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1  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Want some new Plasticville products? on: January 23, 2017, 07:48:09 PM
The year 2016 has ended and for the second year in a row only four new topics were discussed on this Plasticville forum. In fact, it was five years ago in 2012 when the Plasticville U.S.A. forum last considered an average of at least one new topic per month. I think that this minimal interest in Plasticville may be a contributing reason why Bachmann is in no hurry to create new structure designs nor to try to locate 60-year-old dies, that may or may not be usable, somewhere in China.

But the fact that Bachmann is not releasing new nor reissued buildings doesn't prevent anyone from kitbashing or kit-mingling new structures for the town. Unless you are a collector rather than modeler, a simple coat of paint can change a building's image. Repaint a roof from green to brown. Change house windows from blue to yellow. Buy a sheet of paper or actual wood shingles and reroof the building. Buy a second kit and make the building larger--longer, wider, L-shaped or even add a second story. A second or third kit doesn't have to be the same building. Instead of a second or third Plasticville kit, combine structures of different makers, or buy sheet styrene and scratchbuild the additional wall(s).

I recently saw an Ebay listing for six O scale Plasticville fire station kits, with all 24 walls, but no roofs. I have six Corgi and Del Prado fire trucks that I want to display in front of my station, so (with a high bid) now I have the needed walls to create a six-bay station, with both rear entrances and front doors for responding trucks. And a have eight or 10 plain walls left over for another project or two.

What kind of building do you need on your layout that might be a kit-mingling project?

Gul Hulin
2  Discussion Boards / On30 / wrecking crane/log loading crane on: December 11, 2016, 11:27:23 PM
Many members of this forum submit requests for new models from Bachmann, most frequently in the form of different steam locomotives. Requests for new passenger or freight cars are often in the form of new paint schemes for existing body styles (is there no end to billboard reefers?), rather than new molds (my choice would be a four-door baggage car).

But at this time I would like to suggest a new car design with a dual purpose: a flat car mounted crane that can serve both as a wrecking crane to lift derailed equipment at a collision site, and as a log-loading crane in the woods to aid in the initial loading of logs, and along the right-of-way to reclaim logs that have fallen from moving trains enroute to the mill. Availability of such a crane car could renew interest in the previously-released work train/logging camp "outfit" cars.

Gil Hulin
3  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Diesel on: March 20, 2016, 11:45:00 AM
If you are not yet familiar with Mount Blue Model Company, visit their website to see the diesel superstructures sized to fit over Athearn SW and similar-sized mechanisms. They also have much On30 rolling stock, most of it designed to make use of Bachmann underframes and trucks. Get to know all of the On30 manufacturers (Wiseman Model Services, Backwoods Miniatures, Boulder Valley Models, Foothill Model Works etc), mix and match their products, and your railroad will look less like the Christmas Special arriving in Dept. 56-Ville.

gmhtrains in Oregon
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: GE 70 ton locomotives DCC on board: Any sound decoders? on: March 12, 2016, 05:20:49 PM
I am getting ready to convert one of my GE 70-tonners to On30 scale with the use of the Mount Blue laser cut Doodlebug kit. That way the diesel's natural sound may be appropriate for a gas-electric railcar without having to look for an after-market decoder.

gmhtrains 
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ho vanderbilt tenders on: March 12, 2016, 05:10:48 PM
I support Joe T's desire for separate sale Vanderbilt tenders, but the preferences involve more than just medium length vsrsus shorty, and DC versus DCC. Another coal tender is worthless to those Pacific Coast modelers with oil-burning steam locomotives to keep fueled. I suspect that Bachmann  would respond sooner if the questions of length, fuel type and power source didn't have so many variables.

gmhtrains in Oregon
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Two Missouri Pacific questions on: January 12, 2016, 10:19:38 PM
I started this thread and today weathered the "WCW" Missouri Pacific Lines boxcar in question. I got the car off eBay a week ago. It is a nice dull finish double-sheathed wood 40-foot boxcar, made by Accurail. BUT although the dimensional data and car number [45037] are PRINTED on the sides, the W.C.W. initials and Mopac buzzsaw herald [in red] are obviously DECALS. I now think that the W.C.W. initials may refer to the original owner's name for his model railroad rather than some obscure MP subsidiary. Thank you all for questioning the validity of this car.

