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Title: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on May 07, 2016, 03:42:43 PM
While focusing on a project I've been working on for the last five months or so, I figured that I would start a new thread on here for narrow gauge: (009, HOe, HOn30, HO 2 1/2, all the same thing) only this would consist of projects/layouts as well as further discussion of where Bachmann's narrow gauge range will potentially go from here, similar to the Large Scale Thomas thread posted by Large Scale Champion.  

Ever since this range started, the sales for Skarloey went above and beyond the roof, selling out in less than a month in Bachmann warehouses.  It's pretty clear that this range will not be slowing down anytime soon and Rheneas will be no different with sales.  I am sure the range will continue to grow from there with other characters in future years such as Sir Handel, Peter Sam, Rusty, and Duncan just to name a few.  

Now, I have something I would like to share with everyone, which is my 009 mining railroad that I have been doing over at my model railroad club.  It is far from over as there is a lot more work that needs to be done.  I hope you will enjoy the pictures that I am about to provide and that everyone will stick around for when I post updates.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2w1xjfd.jpg)

This is what the mountain started as at first, a rather... basic design that was hardly touched.  The bottom you could see an HOn3 line that never even got finished or had track laid,  whereas the top was a dual gauge (HO and HOn3) track that hasn't been used compared to our main HO lines.  It was pretty lifeless, and visitors at our shows always kept asking why we have never used it.  The original plan was to just stick with HOn3 at the bottom and dual gauge on top, like the original, while redoing the mountain.  However last year, after convincing a few other members (due to Skarloey's announcement) we are doing a track in the middle of the mountain for 009 making it possible to run Skarloey and other 009 models in the club.

Now here are some photos showing the mountain as of recent:

(http://i64.tinypic.com/ffbhog.jpg)

We have already started work on the mine.  Each of the different tunnels you see within the mine are empty mine shafts. These will contain some stationary track and wagons in each shaft, while locomotives can travel alongside the main track.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/okd5aa.jpg)

There is a siding in the mine where we plan on leaving some mining cars with some decoration such as gold or jewelry.  We may even create a scene involving mineworkers in there too.  

(http://i63.tinypic.com/24o9a9c.jpg)

Out in the open you can see that there's a second section of track that we plan on adding in the future, this will be used for loading and unloading different loads during our club operation nights.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/15dxj4x.jpg)

This will be the other tunnel on the layout that the engines will be coming out of after traveling through the mine.  We also get a nice view of the waterfall from here as a bonus.  

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2ahee6g.jpg)

We also have a staging yard.  This is where we will be setting our trains, prior to our shows as well as where we will start our clubs operations.  The staging yard leads directly to the mine.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/119cc4n.jpg)

As an added bonus for you guys, here are pictures from our Easter show.  We decided to wire the tracks temporarily so we can run Skarloey in our show to show visitors and our loyal fans a sneak peek of what was to come.  

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2nixzj5.jpg)

The responses were amazing, I was amazed when parents told me that they were familiar with the Skarloey characters and even mentioned that they read the RWS (they called them the "old stories") involving the Skarloey engines.  Another kid even mentioned Duke of all characters when he was talking about narrow gauge, speaks for itself really.  


Even though I am still working on my own HO layout, this is a pretty good alternative for now for my own 009 set up as I am in charge of this specific project in my club.  We still have a long way to go, but in the end we all know it will be worth it. :) Feel free to leave feedback, otherwise I would love to see other 009 projects/layouts that people have been planning on here. This will also be a place where we can talk about future products for the Skarloey range, so if anyone has ideas or suggestions for this they would like to share they are more than welcome to do so.

Happy modeling!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: BassTbone on May 07, 2016, 05:29:57 PM
Good idea Chaz. 

I have been building a 009 layout since last summer in my home. 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfAMfKaWQAEjpR9.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfAMfLGXEAAzhao.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfAMfSqWEAEefB6.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfAQhBXXEAA6DN3.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfAQhCxXEAA4sqc.jpg)

The quarry side needs tending, but the "country station" side looks good, but is FAR from done. 

Also have built some rolling stock from kits:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ccbud8lWoAAJZY7.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcRYdg6WwAA3c3T.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cbs4zwwWAAECaw2.jpg)


I have plans to build a third locomotive and finish off my rolling stock.  I cannot decide on whether to build a Irish Steam Tram
(https://images3.sw-cdn.net/product/picture/625x465_11187397_7310215_1459339976.jpg)

ORto pursue a Thomas character.  I have considered time, effort, and money.  Mightymac would prove expensive, as it would require two chassis. Freddie and Duke seem reasonable.  I am on the fence about making another Thomas loco, but we'll see when summer arrives. 


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on May 12, 2016, 01:13:46 AM
For the last year or so, it's come to my attention that a number of Thomas fans don't know the difference between HOn3 and HOn30, the latter being what the Bachmann Skarloey is.  Some fan sites/videos, including the Thomas Wikia have even labeled the Skarloey products as HOn3 which I can tell everyone right now that this is not true.  This post will be used to inform fans the differences between these scales.  Do not be fooled by the similar names of the two scales - these are completely different.  That '0' at the end of "HOn30" does make a difference.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/9sxz7b.jpg)
The main difference is the width, with HOn30 to the left and HOn3 to the right.  HOn3 track is slightly wider then that of HOn30.  HOn30 trains run on 9mm wide tracks (more commonly known as N gauge).  In real life, the rails are 30 inches apart from one another, or 2 1/2 feet (which goes with another name for this scale HO2 1/2).  Skarloey and other models can run just fine on this track because it's the same scale.  The same applies for 009 and HOe, since as mentioned earlier they all run on the same track.

HOn3 trains on the other hand, run on 10.5mm wide tracks.  Both rails are 3 feet apart from one another in real life.  Therefore, the track is a slightly wider than what Skarloey or other HOn30 models can run on.  

(http://i68.tinypic.com/244w7cp.jpg)
As you can see, a Peco wagon (which is the exact same as the open wagon in the Skarloey line) can do just fine sitting on HOn30 track.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/16ie3d3.jpg)
But on HOn3 track, as shown here, it's going nowhere.

HOn3 is more popular in the US and therefore you will find more US models in that scale than in HOn30, which is more popular in the UK.  Bachmann does not currently make HOn3, but there are other manufactures that produce HOn3 models and stock such as Blackstone Models.

I hope this helps anyone who was confused about this earlier.  It's honestly a common misconception, and you wouldn't be the first person to get them mixed up.  I used to think they were the same thing until I became more invested in 009 modeling.  

Finally, there will be more pictures and updates coming soon with the club layout.  We haven't worked on that part of the mountain recently as we've been working more on dual gauge (which is the top layer).  In the mean time, any thoughts/suggestions on the the setup I have now would be highly appreciated. :)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on May 13, 2016, 11:27:46 AM
I was confused for sure. What's the best place to buy track in your opinion Chaz?


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on May 13, 2016, 01:59:14 PM
I ordered my Skarloey back in the beginning of March and I must have missed out on the first run of the model because I'm still waiting for the second round to come in. I also ordered track from Hattons back then too but now I have track and no engine! Haha ;) but I found Skarloey for an amazing price on a through a model shop I don't normally use so there wa no way I was going to cancel my order! Anyway, in my humble opinion, Hattons has the best prices for track. I purchased Peco 009 track. It looks great for a more NG feel instead of using N gauge track.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on May 13, 2016, 03:39:11 PM
That's exactly what I'm looking for. That NG look. I'll probably do the same. Gotta love Hattons.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on May 14, 2016, 03:31:44 PM
Hattons is pretty good, if not Hattons there is a good deal at Wholesale Trains for a bundle of 25 if you are interested, and would rather order from the US with cheaper shipping charges.

https://www.wholesaletrains.com/Detail.asp?ID=200874293


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: BassTbone on May 14, 2016, 07:39:39 PM
If you don't wish to mess with Flex Track from PECO, they officially offer set track in 9" radius (which Skarloey navigates), straights and points.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on May 14, 2016, 10:42:12 PM
Those layouts are looking fantastic! I'd love to build one, but I have materials for On30 myself; still fun all the same, narrow gauge, no matter what scale. :)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: BassTbone on May 19, 2016, 09:53:56 PM
More progress:

Railway tracks weathered on "Engine Shed" half & Talyllyn coaches completed (need painting obviously!)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ci3Rtc6WkAAqbuC.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ci3RtxOWsAAfsjo.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ci3RtnaXEAEP7SL.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ci3R1SzXAAAdSdl.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ci3R1igWkAA8eVr.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ci3R1zFWEAEbdMz.jpg)

Very happy with how its looking. 


