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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 14, 2018, 02:01:14 PM
Something I recently noticed (which is sad considering it's been almost a year since it was announced) is that the Spiteful Brakevan is actually missing the 13 and the 20T along the bottom that the previous Brakevan had.  It kind of leads me to wonder if this is the livery we can expect for the model to be in and if the face Chaz recently showed is the one Bachmann plans to put on the model.  I'll be honest, if the Spiteful Brakevan does infact come with his proper face, I'll defiantly be getting him to go along with my other Brakevan, but if he ends up with the one on the sample image, I think I'll invest my money into a piece of Bachmann Big Haulers rolling stock instead.

-Rusty
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas large scale on: January 14, 2018, 01:48:18 PM
For bearings/bushings, you should use Light Gear Oil and also for the gears on the Thomas & Friends models as well.  I'll leave a link below so you can see what I'm talking about.

http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=255_489&products_id=3170

I also use the same product on Bachmann's 1:20.3 Spectrum models, but if you're going to be oiling gears on larger locomotives, then Bachmann recommends you use the Heavy Gear Oil instead.  Hope this helps.

-Rusty
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: January 14, 2018, 01:39:10 PM
I'm going to be honest and say that I'm actually surprised we haven't seen or heard anything on Rusty by now.  I was kind of hoping we'd see something like a prototype of the model last year, but in reality I was thinking Bachmann would have at least given us some kind of update.  Then again, Rheneas and the new Ventilated Vans started shipping without notice from Bachmann, and the only thing they really did update us on was the poor excuse of a redesigned James model.  Personally I've got a feeling we'll probably see or hear something about Rusty come the 2018 announcements.

-Rusty
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: January 14, 2018, 01:29:38 PM
Considering I've already made a post on the red coaches in another thread, I'm just going to do a simple cut and paste job here.

So lets talk about large scale red coaches.  These are another addition I would like to see for the large scale range, and I know many people want to see them as well.  The red coaches were in high demand years ago for the HO range, and have proven to be popular sellers by selling out a number of times.

To start off, the red coaches have made numerous appearances with numerous characters, and in many cases youíll see them with engines such as Percy, James, Edward, Rosie, Henry, Duck, etc.  Weíve also seen in recent seasons (even in the earlier seasons such as season 2) that in some cases the engines are pulling 3-4 coach trains with the red coaches.  This plays out a little later on, but Iíll get to that in a moment.  Something that also should be mentioned about the red coaches is that they are/were used on many different parts of Sodor such as the Ffarquhar Branch, Brendam Branch, Harwick Branch, The Little Western, The Main Line, etc.

So is there a demand for the red coaches?  I wouldnít be making this post if there wasnít.  For a couple years now thereís been many discussions come up for the red coaches in large scale, and for good reason too.  Years back the red coaches were in high demand for HO, and after being around a few years theyíre still flying off the shelves.  With the demand now, thereís no doubt they would move in large scale.  Some people have even gone as far to make their own as seen below.



Chances are some people would even consider buying multiple red coaches instead of just buying a red coach and a red break coach.  Itís also safe to say that considering chances of getting some express coaches in large scale are out of the question, it would be nice to have the red coaches as a replacement to go along with James.

Now itís a question of how Bachmann would do in terms of production of said models.  They honestly have an advantage with the red coaches considering the tooling is already somewhat there.  Starting with the existing Annie and Clarabel/Emilyís coaches tooling, alterations can be made to make the red coaches.  The break coach would require the most work, but just the regular red coach only requires the new roof tooling which in turn is used for the break coach anyway.  The only downside I can find with the red coaches is that the tooling for them (even though it exists) needing altered might be asking a little much.  This isnít as simple as just taking an existing van or wagon and recoloring it.  Keep in mind what the large scale announcements have been lately.

So to wrap things up, what are my thoughts on getting the red coaches in large scale?  Iím honestly all for these additions, as Iím sure many others are as well.  Overall they seem simple enough, appealing enough, and would definitely sell better than something like a vegetable van or a raspberry syrup tanker.  It would also be nice to have them to go along with James and/or Percy in the range, and other characters like Edward, Duck, Rosie, Ryan, Oliver, etc when/if theyíre ever announced.  Now if youíll excuse me, its lunchtime!



