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 on: February 18, 2018, 11:08:45 PM 
Started by norman - Last post by the Bach-man
Dear Norman,
I have no idea about Testors colors.
When I do Russia Iron I use automotive paints,
generally over a silver base coat.
Good luck!
the Bach-man

 on: February 18, 2018, 10:38:39 PM 
Started by E Allen - Last post by Terry Toenges
I've used a razor saw and a rotary tool. I definitely like the rotary tool.
With the rotary, you have to make sure the disks are big enough so you are not cutting at an angle. A tool with a flexible extension is the best so it's not so big around at the end.
With the saw, you have to be very careful that you don't pull the rails off the spike with the back and forth motion. Something I thought about doing (before I got the rotary) was to clamp the track piece between two thin pieces of wood and then saw through the whole thing. I don't know if that would help keep the rails in place because I never got to try it.

 on: February 18, 2018, 10:30:35 PM 
Started by CPRailfan31 - Last post by wiley209
The E-Z Mate knuckle couplers are based off Kadee's knuckle coupler design that dates back to the 1940s. Originally, only Kadee made them, but in the late 90s when their patent expired, other model train companies began making couplers using a nearly identical design, including Bachmann. The E-Z Mate couplers will work with Kadee couplers, along with other companies' couplers like McHenry and Walthers. While Kadee's are the highest quality (and I use them on some of my locomotives and rolling stock), I have had nearly no problems with the other companies' couplers. Until last year, Walthers also made knuckle couplers sold under the Life-Like brand that could easily be installed in older Life-Like, AHM and TYCO rolling stock and locomotives. They could work with pre-1990s Bachmann locos and rolling stock as well, but you would have to drill the hole a tad larger to fit Bachmann's unusual coupler hole size of the time that had to be screwed in (maybe it was proprietary or something?)

As for E-Z Track, virtually any HO-scale two-rail train will work on Bachmann's E-Z Track. While my current layout uses Bachmann E-Z Track, I do run other companies' trains on them as well. (In fact, the train sets made by Athearn and Walthers include E-Z Track as well.)

 on: February 18, 2018, 10:29:39 PM 
Started by E Allen - Last post by Flare
I used to use a razor saw to cut track (The more teeth per inch the better) but now I use a rotary tool.

You can make very straight cuts with the saw, especially if you're able to brace the saw against something like a block of wood.

The rotary tool is far more convenient though if you can afford it, and make sure you have a plastic-compatible cutting wheel after cutting the rails.

 on: February 18, 2018, 09:46:04 PM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by TerencetheTractor525
Agreed  Smiley.

 on: February 18, 2018, 09:40:36 PM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by Chaz
Nah you didn't come off as abrasive at all on my end, don't worry about that.  I'm sure the coaches will be huge hits when they come out!

 on: February 18, 2018, 09:37:49 PM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by TerencetheTractor525
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.

 on: February 18, 2018, 09:02:09 PM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by Chaz
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?

The coach being #4's tooling is my assumption personally since it would be a simple recolor from there.  I can almost gaurentee you that it's not going to be Peco tooling since they are presented in a similar way how the slate wagons were in 2016.  Doug Blaine generously confirmed with me via email that he was one of the representatives who went to Talyllyn to get measurements on the engines and stock there.  If they go with two different coach toolings then I would be overjoyed, but if they went the more simple route and killed two birds with one stone like how they did with the slate wagons and used just one tooling for both then I would be pretty happy.  Still planning on buying at least four of both either way... Tongue

 on: February 18, 2018, 08:58:49 PM 
Started by E Allen - Last post by E Allen
I have a swing gate on my layout and need to cut track in several places. What is the best way to do this?

 on: February 18, 2018, 08:31:18 PM 
Started by Trainboy100 - Last post by angelob6660
Since the announcements were released. I would like to see in 2019.

Narrow Gauge
Duncan, Sir Handel, or Peter Sam.
Brake van (blue, red, or brown)
Open trucks (one of two versions)

BoCo (long shot)
Mail truck (brown)
Ventilated van (brown)
Troublesome truck #6

James's Composition and Brake coaches

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