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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Copyright Question For The Bach-man on: July 14, 2009, 03:01:01 PM
Dear Mr B.
I would like a clarification regarding copyright of product images used on this site. For example, I am currently bashing a Connie into a 0-8-0 Tank engine. For my computer mockup design, I used a picture of a Connie from this site, then modified and added features with my image program.

Am I permitted to post the computer mockup image, since the model is based on Bachmann's image?  Typically in such a situation, I add a note on the image, such as: ("Base model image copyright Bachmann Industries")

I believe this is permitted under the "Fair Use" provisions of copyright law, but wanted to check with you to be sure. With your permission, I can post the image as a representative sample, for your consideration, and for future reference. I guess members would need a "blanket permission" for such images.

Thank you.

Note to all: This question can only be answered by the Bach-man.  The following is from the forum "Registration Agreement":

"You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post.......any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material."

Since Bachmann owns the copyrights, only Bachmann can grant permission to post the images. I would expect such written consent to contain the caveat "For posting on the Bachmann forum only".
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Minimum Radius on: July 14, 2009, 01:11:20 AM
Due to selective compression, aren't all model railroad layouts "exceptions"? My layout represents a 50 mile point to point between two yards. To model that "in scale" I would need over 3,000 feet of track.   Cool
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Question for the Bachmann re: the 2-8-0 news release on: July 12, 2009, 04:12:05 PM
I have always considered the Spectrum 2-8-0 Consolidation the "flagship" of the Bachmann steam line. I am disappointed it has been "demoted" to Standard status.

I find it ironic that the same Connie, with "sound on board" is still in the Spectrum line.  Perhaps at some point, only sound equipped locomotives will have the honor of being called "Spectrum".
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Question for the Bachmann re: the 2-8-0 news release on: July 11, 2009, 02:44:59 PM
I'm sure many modelers are glad to see the 2-8-0 retained. As Mr B. noted, moving it to the Standard line makes it more affordable; the retail price has been reduced from $171 to $139.

However, it appears the UP version is no longer available with Stephenson Valve Gear, so I won't be buying any more. Besides I already have 3 new in their boxes, with Stephenson gear.

This seems to follow the current trend of "rubber stamping" a model, then applying an assortment of road names and numbers.

Also, we were earlier informed that the motors are 3 pole, yet the announcement still indicates 5 pole. Why can't we get a definitive answer on this issue?
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Minimum Radius on: July 10, 2009, 11:15:33 PM
Each modeler has to set his or her own "standard" for minimum radius. I think we all agree that appearance is an important factor, possibly more so than performance. You might say "if it looks right, it will probably perform well". Maybe, only actual track testing will tell. I am satisfied with my selection of locomotives for my 18" curves, in both appearance and performance.

While this topic is more specific to locomotives, let's consider the other aspect, freight and passenger cars. If someone asks (based on my perspective of proper appearance), what is the minimum radius for the following cars, I can answer with some degree of confidence.

85' Coach......38" radius
67' RPO.........30" radius
55' Boxcar.....24" radius
50' Overland...22" radius

1.  Consider the concept of "ratios" in a geometrical sense.
2.  You can develop a "standard" for what you don't have, based on what you do have.
3.  The correct constant (for me) can be applied to any car. Your constant will vary slightly depending on your preferences.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: How not to use a turntable on: July 09, 2009, 02:33:40 AM
According to everything I read, diesels have a higher factor of adhesion. This is one site, I have another bookmarked but it is down for repairs.
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Minimum Radius on: July 09, 2009, 12:12:45 AM
Here's the problem; the author of the MR article has stated his "preference" as if it was a de facto standard: "The absolute minimum for six axle locomotives is 24"..  And this one: "...."a 30" radius is desired for appearance".  Whose desire? For what length cars?

Those are opinions, not facts . I run 6 axle AC4400 on my 18" layout with no problem whatsoever. Very little overhang, and NO, they don't require longer couplers, and the loco doesn't pull cars off the tracks. The actual rear and front  leverage arms of a diesel are actually less than a Spectrum 2-8-0.

If some modelers prefer a minimum of 22", or even 30" on their layout, that's fine, it's their railroad. However, they shouldn't confuse preferences with standards. There is no standard. 
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Tipped over a locomotive today on: July 08, 2009, 02:57:05 AM
My main motto in life is: "If you're waiting on me you're backing up".

Reminds me of the story about 2 guys being chased through the woods by an angry bear:

Guy #2.."I don't think we can outrun that bear".

Guy #1.."Whaddya mean "WE"? All I have to do is outrun you".  Cheesy

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: layout prototype and era on: July 07, 2009, 03:54:36 AM
"Best Friend" comes to mind. My wife and I have worked side by side for 20 years on the ranch, she can outwork many men of today.

People ask if we get tired of being together so much.... No, just tired of people asking such a stupid question. Life is good!
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Tipped over a locomotive today on: July 07, 2009, 03:02:29 AM
Maybe that's why it's called a "trip pin".  Cheesy
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Happy Fourth! on: July 07, 2009, 12:46:12 AM

Our hay is classed "Premium" alfalfa/grass mix. Latest USDA market for our area is: Small squares - $275/ton, or $7.50/bale.  Large round bales (1200 lb) like we make - $160/ton.

I'll send you some pictures. 
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Train vs. Tornado on: July 06, 2009, 11:50:01 PM
I was impressed also, the tanker seemed to appear out of nowhere then whammo.  Bounced off like a fly hitting an elephant.  Cheesy
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Happy Fourth! on: July 06, 2009, 11:06:30 PM

We sell the hay to other ranchers who don't have their own hay fields. We also do custom baling or share crop with those who have hay fields, but no equipment. 

It's like any contracting business, those who don't have equipment pay those who do.  Cool
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Happy Fourth! on: July 06, 2009, 01:37:39 AM
No time off for us, we spent the weekend baling hay. With all the rain, we're about a month behind schedule. We're not complaining, best hay crop we've had in 20 years. 

Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday.  Cool
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Newbie needs help disassembling HO 2-8-0, please on: July 05, 2009, 06:53:46 PM
That's cool, with my lousy vision the "smiley" looked more like a "frowny". If I'm poking fun at someone I usually use this one.... Cheesy Cheesy

BTW, out West all the cattle ranchers still call it "cowcatcher".  Every time a cow gets "caught", (always breaks its legs) the railroad has to pay the rancher full market price. It's the railroad's responsibility to keep the right of way fence maintained. Another "law of the West".   

We may be partially "unwashed", we have to haul treated water from town, so sometimes only get to bathe twice a week to conserve.  Cool
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