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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: Today at 01:33:55 PM
Great thoughts, but what about the resin buildings? We did put a lot of effort into thinking about them after all.

I'll update my thoughts on resin buildings in my old post, forgot to add them.

It's also interesting that besides Sidney being expected but not wanted that Duncan is also falling into that same category as well.
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 15, 2018, 06:25:15 PM
Well, in response to Jessie's post, as well as Griffin asking me earlier what I thought I figured I would have another go at sharing my thoughts as well:

Starting off with what I think will happen:

No engine/Sidney, Charlie or Stanley - Paxton is still delayed, so I'm fairly skeptical on if they will do any engines this year.  Sidney seems like a safe bet but if they do a new engine then my money would be on a new tank engine like Stanley or even Charlie.  Ryan also seems possible too.
Spiteful brake van
1-2 other recolors - Bachmann's rolling stock announcements have been a lot more random in recent years with designs and ideas coming from Mattel.  Not expecting much different from there.

Narrow gauge:
Peter Sam and/or Duncan - if Bachmann continues to stick with the characters they got measurements from then my money is on one of these two.  Personally I'd prefer Peter Sam but if they do Duncan next then they need to stick with the measurements from Talyllyn on this one.
Tippers or coaches - went in depth on both of these earlier, preference obviously goes to coaches.  But if they do tippers I'm just gonna wait for Bachmann UK to release them the following year after they are out in a three pack and weathered, just because like the slate wagons, I wouldn't put it past Bachmann to do something like that again.
Red brake van - my bet is they will stick with the red brake van since it is used for both passenger and freight on Talyllyn.  Plus it was once used in BMQ in full CGI so I think that's the way they will go.

Resin buildings:
Farquhar station
Narrow gauge sheds
The Watermill
Toby's shed

Large scale:
Arry and Bert - These two are a waste but I feel like they're only inevitable in large scale.  Paxton would be a lot more fun, but since it's a 2 for 1 deal with Diesel's tooling available, I feel like these two are guaranteed to be next.
James, Toby, Diesel, and Emily with DCC and sound - instead of new engines and rolling stock I figured another alternative they could pull off would be focusing on adding DCC and sound to the rest of their engines and save new engines and rolling stock for future years.

And just like Jesse, here is what I would rather see:

Spiteful brake van
Judy and Jerome
Works unit coach - not picky on which livery they would go with

Narrow gauge:
Sir Handel and Peter Sam
Coaches (Talyllyn based)
Brake van (Talyllyn based)

Large scale:
Edward or Mavis
Red coaches
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 14, 2018, 07:42:35 PM
This could be applied for both scales (If we get the HO one this year):
If worse comes to worse and Bachmann end up using the wrong face, it's no big deal as there is the 3D one on the Trainz model. (I dunno if that is available to buy right now though) and then you'd be able to pop off the Bachmann one and then put that on another truck. So we'd basically get another troublesome truck and another character at the same time really.

That's one way to look at it.  If they do the same for HO then I wouldn't complain too much, especially when the face on Shapeways is also available too.

Either way, like troublesome truck 5, it's interesting how Bachmann still refers to faces from the model era for their troublesome trucks, or spiteful brake van in this case. Even though I was never a fan of the large scale troublesome truck faces from the show, it's a nice touch and miles better than the CG troublesome truck faces.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: January 14, 2018, 07:39:39 PM
The only reason why I would think that they haven't shown a lot of the new products that got announced last year is because they want to wait until they have official images of the new products rather than the illustrations that are used in the catalog.  This is pretty much the case for the vent vans that got announced last year.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 11, 2018, 02:46:06 AM

This hasn't been brought up on here but it's interesting to note that the face used on the illustration of the large scale spiteful brake van resembles a late-model era troublesome truck face with one of the large scale models for the narrow gauge episodes.  Hopefully if Bachmann announces one in HO this year we get the face that was actually used in his episode.