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: JD417 on May 20, 2016, 10:28:39 PM
I saw those on Twitter, those photos are beautiful. I love how the track isn't sitting on plain grey ballast, it looks used, and that really enhances the look. Great job!

Do you plan on making Skarloey's wheels black as they ought to be?


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: BassTbone on May 21, 2016, 08:34:01 AM
I don't think I'll paint his wheels.

Thanks by the way!  ;D


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on May 21, 2016, 02:12:33 PM
I have some updates on my end as well, me and another member at the club worked really hard  last night on the mountain.  Here are some pictures to show progress:

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

We have mostly been working on getting the design of the mountain in place, the top bridge is dual gauge and the bottom in the photo is 009.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/34regig.jpg)

Most of this consisted of re-using some old mountain bits from an old setup and adding cardboard strips with plaster sheets.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/28b64uh.jpg)

It's all coming together very nicely!

(http://i67.tinypic.com/339hnix.jpg)

Started working on the other side of the mountain for a little bit too. 

More updates coming soon :)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: BassTbone on June 10, 2016, 10:53:28 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ckh7IubXAAE2B15.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkiKO6ZUgAI-Epz.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkifiP6WsAAxB50.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkifihTWgAAgrN7.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkjyT9BWkAQq3oG.jpg)

Guess who????


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on June 10, 2016, 02:03:58 PM
Oh boy! That should be great! Duke has always been my favorite Narrow Gauge engine. What face did you use?


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on June 10, 2016, 02:26:49 PM
Very awesome, BassTbone! Can't wait to see the final product. :)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Sparks on June 12, 2016, 03:19:15 AM
Ah, Bertram huh...? Looks like you're using the wrong face....  ;)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: BassTbone on June 12, 2016, 06:50:31 PM
Oh boy! That should be great! Duke has always been my favorite Narrow Gauge engine. What face did you use?
It was the ERTL face.

Thanks guys!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on June 19, 2016, 11:57:32 PM
To those of you that are interested, the Bachmann Skarloey parts are now available in the Bachmann parts catalog:

http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=66_68_93_694


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on June 20, 2016, 04:34:50 PM
Wow, Seems it's cheaper to buy all the parts for Skarloey than the model out right. I'm assuming if you bought every part on that page and were able to put them together, you would have a fully functioning model.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on June 20, 2016, 08:51:06 PM
shhh! they can't know that we've found a loophole in the system!  ;)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on June 20, 2016, 09:46:50 PM
SKARLOEY PARTS!!!!buyer beware,there are no fasteners there!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: uscgtanker on July 01, 2016, 07:30:24 PM
Really nice layouts there and some fine looking talyllyn coaches. we just got our model skarloy wensday and does she look good, only one problem. All my hon30 stock has bukeye knuckles and not those loops. Nothing a little cuting and glue can't fix but it would be nice to have pre made knucles to swap out. after the work was done and the glue had time to set skarloy had time to pull a train of gilpin ore cars. I also had her try out Welsh highland pullman Glaslyn https://www.festipedia.org.uk/wiki/Carriage_2100 got to say it fit well. My next loco for hon30 is a puffing billy engine G-42 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Railways_G_class this engine is a beast for narrow gauge. I have one model section for my hon30 but had to stop since I don't have space to build more. :( If you guys are looking for some more models not from parkside look at 3d printing like shapewaves. I have 5 models from them a diesel conversion for the MDT, the G-42,  welsh  highland 2100 glaslyn, 20' reffer,and a 20' pulp wood flat. My railway runs anything hon30 narrow gauge for more rolling stock verity. I'll add photos and videos later and will keep linked up with more info.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Trainboy100 on July 02, 2016, 03:27:47 PM
I think he use an ertl duke face wouldn't you agree :D


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: BassTbone on July 08, 2016, 11:30:23 AM
In the wake of disappointing news, I'd thought I'd share what you can achieve with kits while you wait.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck4qVkdXEAAZ4ZZ.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck4qVkgWsAAvvHX.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck4qVlWW0AA_-lV.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck4qVlaXAAAJf4F.jpg)

Duke was made using a Langley Models kit with a Fleischmann Piccolo 0-4-0 chassis. 

Waiting on nameplates from narrowplanet and lining from Fox Models


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on July 09, 2016, 12:41:14 PM
So I ordered Skarloey back in March of this year and have been waiting for him to come off of back order ever since. Well, today he came!!!!!! :D  ;D I can't even begin to tell you how extremely pleased I am with this model!! For his size, there is a lot of detail even so that there are details I've never even noticed before! And he runs great! I ran him in well and even got him to go at a semi-realistic speed! I had ordered some 009 scale track as well as a wagon from PECO's 009 range, and had ordered the blue SR van with Skarloey! Everything looks great together! I'm just so happy with my purchases and can't wait to get Rheneas, slate trucks, and practically everything else! This was defiantly worth the wait! I'm not just saying this but he's possibly the best model in the Thomas range by Bachmann! thanks for producing an amazing model!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: uscgtanker on August 12, 2016, 08:37:05 AM
I did find the correct knuckle conversions for the peco line and the skarloey line of rolling stock. Dapol makes the conversion knucles for bukeye knucles. It looks like bachmann is working with peco for the cars since you can flip them ofer and they say peco made in england (finally something not from china). Though peco anouced new car the side tip hoppers and slate wagons, and figuring bachmann is also working with them skarloey will have even more veriety of cars to pull.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 13, 2016, 03:32:19 PM
Time for some long overdue updates!

It's been a while since I posted updates with this thread in general, but we are making solid progress such as the total portal as well as the details inside the mine which you are about to witness below:

(http://i68.tinypic.com/v4135s.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/3022d50.jpg)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/333y73l.jpg)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/23r5rg2.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/15i2qli.jpg)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 13, 2016, 05:02:01 PM
When it's done will you upload a video of the narrow gauge engines rushing through the quarry? Aswell as maybe you can add a little section of HO as all parts of the Skarloey have a station or something of the sort connecting it to the standard gauge railway. Ideas aside the thing I really like it the fact that if something derails in the tunnel it's fine because you can easily reach in and you added details to the interior so it's not just and empty space you're not supposed to see. I can't wait to see what else you come up with for this. This is amazing, I sure hope one day I can see it in person once it's done, or even now would still be amazing.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 14, 2016, 04:03:48 PM
Once the mountain itself is completed, I may look into doing a video and it would be posted on our YouTube page. 

This line will stictly be 009 since it's only a small portion in our HO clubhouse.  There will be a dual gauge line running at the top of the mountain (which will be HO and HOn3) as well as a separate HOn3 track at the bottom.  The latter may have some kind of interaction at the quarry with the 009 line in the future, but as we get closer I can post those pictures too. :)

Thanks for the feedback.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 14, 2016, 06:06:47 PM
Ok just to clarify will the dual gauge be the two sizes joined together so that they share a rail like at the new Blue Mountain Quarry or will it be side by side? Something you could do is a little winch (both quarries from the series had one). All you'd have to do is add a really steep incline and attach a few cars to two different lengths of string. Sorry it just struck me as I was re-watching Blue Mountain Mystery.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 14, 2016, 09:38:45 PM
Yes dual gauge is two tracks sharing one of the same rails:

(http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0506/4709/products/30958362742664.gif?v=1409862465)

No plans for an incline, it would take up a lot of space and it would be pretty difficult for us to put together/pull off.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 14, 2016, 10:22:40 PM
That is epic! Did you custom make those or purchase them? If you purchased them where did you? Sorry for asking so many questions I just really want to set up a meet up of Skarloey and Thomas to exchange loads or something of the sort. It'd make for some interesting crashes if such things were to occur.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 14, 2016, 11:01:24 PM
My club purchased the dual gauge track, but I am sure you can purchase them online somewhere.  Bear in mind that the dual gauge track we are using on the mountain is HO and HOn3, what you would want for Thomas/Skarloey is HO and 009 dual gauge track which you can purchase here:

http://www.hattons.co.uk/73297/Tillig_85126_Box_of_10_Dual_Elite_gauge_Flexi_track_HO_OO9_single_/StockDetail.aspx


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 15, 2016, 08:38:18 AM
Thank you so much! I've been trying to find so much as a standard straight for a while. All I could find were special pieces that do all sorts of things I don't need it to.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 27, 2016, 02:16:54 AM
And now, the newest arrival in my 009 collection...

