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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: July 25, 2021, 08:33:58 PM
Hey guys, I don't know how many of you know about this, but there's a guy on Twitter who makes Series 4 faces for all of the Narrow Gauge engines Bachmann has released so far. His show is Rex's Funky Face shop on Shapeways. The are some for 009 models (meant for 3D printed shells) and Bachmann models.




He also mentioned that he may be prepared for whenever Peter Sam is released! Anyway, they are really amazing (and hopefully even better once painted) and I think you should check them out if you're at all interested!
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic on: July 24, 2021, 07:12:33 PM
Absolutely, it sounds like it's going to be really good! I wonder if we'll see Peter Sam or the brake vans?
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Future suggestions/predictions thread on: July 18, 2021, 05:27:23 PM
This is a great idea!

I honestly am not sure what direction HO Scale will take from now on, as I don't see much that they haven't done. I would like to see Stepney and BoCo, but, like everyone else, I don't expect them next year.

 I've already gone into depth about what I'd like to see in N Scale: https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,35036.msg277513.html#msg277513 so my thoughts will be brief. I 100% agree with TerencetheTractor525's ideas on the next rolling stock, those are probably the things the range is missing the most at the moment.

I would like to talk a bit more about narrow gauge, however.

Locomotives
I think that Sir Handel is the best choice for next engine.

He completes engines 1-5, and has the best render of the two classic characters left. I also really like him from a design standpoint, and think he would sell really well, just like Skarloey and Rheneas.

After Sir Handel, I believe there are two options for the next narrow gauge engine:




I feel like both Duncan and Luke have a great chance of being after Sir Handel. Duncan is a classic character (and one a lot of people love), but he doesn't really have a great render, and after how Rusty turned out, Duncan could be a turn-off for a lot of people if he matches his render. On the other hand, Luke has a great render, which matches the other engines' renders pretty well as far as detailing. As far as I know, Luke was also one of the more successful newbies as well, especially with Season 17, although I don't know how that would translate to sales, considering he's a CGI only character. He would also go great with Yellow Rheneas. To sum up, I think both are good characters to consider. I know that I would probably buy both, but both are gambles in their own right (Duncan's awful render/Luke's Miller-era debut).

With that, I have a question for you guys. If you knew for certain that Duncan would match his CGI render if he were made, would you prefer him over Luke, or would that be a deal breaker on a Duncan model?

Rolling Stock
As far as rolling stock goes, there are only a few things that I personally would want to see. First off, I think new, more accurate open wagons would be a great choice! I'm hoping that, if they do make new open wagons, they'll do what they did with the carriages, and release two different toolings. One for the Brown Open Wagon, as they were more common in Series 4, and the one that Chaz suggested, because that was also in series 4 (both can be seen in Skarloey's train). I feel like both would be nice as well, because Bachmann has had a fair focus on the classic series stuff alongside CGI stuff.


I also think that, for the Brown Brakevan to really make sense as a future release, having something that would fit with it's colors would make more sense than it by itself.

Another item of rolling stock I would like to see are the Blue Mountain Quarry trucks, fitting the slate theme, and with Yellow Rheneas and Luke (if he's announced).

If they were released, I'd hope that they would be in the darker variants of the green and red liveries. One plus is that they also have a real-life basis!

If all of these rolling stock options were released over the next few years, I would definitely look into purchasing 2-3 of each item.

I think that everyone's suggestions for the large scale stock are great.
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic on: July 13, 2021, 08:11:43 PM
I'm probably one of the few people who actually kind of likes Rheneas in yellow, but I think he looks great! I never would have asked for Bachmann to make him, but since he exists, I may have to purchase one one day.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Bachmann Peter Sam Thread on: July 09, 2021, 09:46:01 PM
Hopefully soon we'll be able to see a prototype for Peter Sam. As far as aesthetics go, the only thing I'm really hoping for is that Peter Sam's front bufferbeam is more accurate to Edward Thomas, and not the CGI model, so that his buffers will be at the correct height. As far as operation goes, I hope that his rear wheel will either pivot or move from side to side, so that he doesn't have the same design quirk as Skarloey where the middle wheel moved to either side. My Skarloey suffered in the pulling power department because of it.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends Summer 2021 NMRA Predictions on: July 08, 2021, 04:55:45 PM
Does anybody know if there were any updates on Thomas stuff in the presentation today?
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic on: July 08, 2021, 11:26:29 AM
I don't think it would be a good idea for them to make anything based off the reboot. It probably wouldn't sell, and would be a loss for them.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends Summer 2021 NMRA Predictions on: July 02, 2021, 08:54:14 PM
It's most of next week, and I think there might be Trainworld's Thomas Tuesday on top of that, unless it was canceled for the show. Either way, I think we'll know the announcements by Friday. That seems to be the day they're always announced.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends Summer 2021 NMRA Predictions on: June 27, 2021, 10:41:16 PM
Guys, we only have around 2 weeks left until we find out about the new announcements if there are some!
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Ryan Thread on: June 14, 2021, 12:14:09 AM
I think they look thick enough that they could be sturdy when separately molded, but it will be interesting to see what they do.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: May 27, 2021, 08:52:28 PM
I was going to wait to say this, but I guess I don't have to.


