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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 09, 2018, 05:20:46 PM
If someone could provide me with HQ side views of Bachmann Percy and James that would be awesome. Thanks
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 09, 2018, 05:05:13 PM
James's update was hardly what we needed to be very frank.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: July 08, 2018, 04:44:27 PM
It's been a while, but I think we need to return to the "Everything Wrong with Bachmann Thomas" discussion, because the more I research it and examine it, the more I realize it's kind of a cosmetically-awful model.



Here we see a behind-the-scenes image of Thomas circa season 9 (I think) compared to a Bachmann Thomas. While many have pointed out the obvious glaring issues, there are many others that I have found. Feel free to comment others that you notice. The ones in red are ones I believe that Bachmann could and should feasibly be able to rectify with minimal effort, if they ever cared enough to do so. The rest could be achieved with a little more effort, therefore they are more far-fetched in my mind. I've compared the Bachmann Thomas to a model from the show rather than a CGI render, and I'm sure that more and different issues arise when one does compare it to CGI (which I plan to do), but if it were up to me I'd go for an update that reflects classic Thomas. Furthermore, I want to also say that I wanted to compare Bachmann Thomas to the show model from S3, but couldn't find a high-res side view photo. On that note, have a look.

- The front and back of the Bachmann chassis are lacking structural detail that the TV model contains.

- The Bachmann funnel is too tall, wide, and lacking the smooth transition to the smokebox that the TV model has.

- The Bachmann dome is the incorrect shape, and the red boiler stripes protrude from the boiler rather than being flush.

- The Bachmann cab windows are the wrong shape and size.

- The side rods are the wrong shape and size.

- The Bachmann bunker is missing the lip on the rear and is overall the wrong shape.

- Bachmann has a space between the cab door and the running board.

- The Bachmann cab door is too thin.

- The space between the Bachmann splasher and the side tanks are filled in.

- The steam pipes (not sure of correct name) on Bachmann Thomas's front do not reach all the way forward to his smokebox.

- The Bachmann smokebox is too vertically large.

- The Bachmann water caps protrude too far vertically from the side tanks.

- The Bachmann running board is far too thin and misshapen.

- The Bachmann cab steps are the wrong size and positioned wrong on the Bachmann footplate.

- The Bachmann whistle is the incorrect color and shape.

- The Bachmann face is horribly awkward (but we knew that)

- The Bachmann blue wheel rims are too thin, as are the silver wheel rims and counterweights.

- The splasher is incorrectly sized.

- The buffers are incorrectly sized and placed on the bufferbeam.

I know all this seems extremely nit-picky, but where else have you seen a company that continues to sell a product created 10 years ago without any updates? These cosmetic oversights don't take into account the outdated mechanics of the Bachmann model, but I'll leave those comments to the electricians. Bachmann will only improve when they hear unified customer outcry. We saw it with Bachmann Paxton on Twitter (kind of...) and maybe one day, we'll be able to look back on this model of Thomas and be glad we were relentless. Maybe.

I plan to do this same comparison for the:

CGI render

front view of Thomas

Percy and James (model and CGI)
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: May 10, 2018, 07:36:31 AM
Len, that looks awesome! Keep up the photos, this looks like an amazingly fun project!
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: March 28, 2018, 10:31:07 AM
I added some commentary to my last post, would love to hear all your thoughts!
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range on: March 27, 2018, 11:41:03 AM
I have some pretty extreme beliefs when it comes to the Bachmann Thomas and Friends range, and the resin buildings are no exception. That being said, let's dive in.

First off, I think it's really strange that no new resin buildings have been announced since 2015. They are obviously extremely high detail and quality, and I own (and still make use of!) several of them even though I don't collect Bachmann Thomas anymore. I think it would be really interesting to find the statistics on how well they sold. Anyone know where I could find that?

Sadly, my guess is that the resin line was a bust, and that's why we haven't seen a continuation of the range. When you think about it, a product like the narrow gauge line was so successful because it filled a need that both Thomas fans and 009 modellers had and one that couldn't easily be replicated (No, the Bandai Skarloey engines with N scale chassis don't count); the resin buildings don't accomplish this same objective. There are plenty of other buildings and structures that Bachmann Thomas users can use from all other ranges including Trackmaster, Take n Play, etc. for their Thomas layouts. I mean, if you were modelling Ffarquhar Station, would you really pay a premium for a resin model when you can get a cheap TOMY alternative off eBay that serves an almost identical same purpose? Your answer might be "H-E-Double Hockey Sticks Yes I Would!" but a casual buyer probably wouldn't agree. Another factor I speculate had to do with the (assumed) low sales and therefore stunted growth of the resin line is the aspect that it took Bachmann so long to start the line in the first place. Bachmann Thomas modellers and fans attempting to replicate the Island of Sodor have had to find alternatives for structures since the beginning of the range, and beacuse of this the number of people who would buy a resin structure over another, cheaper alternative continues to diminish with each year that Bachmann fails to grow the range.

However, obviously the current buildings are still in stock and selling, so perhaps there is another factor at play. If you know what that could be, I'd be glad to hear. It's a very curious situation to me. We all know that, with the exception of perhaps Tidmouth Sheds and obviously the resin range, Bachmann hasn't had a particularly good track record with producing quality Thomas and Friends locations (Knapford Station, we're all looking at you, buddy.)