-Rusty
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions on: December 23, 2017, 04:29:07 PM
Considering you guys are talking about the Bachmann storage shed, now seems like the perfect opportunity to show you a project I did 2 years ago.  This was actually a project I did for a 1:64 scale display table I was building, so it's not something really model train related, but I think it's appropriate to post anyways.

So when I was building my display I wanted to incorporate some storage sheds into it and looked into purchasing the Bachmann storage shed.  The only problem here was that the dimensions were too small to accommodate 1:64 scale vehicles.  That being the case, I took the time to scale the shed up to what it would be in real life, then scaled it down to the size it would be in 1:64 scale.  To build the shed, I designed it on the computer and then transferred the measurements onto a sheet of hardboard which is what I make most of my buildings out of.  The pieces were then cut to size and glued together with wood glue, then the shed was painted to almost match the Bachmann one.  The only real difference with my shed (other than the size) is that it's made to look like its built from cinder blocks rather than stone.  I still need to finish building the roof for it, but overall I think it turned out good.






My shed measures 3 1/2" x 7", and does fit many ERTL characters, but even being a little bit taller than the Bachmann one, ERTL George still doesn't clear the beam as you can see.  Smaller ones however such as Trevor, Elizabeth, Terrence, etc fit with no trouble.  This shed is in no way a major step for me as I've built larger buildings such as my 14 1/2" x 20" tow company building which also includes an office area and working shop crane.  That's getting a bit off topic though.



Personally I like the Bachmann storage shed which is part of why I attempted to replicate it in 1:64 scale.  Although I don't own the Bachmann one itself, I do agree with Mr. TerrencetheTractor525 that it's definitely worth getting.  In that case that you want something a little larger though that can accomidate your ERTLs, then building one is definitely the next best thing.

-Rusty
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 23, 2017, 01:20:59 PM
I'll be the first to admit that all this "deconfirmed" BS is really starting to get old.  This nonsense has been going on ever since someone just had to bring up an email where Bachmann said they had no plans to make a large scale Mavis, and all of a sudden people want to start throwing out deconfirmed theories and accusations.  Welcome to Bachmann Forum 2017... Roll Eyes

Just like Mr. Thomasj219 pointed out, Daisy wasn't even confirmed in the first place, and furthermore the whole topic of Daisy even being announced has died down over the last couple months.  I think most of this may have to do with expectations being low, considering there's been no recent news on Paxton which could mean he's been delayed and this could hinder the chance of another engine character being announced till 2019.  That's just my thoughts on that deal.

In addition, I'll agree with Mr. TerrencetheTractor525 that a model/character can't be deconfirmed unless it's either too large or too expensive (or both) to be made, but even that sometimes doesn't hold true.  Keep in mind that for years many people believed that narrow gauge didn't have a chance because the models we're too small and yet it's proven to be the best selling Thomas range that Bachmann has introduced.  Mr. Spark's post also makes a good point, but I think Hurricane is a little over the top.  Personally I'd see Bachmann introducing someone like Philip or Porter if they're going to make a new tooling.  Isn't that right Rosie?  Roll Eyes

I think at this point (considering the 2018 announcements are only 2 months away), the best thing to do is make suggestions and share your thoughts on what you'd like to see brought into the range and hang tight.  I know everyone has their wish lists of what they'd like to see from Bachmann, but there's a difference between potential and realistic.  Potentially Bachmann will make what fans ask for, realistically they'll make what Mattel approves.

-Rusty
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions on: December 10, 2017, 11:57:03 PM
did you take some sandpaper to diesel's face before painting? looks a little bumpy..

I think he clearly mentioned it wasn't perfect, but he was satisfied with it.  Also considering the fact it was his first attempt at this sort of thing, one would consider it to be more or less a practice run.  Modeling is in no way something people get 100% right the first time.  Like anything, you get better with practice and overtime obtain a better style and skill for the hobby.  If you could see one of the first train cars I ever painted, it's a complete joke compared to the projects I take on these days.  As I said before, it's a learning experience and like a fine wine it get's better with time.

-Rusty
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: December 09, 2017, 11:42:33 PM
Journey Beyond Sodor also gave us Troublesome Slate Wagons, though I doubt we'd see them anytime soon.

Actually troublesome slate wagons existed long before Journey Beyond Sodor, but in narrow gauge.



