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1  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Removing Paint From Old Plasticville Figures on: November 09, 2017, 12:01:43 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I really feel uncomfortable with milkmen dressed in black.

2  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Removing Paint From Old Plasticville Figures on: November 04, 2017, 10:02:46 AM
I recently bought a collection of old bare-plastic Plasticville O scale figures. The previous owner had used the paints that came with the sets to paint some of the figures, with variable results.

I plan to try my hand at painting both the unpainted figures and the ones a previous owner started work on. What I'd like to do is to first strip off the previous owner's efforts. Has anyone had any experience at removing the paint from figures without dissolving them, and how did they go about it?

I look forward to sound advice.

--Mister Lee

(Looking forward to having properly-painted postmen)

3  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Tokyo Disneyland 30 inch gauge locos on: August 08, 2017, 08:58:04 PM
Those locomotives might not be a bad idea. Not just for regular On30 modelers, but also for those folks looking for an "old time" train for their snow villages.
4  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Steam wish list. on: August 08, 2017, 08:55:09 PM
I would like to see something like one of the small SP/N-C-O ten wheelers. If Bachmann ever decides to release an On30 line based on continental European prototypes, I might be interested in what locomotives they have to offer.
5  Discussion Boards / On30 / C&S Everywhere West steel hoppers? on: August 02, 2017, 11:08:42 AM
I remembered a splendidly flakey idea I had some years ago: how about a limited-run C&S Burlington Route Everywhere West / Way of the Zephyrs On30 steel hopper car?

I admit that it's NOT prototypical. The real Colorado & Southern never had any narrow gauge steel hoppers, and the C&S logo lingered long on the narrow gauge after it disappeared on the C&S's standard gauge lines because the parent-company CB&Q did not want to be associated with the anachronistic narrow--gauge trains. But it could have happened, at least if the C&S narrow gauge lingered a few more years, and certainly would stir up conversation.
6  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Modeling the Old West on: June 29, 2017, 11:14:30 AM
I wouldn't mind seeing a couple of these buildings come back either in the original or in some upgraded version.

I have set up scenery modules using Brand X's Old West buildings, but they're space hogs. They really only work for someone with at least two and half feet of width at least 20 inches of space away from the track. For those of us with On30 or who think happy thoughts about 19th century trains and passenger cars, something like Bachmann's Old West kits would work much better.

And a little more to my rant. Just because a building might be "Old West," doesn't necessarily mean that it can only be used during frontier days. It could also be made to work along Main Street or Railroad Avenue at least up to 1950 and for amusement parks and museum villages after that.
7  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Caboose on: May 11, 2017, 10:53:42 AM
I suspect that those cabooses will prove popular. A lot of people have kit-bashed their old cupola cabooses by moving the cupolas to one end or the other and the logging caboose has been sorely missed.

And Bachmann, don't feel bashful about doing limited-runs for your logging cabooses in Midwest Quarries and Colorado Mining colors! I suspect that 'logging cabooses" would be as likely to turn up on other industrial railroads as they would on logging operations.
8  Discussion Boards / On30 / Return Of The Round Roof Caboose? on: March 14, 2016, 07:57:33 AM
Is there any chance that Bachmann will do another run of their round roof (no cupola) caboose any time soon? They may not be pretty, they may not attract the sorts of folks who buy their On30 to compliment their Department 56 buildings, but I like them and I wish that Bachmann would find it profitable to do at least another small run of them.
9  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Diesel on: March 13, 2016, 09:32:35 AM
I like the idea of On30 WP&Y road-switchers or the older shovel-noses myself, but I've had to come to grips with the fact that those are big engines for the narrow gauge. I also invested in an On30 version of SP's GE-built 55 tonner no. 1, which ran on the SP's former Carson and Colorado in its final years and was upset to learn that it was wider than most Bachmann cars.

I wish I knew more about GMC-EMD's GA-8 narrow-gauge diesel. Height and length-wise, it looks like a much better fit with Bachmann's On30 offerings; the trouble is that I don't know whether it's as wide as SP no. 1 or narrower.

FYI, the GA-8 looks a bit like an SW-type switcher that hatched too early. Pictures can found on the net.

I have come to believe that the best course for me personally would be to build my own body shell and slap it on top of a reliable DCC-equipped HO diesel's power chassis. Since one of the narrow-gauge projects I have in mind dates back to the 1930's and 1940's, I'm thinking of building a free-lance boxcab-style body shell that looks like the early diesels of the 1920's.
10  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Yallow D&RGW on30 2-260 locomotive & cars on: February 11, 2016, 10:56:36 AM
As was mentioned earlier, Bachmann no longer makes the D&RGW yellow cars. You can still buy used ones on E-bay when they come up for sale. The cars are still very much the same style of passenger cars Bachmann makes and sells now; that means you can still use the same parts.

Many model railroaders change the Bachmann couplers for HO scale Kadee couplers. A few adventurous ones have fitted Kadee On3 couplers or San Juan Car Company's "evolution" couplers. Most go for the route of the least hassles.

