again, the Explosives, Great Western, and Sodor Fruit & Vegetable Co. vans weren't in CGI either, yet we still have those.  I think I've proven my point on that topic.

Now another option Bachmann could have for a Troublesome Truck #3 is recoloring a tanker.  Iím thinking something similar to this.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/6/6b/ToadStandsBy50.png/revision/latest?cb=20150402003528)

Unfortunately I feel this is very unlikely because these tankers only appeared in 1 episode of the series, and haven't been seen since.  Considering they're 1 off characters (that's what I'm calling them, so deal with it...) chances of them being made in large scale are about as likely as Gordon and Henry.  Even so, these tankers have made a comeback in CGI, so this potentially gives them a chance of being made.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/1/10/OilTankersCGI.png/revision/latest?cb=20171103092300)

Although I wasnít a big fan of the film these tankers are related to, Iím honestly all for seeing them introduced into large scale.  All Bachmann would have to do is recolor one of their existing tankers, but thatís the funny part about this.  These tankers are actually the oil tankers with a face, but Bachmann actually made the oil tanker (without a face) in large scale up until it was discontinued back in 2014.  Basically if Bachmann were to make this for Troublesome Truck #3, this means the return of the oil tanker as well, but with a face.  It's definitely an easy model if Bachmann wants to take a stab at it.

So to finish up, here are my thoughts.  I feel that Troublesome Truck #3 is a good chance for Bachmann to introduce something into the range that is sure to be a great addition for 2018.  I was honestly expecting Troublesome Truck #3 for 2017, but apparently Bachmann found it easier to slap a face on the Brakevan rather than a box van.  The worst part about that was the fact there was more demand for the Spiteful Breakvan in the HO range, and literally none for it in large scale.  That aside though, I think that if Bachmann were to take either a box van or tanker and make Troublesome Truck #3 for large scale, it would definitely be a step in the right direction.

-Rusty


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Falcon on December 09, 2017, 11:06:18 PM
I must say those are some very excellent ideas, Rusty. We're still yet to see a Troublesome Van in the lineup and a Troublesome Tanker would be a unique choice. I'd definitely get the van if Bachmann was able to make it.  :)

Journey Beyond Sodor also gave us Troublesome Slate Wagons, though I doubt we'd see them anytime soon.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Plow Bender on December 09, 2017, 11:42:33 PM
Journey Beyond Sodor also gave us Troublesome Slate Wagons, though I doubt we'd see them anytime soon.

Actually troublesome slate wagons existed long before Journey Beyond Sodor, but in narrow gauge.

(https://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/thomasthetankengineandfriendsclassic/images/3/30/Trucks19.png/revision/latest?cb=20170607133238)

I'm not sure if you were referring to them as standard gauge slate wagons or just new characters in general, but just thought I'd mention that.  To be fair though, I'd rather see a tanker or van over troublesome slate wagons in large scale.  Now this is just my opinion, but I feel that slate wagons should stay where they belong, and that's in narrow gauge.  Just from my point of view, they look too out of place even if they are scaled up with the rest of the rolling stock.  Maybe a few others can shed some light on this topic as well.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_jojgQUIAEhepc.jpg)

-Rusty


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 10, 2017, 12:02:40 AM
Personally I do think the slate wagons look...odd in standard gauge, they do seem to almost stick out like a sore thumb, but maybe that's just because I'm used to seeing them as Narrow Gauge exclusive wagons. In any case, I do kind of like the idea of seeing them with Standard Gauge Engines, even if it does still look odd to me. I think Large Scale could do with a troublesome van or tanker first though, I feel like those would be better sellers.

~Alex.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Falcon on December 10, 2017, 01:11:07 PM
The standard gauge wagons was what I meant. Probably could've been more specific.  :-\

I'd rather see a Troublesome Van or Tanker as well. Those two options would seem to fit in much more and Troublesome Slate Wagons would feel more natural for the narrow gauge lineup.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on December 10, 2017, 10:18:30 PM
If we get slate wagons with faces, it would make a lot more sense to see them in narrow gauge than in any of the other ranges. Even then, I don't think they should be anytime soon since the narrow gauge line needs a lot more diversity with rolling stock.