I'm not sure if you were referring to them as standard gauge slate wagons or just new characters in general, but just thought I'd mention that.  To be fair though, I'd rather see a tanker or van over troublesome slate wagons in large scale.  Now this is just my opinion, but I feel that slate wagons should stay where they belong, and that's in narrow gauge.  Just from my point of view, they look too out of place even if they are scaled up with the rest of the rolling stock.  Maybe a few others can shed some light on this topic as well.



-Rusty
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: December 09, 2017, 02:19:43 AM
Considering I've wanted to touch on this subject this year, I think now is my chance to do so.  For a couple years now, the idea for Bachmann to make a Troublesome Truck #3 for the range has been in the back of my mind.  I brought this up last year as a model I'd like to see for 2017, but now I'm hoping we can at least see this simple addition added to the range for 2018.

Lets start by explaining why Bachmann should add another troublesome truck to the range.  First off, troublesome trucks have always been a popular seller and to this day continue to carry on this trend.  This is because they are rolling stock that people will buy 2 or more of in many cases.  It's safe to say that Troublesome Truck #3 would be no different and would fly off the shelves as well.  It's just a simple fact that you can never have enough troublesome trucks.

Bachmann would also be able to keep production costs for the model low by just using an already existing piece of rolling stock.  Personally I think it would be most beneficial for Bachmann to make Troublesome Truck #3 by simply doing a recolor of the Ice Cream Wagon.  It would be easy to make a brown van and put a face on it, similar to what we have here.



I think the above photo pretty much covers what many large scale Thomas modelers want to see.  The only problem is that this style of troublesome truck hasn't been seen in the CGI series, which the large scale models are pretty much based on.  However, models such as Annie and Clarabel, the Troublesome Trucks, Tar Wagon, and the Raspberry Syrup Tanker are in their model series forums, so I really don't see where there's any room to argue that claim with Troublesome Truck #3.  HOWEVER, I do have that sneaking suspicion that if Bachmann did in fact announce Troublesome Truck #3 and it was a van, I feel we'd probably end up with this.



Now I'm not saying I'm agents this style of troublesome truck because itís a CGI one or because its connected to Journey Beyond Sodor, but I prefer the model series one over this.  My main reason is simply because of the color and design.  I prefer the brown color (similar to the Great Western Van) and also the positioning of the face.  The face on the CGI version just looks to be positioned too high for my liking.  I'd personally like to see the model series style van with the same style of face in large scale, but with the range mainly focusing on CGI, it's probably wishful thinking.  Then again, the Explosives, Great Western, and Sodor Fruit & Vegetable Co. vans weren't in CGI either, yet we still have those.  I think I've proven my point on that topic.

Now another option Bachmann could have for a Troublesome Truck #3 is recoloring a tanker.  Iím thinking something similar to this.



Unfortunately I feel this is very unlikely because these tankers only appeared in 1 episode of the series, and haven't been seen since.  Considering they're 1 off characters (that's what I'm calling them, so deal with it...) chances of them being made in large scale are about as likely as Gordon and Henry.  Even so, these tankers have made a comeback in CGI, so this potentially gives them a chance of being made.



Although I wasnít a big fan of the film these tankers are related to, Iím honestly all for seeing them introduced into large scale.  All Bachmann would have to do is recolor one of their existing tankers, but thatís the funny part about this.  These tankers are actually the oil tankers with a face, but Bachmann actually made the oil tanker (without a face) in large scale up until it was discontinued back in 2014.  Basically if Bachmann were to make this for Troublesome Truck #3, this means the return of the oil tanker as well, but with a face.  It's definitely an easy model if Bachmann wants to take a stab at it.

So to finish up, here are my thoughts.  I feel that Troublesome Truck #3 is a good chance for Bachmann to introduce something into the range that is sure to be a great addition for 2018.  I was honestly expecting Troublesome Truck #3 for 2017, but apparently Bachmann found it easier to slap a face on the Brakevan rather than a box van.  The worst part about that was the fact there was more demand for the Spiteful Breakvan in the HO range, and literally none for it in large scale.  That aside though, I think that if Bachmann were to take either a box van or tanker and make Troublesome Truck #3 for large scale, it would definitely be a step in the right direction.

-Rusty
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: December 08, 2017, 09:15:38 PM
Why does Bachmann charge $25 just to get Thomas and Friends engines buffers fixed?

