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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 17, 2018, 11:10:53 PM
I think that the flat cars that Metal mentioned (found at the bottom of the previous page of this thread) is a fantastic idea. I could imagine them doing very well in the market, especially since there is such a demand for the discontinued flat car with paint drums. Iron girders and steel pipes would be great examples of loads. Timber is another load that I thought of.



This goes to show that there is so much that can be done with the flat car.

In addition, if I am not mistaken, the announcements are now less than one month away. Becasue of this, I thought that now would be a good time to make my lists of what I think Bachmann will announce and what I truthfully hope that Bachmann announces, just as JD417 and Chaz did.

What I think Bachmann will announce:

HO:
Ryan
Ventilated Van - Explosives
Spiteful Brake Van

Narrow Gauge:
Peter Sam or Duncan
Brake Van (Light Brown)

Resin Buildings:
Ffarquhar Station
Narrow Gauge Double Engine Shed

Large Scale:
Paxton
Red Coach
Red Brake Coach

What I hope Bachmann will announce:

HO:
Daisy
Flat Car (2-3 with different loads)
Spiteful Brake Van

Narrow Gauge:
Peter Sam or Duncan
Brake Van (Light Brown)

Resin Buildings: (In priority order as I do not expect Bachmann to make all of them in one year Wink)
Narrow Gauge Double Engine Shed


Neptune Refreshments


Castle Ruins (Season 7)


Ffarquhar Station


Large Scale:
Edward
Red Coach
Red Brake Coach
Lady Hatt

All in all, as long as Daisy and/or at least one new resin building is in the 2018 announcements, that's all that I will need to feel content.  
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 15, 2018, 07:47:29 PM
Great thoughts, but what about the resin buildings? We did put a lot of effort into thinking about them after all.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 11, 2018, 11:39:12 AM
Wow! Good observation Chaz. I find it amazing that Bachmann chose that particular late-model era face of all faces. I also concur with you on that if Bachmann does announce the spiteful brake van in HO, it should have the original face that was actually used in the episode. Nothing will beat that hilarious drowsy expression that the spiteful brake van had in the episode.

In addition, I wonder what livery the HO spiteful brake van would be as I do think that it would be rather peculiar if Bachmann used the same cream livery that was used for the original HO brake van. I personally would love to see it in a mix of grey and brown, as that is the livery the spiteful brake van was in the television series.

4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: January 05, 2018, 11:43:11 PM
I just uploaded the video of Rheneas and Skarloey running around the new narrow gauge scenes on my layout. Here is the link to it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzBOyQc7zCA

Thank you so much Bachmann Trains for making such wonderful models.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 05, 2018, 11:39:21 PM
Terence, what do you mean by the Narrow Gauge Sheds from Seasons 4/5? Could you please put a picture? Thanks!

    -CC55

The shed that Peter Sam is in above is actually it  Smiley.

Oh ok thanks!!!

   -CC55

You're welcome!
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 04, 2018, 10:59:56 PM
I forgot about the resin buildings. I think they should do a narrow gauge engine shed. I don't know what to do for large scale though.

Great choice! Is the shed that Peter Sam is in what you are thinking of?


I originally couldn't think of one, but seeing as the only location in Thomas & Friends I would want to model is Boulder Quarry (I lost interest in the show after JBS) those sheds are perfect.

That's awesome! Well, when looking at the resin buildings poll, it seems that this narrow gauge shed currently has the most votes. Because of this, hopefully, Bachmann will consider it.
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 04, 2018, 10:56:43 PM
Terence, what do you mean by the Narrow Gauge Sheds from Seasons 4/5? Could you please put a picture? Thanks!

    -CC55

The shed that Peter Sam is in above is actually it  Smiley.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: January 04, 2018, 10:50:27 PM
Iím very excited! Can you do a review of the newer parts of your layout sometime? That would be amazing thanks!

    -CC55

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "review the newer parts". If you mean making a video of me explaining how I made the scenes, that may be something for me to consider in the future  Wink. Thank you again for your enthusiasm.

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.

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. The old wooden bridge was a challenge. However, with the help of wood coffee stirrers, scissors, wood glue, and paint, the bridge was certainly feasible, and definitely worth the time and effort. Regarding the track, I actually did use Peco OO9 track. However, I used the version with mainline sleepers instead of the version with uneven sleepers. The only two areas that I used N track are the very bottom of the hill where the track curves, and the left hand switch that I used to make a loop. Anyways, thank you again for the kind remarks and I cannot wait to see the future projects you have planned.

Wow! Very impressed by how both Grandpuff and Terrenceís models and layouts are coming along! Terrence, youíre narrow gauge extension of your layout looks awesome! Iím really liking the bridge and mountain road a lot! Hopefully I can include them on my layout one day! Grandpuff, MightyMac is coming along really well too! The paintwork is spot on! What techniques did you use for the lining?
Also, just a little update on my Rheneas. I contacted Bachman before Christmas and they said they didnít have any models on hand so they suggested I contact the retailer. So, I contacted TrainWorld and I had awesome customer service from them! I submitted a request for a replacement model, shipped the damaged one back, and received my replacement the week before Christmas! Finally had a chance to run him in last Thursday and he really is an amazing little model!iím really loving this range a lot! Really looking forward to Rusty and the new announcements this year!

Thank you very much Anthony! I'm also glad to see the good news with Rheneas. I got my Rheneas from TrainWorld as well, and thankfully my model was not defective. Thanks again for the compliment!