Personally, I think troublesome truck #3 should have been announced this year with Diesel instead of the spiteful brake van in large scale.  Even if it would have been another van repaint, at least that would be a lot better of a seller than literally slapping a face on the large scale brake van and calling it a day.  Especially since troublesome trucks have always proven to be popular in both HO and large scale in the past.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Falcon on December 10, 2017, 11:52:40 PM
Even then, I don't think they should be anytime soon since the narrow gauge line needs a lot more diversity with rolling stock.

Good point. We're still yet to see narrow gauge coaches announced too.

So far, it seems that Troublesome Truck #3 is one of the most wanted additions in the Large Scale rolling stock selection and it's fairly easy to understand why. I'm sure it would do much better than the Spiteful Brakevan in terms of sales.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on January 03, 2018, 12:01:27 PM
I'm still curious how they will produce the Spitful Breakvan as technically it is NE No13 like the one they've already done in Large Scale.

However with only just over a month until we know what is to come (eventually) from 2018
we are hoping for:

Duck or Edward
Red Coaches
and to be honest either a van with a face as TT3 or a Cattle Van.

we would love more figures... and a total dream would be the Breakdown Train (Awesome)


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Plow Bender on January 14, 2018, 01:29:38 PM
Considering I've already made a post on the red coaches in another thread, I'm just going to do a simple cut and paste job here.

So lets talk about large scale red coaches.  These are another addition I would like to see for the large scale range, and I know many people want to see them as well.  The red coaches were in high demand years ago for the HO range, and have proven to be popular sellers by selling out a number of times.

To start off, the red coaches have made numerous appearances with numerous characters, and in many cases youíll see them with engines such as Percy, James, Edward, Rosie, Henry, Duck, etc.  Weíve also seen in recent seasons (even in the earlier seasons such as season 2) that in some cases the engines are pulling 3-4 coach trains with the red coaches.  This plays out a little later on, but Iíll get to that in a moment.  Something that also should be mentioned about the red coaches is that they are/were used on many different parts of Sodor such as the Ffarquhar Branch, Brendam Branch, Harwick Branch, The Little Western, The Main Line, etc.

So is there a demand for the red coaches?  I wouldnít be making this post if there wasnít.  For a couple years now thereís been many discussions come up for the red coaches in large scale, and for good reason too.  Years back the red coaches were in high demand for HO, and after being around a few years theyíre still flying off the shelves.  With the demand now, thereís no doubt they would move in large scale.  Some people have even gone as far to make their own as seen below.

(http://ashrail.com/pics/2011_01_08-DSC01281.JPG)

Chances are some people would even consider buying multiple red coaches instead of just buying a red coach and a red break coach.  Itís also safe to say that considering chances of getting some express coaches in large scale are out of the question, it would be nice to have the red coaches as a replacement to go along with James.

Now itís a question of how Bachmann would do in terms of production of said models.  They honestly have an advantage with the red coaches considering the tooling is already somewhat there.  Starting with the existing Annie and Clarabel/Emilyís coaches tooling, alterations can be made to make the red coaches.  The break coach would require the most work, but just the regular red coach only requires the new roof tooling which in turn is used for the break coach anyway.  The only downside I can find with the red coaches is that the tooling for them (even though it exists) needing altered might be asking a little much.  This isnít as simple as just taking an existing van or wagon and recoloring it.  Keep in mind what the large scale announcements have been lately.

So to wrap things up, what are my thoughts on getting the red coaches in large scale?  Iím honestly all for these additions, as Iím sure many others are as well.  Overall they seem simple enough, appealing enough, and would definitely sell better than something like a vegetable van or a raspberry syrup tanker.  It would also be nice to have them to go along with James and/or Percy in the range, and other characters like Edward, Duck, Rosie, Ryan, Oliver, etc when/if theyíre ever announced.  Now if youíll excuse me, its lunchtime!

