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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Airbrushing Trains on: May 23, 2018, 09:09:24 AM

I have no experience with the paint you are using, but I have successfully used Testors paints in the past.  It is critical to make sure the surface of the car is clean and dry. I use either warm  soapy water to clean the surfaces or rubbing alcohol.  I also usually use a primer coat as well.  I usually clear coat the project, definitely if I have used a matte finish paint.  After applying decals, I then complete the job using Dullcote or Krylon matte finish.

IN my old age I have become lazy and no longer use my airbrush, but use rattle cans instead.  I have found colors that perfectly match my custom Colorado & Kansas Ry paint job. 

Most importantly,  be sure to be safe and use a paint booth or some way to avoid breathing vapors or paint particles.

Have fun,

2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: G Scale Knuckle Couplers on: May 21, 2018, 09:05:31 AM
Hi Randy,

My favorite fix is to spray paint my Bachmann Couplers with either Rustoleum Primer or Krylon Primer.  Seems to give enough tooth to keep them from separating under load.  It also gives the couplers that nice rusty look.   

Loco Bill
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: G scale Climax locomotives on: May 19, 2018, 09:03:09 AM

You are correct that the 85096 does not come with sound, and yes it can be equipped with aftermarket sound.  It is DCC ready so that means you would have to add a decoder if you wanted to operate with DCC.  In any case it will function just like your other DC operated locomotives right out of the box.

Loco Bill
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2018 NGRC preconvention tours on: May 15, 2018, 08:58:26 AM
Hi Gerald,

NGRC =  National Garden Railway Convention

Loco Bill
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Looking for Train Shows for Large Scale Trains on: May 07, 2018, 05:54:39 PM
Garden Railways magazine has a list of trainshows, might find something there.  Also check out this link:

Loco Bill
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: history of large scale heavy lifters that have been made as spectrum models? on: May 06, 2018, 10:21:20 AM

Bachmann Industries does not as far as I know have such a list.

I can probably compile the list you are seeking, but it would involve a lot of work. Is there some reason you need the entire list??

Is there some specific item you are looking for?  If so let me know and I will try to help.

Loco Bill
7  Discussion Boards / Large / 2-4-2s with metal gears are going cheap on: April 30, 2018, 10:20:08 AM
Hi All,

If you are looking for a great deal on the 2-4-2 with metal gearbox check out this deal from Al Kramer on Ebay, great price and free shipping.  I have never seen them priced so low.  They seem to be in short supply and will probably disappear from the catalog next year.

91197   None   None   2011   ~ Loco   2-4-2 Unlettered Black            metal gearbox
91198   None   None   2011   ~ Loco   2-4-2 Unlettered Black Red roof & windows            metal gearbox

Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated in any with Al Kramer Hobbies, but I have purchased many items from him and his service is really great.

Loco Bill
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Dimensions??? on: April 13, 2018, 09:15:54 PM
Hi Otter,

As painful as it may be, I recommend making the effort to increase the size of your tunnels over modifying the loco or other locos.  Sometime back I made a long tunnel of concrete and cinder blocks.  It was too low because of a simple mismeasurement on my part.  I foolishly tried lowering the floor of the tunnel, but without a way to provide adequate drainage or to keep the floor good and level, the tunnel flooded all the time. I tried to tunnel down from the top to better level the center and that failed.  I spent so much time trying stuff that never worked, that I could not see the forest for the trees.  At last it hit me!!! Roll Eyes  I needed to tear out the entire tunnel and start over.  After several months of trying and failing with all those other plans, it only took me four days to tear out the tunnel and completely replace it. Since the track looped over the tunnel I did have to do some track alterations to maintain the grade, but in the end that is what I should have done in the first place and avoided all the agony.  In the end it was worth it as I acquired more locomotives and all of them fit fine in my new tunnel.

Just saying......

Loco Bill
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmanns horse stock car.. on: April 11, 2018, 02:35:35 PM
Did you have any luck figuring out how to get it apart??
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Speaker for a K-27 on: April 10, 2018, 12:54:53 PM

Always glad to help when I can.  The sound from that speaker is really great.
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Speaker for a K-27 on: April 09, 2018, 04:02:24 PM
Hi Martin,

Been awhile since I installed mine, but I think I got it from Phoenix.

The 3.0

12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmanns horse stock car.. on: April 05, 2018, 08:47:13 AM
I tried to find one but don't think one was posted anywhere and if there ever was one it is not posted on the
Bachmann site that I can find.
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 3 truck Shay on: April 04, 2018, 09:20:08 AM
Hi Dave,

Decoder is the correct term, I used receiver because I use battery power and the Revolution radio control system rather than DCC.  I believe the decoder is plug and play, the sound is not plug and play and would have to be wired in separately. It is not all that difficult to add sound.  I added Phoenix sound to mine about 10 years ago. There are other brands of sound systems available now that were not when I put mine in.

Having gone to Battery/rc, I am not up to speed on DCC so hopefully Kevin Strong, or Stan Ames  will see this and give a better response than I can.  They are experts on DCC.  Kevin is also very knowledgeable about some of the newer sound systems.

14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 3 truck Shay on: April 03, 2018, 10:17:19 PM
Hi Dave,

Your shay is DCC ready, meaning that you would have to install a DCC receiver.  It does not have sound, but aftermarket sound can be added.

Loco Bill
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmanns horse stock car.. on: April 03, 2018, 07:24:20 PM
Sounds like a fun project, but I don't know of any diagrams for the car.   I was thinking that you could probably disassemble the car just like you would a standard stock car, and carefully check out the moving mechanism and remove it.  Wondering if you could open the doors and see what is going on inside, maybe you could get a clue from doing that.

No matter when you figure it out take a photo of your real horses and of the car horses after you paint them and post them for us!!

Good luck with the project!!

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