Try paying $75 just to have an LED replaced on a 1:20.3 Spectrum model. Roll Eyes

You HO boys have it easy compared to us large scale guys, so $25 is nothing.  Personally when I was in HO scale (and even now that I'm running large scale), I'd often pick up models just for parts wherever and whenever I could.  Sometimes you can find models that are only good for parts online and/or at swap meets, and most of the time for very reasonable prices.  You may think it's not worth having a bunch of junk/spare models laying around, but it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

One of the biggest reasons I've found to keep spares around is that over time (and I've seen this play out with large scale), Bachmann is going to discontinue certain products/parts and then you can't get them anymore.  However, if you've got a model(s) that have the parts you need on them, you'll have nothing to worry about if something ever gets lost or damaged.  It also pays to do the repairs yourself when/if you can rather than sending your model off to Bachman and paying a service charge plus shipping on top of that.  Personally if I was told I'd have to pay $25 to get a buffer replaced (depending on which model it was that's damaged), I'd probably be better off going out and buying a whole new model.

-Rusty
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March on: November 30, 2017, 01:51:04 AM


Considering family has been on me asking what in the hey I want for Christmas, I think I'll be putting Rheneas on my list along with the squirty gun and the YoYo. Cheesy  In all seriousness though, I'm glad to see Rheneas shipping before Christmas.  Hopefully a new supply of Skarloey models is going to be shipping soon as well.

-Rusty
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: November 30, 2017, 01:36:22 AM
Another thing we're keen to see is other members custom builds in large scale. we have a secret project on at the moment and will debut in pics. Has anyone else done a custom? the best we've seen is the red brake coach.



Well, I have 2 projects I did that were from a couple years ago.  The first one is Emily's snowplow which I built back in 2015.  The plow I made for her was built from tin and I used aluminum and styrene for the mounting bracket.  I then painted the front of the plow silver and the sides dark green.  Mounting the plow is simple as it just goes right down over Emily's buffers.  Unlike the Thomas model, I'm able to run Emily's plow on her without having to remove the knuckle coupler on the pony truck.

I modeled Emily's plow after the one she had in Season 8, and I know some will argue that its inaccurate that I'm using a model series plow on a CGI series Emily, but I could honestly care less.  Realistically plows tend to get shined up after excessive use, so having Emily's plow fully painted green doesn't make any sense.  One thing I would like to also add is that although I have tried it and the plow does indeed plow snow, I don't recommend it.  While the plow and it's mounting bracket could more than likely take the abuse, I fear Emily's plastic buffers wouldn't.




The next project I attempted was a custom Season 1 truck made back in 2016.  I started with the open wagon that you would get if you bought the large scale Thomas' Christmas Delivery set.  Now before you ask why I chose to use this wagon over one of the others, it's because of the price.  An online retailer I buy from frequently had the wagon (separate from the set) for only $24 which was cheaper than going out and buying one of the other wagons for about $50-$60+.  I also ended up with the 2 presents in the truck, but threw those in with the Christmas decorations.

It was pretty simple to just sand down the old decals on the wagon, repaint it flat black, add some weathering, and then the custom face.  Overall I thought the model turned out pretty good, and a friend of mine actually thought I used the Tenmile Gauge 1 kit to build it.  The photo shows the truck with a chain link coupler, but I actually run knuckle couplers on my railroad.  The photo was taken prior to me adding knuckle couplers to the model.



Lastly is a current work in progress I started back in October of this year.  I'm currently making a large scale model of Victoria from The Railway Series.  Obviously I've used a Bachmann Annie/Clarabel for the basis, but Victoria isn't a LB&SCR Stroudley coach so quite a few alterations have to be made.  I've seen many of the HO Boys just simply repaint an Annie/Clarabel coach, but that's not going to cut it for this project.  I'm mainly trying to base my build off the Clive Spong illustrations, but have referred to Victoria's actual basis (Furness Railway Passenger Coach) for details as well.  Regardless what I do, this model could very well be a hybrid.

As she sits now, Victoria is mainly in primer gray until I finish adding details to the model and find the proper color blue to paint her.  The coach's frame also needs a few alterations as well, but I'm yet to start on that.  Incase anyone is curious, I don't have plans to build Helena, mainly just because of the fact (considering the fait Victoria suffered) it seems likely she's probably been scrapped.  I've still got quite a bit of work to do, but Victoria is perhaps a build I should revisit on here once she's finished.



Questions and comments welcome.