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NplJtodG5oQ/URlhgDAmejI/AAAAAAAAAdU/PkU5oT5Ubhg/s1600/ehshell+2013-02-11+20-31-52-23.png)

-Rusty


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on February 06, 2018, 11:47:53 AM
To think it's just over a week until we get news... will the Large Scale Thomas fans be happy????

Our preferences

Duck or Edward
Red Coaches
Troublesome Van

more figures... Workmen, Mrs Kindly, Jeremiah Jobling


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: thomasgleek444 on February 17, 2018, 09:43:22 AM
since the announcements this year were so useless and depressing, I'm so close to getting another set of Annie and Clarabel and shaving off the noses and spray painting them red just for James


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on February 17, 2018, 04:08:07 PM
We will press on with our customs... however now worried that diesel has been cancelled.... so may have to review all thoughts of more purchases, a really concerning move by bachmann


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: thomasgleek444 on February 28, 2018, 11:45:57 PM
I was thinking that the sound decoder has the sounds for other engines that don't exist in large scale, i was thinking one day i could just mod James to look like Edward, and then just have to build Henry and Gordan from scratch (even though Henry and Gordon would never be released due to the size they would be)
I still am hoping they at least make Edward, but for now I have Thomas and Percy with DCC and I am working on getting the other three and then expanding my rolling stock


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: JLK2707 on March 03, 2018, 06:20:01 PM
Thomasgleek444, If you were to build Henry in large scale, would you want him with his old shape or his new shape?


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: thomasgleek444 on March 11, 2018, 06:39:07 PM
Thomasgleek444, If you were to build Henry in large scale, would you want him with his old shape or his new shape?
That all depends if I can happen to find an already built loco that looks enough like Henry (or Gordon) I might just mod the already existing engine.
however, I think I would like to have the old shaped Henry if I can, it looks like it would be easier to make from scratch (since there would be a dome missing compared to the new one, and the new firebox would be a nightmare), and I like the look a bit better.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on April 08, 2018, 04:20:34 AM
Well it was true to say that here at Rubyís Railway we were more than disappointed with the announcements this year, whilst in dodgy economic times we accept recolours are a cost effective solution, weíd have preferred box vans and coaches.
In desperate need for a new loco the loss of Diesel was massive, we thought that it may not have been at the top of lists before but offered lots of hopes for recolours and customisation which is what this is all about. Duck would have been a great bet on the back of this and if accompanied by red coaches or Toad, would be a non-compromising offer that would sell out. (Willing to bet on it £$ Bachmann).

Anyway to the more positive, the lighter days here have led to work starting on the railway for this season and the cave under the waterfall todayís mission with rain forecast it's a battle of will!

Please Bachmann reward our faith! Weíre hanging on in here.



Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on April 08, 2018, 02:51:46 PM
While I would be all for a large scale Duck personally, seeing as how Diesel got canceled, I'm not sure if the large scale range is going to get an engine anytime soon since the large scale market in the US is really not all that strong to warrant sales for new products.  I'm willing to bet we will see James, Toby, and Emily with DCC and sound already installed before we get a new engine again.

I'm still surprised Bachmann hasn't announced the red coaches in large scale yet since those would be recolors of Annie and Clarabel with new roofs and added compartments on the brake coach.  It would have been a much smarter move if Bachmann announced those instead of the tankers that got announced this year. 

Toad would be nice too, but it's a little hard to see him happening without Oliver.  I would imagine Henrietta or a mail car would happen before we get a large scale Toad.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on April 10, 2018, 07:52:16 AM
Chaz,

I agree with your logic if you're looking at Thomas in isolation, however the huge appeal of a pannier tank for customising and with stock to pull i'm sure it would sell out which would be a welcome result for Bachmann.

In other news we're thrilled to have got a 4th tar wagon for £25 including postage from eBay @ buy it now! the cheapest we've got any thing before was a second Annie & Clarabel for £45 this wagon is a fantastic late night find. 


