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31  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: February 25, 2018, 05:00:02 PM
Marvelous work grandpuff! I love how you even took the time to add miniature figures in the carriages. The track plan looks great as well. What resin buildings do you plan to incorporate?Additionally, have you by any chance considered adding in a slate quarry with an incline? The reason why I mention this is that the Bachmann UK range has a wonderful resin incline winding house, as shown in the link.

32  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 22, 2018, 05:03:42 PM
Thank you very much, and that's certainly understandable. I look forward to seeing what he says later Smiley.
33  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Paxton Thread on: February 22, 2018, 04:59:47 PM
It's amazing how some of the smallest changes can make a huge difference  Smiley.
34  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 22, 2018, 02:51:25 PM
That is great news! Thank you letting us know Chaz! Is it also possible if you could email Doug Blaine, asking him if the red and blue narrow gauge carriages will be two different toolings? I would email Mr. Blaine myself, but I do not know his email address.  
35  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 22, 2018, 01:35:27 AM
Considering that Chaz already posted his scrupulous thoughts on the narrow gauge brake vans, I thought that now would be a good time for me to share my thoughts on the locomotive that I think that should enter the HO range next: Daisy the Diesel Railcar.

So, why should Daisy be introduced to the HO range? For starters, the demand for her is remarkable. Nearly every single Bachmann Thomas collector has stated that they would like to see Daisy in the range, not only through the Bachmann Forum, but through other branches of social media as well.

The next reason has to do with Daisy's role in the television series. To begin, when it was stated that Daisy would be returning in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, fans were ecstatic simply because Daisy is an unforgettable classic character due to her sassy personality and significant role of working on the Ffarquhar Branch Line along with Thomas, Percy, and Toby. Daisy is also the only locomotive that Bachmann has not made who's name is present in the Original Thomas Anthem (as shown here:

But more importantly, fans both old and young are familiar with Daisy today as she has played large roles in some of the most recent episodes such as "Springtime for Diesel" and "A Most Singular Engine". These episodes even consisted of Daisy and Diesel as the main characters. As a result, with the newly announced Grumpy Diesel, fans would be able to recreate the interactions between Daisy and Diesel that took place throughout the episodes if Daisy were to get announced.

However, the number one reason as to why I think Daisy should enter the HO range is that there is currently no locomotive in the range that is like her. To elaborate, Daisy would be the first long bogied diesel in the range. What's more, her tooling would certainly not cost as much as a steam engine such as Ryan or Hiro since her overall shape is a rectangular box more or less, and the model would barely consist of any metal. Additionally, seeing that Grumpy Diesel is already listed on the Bachmann website, the announcement of Daisy for 2019 seems very feasible.

Overall, 2019 would definitely be the best time to announce Daisy due to her popularity and current presence in the Thomas television series. Now, what do you guys think? Would you buy an HO Daisy? Feedback would be greatly appreciated.
36  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 20, 2018, 10:26:03 AM
Thanks for the blueprints Sparks. That clears up a few things. The flat sides of the CGI red coaches certainly make them seem like they are based off of the carriage #4. However, I still believe that a more noticeable difference is the distance between the windows and the roofs. Specifically, there are no vents between the windows and roofs on the CGI models.

I wonder if it is possible if the Bach-man, Yardmaster, or Inside Track, can let us know if they will be going with two different toolings, or just one for both carriages. I apologize again for lingering this conversation on with many posts, and quite possibly creating headaches for the people of Bachmann. Nevertheless, let's hope for the best since these carriages are the highlight of the 2018 Announcements  Smiley.
37  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 20, 2018, 02:10:30 AM
You're welcome Chaz! I'm always happy to share my thoughts, and am glad to see many people on the same page regarding the narrow gauge brake vans.

On another note, by no means do I mean to come across as beating a dead horse, but while observing the posts in the 2017 & 2018 threads, I found a few posts that stuck out to me.,31790.150.html

When scrolling down to Chaz & Spark's posts, it seems that it was thought that the red CGI carriages were based off carriage #1-3, and carriage #4 for the blue carriages. Therefore, I think that you guys were correct, and what the Thomas Wikia currently states in the trivia section of the Talyllyn Railway Coaches, or red CGI carriages (appearing to be based off carriage #4) is false.,33422.30.html

At the very end of this page, TrainFan97 posted a comment regarding Diesel's face, which was the only comment regarding Diesel's face in the whole entire thread. Now of course, the intention of this post is not to put shame on TrainFan97. It is to notice that this was posted in early April, only a month an a half after the 2017 Announcements were posted. Therefore, I will certainly post my detailed thoughts on Daisy, Troublesome Truck #6, and resin buildings as soon as I can  Smiley.
38  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 19, 2018, 10:23:36 AM
Wow! That was fast! Great work Chaz! It is always a pleasure reading through your in-depth posts.

As for the questions, I would certainly purchase the narrow gauge brake vans, but only if they are based off of the original television series models as shown above.