(http://i67.tinypic.com/xbbn78.jpg)

A huge thank you to Michael for managing to get this to me in time for my birthday!  Will post more pictures soon.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Duke on August 27, 2016, 07:18:49 AM
WOW!!! Cool ;D Go Duke


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 27, 2016, 08:32:37 AM
I wish I was that handy. Hopefully they'll bring him back to the series so Bachmann may actually make him.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on August 31, 2016, 01:26:43 PM
Here are two samples of some of my narrow gauge modeling :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gFjqckH1Gw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IPRytbEcvY


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 31, 2016, 05:58:20 PM
What did you use to achieve that water affect. Sorry but I like to make little movies and it could be a cool addition to some future projects. Yet again you have amazed me. Everything you do with these models is amazing. Can't wait to see more from you.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on September 01, 2016, 11:52:48 AM
A mirror and Sony Vegas video effects. It took me quite a bit of time, but it was all worth it in the end :)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on September 17, 2016, 03:52:38 PM
Well Duke is all ready to go, handrails, handlebars and lining have all been taken care of!  As promised here are some pictures:

(http://i65.tinypic.com/vpfcm0.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/30kds87.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/ivzas3.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/122n1c4.jpg)

Really happy with the final results!  The lining was difficult, it wasn't easy working with tape that's smaller than the fingernail on my pinky... A good friend of mine also helped with the rest of the details too.  Duke will be running during our clubs annual Christmas show alongside Skarloey once the mine is finished and completed in time before December.

Now that I have Duke in my collection, it makes me even more excited/hopeful for a Bachmann Sir Handel and Peter Sam in the future. :P


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on September 17, 2016, 07:28:24 PM
It's easiest to apply stickers and decals with a toothpick and/or tweezers. It'll still be hard with stickers that small but it definitely makes a difference. I'm sure that Stuart and Falcon... I mean Sir Handle and Peter Sam will come in the near future. Not too many little engines and these are selling like hot cakes. Can't wait to see more from you guys.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on October 29, 2016, 05:43:19 PM
Been a while since I posted in this thread but I've started work on landscaping the mountain:

(http://i65.tinypic.com/ej8klw.jpg)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/w8ssn4.jpg)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/16j2003.jpg)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/21dhrvm.jpg)

Planning on painting over the mountain soon once everything dries.  Already it's looking more like a mountain!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on January 08, 2017, 06:30:15 PM
Great photos of your model Duke locomotive, my favorite. Very nicely done.

Could you expand on how it was done and what parts were used in its construction such as chassis and body parts used, etc.

I have been wanting to build one myself and would like to know more about how yours was built.

Also does it run on N gauge track?

Thank you for any information you can share,

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 08, 2017, 07:05:08 PM
Always great seeing a response back in this thread!  Yes Duke can run on N scale track just like Skarloey.

The Festiniog kit came from here: http://www.langley-models.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Locomotive_Body_kits_55.html

You can also look up a decent 0-4-0 chassis based in the description.

The face came from the ERTL Duke model, and other spare parts like handrails and lining tape can also be looked up on various shops online.  Here's a link to handrail knobs just to get you started
http://www.ebay.com/itm/24-Medium-length-OO-gauge-locomotive-handrail-knobs-precision-turned-brass-/111996305227?hash=item1a137fff4b:g:JcwAAOSwo3pWes5x

I hadn't posted in this thread in a while but our Christmas show this year was a success!  Here are some pictures:

(http://i67.tinypic.com/209r9y8.jpg)
Skarloey was the star of the show.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/156u3xk.jpg)
Set up a construction scene on the siding as we didn't have time to complete it or the trestle.  It only made sense just to make it seem like actual work was going on.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/r0bm6t.jpg)
(http://i65.tinypic.com/52algl.jpg)
And during the show an unexpected passenger jumped on one of the wagons...!

(http://i68.tinypic.com/i5ollj.jpg)
Will happily post updates again if you would like.  I hadn't worked on the layout too much in the last month due to the Christmas shows but starting this week I plan on working more on the trestle.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on January 09, 2017, 02:13:05 PM
Thank you very much Chaz for your reply and info on parts suppliers.

The Bachmann narrow gauge line is a very welcome addition for Thomas fans.

The narrow gauge episodes have always been my favorites especially the two part Grandpuff/Duke episode.

I really appreciate your posting this info for me.

Thank you,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on January 11, 2017, 12:33:01 PM
(http://i67.tinypic.com/209r9y8.jpg)
Skarloey was the star of the show.

I've gotta say, Chaz, every time you post photos, it just makes me want to get the Bachmann Skarloey and start an HOn30 layout myself.  After seeing the setup you have at the club, it's left me thinking a lot of what I would want my layout to look like.  Unfortunately an HOn30 layout is a project I've had in mind ever since Bachmann announced narrow gauge, but I'm yet to find the time and money to get started.  Doesn't help when you're a professional procrastinator either.

I will say though that the clubs HOn30 setup is really nice when you throw in narrow gauge characters.  Duke really looks great considering he's just a kit bash rather than an actual Bachmann model.  That there shows skillful modeling.  I am a bit curious though why there's an N scale gondola with a crane in it.  Is this just temporary piece until a proper HOn30 wagon is built, or just something put together for the Christmas show?

Like I said before, I've really got to look into getting the Bachmann Skarloey and starting an HOn30 layout.  Seeing you and others post photos just keeps fueling the desire to do so.  Maybe I'll have the time next winter to build a small layout.  Keep the photos coming if you like. ;)

-Rusty


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 12, 2017, 04:12:04 PM
The crane was a last minute project that I put together, I wanted it to look like that something was going on on the other track because I couldn't finish it in time for the Christmas show.  Not exactly realistic and I could have ordered a kit if needed but it wasn't on my agenda... might be something I'll have to look into in the future since I wouldn't count on Bachmann making one.

Thanks for the feedback. :)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on January 15, 2017, 04:10:03 PM
Hello Chaz:

Thank you again for your reply with modeling info for your Duke Locomotive. It has been very helpful to me to locate suppliers for the parts needed to construct a model myself.

I have ordered the Festiniog Prince loco from Langley and found a Fleischmann 0-4-0 loco on EBAY along with the handrail stanctions you mentioned in your post.

I have also located a company in the UK called Narrow Planet that does custom brass name plates for a very reasonable price and I have ordered a set of DUKE plates from them.

One question I still have for you is what did you use as a chassis for your tender?
Your photos do not show this very well.
Did you use an N scale goods wagon chassis?

Thanks again for your help,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 15, 2017, 09:05:53 PM
Excellent, glad to hear that you will be getting started on your very own Duke model! Please post pictures for progress :)

The tender chassis should come with the kit so you should be good from there.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on January 16, 2017, 08:02:56 PM
Chaz:

Thanks for the additional info on the tender chassis parts being included.

I will gladly post construction photos once everything arrives from the UK and I get started.

I was really excited about finding out where to get custom eteched brass engine name plates.

Of course as soon as we all build our own Duke models Bachmann may produce them one day.

Thanks again Chaz,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Duke on January 16, 2017, 10:08:23 PM
It's very cool how perfect the Ertl face fits to the model. It's exactly as it was supposed to be there from the beginning.
Would have loved to made a Duke model myself..., but unfortunately I'm a perfectionist without any sort of modeling skills and no patience what so ever, so sadly I don't think the result would be any good at all.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on January 31, 2017, 07:34:41 PM
Hi Chaz:

I have received the Festiniog Prince loco from Langley Models, a Fleischmann 0-4-0 loco from EBAY, and the brass handrail stanchions you mentioned. I also ordered brass plates for the "DUKE" nameplates from Narrow Planet. Thank you again for the information you supplied to locate these items. I also found an Ertl Duke loco for the face.

I am still trying to locates the correct size brass wire for the handrails, yellow stripping, and the correct color paint.

Do you have any suggestions for the paint that you used as it looks spot on. Also did you use decals for the yellow stripping?

I will also have to figure out how to post photos here.

Thanks again,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on January 31, 2017, 08:07:25 PM
Hey Grandpuff, I can't answer most of your questions, but I can help you upload pictures 😂

You'll need to register for a Photobucket account or something similar and upload your pictures to there. Then it will give you the option to "copy image link." Copy this link and paste it between THIS:

[img ]http://Link goes here[/img ] (without the spaces between the brackets)

Hope that helps!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on January 31, 2017, 08:19:26 PM
Hi Grffin:

Thank you very much for the help on uploading photos. I will give it try so that I can post some photos of my Duke project.