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on April 10, 2018, 11:59:12 PM
I have no doubt that a large scale Duck would be a popular seller in large scale too for the reasons you mentioned earlier, plus his given strong sales that would likely follow him.  His HO model is still a popular seller nearly five years since it was released.  It's just like I said the recent production choices from Bachmann are what make me feel unsure if Bachmann will make a new engine.  He would easily be a better seller than Diesel would have too.

Not a bad find you found either.  Would love to see photos of your club's layout and collection as well as an upcoming progress.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on April 11, 2018, 04:16:45 AM
Thanks Chaz,

Since posting had a major score in the fact the seller posted another up for bidding, I persuaded him to switch to buy it now and he subsequently had a third! So thatís 3 for £75 including postage best deal ever!

Rubyís Railway is exactly as it sounds, not a club layout but a doting fathers build for his daughter. It is entirely my work and currently consists of two loops, one smaller inner loop one outer all around a pond, once winter servicing and the new tunnel construction are finished, Iíll post pics. Iím hoping her interest doesnít fall off too much, too soon!

We have the entire Bachmann range to date, with two sets of Annie & Clarabel and Emilyís Coaches, 5x Coal Wagon and now 5x Tar (maybe 6) we have 3 Thomas locoís but am on the lookout for a second Percy to recreate the Ghost Train...

So as you can see we are very big supporters of Large Scale Thomas and would love to see it flourish, it disappoints me that branding decisions via Mattel may hurt choices that could keep Bachmann successful in this Scale, and only wish there were more Ruby Railways of our size to keep investment going 😢. Fingers crossed for a brighter future 🤞🏻.

Many thanks for interest and will get those pics up soon....


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: thomasgleek444 on May 04, 2018, 09:43:04 AM
this is all the best stuff in the world

Another thing we're keen to see is other members custom builds in large scale. we have a secret project on at the moment and will debut in pics. Has anyone else done a custom? the best we've seen is the red brake coach.

(http://memecrunch.com/meme/O4T1/lurch/image.jpg)

Well, I have 2 projects I did that were from a couple years ago.  The first one is Emily's snowplow which I built back in 2015.  The plow I made for her was built from tin and I used aluminum and styrene for the mounting bracket.  I then painted the front of the plow silver and the sides dark green.  Mounting the plow is simple as it just goes right down over Emily's buffers.  Unlike the Thomas model, I'm able to run Emily's plow on her without having to remove the knuckle coupler on the pony truck.

I modeled Emily's plow after the one she had in Season 8, and I know some will argue that its inaccurate that I'm using a model series plow on a CGI series Emily, but I could honestly care less.  Realistically plows tend to get shined up after excessive use, so having Emily's plow fully painted green doesn't make any sense.  One thing I would like to also add is that although I have tried it and the plow does indeed plow snow, I don't recommend it.  While the plow and it's mounting bracket could more than likely take the abuse, I fear Emily's plastic buffers wouldn't.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/1z673nl.jpg)
(http://i65.tinypic.com/11tq0sh.jpg)
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2j5ktva.jpg)

The next project I attempted was a custom Season 1 truck made back in 2016.  I started with the open wagon that you would get if you bought the large scale Thomas' Christmas Delivery set.  Now before you ask why I chose to use this wagon over one of the others, it's because of the price.  An online retailer I buy from frequently had the wagon (separate from the set) for only $24 which was cheaper than going out and buying one of the other wagons for about $50-$60+.  I also ended up with the 2 presents in the truck, but threw those in with the Christmas decorations.