6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas large scale upgrade to DCC on: January 09, 2018, 12:04:00 AM
While I can't give you an answer myself I asked a similar question to another collector who owns the DCC sound Thomas and Percy and if he was planning on getting James or the other engines and adding the kodulebto them and this was his reply:

"I've thought about it, and even checked in to it with my local train shop...  but they quoted me an outrageously high price for the whole thing, including the installation.  One problem is that even if I were to buy James and Bachmann's DCC module that is designed for him, they don't offer a speaker designed for him.  You are on your own to find a speaker that would fit.  If Bachmann had a specific speaker designed to mount right in to James, I might consider just doing the install myself.  But given that they don't, I am hoping to find some train shop somewhere that would quote a reasonable price to do the whole thing for me.  After the high quote from my local shop, I emailed another shop within driving distance..  and they didn't even have the courtesy to respond.  So, the whole idea is somewhat on hold for right now."

Despite being heavily promoted, it seems that just the process of finding the right speaker for adding DCC and sound to the Thomas models is already going to be a tedious process.  Someone on here almost a year ago said they would post a video of showing off the individual sounds but we have yet to see that too.  A friend of mine who is also collecting large scale is planning on dodging the bullet of buying the modules and the installation process for Thomas and Percy and just buying the DCC/sound models and selling his analog models.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Bachmann will be posting announcements in about 5 or so weeks so if they happen to have other engines, besides Thomas and Percy, announced with DCC and sound then that honestly might be the way to go.  They don't even have a DCC/sound option in the module for Diesel and I have a feeling that's what they will likely announce in the future.

Best bet is for a Bachmann representative themselves to give you a recommendation.  If a moderator doesn't respond with a recommendation later I would look into emailing Bachmann's service department for a recommendation and go from there.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 07, 2018, 01:17:52 PM
Bachmann UK announced more 009 products today which is definitely exciting but once I got a look at their new Talyllyn slate wagons and...

They re-used the same tooling as the Thomas range and it's a three pack and they're weathered and a better value for money than the Thomas ones.

Now I have no doubt we will be getting more TR-based stock in the Thomas announcements.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: January 06, 2018, 06:15:32 PM
The video was great Terence, it's always a lot of fun watching Skarloey and Rheneas running on nice and detailed setups like this.  The old bridge set as always looked great.  I can see a Sodor Scene involving Rusty happening once the model comes out!  It was also great seeing them pull some nice rolling stock throughout the whole video too, very good!

I really hope Rusty is out soon and they announce more for the range in February!  Is it typical of Bachmann to announce things and then not release them for 18 months?

Sadly yes, around the year and a half to two year mark after they are announced is when most models typically are released.  I would think that because Rusty has fairly simple design that he should be out by this summer, but I wouldn't doubt he would be out later than that like Rheneas was last year. 

The Mighty Mac chassis is a Bachmann GP-50 so yes it runs very well, nice and slow and smooth. In fact I have coupled up all 16 of my narrow gauge cars and Mighty Mac pulled them all with no trouble, and I think he could easily pull twice that number. I do plan on posting a video of Mighty Mac to my YouTube channel RXRBILL but not until I finish the running gear.

Interesting, I'm impressed that managed to fit in the body, but I'm glad to hear that it is still able to perform well which is all that matters in that regard.  Interested in seeing how the running gear will turn out as well. 

Thank you so much Chaz! I was amazed with your layout when I first saw it, so getting a compliment from you really means a lot to me.

I'm flattered, that just made my day!
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: January 04, 2018, 03:04:24 AM
Just a note about Salty, people were saying he was still available in his set, but I don't see that listed in the Bachmann store either.  Seems like an odd choice of all the locos to get discontinued.  I think he is pretty essential to most layouts if you wanted to do the docks.

The usage of a character on the show and the sales of the model are two completely different things.  Even though it makes sense emotionally to keep Salty in the range, like Gordon's express coaches it probably would not make much sense for Bachmann to keep them around if they are not selling.

Thanks for sharing pictures Len, and answering my question regarding the display.  Glad to hear that small hands will not be involved in the process of running.  I'm sure the layout will be very popular, especially with the colorful button display visitors would enjoy.  Looking forward to seeing progress on the new setup.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: January 04, 2018, 02:57:54 AM
Terence I am beyond impressed with your setup.  The wooden bridge especially looks impressive.  I know from experience that putting bridges together like that from scratch can be a challenge but it really pays off.  You can definitely do some incredible scenes with what you have.  Even though I personally would have stuck with Peco OO9 track rather than N scale track it really doesn't detract from the setup at all.  Once more engines eventually come out in the range, as well as more rolling stock, you clearly will have a lot going for you in terms of remakes/episodes.