Moreover, I certainly agree that the brake van should be made in multiple color schemes (red, blue, and brown). Hopefully, Bachmann would go with the lighter shade of blue for the blue brake van (and upcoming blue carriage) as shown above.

In fact, Bachmann could make a fourth brake van in the grey color scheme that was seen in the late model series. That's four brake vans with one tooling! Can't go wrong with that!
39  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 19, 2018, 01:04:18 AM
Here is my wish list:

HO Scale
Troublesome Truck #6 (Tanker or Ice Cream Wagon Tooling)
Flat Car (2-3 with different loads)

Narrow Gauge
Peter Sam
Brake Van (Red, Blue, & Brown)

Resin Buildings
Narrow Gauge Double Engine Shed

Neptune Refreshments

Castle Ruins (Season 7)

Ffarquhar Station

Other Possibilities
Signal Box Gantry

Shunting Yard Shed (the shed that Bill & Ben are in)

Rheneas Station

Narrow Gauge Watermill

Additionally, I will make a few detailed posts on Daisy, HO Rolling Stock (Specifically Troublesome Truck #6), and the resin buildings at some point down the road. Chaz will be making detailed posts on Peter Sam, the narrow gauge brake vans, and resin buildings as well! Make sure to look out for those  Smiley.
40  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 18, 2018, 09:46:04 PM
Agreed  Smiley.
41  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 18, 2018, 09:37:49 PM
Thanks for letting me know Chaz. I apologize if I came across a little too abrasive. I just want to do the best I can to help the Bachmann Thomas and UK ranges by giving them suggestions that would lead to the best outcomes for both fans and overall sales.
42  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 18, 2018, 08:10:26 PM
In regards to the narrow gauge carriages, just out of curiosity, is it confirmed that the CGI carriages used #4's tooling? Or, is it just an assumption? I'm aware that the Thomas Wikia states that they appear to be based off of #4. However, is it actually a fact? To me, they look more like Talyllyn Carriage #1 due to how close the windows are to the roofs.

I overwhelmingly hope that it is the tooling to Carriage #1 because in the long run, it makes much more sense to make the carriages using two different toolings. I mean, think of this. If Bachmann makes two different toolings, then the UK narrow gauge range could market Talyllyn Carriages #1-4 next year or the year after that. Plus, the tooling to Talyllyn Carriages #1-3 would be much more marketable than #4 since it is used for three carriages whereas the tooling to #4 is only used for, well, Carriage #4.

In fact, I could see the Bachmann UK range selling the four carriages in a four-pack, since something very similar to this happened to slate wagons as we all saw  Wink. I can say right now that would be an extremely wise marketing move. The only problem is that Carriage #3 is actually one foot shorter than Carriages #1 and #2 in real life. However, that difference is so small to the point where it would not be noticeable to the eye, especially in 009 Gauge.

Lastly, let's all remember that these carriages were the ONLY products with new toolings announced for 2018. Therefore, if the CGI red carriages are in fact based off of Carriage #1 or a random tooling (I wouldn't be surprised considering how poor the proportions are), then it would only make sense from an economic point of view for Bachmann to make the carriages using two different toolings (the red carriages based off of Carriages #1-3 and the blue carriages based off of Carriage #4 which is shown in one of my posts in the previous page of this thread). It would make us fans very content as well  Smiley.
43  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 17, 2018, 08:16:14 PM
While pondering again, I came to realize that the one big plus with this year's overall announcements is that all of the products will most likely be released by the end of 2018 because they are all repaints of old toolings (with the exception of the narrow gauge carriages since they would utilize two new toolings, and the possibly HO Spiteful Brake Van due to the face plate). This is yet another reason why we should all remain sanguine for next year.

Additionally, does anyone know if Mr. Blaine showcased or will be showcasing new products at the Toy Fair? I'm sure that we all want to see a clear shot of the Large Scale Spiteful Brake Van after all  Smiley.
44  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 17, 2018, 10:28:52 AM
I think that the discontinued items are technically already discontinued. However, those products will remain on the Bachmann site until they sell out entirely. It seems like that already happened to the Emily Passenger Set.
45  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: OFFICIAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS on: February 17, 2018, 09:53:27 AM
Thank you for your responses Chaz and Alex. Although, I do actually still think that the red carriages from the CGI Series are based off of the tooling of Talyllyn Coach 1-3 due to how far the windows are from the roof. As Alex stated, its probably the poor scaling that the CGI Series models had that make them seem like Talyllyn Coach 4. I think that what Bachmann may do in order to get the yes from Mattel and make us fans happy is to use the tooling of the red carriages from the model series shown here...

and then paint them with the CGI color scheme. That would be ideal since both red and blue carriages would then not look peculiar next to each other.

Basis of red carriage:

Basis of blue carriage:

As for the shade of blue, my dream is to still see them in the light blue of the model series that the illustration in the catalog showed. In a perfect world, the three peco rolling stock pieces would be discontinued next year, and three brake vans of different colors that would go wonderfully with the red carriages, blue carriages, and slate wagons would take their place. However, I will leave it at that for now  Wink.

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