-Rusty
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: November 10, 2017, 11:34:32 AM
ERTL George isn't a bad choice for an HO layout, but I'd recommend the Bandai model if you can find it.  The only problem with Bandai is that the range has been discontinued since 2005 and they're starting to become hard to find.  I think you can still find George though, but you'll pay a lot more than you would for an ERTL one.  Personally I say you're getting your moneys worth with Bandai, but that's just my opinion.



-Rusty
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Future of Bachmann Thomas on: November 06, 2017, 12:45:57 AM
If you ask me, Bachmann should just discontinue their TTTE Large Scale range.

I agree. Bachmann should just discontinue their thomas and friends large scale range before it is too late.

And if brains were gasoline, most people who think that way couldn't run an ants go-kart 2 laps around a Cheerio...

Lets be realistic here.  The large scale market isn't what it used to be, but there is no way Bachmann would be foolish enough to just discontinue the range completely.  After all this is large scale Thomas & Friends rather than O gauge Chuggington. Wink  I can honestly agree with Chaz that in a worst case scenario, Bachmann would stop introducing new models into the range, but continue to produce existing ones.  Personally I'm leaning more towards Bachmann trying to push new recolors each year as much as they can, but that's just me making a prediction based on what's been introduced into the range within the last 2-3 years.

As a collector of large scale trains, I tend to keep up with a lot of the discussion that goes on with large scale products, especially Bachmann.  Yes announcements haven't been the best and chances of certain characters being made are nil, but that's kind of the price Bachmann has to pay when they have a limited amount of leeway from Mattel and enough costs in production to pay off the national debt.  There's no doubt that the large scale Thomas & Friends range will stay around, but announcements are/and probably will continue to be a little underwhelming.  Either way its best to just sit back and appreciate what little Bachmann can offer to the range, rather than whine and complain about what they can't.

-Rusty
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: October 28, 2017, 11:55:36 AM
So lets talk about large scale red coaches.  These are another addition I would like to see for the large scale range, and I know many people want to see them as well.  The red coaches were in high demand years ago for the HO range, and have proven to be popular sellers by selling out a number of times.

To start off, the red coaches have made numerous appearances with numerous characters, and in many cases youíll see them with engines such as Percy, James, Edward, Rosie, Henry, Duck, etc.  Weíve also seen in recent seasons (even in the earlier seasons such as season 2) that in some cases the engines are pulling 3-4 coach trains with the red coaches.  This plays out a little later on, but Iíll get to that in a moment.  Something that also should be mentioned about the red coaches is that they are/were used on many different parts of Sodor such as the Ffarquhar Branch, Brendam Branch, Harwick Branch, The Little Western, The Main Line, etc.

So is there a demand for the red coaches?  I wouldnít be making this post of there wasnít.  For a couple years now thereís been many discussions come up for the red coaches in large scale, and for good reason too.  Years back the red coaches were in high demand for HO, and after being around a few years theyíre still flying off the shelves.  With the demand now, thereís no doubt they would move in large scale.  Some people have even gone as far to make their own as seen below.



Chances are some people would even consider buying multiple red coaches instead of just buying a red coach and a red break coach.  Itís also safe to say that considering chances of getting some express coaches in large scale are out of the question, it would be nice to have the red coaches as a replacement to go along with James.

Now itís a question of how Bachmann would do in terms of production of said models.  They honestly have an advantage with the red coaches considering the tooling is already somewhat there.  Starting with the existing Annie and Clarabel/Emilyís coaches tooling, alterations can be made to make the red coaches.  The break coach would require the most work, but just the regular red coach only requires the new roof tooling which in turn is used for the break coach anyway.  The only downside I can find with the red coaches is that the tooling for them (even though it exists) needing altered might be asking a little much.  This isnít as simple as just taking an existing van or wagon and recoloring it.  Keep in mind what the large scale announcements have been lately.

So to wrap things up, what are my thoughts on getting the red coaches in large scale?  Iím honestly all for these additions, as Iím sure many others are as well.  Overall they seem simple enough, appealing enough, and would definitely sell better than something like a vegetable van or a raspberry syrup tanker.  It would also be nice to have them to go along with James and/or Percy in the range, and other characters like Edward, Duck, Rosie, Ryan, Oliver, etc when/if theyíre ever announced.  Now if youíll excuse me, its lunchtime!



-Rusty
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