Grandpuff, I really like your Mighty Mac model and I would love to see how it runs when you get around to it.  Got quite a collection there so far!

I need to get started on my projects soon, only when the paycheck allows sadly.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: January 04, 2018, 02:49:29 AM
The US only got the first season on DVD which is the Early Years.  Interestingly they used the UK versions of the episodes instead of the US narrations.

Some UK DVDs can work on US DVD players if you set region mode to "international".  My old DVD player had this option for the season 2 DVD I have which sadly had to be replaced by a new one that no longer has that option.  Not sure how it would work with PCs but a friend of mine who owned the first four seasons on DVD would watch them on a portable DVD player that supported region 2 discs.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: January 02, 2018, 11:45:47 PM
Given the functions on your layout here is what I would personally do:

Not sure if you have this already but first and foremost I would make sure the layout is protected with plastiglas to keep the layout protected from any small hands or fingers getting on the layout.  I have been a member of my local club for almost five years and this is an issue my club faces regularly, to a point where we have had areas restricted to guests due to countless instances of younger visitors touching the trains causing them to derail.  I would advise to get some barrier to keep the models protected while on display as well as allowing easy access for yourself to get your arms into the display.  Even with plastiglass it is still an issue, our club is almost tempted to put a "Do not touch" sign on our window, but even that won't seem likely to stop the issue. Roll Eyes

Regarding the functions on the layout, I would personally limit the loops to only Thomas and Percy.   They are not only the two most recognize characters in the whole series, but they are also the cheapest and seeing as how you have multiples of them, fixing and repairing them and having replacements will not be an issue.  Plus whenever I run models at my club and visitors see my Thomas models go around, they refer to the characters as just "Thomas" or "the Thomas train".  Even when I run narrow gauge most people who are general visitors and not fans automatically assume it's Thomas (or sometimes James) not being as familiar with minor characters on the show.  If it is for the general public (which based on your description of a local shopping center, it sounds like it is) for the loops, I think Thomas and Percy are the only two you would need.

That doesn't mean those should be the only two there.  Personally I would get creative beyond just Brendam docks and have other engines parked in the sheds/turntable area.  I would suggest Gordon, Emily, and Toby parked at the sheds and James riding on the turntable.  Again, these are more of the most-known characters on the show, and visitors who are fans or not would have a higher chance of recognizing these characters.  Salty would be a logical addition for your harbor, if you can find him, but from what I've seen he's not too hard to find on eBay, both in the set and not.  Perhaps even have Henry parked on the other harbor siding to make it seem like he's waiting for Salty to give him his freight cars?  Obviously the larger engines I mentioned earlier wouldn't run on the tight radiuses like Thomas and Percy would, but touches like what I mentioned earlier makes a huge difference on the layout as a whole.  Even if most engines I suggested aren't running it does make it more lively when they are there.  I've done this before at my club too with another friend and we both got positive responses from visitors with this.  Even the Bach-man's Sodor layout has various locomotives parked in sidings/sheds and it always attracts visitors to look at his layout.  

Not sure what you got going on there in that extra siding behind the docks.  If you are unsure of what to do with that area perhaps maybe include a coal hopper and water tower there?  To complete the steam team you could have Edward parked over there or any other character of your choice.

Good luck with putting this together, button-pushed layouts can definetely be a lot of fun for visitors.  Would love to see pictures/videos of it in action.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: December 30, 2017, 12:23:36 AM
If we get pictures of Rusty anytime soon, I would assume probably in February at the Toy Fair or in the 2018 catalog. 
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: December 29, 2017, 11:02:17 PM
Rusty and Paxton have already been announced.

Salty is the only engine so far that is discontinued.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: December 29, 2017, 11:00:12 PM
Duncan has never been announced or confirmed.
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