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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: May 03, 2020, 06:17:53 PM
Chaz:

Your new layout is looking great with each new group of photos you post.
I am very happy to see Peter Sam, Sir Handel, and Duncan again running on your layout.

Great work,
Grandpuff
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: March 26, 2020, 02:00:04 PM
Chaz:

Very glad to see that you have started on your Narrow Gauge Layout. What are the dimensions, it looks to be about 3 by 4 feet from your photos. That is a little larger than my 2 by 4 foot layout. Also happy to see your First Six plus Duke locos pictured as well. I am also happy to have played a part in building our Narrow Gauge collections. I will look forward to following your layout progress here. Great start.

Grandpuff
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends July 2020 NMRA Predictions on: March 11, 2020, 01:44:38 PM
Hello to All:

It is my opinion that since Skarloey, Peter Sam, and Sir Handel all share the same 0-4-2T wheel arrangement that Bachmann would probably have  designed the tooling to be able to use the chassis and drive train interchangeably for all three locomotives. If that is the case then I believe that Sir Handel will soon follow Peter Sam since all that would be required is the tooling for the body. I am also hopeful that Bachmann will follow up with a Duncan model using prototype proportions as with the rest of the series. Once the first six are produced I hope that Bachmann will consider a Duke model to complete the model series Narrow Gauge locomotives.

Grandpuff
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: December 31, 2019, 01:59:02 PM
STL:

If you scroll up this page to message #452 you can see a photo of my narrow gauge passenger cars. The paint that I used for my blue coaches and matching brake van is Testors 3 OZ spray can #1208 Gloss Light Blue.

I hope this helps you,
Grandpuff
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: December 15, 2019, 08:25:00 PM
STL:

Just read your comment so thought that I would check on my red coaches and the Talyllyn Prototypes. There are doors on both sides on both the models and the prototype coaches, but the hand grabs and door hardware has been removed on the side away from the platform sides as shown in the photos below. If you look closely at Bachmann's models you can see the door hinges on the doors but no door hardware on one side as in the prototype. Bachmann really did their homework on these models.

No Hardware Side


Door Hardware Side



Very nice job Bachmann,
Grandpuff
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: December 13, 2019, 03:30:53 PM
Hi all:

I just received my Red Narrow Gauge Coaches from TW today and I am very impressed with how nice they look. I only ordered the Red Coaches because I had previously built my own Blue and Green Coaches for myself as reported on this thread earlier.



I am sure that Chaz will post one of his usual fine reviews once he receives his in the mail.

Enjoy,
Grandpuff
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: December 12, 2019, 02:10:19 PM
Just wanted to point out that couches are something you sit on and coaches are something you sit in. Also that our and are do not mean the same thing. And yes Narrow Gauge coaches are smaller than standard gauge coaches due to the smaller gauge of the track even though the scale is the same.

Grandpuff
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: December 09, 2019, 08:26:55 PM
Hello Again:

First thank you for your comments Terrence, I am a big fan of your layout and model work too.

And to Chaz I really liked your M&M's locomotive caravan, especially that the M&M colors matched the engines. It is great to see your "First SIX plus Duke" and I am happy to have played a part in making that happen for you. You were very generous in helping me build my Duke which started me on this journey to build all of the narrow gauge engines, thanks again.

I thought that I would post a photo showing all 14 of my narrow gauge engines gathered around my engine service facilities on my 2 X 4 foot layout. Shown clock wise around my turntable are Rusty on the turntable bridge, then from the lower left is Ivo Hugh, Freddie, Proteus, Millie, Luke, Sir Handel, Peter Sam, Smudger, Mighty Mac, Duke, Skarloey, Rheneus, and Duncan. I hope that you all have enjoyed seeing my models as much as I have enjoyed building them.

Photo of my Narrow Gauge Collection


Also just to let everyone know, I received a call from TW today telling me that my Red Coaches are on the way, YAY!

Enjoy,
Grandpuff

9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: December 06, 2019, 05:47:03 PM
Rodimus Supreme:

No, the faces I used for both of my Sir Handels came from Japanese Bandai Sir Handel models.
A little pricey to be sure, but the only ones that were the correct size.

Grandpuff
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: December 05, 2019, 08:16:35 PM
Hello to All:

Mulfred-100 your Winter scene photo looks fantastic, very nicely done. Thanks again for sharing with us all.

Well another week has pasted and I have been able to complete the Sir Handel models I have been building for Chaz and myself. I have mailed Chaz model to him and it is due to arrive today. So I hope you enjoy your model and your complete First Six plus Duke. Happy Holidays to you.

As I said in my last post I have added the coal load, face, couplers, and name and number plates. I have also assembled the body, powered chassis, and added the trailing wheels. The chassis' I used from N-Drive in the UK runs very smoothly and were worth the long wait for their arrival. So here are a few completion photos of Sir Handel.