It was pretty simple to just sand down the old decals on the wagon, repaint it flat black, add some weathering, and then the custom face.  Overall I thought the model turned out pretty good, and a friend of mine actually thought I used the Tenmile Gauge 1 kit to build it.  The photo shows the truck with a chain link coupler, but I actually run knuckle couplers on my railroad.  The photo was taken prior to me adding knuckle couplers to the model.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/m7rotf.jpg)
(http://i68.tinypic.com/vd3bz9.jpg)

Lastly is a current work in progress I started back in October of this year.  I'm currently making a large scale model of Victoria from The Railway Series.  Obviously I've used a Bachmann Annie/Clarabel for the basis, but Victoria isn't a LB&SCR Stroudley coach so quite a few alterations have to be made.  I've seen many of the HO Boys just simply repaint an Annie/Clarabel coach, but that's not going to cut it for this project.  I'm mainly trying to base my build off the Clive Spong illustrations, but have referred to Victoria's actual basis (Furness Railway Passenger Coach) for details as well.  Regardless what I do, this model could very well be a hybrid.

As she sits now, Victoria is mainly in primer gray until I finish adding details to the model and find the proper color blue to paint her.  The coach's frame also needs a few alterations as well, but I'm yet to start on that.  Incase anyone is curious, I don't have plans to build Helena, mainly just because of the fact (considering the fait Victoria suffered) it seems likely she's probably been scrapped.  I've still got quite a bit of work to do, but Victoria is perhaps a build I should revisit on here once she's finished.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/30xeb8p.jpg)
(http://i66.tinypic.com/dqneyf.jpg)

Questions and comments welcome.

-Rusty


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: thomasgleek444 on May 04, 2018, 09:55:41 AM
and speaking of customs, i know just above i was talking about a custom Henry and Gordon
while right now im trying to see if the base of a aristocraft pacific would be the right size for the drive wheels.
after that i would replace the other trailing wheels with some spare james trailing wheels, and then build a body on top. and scratch build the tender completely


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on May 04, 2018, 03:44:50 PM
and speaking of customs, i know just above i was talking about a custom Henry and Gordon
while right now im trying to see if the base of a aristocraft pacific would be the right size for the drive wheels.
after that i would replace the other trailing wheels with some spare james trailing wheels, and then build a body on top. and scratch build the tender completely
It might not work with it being a slightly different gauge, but I happen to know that Marklin makes a Gauge 1 BR 78, the locomotive that, from what Iíve heard, is the type of Locomotive used to make Gordon and Henry in the show, specifically, their chassis. Gauge 1 is close to G Scale, but I donít know if itís close enough to be compatible, like HO Scale and OO Scale are.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Plow Bender on May 07, 2018, 03:50:09 PM
It might not work with it being a slightly different gauge, but I happen to know that Marklin makes a Gauge 1 BR 78, the locomotive that, from what Iíve heard, is the type of Locomotive used to make Gordon and Henry in the show, specifically, their chassis. Gauge 1 is close to G Scale, but I donít know if itís close enough to be compatible, like HO Scale and OO Scale are.

G scale would be 1:24 scale and Gauge 1 (or #1 scale) is 1:32 scale which would be smaller than G.  The Bachmann Thomas & Friends models themselves are actually 1:22.5 scale which is in between both scales.  As I don't own too many Gauge 1 models, I can't really give you the best comparison out there, but I can hopefully show you somewhat of the difference between the two scales.  First up, here's Percy next to my Bachmann Gauge 1 speeder.  Winston would probably have been better to compare if I had him, but I choose not to waste my hard earned money on something so mediocre.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/n6ssn9.jpg)

Next is James next to an Aristo-Craft Gauge 1 hopper car.  Keep in mind that a James should be pretty much in scale with the hopper if the model (James) were in fact Gauge 1.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/jjuvdx.jpg)

As I said before, I can't really give you a picture perfect comparison as I don't have many Gauge 1 models.  I myself am looking to make 1 or 2 additional Thomas & Friends characters for my large scale collection in the future.  I did at first plan on building them in Gauge 1, but later decided to build them in 1:22.5 scale so they would be in scale with my other Thomas & Friends models.

By the way, anyone out there interested in a Bachmann Large Scale Thomas and/or Percy?

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2mfabkg.jpg)

-Rusty


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on May 07, 2018, 04:16:54 PM
Where are you from, we are always looking for spares...


