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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Help with Thomas sound boards on: August 05, 2017, 03:37:18 AM
Thanks Adam! I was hoping Mr Bachmann would come with some hints and tips ! Yes Bergen is a nice town and the trip through the middle of Noway to Oslo is very scenic. If you send me an E-post to andellis@online.no I'll send you some travel tips ! Cheers Martin
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Help with Thomas sound boards on: August 04, 2017, 01:20:24 PM
Hi I have purchased 8 Thomas sound boards, both for grandson's Thomas and for my local club's Thomas & friends locos that we use on our Large Scale ehibition layout here in Bergen Norway. I need some info that is not in the rather sparse instructions. Can anyone help?
Where inside the locos should the speaker be attached ?
What diameter of speaker should I use ?
Where should the board be placed ?
A picture of the inside of a Thomas with a factory installed sound board with speaker would be a big help. Any other tips would be appreciated ! Thanks !
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: K-27 Chassis Suspension Springs on: September 25, 2014, 01:56:30 PM
I also have noticed the "butt sagging" on my K27s. I changed out the springs on the trailing axle with stronger ones that I think came from an Accucraft C-19 tender.

This has improved the look of the locomotive from the side and I think she runs better.


Regards from Norway
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Large Scale Database survey Question Please vote on: March 09, 2014, 04:38:13 PM
I would say include these other ranges. I'm sure these will have different variations later on and I'm also sure there will be modellers in the future that will be grateful you took the tome to include these series. I have a Thomas collection Even though I am also a 1:20,3 RGS fan. I know a lot of "mature" Large Scalers that have also a sizeable Thomas collection ! Keep up the good work !
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: thomas and friends 2014 and 2015, what do you wish for? on: September 18, 2013, 12:08:01 PM
I hope poor old large scale Toby won't be without his beloved Henrietta too long  Angry! It would be a shame if she never appeared ! Anyone know if she will arrive one day ?
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Wanted - Two Gandy Dancers on: September 18, 2013, 12:04:16 PM
Great idea Barry  Grin I hope you can come up with a simple fix. Just want to say that I would be interested in an upgrade for the first generation Gandy Dancer. I have one I run at our yearly exhibition here in Norway and it is very popular. I have managed to patch this one up over the years by pinning the broken small axle gears and making a new drive belt by slicing a HO scale traction tire in two ! However I don't think it will hold up much longer !
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Suggestions for the next Large Scale Thomas models on: December 08, 2012, 08:33:27 AM
I have bought the Large scale Thomas, Percy, James plus some coaches & trucks  for our large scale exhibition layout here in Norway. We run the models at two public exhibitions each year. Many of our young visitors have asked when Toby & Henrietta will be coming ! Maybe Bachmann should consider producing both Toby & Duck in the near future as I would have thought the Thomas chassis could be the basis for these models.

These large models have caused a lot of interest over here and I hope they will help sow the seed of interest for the next generation of model train enthusiasts.
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Enclosed Freight Body for Rail Truck on: March 03, 2012, 03:50:24 PM
This looks really good. You did a great job with this. It looks just like the photos I have seen of Goose # 1 after the box was fitted. I'll have to have a look at this kit. Was the kit well made and easy to mount afterwards ?

( RGS G scale fan in Norway !)
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2012 Large Scale Product Wish List on: December 04, 2011, 10:43:56 AM
I have some suggestions for additions for the Thomas large scale range: A closed goods wagon and a "Guards van" both with removable roof (more "play value" than the tank wagons),  Toby & Henrietta (A wish from my 14 y.o. daughter!) I must admit that even I have become "addicted" to these excellent Thomas models.

10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Two truck shay truck replacement on: October 22, 2011, 06:02:32 AM
I have had a major problems with my early "Mk 1" Shay. I have kept this running sweetly for years and even been able to mend the broken gear wheels and some cracked plastic pick ups OK. But at our recent exhibition, here in Norway, everthing seized up in the valve gear and the end of  the crankshaft on the piston assembly sheared off and one of the universal joints broke Sad. I've managed to fix this with brass pins & tube but I'm still stuck with two badly damaged/broken plastic pickup housings. Does anyone have some spare ones or any of the Hillside cast ones they don't need ?  I'll pay, of course, for any post and for the spares.
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: old time people figures on: October 11, 2011, 04:52:11 PM
Preiser used to produce some old time figures in 1:22,5. I found some for sale in a web shop just now so they may still be available.

Some years ago I bought some seated ones for a friend to put into two Bachman WP&Y coaches. I found that their legs were a bit too long, so I either had to make cushions or saw their legs off ! Sad I decided that as they were much too nice to cut up to I had to find another solution. What I ended up doing was drilling a hole in the floor of the seat unit in the coach for the legs to go through. (Not the floor of the coach) This gave me enough room to sit them down firmly on the seats with some thick double sided tape. They look great. I used to of the standing ones in the end of the observation car as well.
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: K-27 front truck on: July 01, 2011, 05:03:08 PM
I have two K-27's. I've not had any issues with the front trucks but I did notice how you could lift the truck off the track without lifting the drivers. As I have switches  that are sprung, I wanted to be able to run thought these "against the spring". I took off the trucks and made a small plastic bush to fit over the pin that is supposed to keep the truck down on the track. The limits the upward movement and now the truck will push the switches over without derailing.

I would also check the back to back to make sure the gauge is correct as well. Other than that, check all switches have a nice smooth path and the track for unevenness.

I hope you get the problem sorted. The K-27's must be one of the best models on the market so it's a shame if yours is not behaving itself .
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Thomas & Friends - Large Scale on: June 17, 2011, 05:26:40 PM
Even though I'm an keen RGS 1.20,3  fan I just had to get the Large Scale Thomas who has now been followed by Percy and James. We ran Thomas and Percy at a local exhibition here in Norway and the kids loved them !

A suggestion from me for future items would be Toby and Henrietta. I must add that I found these these models to be very well constructed and well worth the price. They are ideal for kids and would seem to be made for running in the rain.
14  Discussion Boards / Large / G scale Thomas back to back needs to be reduced on: March 16, 2011, 06:04:49 PM
I need some help. My local club here in Norway has built a layout with Peco gauge 1 track with a minimum radius of about 25 inches. We have an exhibition on Saturday and to-night we found that my G scale Thomas won't run though the curves.  I have found that the track width is about 1mm less than Peco's G scale and LGB. I need to reduce the back to back on Thomas's drivers. Does anyone know how the wheels sets are made up ? Are the wheels just push fitted onto insulated axles ? I was hoping to pull the wheels apart and reduce the length of the inner axles. Anyone else done this ?
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann G Large Scale hand car with trailer on: January 05, 2011, 03:42:18 PM
 I don't think Bachmann will have the spares if this the early hand car with a rubber band drive from the motor to the worm gear.

I needed some as well but the spares department couldn't help. However I have repaired two of the small axle gears by carefully drilling very small holes on each side of the crack and gluing in a small piece of stiff wire which I pre-bent in a "U" shape. There is just enough clearence to allow for the increase in the width of the gear.

I have repaired some Shay gears as well and have been pleased with the result.  When refitting the gears onto the axles I opened up the inside diameter of the gears a bit to avoid cracking them again when refitting onto the axles.
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