Now for my next project. I need someone with the May, 1974, Railroad Model Craftsman magazine to photocopy one page for me. As pictured in the article Rails to the Border, I want to model the ex-Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis boxcar that had been sold to one of the regional Mexican railroads. I have the 40' red boxcar with three yellow stripes and "Dixieland" slogan, but want to get the new ownership data correct. I know that it was either Sonora-Baja California (S-BC), Chihushua al Pacifico (Ch-P) or Ferrocarril del Pacifico (FCP), and not NdeM. Please let me know if you have the issue and I will designate who should send it. I don't need five or six photocopies all arriving at once, as I will reimburse your postage and copy cost.

As for the suggestion that I join the MP historical society, I checked out their website and am intrigued that 2016's convention is in Jefferson City, MO. I rode through Jefferson City in the late 1960's aboard the Missouri River Eagle, but didn't get out and haven't returned since.  I would seriously consider attending, but have already discovered that Amtrak will not quote a routing nor fare for Eugene, Oregon, to Jefferson City, Missouri. They are talking about an overnight stay required in Chicago or St. Louis, while I am thinking that Eugene to Los Angeles to Kansas City to Jefferson City would be simple. We'll see . . . .

Gil Hulin
 
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Two Missouri Pacific questions on: January 11, 2016, 03:09:54 PM
Although my main modeling interest is railroads of Mexico (circa 1980), I've decided to model the Missouri Pacific interchange at Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. As I have started to purchase MP rolling stock, I find that many cars have reporting marks for MP's subsidiary companies. i know what NOT&M and I-GN stand for, but have not yet identified WCW. Anyone know what this MP affiliate is/was?

Second, MP "Herbie" boxcars are plentiful in the model world, with Bachmann and several other manufacturers producing them. But in the prototype world did just one exist? Or did MP create a small fleet of "Herbies"? What would be the earliest year that the prototype(s) existed? Was this design offensive to Mexicans and thus kept out of international interchange?

Thanks for any information you can supply.   Gil Hulin, Oregon.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / 2-8-0 Oil Tender on: December 18, 2015, 03:09:59 AM
I recently purchased a Union Pacific 2-8-0 to convert to a National Railways of Mexico locomotive. Changes to the loco will be simple with repositioning the bell ahead of the smokestack the main visual difference. The tender will be a bit more involved, as the coal-burner will need to become an oil-burner. I've already popped out the coal load, but am wondering if Bachmann or a third party has ever offered a drop-in oil bunker? If not, it will not be difficult to scratchbuild an oil bunker, and it would even give an excuse to try Archer's rivet decals for the first time. But with so many resin castings on the market for Bachmann's On30 steamers, I thought that I'd inquire first if a replacement oil tank is already produced.

Gil Hulin
Modelling the NdeM, FCP, S-BC. Ch-P and FUS in 1980.
9  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bobber caboose on: October 13, 2015, 06:39:03 PM
Thanks for the reply to my October 2 query regarding Bachmann (and Arnold) N scale Bobber cabooses. I have ended up ordering four of Microtrains' "Civil War era" 26-foot cars. They come with a flat deck that I will widen slightly, but no more than the width of the 0n18 locomotive. I may add bulkheads on each end of each car, and an O scale figure on the rear car to add perspective

Gil Hulin
10  Discussion Boards / N / Bobber caboose on: October 02, 2015, 07:05:13 PM
In the 1970's I purchased a four-wheel, N scale "bobber" caboose that I would have sworn was made by Bachmann. Today I have searched the internet, starting with eBay, and cannot find an N scale bobber from any manufacturer. Can anyone remember when Bachmann discontinued this model, or in fact did Bachmann ever produce a bobber? I don't actually need any kind of a caboose, but have decided that this short four-wheel underframe is what I want to build a group of small flatcars upon in On18 scale. That is, O (1/48) scale operating as 18-inch narrow gauge on standard gauge "N" scale track. See the Railway Recollections website for the gas-electric locomotive that I will be using. Or do you suggest any other N scale standard gauge car approximately two inches in length? Various hopper, ore or tank cars may be short enough, but do not include the flat platform on which to build. I will be operating cars carrying boxes of fresh fish from the waterfront docks up a hill to the cannery on the bluffs above. On30 refrigerator cars will haul the processed fish from there to market.