Thanks again for such a speedy reply,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on January 31, 2017, 09:06:00 PM
Not a problem! Glad I could help!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on February 02, 2017, 12:18:38 AM
Hey granpuff the paint that Michael used while working on Duke was a Boot Brown made by Krylon.

The pinstripe tape I used is made by line o tape.  The specific one for Duke I used is the 12 - yellow
1/64'' x 120''.

Please post pictures for progress!  I'm excited to see how yours will turn out as well. :)

On a completely different note, I finally pre-ordered Rheneas who just got listed for pre-order this weekend at Hobby Linc.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 02, 2017, 08:20:18 PM
Hi Chaz:

Thank you for the additional information regarding paint and stripping.

The "DUKE" nameplates are on the way so with the paint and stripping coming I think I now have everything I need to get started.

Now I need to get set up to post photos thanks to Griffin.

I have wanted a running model of Duke for many years. Your model is an inspiration to me to build my own Duke.

Grandpuff



Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on February 04, 2017, 01:06:17 AM
I'm not sure if this is considered to be a form of narrow gauge, but I'm going to share here anyway. Since Christmas I've been working here and there on the three primary Arlesdale engines. They utilize Tomy Wind-up shells with Marklin Z scale chassis. Unlike Mike and Rex, Bert is tender driven. They are still a WIP, as they need new buffer heads, buffer beam details, etc. If you'd like you can follow their progress on Twitter and Instagram using #oozdale. I hope you enjoy!  :)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3rqMDyWcAQRPUt.jpg:large)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3rqV1rWYAEGZi7.jpg:large)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on February 04, 2017, 05:00:19 AM
All I can say is that I'm very, very impressed. Great work, ThomasFan247!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on February 04, 2017, 11:54:51 PM
Well done!! Can we see a comparison with an HO model or Bachmann Skarloey?


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on February 06, 2017, 10:03:19 PM
Thanks fellas! Here is a photo from back in December of Rex next to Thomas and Skarloey:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C04emT1XUAEtnMn.jpg:large)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on February 07, 2017, 01:42:36 AM
Looks fantastic! I for one would love a how to on Thomas' face.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on February 07, 2017, 06:25:43 PM
Thanks! Thomas' face mod, which utilizes Trackmaster's R/C flip-face Thomas face, was pretty simple. Using a Dremel, I cut the happy face from the alternate surprised face, and then I drilled out the eyes with the Dremel's drill bit attachment. From there I inserted Bachmann Thomas' eyes into the sockets and adhered them using a bit of tack, which allows me to pose the eyes however I desire. In order to fit on the front of Thomas' smoke box, I removed the eye mechanism and stuck the face on with more tack. Super quick, super simple - that is as long as you have the proper tools!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 11, 2017, 02:58:02 PM
Hi Chaz and All;

I have tried unsucessfully for the past week to upload some photos of my Duke Project.

All I get is file too large or contact Administrator as upload file is full even though I have yet to successfully upload anything.

So for now I am giving up trying to post any photos.

I have finished assembling the loco and tender castings and have primed everything.

Next will be painting the under frames and loco chassis black which I will be completing today.

Then I will paint the loco and tender with the Krylon Boot Brown paint per Chaz, then stripping, nameplate, and Duke face.

Hopefully by then I can figure out what I am doing wrong in trying to post some photos.

I am getting excited about having a Duke model to go with Skarloey and Rheneas.

Grandpuff



Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on February 11, 2017, 03:03:16 PM
Very excited to hear about your progress with Duke!  The best website that I use for uploading photos before posting them on here is tinypic.com.  If that doesn't work I'm sure there are other options available. 


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Metal on February 11, 2017, 03:22:56 PM
I upload my pics on photobucket and then post them on the board. I personally prefer that over tinypic.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 11, 2017, 04:10:49 PM
Hi Guys:

I have been trying to use Photo Bucket with no success. I have created my account and have been able to upload a few files to Photo Bucket, but no success uploading to the forum.

I keep getting an error message that the file is too large so I have made the files less than 128kb as specified but still no luck.

Now it says that my upload file is full and to contact the Administrator.

I do not know why it says the file is full if I have yet to upload any photos.

I will continue my construction and hopefully can load some photos later.

So for now I have just given up.

With Photo Bucket, not with the Duke Project.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 11, 2017, 05:23:11 PM
Are you clicking the "copy link" button and then pasting that in between this: [ img][ /img] (without the spaces after the brackets)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 11, 2017, 07:21:18 PM
Sorry Griffin I do not know what any of that means.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Duke on February 11, 2017, 08:25:48 PM
If you use tinypic you can just copy the link under "IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards"

or with photobucket just copy the link under "Direct" and put your link between the two img's

(http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o720/WiiJAY87/uu_zpsh4joufno.png)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 11, 2017, 11:11:36 PM
I still get an error message that my upload file is full and it will not let me do anything.

It says to contact the forum administrator however that is done.

Like I said I am done with this waste of time.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Sparks on February 11, 2017, 11:38:53 PM
Are you trying to upload it from the Post function on the forum? That's not the same as Photobucket or TinyPic.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 12, 2017, 08:48:25 PM
I was able to get the engine and tender painted Krylon Boot Brown today and I will let them thoroughly dry before I paint the smoke box, cab roof, and tender coal pile all black.

After that all that is left is to mount the loco chassis to the boiler, add the yellow stripping, handrails and stanchions, and then finish with the DUKE brass nameplates, and lastly mounting the Duke face to the smoke box.

I am continuing to take photos in case I am able to post them. Again the problem seems to be that the error message keeps saying that the upload file is full and to contact the Administrator and I see no way of doing so. I know you all are trying to help with your suggestions but it seems to be a forum issue that I cannot resolve.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 12, 2017, 10:31:30 PM
Perhaps you could upload them to Photobucket and then link us to your page


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 17, 2017, 04:10:36 PM
Hello to All:

Griffin I do not know how to link you to my Photo Bucket photos.

I am almost finished with my Duke project. Yesterday I was able to complete all of the yellow stripping and install the handrails and stanchions. I also completed the yellow stripping on the cylinders, mounted the Fleischmann chassis to the boiler, glued the Duke face to the smoke box, and test ran everything.

The only things left to do are to install the head and tail lanterns which are on their way from Langley, and mount the brass Duke name plates which are on their way from Narrow Planet.

Since I still cannot figure out how to post photos from Photo Bucket I have decided to post a video of my completed Duke loco running on a test track to my You Tube video page so you can check it out there. I will let you all know when that has been posted. In the meantime you can check out my other HO and Large Scale videos by searching You Tube for RXRBILL and all of my videos should pop up. There is a 4 minute video trip around my HO scale garage layout using a camera car that holds my iPhone. I am hoping to add some narrow gauge track to one of my mines for my narrow gauge locos to run on.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 19, 2017, 09:11:42 PM
(http://[URL=http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/av8rdad/media/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/av8rdad/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg)[/URL](http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/av8rdad/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/av8rdad/media/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg.html)[/img](http://[URL=http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/av8rdad/media/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/av8rdad/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg)[/URL][/img]


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 19, 2017, 09:18:42 PM
Well I am not sure how it happened, but I just uploaded a photo of my duke project.

This is before any priming or painting have been done.

I will try some more tomorrow to upload a few more if I can figure out what I did.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on February 19, 2017, 09:22:20 PM
Glad to see that a photo of your Duke project is finally up!  Please keep us updated on progress. :)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 19, 2017, 10:04:37 PM
(http://[URL=http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/av8rdad/media/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/av8rdad/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg)[/URL](http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/av8rdad/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/av8rdad/media/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg.html)[/img](http://[URL=http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/av8rdad/media/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/av8rdad/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg)[/URL][/img]

Yay! It worked!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 20, 2017, 10:46:06 AM
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/av8rdad/IMG_0484_zpsxudjin3i.jpg

Paste this link into your browser and you'll be able to scroll through grandpuff's photo bucket. as long as he keeps uploading there, we should be able to keep up with his progress. I'm impressed. great job!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on February 20, 2017, 12:13:14 PM
It would appear that this Instagram user is going to post a picture of Rheneas some time today. On the video of the Bachmann test track they made a comment stating that they'd get a better picture of Rheneas at the booth today, it was gonna be yesterday but they didn't get a chance. Just keep your eyes peeled so we can get a better picture of Rheneas's model.

https://www.instagram.com/hobbytownva/


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 20, 2017, 02:23:27 PM
Thanks Griffin. I will post a few more showing the finished stripping and handrails. I am still waiting for the lanterns and nameplates to finish my Duke. When it is finished I will be posting a short video on my You Tube channel. Just search for RXRBILL to see my videos.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 20, 2017, 05:35:39 PM
It would appear that this Instagram user is going to post a picture of Rheneas some time today. On the video of the Bachmann test track they made a comment stating that they'd get a better picture of Rheneas at the booth today, it was gonna be yesterday but they didn't get a chance. Just keep your eyes peeled so we can get a better picture of Rheneas's model.

https://www.instagram.com/hobbytownva/
Rheneas wasn't on display, so no picture. :-(

When does the catalogue come out? Shouldn't it be today?