If you're planning to do some model railroading using the yellow cars as a starting point, you don't have to worry yourself to death thinking that the yellow cars ran only with a yellow engine. The fact is they generally didn't; D&RGW's narrow-gauge passenger trains usually ran with engines painted in one of the D&RGW's black schemes.

Besides, it's your railroad.
11  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Generic Wishlist for 2016 on: January 06, 2016, 01:03:58 PM
The O gauge three-rail club I belong to had a bull session Monday night and one of their complaints was that a lot of Bachmann's E-Z street autos looked boxy and unattractive. And for 1950's autos, they've got a point.

May I suggest that Bachmann chooses something more attractive that might fit over an E-Z street auto frame, like a mid-to-late 1930's era sedan (It wouldn't have to be one of the Big Three's period designs; it could be something made by one of the auto makers that have since gone belly-up)? Another alternative would be a 1930's or 1940's "woody" type station wagon. A third avenue of exploration might be a 1930's or 1940's panel delivery truck.

None of these designs HAVE to be exact copyright-infringing fine-scale copies of existing models. I suspect that a lot of us would settle for something that looks realistic that somebody could have built (But didn't, at least in our universe).
12  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Generic Wishlist for 2016 on: December 26, 2015, 11:37:04 AM
Passenger cars: If Bachmann ever decides to make a WBB "old time" (19th century) passenger car set, may I suggest:

a relatively short coach with truss rods

a relatively short baggage-mail car

a relatively short combine

But PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T make them look like Lionel's "General"/Civil War set.

I am old enough to remember the two wooden passenger cars the AT&SF used to use whenever it displayed the Cyrus K. Holiday steam locomotive in the early 1960's. I don't know if a three-rail model of either car could make it around an O-31 curve, but they looked nice!


At the risk of being boring, I am again going to suggest a CF-7 (the Santa Fe rebuilds) and a U-18B.
13  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Semi-Modern Diesel, I'd Love to see in On30!!! ;) on: October 13, 2013, 09:47:56 PM
A word of warning regarding SP no. 1. I bought the Yoder model and discovered that it needed more clearance than did most On30 equipment. I'd run it on some of the Texas Outlaw modules and it would find stock pens and loading platforms to whack as it went along.

Which is understandably upsetting.

I suspect that I'm going to have to learn to scratch-build/kit-bash a credible-looking diesel body and put it on an HO switcher or road-switcher body.

I am looking forward to seeing and buying the Bachmann Whitcomb when it comes out.
14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Semi-Modern Diesel, I'd Love to see in On30!!! ;) on: September 22, 2013, 10:50:24 AM
LGB's six-axle WP&Y diesel was shamelessly condensed. A lot of the long hood was trimmed so that an LGB 2056 could make it around LGB's tight curves. A scale-length model would prove quite a surprise to many modelers expecting it to navigate curves of 22 inches or less.

I admit that I'm waving a flag for a GM GA-8 like the ones used in Mexico and Central America. However, I'm not sure they could make it around a 22 inch curve either.

--Lee DeGolyer

LGB Trains did a G Scale version in the late 80's, that sold well!! Wink
15  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Bachmann's 2013 New Products Announcement on: September 22, 2013, 10:41:29 AM
All valid points.

My two cents is that On30 is a fine gauge and scale for people who want a certain level of realism and detail, whose eyesight perhaps isn't the best, but who know they lack the wide-open spaces needed for full-dress O or HO standard gauge or even On3.

I like the idea of big engines myself, but after seeing MMI's impressive K-28s and K-36s, I've been forced to conclude that those engines are too big for many On30 guys' layouts. Even many of the Mexican and Central American 36 inch gauge prototype engines are too large for many of our curves. I'm hopeful about the Unidos de Yucatan's 4-6-0s or a T-12 but I'm not that optimistic (I do like the idea of #74).

The trouble with US-outline narrow gauge rolling stock is that it isn't as varied as the stuff on the broad gauge, and some of the interesting stuff that hasn't been made yet might not appeal to American and European modelers. I might be interested in banana cars and double-truck sugar cane cars like the Cubans were running up to a couple of years ago, but I don't know how many other folks are.

I don't have any magic nostrums. I do know that Bachmann tries harder than the folks who made and marketed the "magic trains." I do hope that Bachmann's On30 line stays profitable and stays in production.

--E. Lee DeGolyer

Yard Master - How can the On30 demographic grow if Bachmann doesn't drive the demand?  Who else is producing On30 trains?  If Bachmann doesn't produce it, where does that leave the On30 community?  You guys started strong and created the "On30 phenomenon" for all intents and purposes.  And then you all but abandon us who converted to On30 and began buying your products.  So where does that leave us now?

When did Bachmann abandon the On30 market...did I miss something. Bachmann has produced many new On30 items over the last few years.There is plenty of product available out there for folks who are just starting out. All of the items that you guys consider old are brand new to the novice. Unfortunately the model railroad industry tends to be "New Product" driven. In other words we are not seeing new modelers just the demand for new items every year from a core group of enthusiasts that is getting smaller. We all need to make an effort to introduce the scale to new potential enthusiasts so that Bachmann can justify the investment in new items.

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