Hey guys! So if you follow my Twitter or Instagram you would've already seen this, but I finally released my Red and Green coaches on Shapeways! I tried to upload some photos of the coaches to show here, but I can't get it to work for the life of me. If you want to see them, go to my twitter, instagram or shapeways store. Also please note the photos on there are of my own shoddy prints of the coaches, and if you were to buy some from shapeways they would not be at all shoddy or anything. The Shapeways render is the best way to see what you're buying.
I really enjoyed seeing Terrence's updates on his layout, too, and hope to see his video on them soon!

- Elsbridge Productions (Owner of Elsbridge Model Shop)

Thank you  Smiley. I will be uploading a video of Rheneas and Skarloey running around the scenes soon  Wink.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: January 03, 2018, 11:26:03 PM
Terence it looks amazing!!! Can you do some videos of it on your channel because Iíd love to see everything! Thanks!

      -CC55

Thank you so much! I'm actually in the process of editing of video of Bachmann Rheneas and Skarloey running around the scenes. I'll paste the link to the video once it is uploaded.
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: January 03, 2018, 11:20:38 PM
I forgot about the resin buildings. I think they should do a narrow gauge engine shed. I don't know what to do for large scale though.

Great choice! Is the shed that Peter Sam is in what you are thinking of?

11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions on: January 03, 2018, 11:03:22 PM
Thatís a very nice shed! I wish I had the skills to create something like that. I do agree I think the storage shed will be worth getting.

Just to clarify an ERTL Trevor will fit with the exception of the funnel and not George? Sorry for all the questions!

Sorry for the late reply. Anyways, yes. George will not fit. However, the ERTL Trevor will fit as long as you place the storage shed on top of cork roadbed. The flywheel is more of the issue than the funnel since I would not place the ERTL Trevor into the shed that far due to its length.
Thank you very much for your help! Received mine today and it looks great!

You're most certainly welcome. I'm glad that you like the model  Smiley.
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: January 03, 2018, 11:00:36 PM
Fantastic work grandpuff! Mighty Mac looks great so far!

As I am still home for winter break, I was able to complete some new narrow gauge scenes on my layout. Here are a few pics...

The Old Wooden Bridge:





Rheneas Tunnel:



Glennock Station:



The Hill:



The Mountain Line:



Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: December 30, 2017, 10:17:24 PM
I have not been on the forums in a very very long time, when was Rusty announced?

Rusty was announced in the Official 2017 Announcements Thread, which was posted in February of this year. Here is the link to it...

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,33240.0.html

For 2018, I think they might skip an engine considering Paxton isn't out yet. I think for rolling stock they would do the explosives van and the Spiteful Brakevan.

For Narrow Gauge, i think they should do Peter Sam and the red and green BMQ trucks and a brown brakevan. They could also do a starter set with Skarloey and some wagons.

That's one of the most realistic lists I've seen yet. I'd be all for it. The only things missing are large scale, and at least one new resin building (which is what I love to see in the 2018 Announcements, especially if there is no new HO loco). If anyone who has not been on the forum lately is curious, some folks and I have made a few suggestions for resin buildings in past posts in this thread (specifically pages 15-16). In addition, back in November, Alex generously made a poll that everyone could vote once in. I'll paste the link below for anyone who is interested.

http://www.strawpoll.me/14346400

14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions on: December 27, 2017, 11:22:32 PM
Hey again guys! I thought that now would be a good time for me to share with you what I got for Christmas regarding Bachmann Thomas & Friends.

One product I got is a new Bachmann Toby. My old model burned out many years ago, so it feels good to finally have a new model that runs. You may be able to see that I have started modifying it by painting the hook black and filing in the gap where the front coupling should be in order to make the model even more television series accurate  Smiley.



Another item I got is Bachmann Rheneas. Rheneas is such a lovely little model. He was certainly worth the wait.



Also, when comparing his livery to Bachmann Terence, I noticed that Terence is a lighter shade. Because of this. I wonder if Rusty will be the same shade of orange as Terence.



The third product I got is Bachmann Rosie. Even though there was a lot of controversy with Rosie, the model is very nice. Well crafted and ran smoothly straight out of the box. I also got very lucky as model did not come with wonky eyes.



However, favorite part of the model is the open cab. There is even a molded firebox, just like Rheneas.



The final product that I got is the Resin Engine Shed. This has to be my favorite out of all four products. There is just something so charming about these resin buildings. At the moment, I'm using it as a shed for road vehicles, since I don't currently have anywhere else to put it on my layout. However, at some point in the future, I would like to recreate Boulder Quarry from Season 5, which includes two of these sheds as well as the narrow gauge double engine shed that was mentioned in previous discussions.



Overall, I am very thankful for everything that I got for Christmas this year. Merry Belated Christmas everyone!  





15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2018 on: December 27, 2017, 09:37:12 PM
I went over to Star Hobby yesterday and got bachmann Oliver but before bought him the man who was working their said that Rusty might come out some time in the spring of 2018. Smiley

also for 2018 i think they should make:
Engines:
Ashima
Ryan
Narrow Gauge Sir Handel
Narrow Gauge Peter Sam
Rolling Stock:
Gordon's express coaches (Re-Release CGI style)
Old Slow Coach
Rocky
Non-Rail:
Trevor
Elizabeth
Sodor Search and Rescue center

I'll leave it up to the who want more Large Scale Smiley

Most of these suggestions seem doable. The only two that I cannot see happening are Ashima and the Sodor Search and Rescue Center. Ashima has a very complex and costly side rod configuration, and the Sodor Search and Rescue Center consists of multiple massive buildings that may be too expensive to make. Even so, Old Slow Coach is an interesting choice as she was only seen in Season 5. However, since Bachmann announced the Spiteful Brake Van in large scale, she may be a possible option, especially if there is a Bachmann UK tooling that could be used (just like Toad and McColl's Cattle Wagon).
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