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 20, 2017, 06:27:13 PM
Well from what happened last year, the catalog came out 2 or 3 days after the last day of the New York Toy Fair. Therefore, Bachmann should upload their catalog for this year on their website on either this Thursday 2-23-17, or this Friday 2-24-17.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on February 21, 2017, 04:04:24 PM
Bachmann's 2017 catalogue is available. Go to the 2016 catalogue and replace the 2016 with 2017.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 21, 2017, 04:33:51 PM
Yeah, thank you for the information on that. I found that out last night from Chaz, and Griffin on the "OFFICIAL 2017 THOMAS & FRIENDS NEW PRODUCTS ANNOUNCEMENT!" thread.  I didn't know you can do that. I'm glad I know I can do that now. The 2017 catalog is actually posted now. Nobody has to go to the url and change the text "2016" to "2017".


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 22, 2017, 05:51:56 PM
I  will try to post the next 8 photos of my Duke project here, but I am still having trouble with the Photo Bucket to Bachmann Forum part of the transfer for some reason. You can now view all of the photos at Photo Bucket at the link Griffin posted a few messages above. I have finished everything except for the brass nameplates which should arrive any day now.

Grandpuff

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Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 22, 2017, 06:08:58 PM
Well what do you know, I finally figured it out thanks to Griffin's encouragement.

Chaz your and Michael's work on your Duke model were a real inspiration for me to start my Duke project which I have wanted to do for many years now. I also want to thank you for your very generous sharing of the information here on the forum that I needed to make this journey behind your efforts.

I hope our work will eventually inspire Bachmann to some day produce a Duke model in the new Narrow Gauge Line. Duke has always had a very big following with many of the Narrow Gauge fans.

As soon as the brass nameplates arrive and I can get them installed I will post a few final completion photos now that I know how. I also still plan to post a video to my You Tube Channel RXRBILL.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 22, 2017, 07:07:39 PM
This is fantastic, Grandpuff! Truly awesome. Glad I could help with the pictures ;)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on February 22, 2017, 07:59:18 PM
Color me impressed!  Your Duke model looks incredible so far and I am excited to see how the nameplates will turn out too.  As always, thanks again for keeping us updated and I am flattered that my Duke model inspirered you to look into making your own. :)

On a completely different note, is anyone else excited for the Rusty model coming soon?  As soon as he is listed for preorder I will plan on ordering him.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 22, 2017, 08:04:09 PM
Although I don't have any narrow gauge engines or rolling stock, I'll hopefully begin collecting them. The range is just too good not to~


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on February 23, 2017, 12:28:34 AM
Yes, I plan on getting both Rheneas and Rusty when available to go with my Duke and Skarloey.

No HOn30 layout, but I do plan on adding some HOn30 track to my existing HO layout.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on March 01, 2017, 06:50:07 PM
Hi to All:

I am happy to report that my Duke project is now complete with the installation of the Duke nameplates.

Thanks again to Chaz, Michael, and Griffin for all of your help and encouragement.

Here are a few more photos of the completed Duke.

I will try to post a short video on my You Tube channel in a few days, just search for RXRBILL and my videos will pop up.

Grandpuff

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Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on March 01, 2017, 07:10:44 PM
Wheels still need to be painted.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on March 01, 2017, 07:55:05 PM
Duke looks amazing, can't wait for the video, I wanna see him run. The only thing I'd change is the pipe on his front buffer plate, but that's just me. I know I for one couldn't work that much detail in such a small scale. Once the rest of the narrow gauge engines come out we can have the whole railways back together since there are plenty of characters other than duke that are probably on the list of returning characters. But I can imagine his return already, they show Duke being rediscovered in that old shed, to be rescued and brought to the Skarloey Railway. One day we may see it. In the mean time we have two 009 scale models of him to appreciate.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on March 01, 2017, 08:04:15 PM
Oh wow, Grandpuff, that's truly amazing! I'm so impressed! Just goes to show what a little paint and some determination can do..awesome.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 02, 2017, 03:04:58 AM
Granpuff, your Duke model looks excellent and I'm really happy seeing that the time and effort paid off on your end.  Thanks for posting that in this thread, and I am excited to see a video of him running. 

Great job!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on March 07, 2017, 03:42:22 PM
Hello To All:

I just finished uploading a short video of my Duke Project Loco running around a loop of N gauge track.

The You Tube link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZaZ1RywI7U/

If that does not work for you just do a You Tube search for RXRBILL and all of my videos should pop up.

Included there are videos of my Large 1/8 scale trains at Train Mountain, and some videos of my HO layout and trains.

Enjoy,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 07, 2017, 03:58:04 PM
The link did not work but I was able to look it up as suggested earlier.

The video of Duke running turned out great, and it was nice seeing the model in action.  Hopefully it will also encourage others to look into making Duke models of their own too.

He will look great alongside Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty, and I definetely agree with you that Sir Handel and Peter Sam should be made in the future too.  


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on March 08, 2017, 12:42:03 AM
Chaz, I just fixed the link to my video in the message above. I found out that what I thought was a lower case "l" was actually an upper case "I'. So the link works now. While you are on You Tube go to my You Tube Channel "RXRBILL" (Railroad Bill) and take a look at my track level video of my HO layout and other goodies.

I have a garage sized HO layout that I have been building for the last 25 years and I am planning on adding some dual gauge trackage between my ore processing plant and mine. I know that you posted info on the HOn30 dual gauge track available at Hattons in the UK, but they do not carry dual gauge turnouts. I have found that Peach Creek Shops in the USA  makes some, but does anyone know if they are available from any other sources? Not HO/HOn3 turnouts, but HO/HOn30.

Hoping that Rheneas arrives soon to keep Duke and Skarloey company.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on April 06, 2017, 03:39:13 PM
Hi guys!

As some of you know, I've been working on OOZ models of Mike, Rex, and Bert. For anyone interested, here's a video of Mike and Rex - Bert's motor is being somewhat troublesome, so he wasn't included in this video, but he will appear in future ones. I hope you enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzLuYJ8z5gc


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on April 10, 2017, 06:54:25 PM
Amazing! You have resource and sagacity  ;)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on May 27, 2017, 05:46:08 PM
Here's some 3-D printed rolling stock if anyone wants it.

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/elsbridge-model-shop?section=&sort=pricelh

There's some different/more accurate slate wagons and a flatbed and another wagon of sorts that could maybe be used to make Cora. Just thought I'd share.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: trains4life on June 07, 2017, 03:02:02 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy a shed that will fit both Skarloey and Rheneas, or a shed that will fit just Skarloey. Thanks!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on June 07, 2017, 06:17:25 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy a shed that will fit both Skarloey and Rheneas, or a shed that will fit just Skarloey. Thanks!



http://m.ebay.com/itm/RF-11-N-Scale-Vollmer-28612-Locomotive-2-stall-engine-Shed-1-160-/352056354781?hash=item51f831a7dd%3Ag%3A%7EWwAAOSwax5Ynb3u&_trkparms=pageci%253Accc04bee-4bce-11e7-9b56-74dbd180727e%257Cparentrq%253A84a063cc15c0a866d9b8d79bfffa213b%257Ciid%253A14


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: trains4life on June 08, 2017, 02:54:21 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy a shed that will fit both Skarloey and Rheneas, or a shed that will fit just Skarloey. Thanks!

http://m.ebay.com/itm/RF-11-N-Scale-Vollmer-28612-Locomotive-2-stall-engine-Shed-1-160-/352056354781?hash=item51f831a7dd%3Ag%3A%7EWwAAOSwax5Ynb3u&_trkparms=pageci%253Accc04bee-4bce-11e7-9b56-74dbd180727e%257Cparentrq%253A84a063cc15c0a866d9b8d79bfffa213b%257Ciid%253A14


Thanks for the link. The shed looks nice, but it's not really what I'm looking for and it's a bit too long for my layout. Thanks anyway though.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on June 17, 2017, 11:13:22 PM
Here's some 3-D printed rolling stock if anyone wants it.