Gil Hulin
Eugene, OR  
11  Discussion Boards / N / Bachmann N scale models of Mexican trains? on: May 09, 2015, 07:55:24 PM
I am preparing a clinic on modeling Mexican railroads in N scale for the N Scale Enthusiasts' national convention in Sacramento, CA, in late June. I consider Atlas, Micro-Trains, Intermountain and Wheels of Time to be among the leaders in producing (1970s-'80s vintage) Mexican motive power and rolling stock, but don't want to overlook Bachmann if it has produced South of the Border N scale equipment that I am unaware of. Does any reader, or the Bach Man, know of any Bachmann-produced NdeM, FCP, S-BC, Ch-P or FUS equipment? I am more interested in this period than in the 1990's FNM era or the post-2000 freight-only timeframe.

Gil Hulin
12  Discussion Boards / N / Hollow core door, Si? on: October 29, 2014, 07:40:20 PM
Numerous participants in this forum seem to use one or more hollow core doors for a layout base, according to various comments. I would like to know how many different methods of wiring such layouts exist among this readership. Do some modelers run the electrical wiring through both the top and bottom skins of the door, and then deal with all connections from the underside of the layout/door? It would seem easier to drop wires through only the top, and connect them inside the door's hollowness after removing larger access holes from the underside.

How about making electrical connections to the "outside world?" If wires to the power source are fed through holes in the framing that forms the door's edges, then there would be no wires on the layout's underside to snag on the table or sawhorses that support the door.

I want the door to be as easy as possible to transport to a few public shows per year, as it should draw attention due to its northern Mexico desert setting. A year ago I decided to model a typical Mexican mixed train of 1980 vintage in N, HO, S and O scales. Although not planning to lay track in all four scales, I quickly discovered that N scale offers the most variety in adobe structures.

I selected 1980 as the era that I would model for two reasons. That was the year of my last Mexican rail trip, and the National Railways of Mexico (NdeM), Sonora-Baja California (S-BC), Ferrocarril del Pacifico (FCP), Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico (ChP) and the Ferrocarril Unidos del Sureste (FUS) were all actively operating both freight and passenger services then. By the year 2000 all five railroads were gone, along with nearly all passenger trains other than Mexico City's growing commuter network.

Although Bachmann has not yet joined the party, many N and HO manufacturers have produced equipment factory-painted with Mexican roadnames, and Microscale has added several new N and HO decal sets within the past year. I expect to operate 100% Mexican motive power and 90% Mexican rolling stock, the main exceptions being MoPac and Tex-Mex boxcars.

Gil Hulin   
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: What should the next model be from Bachmann? on: February 24, 2014, 03:48:51 PM
I am less concerned about new prototype models than about new paint schemes for existing models. Bachmann is one of the few major manufacturers of N scale trains not to have produced any motive power or rolling stock lettered for Mexican railroads. Personally, I would rather see more equipment offered for National Railways of Mexico, FC del Pacifico, Chihuahua al Pacifico, FC Sonora-Baja California, FC Mexicano and Unidos del Sureste (1970's-'80's era) than for today's Ferromex, Ferrosur and KCS de Mexico.

Gil Hulin
Eugene, OR
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann H-16-44 handrails on: January 28, 2014, 12:28:58 AM
Thanks, Jack, for the Smokey Valley information. I've visited their website and am pleased to learn of their dozens of handrail/stanchion options. And I fully agree that enlarging the body holes is far better than smearing glue on the model.

Gil
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Bachmann H-16-44 handrails on: January 20, 2014, 07:21:41 PM
I recently purchased my first Bachmann H-16-44 (Baby Trainmaster) diesel second-hand because it is custom-painted for Mexico's former Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway. The model is great, except for the wobbly handrails that appear to be blowing in the wind. I see that Bachmann has new, replacement handrail sets available, but wonder if they would look any better? It appears that the problem may be the Delrin-like plastic that makes the handrails flexible and resistant to breaking, but at the same time fail to hold a rigid shape, either horizontally or vertically. If you have this model, or other Bachmann diesels from the same time period (late 1990's?), is the problem typical of all "long hood" models? Both end handrails came loose in the box and I have not tried to install them yet. It also appears that the mounting holes in the body shell may be too small for the pins on the handrail stanchions, and attempts to glue Delrin to styrene are never fun.

Gil Hulin
Modeling Mexico Railroading in Oregon
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