With all that being said, here are my wishes for what I'd like to see in the line. I'm going to post in-depth thoughts later, but for now here is just the list itself.

1. Tidmouth Halt


I think the biggest factor this one has going for it is the color diversity and size. Plus, it could be advertised as being an accessory to the lighthouse that came out a few years ago. A cute little station that would be a welcomed addition.


2. Sodor Shipping Company


To me, this one is a no-brainer. Following the Brendam warehouse, this seems such a logical choice for anyone attempting to build a Brendam Docks set, and the only thing that could be a deterrent for Bachmann would be the size. Other than that, though, it seems like an awesome. Added to the fact that there's really nothing like it on the market right now.

3. Middle Station


See: Trackside Station. Another simple narrow gauge location that could double as a background station. Not much to say about this one except it seems fairly simple and cheap to produce and would be welcomed by many.

4. Sodor Manor

(building in the background, on the right)

I compare this to the Corrugated Hut, in the vein that it is super generic and could really be put anywhere. Plus, the fact that it would be so generic means it might be attractive to 00 modellers looking for scale buildings. I also think it doubled as the house in Oliver's Find, but don't quote me on that.

5. Dieselworks Shed

(on the left)

Similar to the Sodor Shipping Co. building, the size might be a deterrent, but the influx of diesel engines being produced by Bachmann makes this one seem like a likely choice, if not the sheds specifically then maybe a Dieselworks Oil Derrek? I don't know what they might choose for sure, but I feel like the probability of getting a resin building labeled with the Dieselworks logo is highly probable.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: HO Scale Nia and Rebecca Release Speculation on: March 14, 2018, 05:49:05 PM
If the new show has a postive reception, they are both inevitable- it's as easy as that. Siderods configs and size will not matter- Mattel has way more control over Bachmann than I think any of us realize.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: March 07, 2018, 01:58:16 PM
Might just have to do a post with my thoughts on Bachmann making Stepney... Not right now but definetely in the near future.  Probably will look into it sometime this month though.

In the meantime I actually want to hear more thoughts from others on Stepney, I would really like to hear what others have to say about him.
Stepney would probably be an amazing model, even better if Bachmann went the extra mile and made him an accurate A1X Terrier, we are sadly missing a really good 00 terrier on the model railway market these days so I can see many modellers doing what they did with skarloey and rheneas and making a little custom magic. But it's mostly the nostalgic side of me that wants a Bachmann Stepney because he has always been a favorite character of mine.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: February 27, 2018, 12:22:04 PM
I have a 4x8 space in which I'd like to have either a completely narrow gauge layout or a dual-gauge with predominantely narrow gauge... anyone know where I could find layout ideas? Google isn't giving me very many good results. Thanks!
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Rusty illustration on: February 26, 2018, 08:14:40 PM
Haha, is this a joke? It's just the CGI model! Tongue
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: February 25, 2018, 11:58:32 AM
grandpuff, you continue to inspire me with your work. So much so, actually, that I'm planning my own small desktop narrow gauge layout. With that being said, any chance you could details your methods for painting the Shapeways coaches and installing couplings/wheels and what brand of these two items you use? They look so good and I'd love to give it a try myself!
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 21, 2018, 11:51:54 AM
I agree with your feedback wholly, Plow Bender. I didn't want to come across as petty or whiny, but I guess I kind of did. Hopefully the message I was trying to convey is still present though.

On another note, Bachmann Paxton's (final?) product image has been uploaded to Bachmann's Instagram page. Thoughts?

13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 19, 2018, 07:30:05 PM
Wow. "For the time being"? What sort of sense does that make? LS collectors have had enough trouble with new models already and then Bachmann goes and pulls a move like this? Crazy how the Thomas range as a whole is being treated atm. I don't claim to know everything about what goes on behind-the-scenes with Mattel, production delays, etc. but I do think it's ridiculous that there is not more communication between buyer and seller.

On that note: (in no way is this a knock against you Chaz) why on Earth did Bachmann only reveal this info through a private email? Are they thinking that we somehow won't notice or that it doesn't deserve to be publicly addressed? Jesse even created a whole separate thread which a Bachmann employee could've easily responded to. Just seems to me like something is going on that the GP doesn't know about, and Bachmann certainly isn't sharing. Hopefully this isn't coming across as rude, just words from a frustrated customer.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 16, 2018, 05:36:12 PM
I'm disappointed that we're still not getting Daisy, but at least a face change for Diesel is better than NO engine for HO Scale.

I'm willing to bet that anyone who has any knowledge of the Thomas range will simply buy the face plate off of Bachmann's parts department. No one is stupid enough to pay for a whole new engine unless they need a new Diesel anyway. I'm shocked that Bachmann wouldn't have considered this factor. I can see a move like this for Trackmaster where new characters are made all the time, but Bachmann? Never in my wildest dreams could I have predicted they would go this route.
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 16, 2018, 05:16:07 PM
Grumpy Diesel is Grumpy Diesel, not Daisy.
Probably a stupid question, but this is the current character, not a new one. Correct?


I really don't know what to think. These are definintly the strangest announcements we've ever had, but it wil be interesting to see how they unfold. Really upset that we're not getting another NG engine. Excited to see Gordon's coaches return.

Also, @InsideTrack, no news on Paxton or Rusty I'm assuming?
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