Photo 1


Photo 2


Photo 3



I am very happy with how Sir Handel has turned out ad hope that you all have enjoyed my progress in building my Narrow Gauge collection. As Bachmann releases their Peter Sam and Sir Handel models our plan is to change the nameplates to Stuart and Falcon. Until then our models will serve as place holders until the Bachmann models are produced someday. I now have models of all of the narrow gauge models except Victor to my knowledge. As soon as I can get the 3D design errors fixed I will probably build him to complete my collection. I will also get a photo taken on my layout of all 14 of my narrow gauge locos and post it here as soon as I can.

Looking forward to the release of the narrow gauge coaches soon.

Enjoy,
Grandpuff
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: November 27, 2019, 05:52:10 PM
Hello Again:

Thanks again Mulfred-100 for the additional photos of your narrow gauge layout.

I am sure we would like to see others narrow gauge work shown here too!

Here is a photo showing my current progress on the two Sir Handels I am building for Chaz and myself. As you can see I have added the red lining, boiler fitings, whistle, figures, and head and tail lamps. I still need to add the coal load, faces, couplers, and name and number plates. Once that is completed I can assemble the loco to the power chassis and add the trailing truck under the cab.

Photo 1


It will probably take me about a week to complete the remaining assembly and track testing on both models so I should have some completion photos very soon so stand by.

Enjoy,
Grandpuff
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: November 24, 2019, 08:41:18 PM
Hello to All:

First let me thank Chaz for posting the progress photo for our Sir Handel and Proteus project for me while I was in between Photo Sharing sites. I am now with Imageshack after Photobucket, Flickr, and Tiny Pic closed their free sites.

Second I would like to thank Mulfred-100 for posting the photos of progress on his Narrow Gauge Layout. I really like what you are doing. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing with us here.

Next I would like to post a few completion photos of my Proteus project that I just finished today. I have been working on this since June because it has taken 4 months for the power chassis to arrive from the UK. The last week I have been able to add the boiler fittings, red lining, head and tail lamps, coal load, engineer figure, name and number plates, and couplers to finish my model.

Photo 1


Photo 2


Photo 3


Now that Proteus is done I can return to my Sir Handel project which has also been waiting for the power chassis mentioned above. I am building two Sir Handels, one for Chaz to complete his First Six plus Duke, and one for my collection of all 14 of the Narrow Guage engines. I still have the red lining, head and tail lamps, figures, boiler details, couplers, and name and number plates to install. This should take about a week to complete so I should have more photos of Sir Handel then. It will not be long now Chaz.

Enjoy,
Grandpuff
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: November 15, 2019, 08:26:49 PM
Hello to All:

I have just received my Ivo Hugh name and number plates from Narrow Planet so I was able to complete my model today. I have also installed the throttle body and linkage seen in front of the steam dome. The power chassis I used is an N Scale Fleischmann Piccolo 7000 0-4-0 to which I added a trailing wheel set. These locos are very smooth runners by the way.

Photo 1


Photo 2


Photo 3


Now that my Ivo Hugh has been completed my next project to build Sir Handel and Proteus can be re-started now that I have received the power chassis from N-Drive in the UK after a 4 month wait. These are very nicely done loco chassis' and run very smoothly so they were worth the wait. I will have more to report on that project in about a week or so once the chassis' are fitted and the locos are painted.

Enjoy,
Grandpuff
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: November 07, 2019, 06:40:56 PM
Hello to All:

I have been able to make a little progress on my Ivo Hugh narrow gauge model and have added an engineer and fireman figures, both head and tail lanterns, and completed the blue lining on the locomotive. I am just finishing the throttle and linkage in front of the steam dome and the name and number plates are now on the way here from Narrow Planet. And yes, if you look closely you can see that the trailing truck is there, as was shown in an earlier photo.




As soon as the throttle and the name and number plates are installed I will be posting a few completion photos.

On another note I just received notice that my N-Drive power chassis' are on their way after a 4 month wait so I will be able to finally resume work on the Sir Handel engines for Chaz and myself in addition to the Proteus I am building for my narrow gauge collection.

More to follow soon,
Grandpuff
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Stepney or Ryan? on: November 07, 2019, 05:37:53 PM
Hello to All:

I agree with Terrence that Stepney would probably be the most deserving engine from the classic era to be announced for the 75th Anniversary Year 2020. They have said that they plan on honoring the classic era specifically. So my vote is for Stepney The Bluebell Engine which has long been one of my favorites.

Photo 1


If Bachmann is planning any 75th Anniversary announcements for Narrow Gauge I cannot think of a better choice than Duke aka Granpuff. I know it would be a stretch because he is a tender engine, but there is no more fitting classic engine than Duke.

Photo 2



In any event we will all have to be patient and wait until February 2020 to find out.

After having free service dropped by Photobucket, Flickr, and Tiny Pic, I have now moved over to Imageshack which is offering a one year unlimited photo posting for $18.99. Seems to be easy to use so we shall see how this works.

Grandpuff
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