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/elsbridge-model-shop?section=&sort=pricelh

There's some different/more accurate slate wagons and a flatbed and another wagon of sorts that could maybe be used to make Cora. Just thought I'd share.
There's now a "Gunpowder Van" and a coach on that shop as well. Figure some people can get their coaches from there until Bachmann inevitably comes out with their own.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on July 08, 2017, 04:43:31 AM
Well I finally got around to working on the club setup, happy to confirm that I finally got the trestle completed and I wired and ballasted the last siding so I'm pretty content with how everything turned out.  As usual here are some pictures:

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2v1nns9.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/11825p4.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/eb69dx.jpg)

I might also look into starting my own 009 setup too, but that's another story.  In the meantime I will take more pictures at our upcoming shows, fingers crossed Rheneas will be out by this summer so I can run him at our club's summer shows too.  An update on Rusty at the NMRA would also be a nice bonus too.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on August 03, 2017, 12:11:22 AM
Hello all!

     I am currently stuck at the airport so I thought I would come on and ask everyone's opinion on Rusty being the next (after Rheneas of course ;)) narrow gauge engine on the scene. I personally like the idea of Rusty coming next, but would have preferred Sir Handel, but I am biased ::). I also am hoping that using this thread will have it "come back" because I love looking at all you guys are doing with your narrow gauge models. One more question I have for you guys, is anyone working on a model of Blue Mountain Quarry or a model of Skarloey's Railway? Thanks!

     -Chaotic


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on August 03, 2017, 12:22:02 AM
Fairs fair to have a diesel though.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 03, 2017, 12:46:44 AM
Personally, I'm thrilled that Rusty is coming out.  He is one of my favorite characters and second favorite narrow gauge engine, behind Peter Sam.  Seeing as how Skarloey and Rheneas turned out I'm interested to see how he will turn out.

I know a lot more people were expecting Sir Handel this year, (myself included), but really though, no merchandise line has ever released the narrow gauge engines in numerical order before, and Bachmann is no exception.  I don't mind what order they release/announce the narrow gauge engines either, as long as they avoid the newer characters and announce Sir Handel, Peter Sam and Duncan first, then I have no complaints.  Even though I'm indifferent to Duncan's CG render I'd still much rather see him over Victor, Millie or Luke any day.

Fortunately though, seeing as how HO completed engines 1-11 before doing any post season 7 engines, I have a feeling Bachmann will do the same with narrow gauge too by finishing the original six first.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on August 03, 2017, 04:47:22 AM
I agree with both of you guys, Titanic5972 and Chaz. Another question us have any of you guys thought about Sodor Scenery or Resign Buildings for the narrow gauge range? Another thing I think would be nice to see is the Blue Mountain Quarry turntable be put out because at least I haven't seen a dual gauge turntable before. Thoughts?

         -Chaotic


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 03, 2017, 03:52:58 PM
Well the Trackside Station that came out a few years ago was the season 4 version of Glennock.  So if they do resin buildings anytime soon for narrow gauge I would love to see them do some sheds.  These ones in particular:

(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/9/9a/Granpuff27.png/revision/latest?cb=20160116205025)

As for the turntable I don't see it happening personally, I would bet on more buildings being added first before making a dual gauge turntable.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on August 03, 2017, 10:03:33 PM
Well the Trackside Station that came out a few years ago was the season 4 version of Glennock.  So if they do resin buildings anytime soon for narrow gauge I would love to see them do some sheds.  These ones in particular:

(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/9/9a/Granpuff27.png/revision/latest?cb=20160116205025)

As for the turntable I don't see it happening personally, I would bet on more buildings being added first before making a dual gauge turntable.

I would love to see those shed as well!!! I agree that more buildings will be made first, but if they are going with the mining aspect of the narrow gauge, it plays a big part in the quarry because it is somewhat of "meeting spot/home base" at the Blue Mountain Quarry. Also, I have looked and have not found a dual gauge turntable anywhere so that mean means if they do make it, it wouldn't just bring in Thomas fans, but also anyone who makes or is making an ho/hon30 model railroad.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on August 05, 2017, 02:22:44 AM
Hi all,

     One more thing I have to ask is does anyone have any updates on their narrow gauge layouts and/or some custom models of the narrow gauge engines?

  -Chaotic


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on August 11, 2017, 06:30:35 PM
Chaotic:

If you did not see them earlier, take a look back to about page 3 of this thread to see the Duke model that Chaz built.

It was done so well that it inspired me to built my own with his generous help and guidance.

You can see my Duke model at around pages 6 and 7 of this thread.

You will also find a You Tube link there to a short video I posted of my completed Duke model running.

Enjoy,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: mully on August 22, 2017, 03:00:37 PM
Apologize for the last post my photo bucket isn't working needs an update or something. As I was saying I personally think that if bachmann make any sheds for the skarloey railway it will likely be based off the sheds at the depot. Probably the brick shed in the middle and the one on the left which is like a double line engine shed.  :)  in other news related to this thread I am busy making a narrow guage line based off season 4/6/18 I will post some updates as soon as I have made some progress 
Yours


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on August 22, 2017, 08:28:34 PM
Hey Mully,
I believe the problem you're having with Photobucket right now is that you're not subscribed to them.  Last month they stopped letting people share photos that were stored on their site to the rest of the web unless you paid for a subscription.  If you look at some of my older posts, you can see my photos have been effected as well.  This recent change has actually been a recent topic I've seen brought up in the Large Scale board, and if you'd like some more info, I'll leave a link below for you.

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,33882.0.html

I'd recommend possibly looking into another website to upload and share your photos on here, unless you want to be paying almost $400 a year to use Photobucket.  Needless to say, I too need to make a decision on something if I ever need to upload photos here again in the future.  Hope this helps!

-Rusty


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Metal on August 23, 2017, 02:06:57 AM
You could try Flickr, that's a photo sharing site I used back in middle school. See if that could work. I might considering making a new one now.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on September 16, 2017, 07:46:27 PM
Hi to All:

After finishing my Duke model shown on pages 6 and 7 on this thread I wanted some passenger coaches for him to pull.

Since Bachmann has not yet produced any coaches I looked around and found some at Shapeways.

There is a link posted by HLC on page 7 of this thread so you can check it out.

I will try to post some photos from my new Flikr account. Just as I figured out Photobucket they started charging to share.

I hope this works...(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4414/37078644806_54836c9cc9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YuvKiq)IMG_0624 (https://flic.kr/p/YuvKiq) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/159121229@N03/), on Flickr


Enjoy,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on September 16, 2017, 08:00:34 PM
OK I just figured out how to post from Flikr.

If you click on my name after the single photo it will take you to my account and you can see the other 6 photos.

The Shapeways link will take you to Elsbridge Shops in the UK so you can check out their offerings. Very nice stuff.

I used Microtrains N scale wheels sets, Peco GR-102 coupler pockets (modified), and Peco GR-103 OO9 couplers, plus of course paint to complete my models.

I am very happy to have some coaches and a brake van to  run until Bachmann produces some.

Where Oh Where is Rheneas???

Enjoy,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on September 17, 2017, 07:51:24 AM
I'm seriously impressed by the paint job, grandpuff. so clean and well done, simply lovely. makes me want to start my own narrow gauge setup!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on September 17, 2017, 06:45:59 PM
Thank you Griffin. Here are a few more photos...
[imghttp://(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4372/37269411695_10130acf6b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YMntDH)IMG_0631 (https://flic.kr/p/YMntDH) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/159121229@N03/), on Flickr][/img]



(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4362/37269407975_54460f27ed_z.jpg) (http://https:[url=https://flic.kr/p/YMnsxz)IMG_0630 (https://flic.kr/p/YMnsxz) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/159121229@N03/), on Flickr//flic.kr/p/YMnriR](https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4365/37269403815_fb2231f5aa_z.jpg)[/url]IMG_0629 (https://flic.kr/p/YMnriR) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/159121229@N03/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4411/37126456171_0480b3b51e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YyJMXi)IMG_0628 (https://flic.kr/p/YyJMXi) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/159121229@N03/), on Flickr(http://)

Enjoy,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on September 17, 2017, 08:28:53 PM
It's great seeing you take on other projects like this granpuff, well done!  I always liked the blue livery more on the classic narrow gauge coaches, and I always pictured Bachmann making red coaches to match what's in CGI/Talyllyn so maybe I might look into doing these myself!