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Rodimus Supreme on May 07, 2018, 05:57:55 PM
It might not work with it being a slightly different gauge, but I happen to know that Marklin makes a Gauge 1 BR 78, the locomotive that, from what Iíve heard, is the type of Locomotive used to make Gordon and Henry in the show, specifically, their chassis. Gauge 1 is close to G Scale, but I donít know if itís close enough to be compatible, like HO Scale and OO Scale are.

G scale would be 1:24 scale and Gauge 1 (or #1 scale) is 1:32 scale which would be smaller than G.  The Bachmann Thomas & Friends models themselves are actually 1:22.5 scale which is in between both scales.  As I don't own too many Gauge 1 models, I can't really give you the best comparison out there, but I can hopefully show you somewhat of the difference between the two scales.  First up, here's Percy next to my Bachmann Gauge 1 speeder.  Winston would probably have been better to compare if I had him, but I choose not to waste my hard earned money on something so mediocre.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/n6ssn9.jpg)

Next is James next to an Aristo-Craft Gauge 1 hopper car.  Keep in mind that a James should be pretty much in scale with the hopper if the model (James) were in fact Gauge 1.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/jjuvdx.jpg)

As I said before, I can't really give you a picture perfect comparison as I don't have many Gauge 1 models.  I myself am looking to make 1 or 2 additional Thomas & Friends characters for my large scale collection in the future.  I did at first plan on building them in Gauge 1, but later decided to build them in 1:22.5 scale so they would be in scale with my other Thomas & Friends models.

By the way, anyone out there interested in a Bachmann Large Scale Thomas and/or Percy?

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2mfabkg.jpg)

-Rusty
Yeah, I had read before that Gauge 1 is smaller than G Scale, but HO Scale is also smaller than OO Scale, yet both are generally compatible. So I wasn't sure if Gauge 1 and G Scale were compatible or not. If I remember correctly, HO and OO use the same voltage, right? So if the track diameter and voltage is the same between the two, they could be compatible?


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Large Scale Champion on May 09, 2018, 11:15:17 AM
What country are you in?
I'm interested in Thomas & Percy


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: thomasgleek444 on May 13, 2018, 04:00:41 PM
and speaking of customs, i know just above i was talking about a custom Henry and Gordon
while right now im trying to see if the base of a aristocraft pacific would be the right size for the drive wheels.
after that i would replace the other trailing wheels with some spare james trailing wheels, and then build a body on top. and scratch build the tender completely
It might not work with it being a slightly different gauge, but I happen to know that Marklin makes a Gauge 1 BR 78, the locomotive that, from what Iíve heard, is the type of Locomotive used to make Gordon and Henry in the show, specifically, their chassis. Gauge 1 is close to G Scale, but I donít know if itís close enough to be compatible, like HO Scale and OO Scale are.
yes but the marklin one would still be to small, and im not spending $3000 on an engine just to use the base and scrap most the rest, and then have it not measure up to the other bachmann models, i heard from someone on facebook that an aristocraft pacific would be the biggest drive wheels on a train i could find, but i just dont know.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: Chaz on June 04, 2018, 08:40:24 PM
Quick question I always had for large scale modelers.  Have any of you guys considered making your own custom engines and rolling stock?  I haven't really seen too many custom projects aside from one or two things from Plow Bender.  I've always imagined in some cases you would have to make the bodies from scratch, like Mavis and using the motor and chassis from Toby but I've never seen it done before.


Title: Re: Large Scale Thomas
Post by: thomasgleek444 on June 19, 2018, 01:06:44 AM
Quick question I always had for large scale modelers.  Have any of you guys considered making your own custom engines and rolling stock?  I haven't really seen too many custom projects aside from one or two things from Plow Bender.  I've always imagined in some cases you would have to make the bodies from scratch, like Mavis and using the motor and chassis from Toby but I've never seen it done before.
Right now I'm trying to SLOWLY work on a Gordon model to fit the same size as all the others. I got an engine and I'm going to build a body for it, and the tender from scratch.