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31  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Better Diesel for Bachmann to produce on: January 04, 2014, 02:37:43 PM
I plan to eventually obtain one of the Whitcombs - I just like the diesels I posted the links too as I have seen both in operation.

As was mentioned in an earlier post, Bachmann is probably watching how this locomotive does saleswise before producing another diesel.

Note, I said I plan to obtain one eventually. The family pocketbook has been hit hard by the economy, marrying off a daughter recently, burying my father and having my shoulder surgically reconstructed.

In other words, my financially situation is just like most modelers. Life happens and we don't always get to buy the goodies we want.

I'll get one eventually though. I just cannot do it the instant the locomotive hits the market like I normally would.
32  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: short coach and combine on: December 26, 2013, 12:06:28 PM
These might be better with the inside frame 4-4-0, and even the OF 4-4-0. I think they would be a really nice addition to the rolling stock line.
33  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Waiting for a Bachmann 2-6-2 Prairie on: December 26, 2013, 12:04:23 PM
Not exactly a SR&RL #24, but it sure does remind me of 2-6-2s build by Baldwin for the logging industry.  I would spring for one - even though the roster is at its limit! Smiley
34  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: short coach and combine on: December 23, 2013, 06:17:36 PM
I would spring for a pair immediately!

The famous John Allen combine would be a nice starting point!

I would bet the On3 guys would spring for quite a few for converting to On3 - at least the freelancers and short line modelers would.
35  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Another new loco idea. on: December 02, 2013, 10:17:41 AM
I agree. Eastern Europe had numerous 30 inch lines (750mm?) with fascinating locomotives. If you want to go BIG, the Hartz Mountain line has really cool 2-10-2s!
36  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: C&S 2-6-0 to 2-8-0! on: October 31, 2013, 05:16:10 PM
I wonder if anyone has tried the Bachmann 2-8-0 chassis? It is still in production and might be easier to obtain than the 2-10-0.
37  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: C&S 2-6-0 to 2-8-0! on: October 30, 2013, 10:55:55 PM

Thanks for responding so quickly.

I take it the finished locomotive used the Bowser 2-10-0 chassis with either the last, or first, set of drivers removed?

Also, am I correct you used drivers other than the ones that came with the 2-10-0 chassis?

I am willing to bet if you wrote up an article and submitted it to the On30 Annual it would get published. Several locomotive kitbashing articles have appeared in the On30 Annual.
38  Discussion Boards / On30 / C&S 2-6-0 to 2-8-0! on: October 30, 2013, 09:10:53 PM

That is a really nice 2-8-0! And being a fan of the C&S B-4D class I am curious how you did the conversion and what chasis you used for the conversion.

Thank you for sharing the photo.

39  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 suggestion for Bachmann on: October 27, 2013, 08:20:45 PM
I also agree with this idea. The 2-6-0 was the entry level locomotive for most of us in On30 and it begs to be modified.

The low price point and plastic body really encourage the practice of kitbashing. I have a pair of 2-6-0s that have more money tied up in the PSC, Back Shop and Wiseman brass and white metal detail parts than the cost of the locomotive itself.

Then there are the aftermarket manufacturers like Backwoods Miniatures, who already offers a Camelback conversion kit for the 2-6-0.

Then there is the possibility of mixing tenders, like a whaleback from Wiseman or Backwoods.

I would like to see the locomotive come decoder ready with a plug for those of use who want DCC and sound but ready to go for those who don't.

40  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 message board? on: October 17, 2013, 09:27:58 PM
I agree the new Yahoo "upgrade" is worse than a downgrade. It is unusable - which leads me to wonder if Yahoo wants the message boards to simply dry up and go away and this is their way of causing that to happen.

Then again, there have been a few, not many, but a few product rollouts that were just as stupid. Remember "New Coke?"
41  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Semi-Modern Diesel, I'd Love to see in On30!!! ;) on: September 22, 2013, 07:03:46 PM
Having been to Skagway and ridden the White Pass, as cool as I think the diesels on this narrow gauge are, these locomotives are HUGE.

The Alcos, the one depicted in the photograph, are essentially standard gauge locomotives on narrow gauge trucks. The GEs, the shovel nose diesels, are huge as well but a bit shorter.

Still, they would make very cool models, you just would have to use broad curves.
42  Discussion Boards / On30 / Received my Backwoods Miniatures Heisler conversion kit on: August 02, 2013, 02:59:29 PM
I had originally planned to only purchase one Heisler and to use it as the yard and sometimes woods switch engine. With the arrival of my Backwoods Miniatures conversion kit, I might have to rethink that concept. The kit provides for a wood burning (coal) and oil burning conversion.

It is simple a simple and straightforward looking kit. I have skimmed the directions once. Without including time for painting, this appears to be a conversion that could be done easily in a week of evenings or less. The details included provide a lot of options for variety in how the finished locomotive is detailed.

It is easy to imagine no two finished conversions will look the same.

I just had to share my excitement about the arrival of this kit. I have wanted a Heisler for my roster for some time and this kit will allow me to create the locomotive I envisioned.

For those who have never seen photos of the conversion kit on a finished locomotive, here is the link to the Backwoods Miniatures site.
43  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Bachmann's 2013 New Products Announcement on: July 26, 2013, 01:38:41 AM
I think the Whitcomb is a great addition to the On30 line! It is precisely the kind of locomotive common carrier narrow gauges would have purchased if they had survived into the 1950s and 60s.

It is also a typical industrial line type of motive power. Great for modelers who want to model an industry and its physical plant. It will look good in front of a string of the On30 steel hoppers!

Rather than naysay, I think this broadens the scope for On30!

Thanks for adding a big locomotive that is "modern."

I do sympathize with Royce about an 1880 locomotive that could be modernized by kitbashing, but there's always hope!
44  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Bachmann On30 Product Announcement at NMRA 2013 on: July 19, 2013, 07:15:15 PM

Backwoods has converted HO scale 0-6-0s. Look under R-T-R or scroll way down the On3/On30 product listing page. You will see three different locomotives!
45  Discussion Boards / On30 / Backwoods Miniatures Heisler Kits Ready! on: July 05, 2013, 06:02:31 PM
Time to scrape together the money for one of these!

I believe BM is also going to do a "detail only" kit that does not include the body pieces, just the detail parts.

Here is the link:

Ugly little beast! Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I think this kit is a nice option for those who wanted a more "traditional" Heisler in terms of appearance.
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