I also got some new gunpowder wagons from kits produced by Adam, which as a result turned out pretty good.  If you want gunpowder wagons I would highly recommend them:

(http://i64.tinypic.com/29q1fr5.jpg)



Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: mully on September 19, 2017, 05:40:01 PM
I love the detailing on the coaches. I'd love to share my work sadly I'm unable to find a source that can preview photos on here as my photobucket isn't alowing it. Can Anyone help please. I do have a Instagram if anyone wants to see my work in the mean time mulfredmodelrailway


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on September 20, 2017, 09:29:10 PM
Hi Chaz:

I really like your Gunpowder wagons, very nice job. I am tempted to build a few too.

Griffin:

Thanks for your comments on my coaches. I usually use my air brush to paint my models but this time I used 3 Oz rattle cans because I was able to find the colors I needed. My secret for a good multi-color paint job is to never use the tan masking tape. I only use good quality blue painters tape. I also use the flat blade of a small screw driver to smooth the edges and corners to prevent any bleed through.

Mully:

Everyone is having trouble with Photobucket since they started to charge for photo sharing. The photos I just posted were done using Flikr. Not too hard to figure out.

Where Oh Where is Rheneas???

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on October 25, 2017, 10:59:09 PM
Hey everybody! How are all of your models? Have any pictures cause Iíd love to see them! Have anyone made a mighty Mac or Freddie or anything else? Talk to you soon!

    -Chaotic


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on October 26, 2017, 11:36:48 AM
Hey everybody! How are all of your models? Have any pictures cause Iíd love to see them! Have anyone made a mighty Mac or Freddie or anything else? Talk to you soon!

    -Chaotic
Nobody has made Mighty Mac yet but there's a kit you could use to make one here: http://www.langley-models.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Locomotive_Body_kits_55.html

You'd just need faces and then whatever the kit tells you. It's from the same place as the Duke models that now two people have made.
As for Freddie, I don't know where you'd find one but to my knowledge nobody has made one yet.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on October 26, 2017, 12:02:25 PM
Some of you younger fellas might not remember him, but the YouTuber Topkazfatt has made the narrow gauge engines (including Freddie and Mighty Mac) and their Talyllyn counterparts.  He's also attempted making the Arlesdale and Culdee Fell engines as well.  Most of his engines were made from existing merchandise, but he has used kits and built some of his own chassis.  Check out his channel via the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/user/topkazfatt

Sadly he doesn't seem to be doing anymore modeling these days and has actually been quite inactive the last few years.  Considering he's been doing this since 2007 and within the last few years had 2 kids, I dare say family takes priority now.  Still have to admire his work though. ;)

-Rusty


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 26, 2017, 03:42:35 PM
The downside to his Skarloey models is mainly the scale; he uses Bandai TECS which looks huge next to HO/OO. They were pretty cool back in the day, but nowadays we have much more accurate models, and ways to make extra rolling stock that's also accurate.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on October 28, 2017, 08:58:58 PM
Hey guys! They have come out with a picture of Rheneas and it looks very good! Obviously you cannot see everything but from what is shown I am very excited to get it right when it comes out!

      -CC55


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on October 30, 2017, 01:24:20 AM
Hello to All:

Thought I would share a few photos showing some of the Thomas Narrow Gauge rolling stock that I have been working on recently. As the photos show I have added a couple more brake vans so I now have them in red, brown, and in blue to match my coaches. As can be seen in one photo I am presently working on a couple of D. Fusit Gunpowder wagons. I still need to do the lettering. These are all 3D printed models that will do until Bachmann produces some of these models. As soon as Rheneas gets here I plan on posting another video on my You Tube Channel RXRBILL of my Narrow Gauge equipment operating. I am still in the planning stage of where I can add some dual gauge trackage to my existing HO scale railroad.
(http://)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4465/24178453828_691ae06afa_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CQyTXA)IMG_0653 (https://flic.kr/p/CQyTXA) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156571046@N06/), on Flickr(http://)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4508/37999966472_c930f972bf_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZTVL8J)IMG_0654 (https://flic.kr/p/ZTVL8J) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156571046@N06/), on Flickr(http://)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4500/37999983272_9108271eba_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZTVR8o)IMG_0657 (https://flic.kr/p/ZTVR8o) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156571046@N06/), on Flickr

Enjoy,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on October 30, 2017, 02:09:09 AM
Nice work on the brake vans and gunpowder wagons!  Keep me updated on how you get the decals for the D Fusit wagons.  I'm looking into a brake van kit myself that I ordered but it still hasn't arrived yet.  Like you, as soon as Bachmann announces some I will be buying them. 


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on October 30, 2017, 11:54:47 AM
This is one of the reasons I'm glad I don't have a permanent model RR, I keep changing which allows me to accommodate narrow gauge. It would be really cool to see a Mighty Mac though. They were always such an interesting concept for a loco. I still haven't gotten any of the Narrow Guage stuff, mainly because the funds aren't there right now. I hope to eventually though because these are just beautiful models.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on October 30, 2017, 03:15:59 PM
Hello Chaz and HLC:

I have not decided yet if I will have the D. Fusit Gunpowder decals custom made or just use individual dry transfer lettering which is a lot more tedious to do although I have done this type of work many times before. I will let you know what I decide to do. If I decide to have custom decals made I am sure I will oder several so I will have extras.

My next project will be the narrow gauge double ended Fairlie loco Mighty Mac. I am just waiting for the rest of the parts to get here from the UK so I can start on the loco. Interestingly it uses an N scale GP-50 diesel as the power chassis. It should be an interesting build.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on October 30, 2017, 10:22:52 PM
The pictures look amazing gradpuff! As time goes on I hope to find space to build my own narrow gauge model but for now I am glad looking at everyoneís questioning how you guys did it  ??? ! Canít wait to see more posts of the models, especially mighty Mac! Canít wait to see more!

         - CC55


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on October 31, 2017, 12:45:27 AM
Hi CC55:

Thank you for your kind remarks.

That is how I got started here. Seeing the photos of the great models that others have built and posted here. Reading how they were built and asking questions. I have been an HO model railroader for many years but only recently became interested in narrow gauge with Bachmann introducing the line with Skarloey. I have always been a big Thomas Narrow Gauge fan and Duke has always been my favorite locomotive. Chaz was very generous in sharing the information gained from the construction of his model that I needed to build my own Duke. I hope that I can inspire others with my work as he has done for me. If we all share we all win!

I am still waiting for all of the parts to arrive from the UK for my Mighty Mac locomotive. Once I get started I will post progress photos here as I did with Duke.

In the meantime I hope that Rheneas gets here soon. I have a whole string of cars waiting for him to pull.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on October 31, 2017, 11:33:32 AM
I can't wait to see Mighty Mac, they we just such an intriguing concept for a character. And I'm sure they'd be the strongest narrow guage engine in terms of the models. This is one of the reasons I'm surprised that during their introduction they primarily hauled ONE coach. Although that birings up another piece of rolling stock we need, their coach, if I remember correctly it was an open coach and that's be really nice for Skarloey to haul a few around the countryside, like some scenic railroads today do. Maybe the shapeway store will make one...


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on November 04, 2017, 03:38:16 PM
Hey all! One idea for 2018ís buildings is one, the the narrow gauge sheds, and two, crovanís gate because it would be amazing to have a meeting ground for the narrow gauge and ho gauge, and also the look of crovanís gate. Any likes/dislikes or narrow gauge buildings youíd like to see?

      -CC55


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on November 04, 2017, 06:06:21 PM
Hello everyone! I was on Shapeways and I found a lot of different sites and thought I would post them here in case you guys were looking for some locos, wagons, and coaches:
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/elsbridge-model-shop?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/mountaineermodels?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/hambonenp?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/shedly-yard?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/model-engine-works?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/jl-design?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/maxartemas-model-railway-shop?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/penistone-railway-works?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/marsh_creek?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/robex?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/undergroundmodels?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/ing?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/model-engine-works?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/footplatecreations?li=pb
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/euronarrowgauge?li=pb

Sorry for the long message but hopefully this helps you guys with coaches and wagons and other things for your layout. Talk to you guys later!

           -CC55


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 05, 2017, 12:50:14 AM
Whilst I understand you had no malicious intent, ChaoticCreeper55, I think Bachmann prefers us not to promote items from other sites (that aren't theirs), that are being sold. Given that your post hasn't been removed, I would say what you wrote is perfectly fine, but it's something I would recommend for future reference. I have seen it land people in slight trouble before and I wouldn't want to see it again. No malicious intent on my part either, just something to bear in mind.

As for the idea of sheds like the two-stall ones seen at Crovan's Gate? I'm all for that! I think that'd be a great addition to the range. Or alternatively, ones like the stone ones seen in Duncan Gets spooked.
http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Duncan_Gets_Spooked/Gallery?file=DuncanGetsSpooked40.png
Here is an image for reference, as Imageshack and Photobucket have both changed their rules about third-party image hosting, I can't post the photo here. If anyone has any advice about a useful site for third party hosting, I'd be very grateful to hear suggestions :)

And lastly, grandpuff, I very much like the photos of those Brakevans and coaches you've made there, it brings back much nostalgia to the Classic Series of Thomas and Friends. I look forward to seeing what you all post in future!

~Alex


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on November 05, 2017, 04:51:48 AM
Whilst I understand you had no malicious intent, ChaoticCreeper55, I think Bachmann prefers us not to promote items from other sites (that aren't theirs), that are being sold. Given that your post hasn't been removed, I would say what you wrote is perfectly fine, but it's something I would recommend for future reference. I have seen it land people in slight trouble before and I wouldn't want to see it again. No malicious intent on my part either, just something to bear in mind.

-Alex

Oh thank you for the heads up! Had no idea just letting you guys know! Talk to you guys later!

          -CC55


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 05, 2017, 05:30:18 AM

Oh thank you for the heads up! Had no idea just letting you guys know! Talk to you guys later!

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No worries man, thank you for sharing with us!

~Alex :)


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on November 05, 2017, 02:39:35 PM
Hey everybody! For the people who have gotten the coaches and brake vans from the shapeways account, elsbridge productions, what wheels did you all use for it? Thanks!

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Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on November 05, 2017, 07:25:06 PM
The Forum Administrators have been generously tolerant of mentioning other products here as long as they enhance our enjoyment of Bachmann Trains. As the line expands and more of us start building narrow gauge layouts or adding narrow gauge to our existing standard gauge layouts letís all try to be respectful of the Bachmann Forum posting policy and perhaps re-read it once and awhile to refresh our memories. So if the information is helpful or useful to our enjoyment of Bachmann Trains then hopefully it will be OK.

In regard to your question about wheels sets, I have had good results with Microtrains non-magnetic (plastic) 33 inch black or brown wheel sets. They work very well in the application you mentioned. I have also used Peco GR-102 and GR-103 couplers and pockets to modify my narrow gauge equipment to make them compatible with my Bachmann Narrow Gauge Equipment.

Hope this helps,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: ChaoticCreeper55 on November 05, 2017, 08:36:17 PM
Thank you so much grandpuff for the info! Pretty sure Iím gonna get some coaches and if so Iíll post them here! Thanks!

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Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on November 07, 2017, 01:29:59 AM
So tonight I took the time to observe all of the projects regarding narrow gauge and ooz, and I must state that I was amazed from what I saw in this thread. Thank you Chaz, grandpuff, BassTbone, and ThomasFan247 for posting some spectacular work! I cannot wait to see more from all of you!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: uscgtanker on November 07, 2017, 08:38:02 AM
Hon30 us to be a very quiet and unheard of scale in model railroading. But then bachmann anounced the skarloy line which sparked so much interest. I started in the scale 16 years ago and i could only get resign models for several years. Once i had a few trains and a small railroad built that was it for my interest, the railroad was dicasembeld and the trains found a box. Once i saw the narrow gauge anouncment by bachmann my old trains cam out of the box and new modules were built. Though i'm now modeling a wide area from Australia, maine and welsh narrow gauges. A lot of parts i found from the 3d printer company use bachmann chassis to be mounted on, and that makes things run so smooth on conversion. Bachmann N scale locos have excellent motors for slow speed and don't shudder or stall. (except for dirty track) In the end using bachmann componets with bigger bodies from 3d printing still helps out bachmann, there young in hon30 and the scale is growing interest again. I will add some phots of my line soon.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on November 11, 2017, 08:32:56 PM
Hello To All:

Here is a photo of my new D. Fusit Gunpowder Wagons.
I used Woodland Scenics dry transfer lettering applied one letter at a time.
I was going for an irregular look to resemble the original hand lettering.

http://[url=https://flic.kr/p/GtxYAR](https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4520/26566054989_6c0f3e78fc_z.jpg)](http://[url=https://flic.kr/p/GtxYAR][img]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4520/26566054989_6c0f3e78fc_z.jpg) (http://[img)IMG_0660 (https://flic.kr/p/GtxYAR) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156571046@N06/), on Flickr[/img][/url]

I have also received most of the parts I need to start the assembly of my Mighty Mac loco which interestingly uses a Bachmann GP-50 loco as the power chassis.

Enjoy,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Griffin on November 11, 2017, 08:37:07 PM
Hey grand puff! The D. Fusit wagon looks great. What faces are you planning to use for Mighty Mac?


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on November 11, 2017, 08:43:16 PM
Hi Griffin:

I hope to use faces off of a Mighty Mac toy. I will not know until it arrives on Monday if they will be the right size.

I also have brass name plates ordered from Narrow Planet even though the Thomas Mighty Mac did not have them the original  basis loco did.

I was able to correct the photo link in my message above so the photo is displayed now.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on November 11, 2017, 08:44:42 PM
The gun powder wagons look amazing grandpuff. I can't wait to see Mighty Mac. You're work with detailing these models is amazing. Also, I'm glad to see that the link I posted has proved useful to fellow modelers. I look forward to seeing Skarloey, Rheneas and Duke running around with the Shays and Cab-forwards I see in some of your pictures.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on November 17, 2017, 07:51:57 PM
Hello again to All:

As I promised this is my first installment of progress in the assembly of my OO9 or HOn30 Mighty Mac locomotive using parts from various suppliers in the UK. The first photo shows Thomas and Mighty Mac from the TV Series for reference. The second photo shows progress so far to cleaning up the loco castings which has taken about a week.

(http://[url=https://flic.kr/p/21GQTXP][img]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4536/38530892561_224e37bcdd_z.jpg)[/url]Attachment-1 (https://flic.kr/p/21GQTXP) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156571046@N06/), on Flickr[/img]

(http://[url=https://flic.kr/p/ZBBKEy][img]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4523/37815388944_741d6dc5e2_z.jpg)[/url]IMG_0662 (https://flic.kr/p/ZBBKEy) by Bill Dwyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156571046@N06/), on Flickr[/img]

I now have the paint, gold, red, and yellow 1/16 stripping tape, hand rail stantions, and the Bachmann N scale GP-50 loco which will be used for the mechanism after removing the side frames and drilling the wheels for the side and driving rods.

I will be posting additional progress photos as the work progresses.

I am not sure why my photos from Flikr are not appearing as they should and will investigate.
In the mean time you can click on the links.

Anyone know what I am doing incorrectly?

Enjoy,
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: angelob6660 on November 18, 2017, 01:31:22 PM
Interesting project on your hands. I will be glad to see more pictures than process continues.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on November 18, 2017, 07:04:23 PM
Interesting project on your hands. I will be glad to see more pictures than process continues.
Indeed! This seems like a lovely project, I hope the face looks better on the model that the TnP one. I doubt they'd fit but I have an old Tomy Mighty Mac and I love those faces. (http://i64.tinypic.com/34o3eyg.jpg)
Just a thought.
Can't wait to see your further progress.

As well, I just saw that the Elsbridge Shop has Water Towers and Hoppers for the Narrow Gauge engine, in case anyone's looking.


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 22, 2017, 02:48:37 PM
Best of luck on the Mighty Mac project Granpuff.  The decals you added to your gunpowder wagons look really nice and I'm glad to see you continue to make great progress!


Title: Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread
Post by: grandpuff on November 22, 2017, 05:36:25 PM
Thank you Chaz. I will post some more progress photos of Mighty Mac as soon as I can figure out why my Flikr photos are not posting correctly. My previous Flikr photos of my narrow gauge coaches and brake van along with my D. Fusit Gunpowder wagons posted just fine.

Any ideas what the problem may be anyone?

Grandpuff