Edward should totally be the next N scale engine if Bachmann's ready to announce one next year! It would be great to see them tackle an Edward model for the first time in 14 years! It would also be great, because Edward was the first character, and he would be announced right after being taken out of the show completely. It would be a really nice gesture to show that he's still important. Plus, he hasn't really had new/redesigned merch that represented him well since around 2013, and that's long overdue for him.

 And based on the improvements with the James model, Edward could look really good! He would also allow the range to be different from the Large Scale range! And since N scale doesn't have the eye mechanisms, Edward probably wouldn't have the balance issues his HO model reportedly had.

Overall, I think he would be an excellent choice for the next model. Although, if they aren't ready for him, I'd love to see Mavis!

For rolling stock, I'm hoping they announce either (or both) the Milk and Tar tanker at the NMRA show. Next February, I'd hope to see whichever one wasn't announced, along with the original coal wagon and a brake van.

One thing I have also given some thought to is what the next item of rolling stock should be (this isn't necessarily for next year, but in the future overall). I think it would be good for them to further differentiate the range from the other ranges here. My choice for this is the Cattle Wagon.

It's a van, but it doesn't allow the range to fall into the trap of being exactly the same as Large Scale. They have been seen all throughout the series, and are probably almost as iconic as regular vans. The tooling is in the Graham Farish range. And this is more of a personal thing rather than a real point, but right now, there are plenty of vans available from Graham Farish, and not cattle wagons, so they could use a new way to make them more easily obtainable. Not to mention they would go great with a certain blue engine who shall remain nameless.

Bachmann will likely need multiple liveries for the cattle van, as we've seen with pretty much every piece of rolling stock in the other ranges, and there wouldn't really be much of an issue there.
There's the original livery (which is technically a darker version of the GWR livery):

There's the CGI livery (the planned Farmer McColl wagon):

Another fun one is making Troublesome Truck #3 (but not the HO one). Like Troublesome Truck #5, rather than #3, they could do this one with the same livery as the normal one, but with a darker roof (one is in A Cow on the Line. It's also not unusual for one model to change from one scale to the next. Scruffey had more detailed paint in large scale, the brakevans look completely different, and the Box Vans aren't even the same models as each other. The last thing I'm thinking about them changing is the face. I don't think the original #3's face has actually been on a cattle wagon, so I'd propose this one instead:

It would help Troublesome Truck #3 be even more unique by breaking the mold of all smiley-happy troublesome trucks, and it's right out of the model series, which would be pretty cool to see!

And last, if they need 1-2 more liveries to justify it, here's two more:



The obligatory questions:
1. Why is Edward the best option for next N Scale engine and why are you going to buy him as soon as he comes out?
1. Do you agree about the cattle wagon?
2. Do you think changing Troublesome Truck #3 is a good idea? Why or why not?
3. Would you buy the cattle wagons?

Let me know what your feedback is. Thanks for reading!
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: May 18, 2021, 06:40:09 PM
I also just realized that James' front wheels have spokes all the way through them! It'll be interesting to see if the other wheels will be the same way or not.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: May 18, 2021, 08:39:23 AM
Here's James! He appears to have a fully open cab, and the paint looks nice!




14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Bachmann Daisy Thread on: May 17, 2021, 08:53:49 PM
I am so glad to hear about this! And James, too!
15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: May 02, 2021, 10:17:25 PM
Hey everyone, I've decided to make a scene inspired by this set. The only difference is that it'll be done as a single track line.




Here's the track layout:






After getting the track glued down, I began weathering the track using a process inspired by a process I found on RMWeb. First, I painted the sleepers chocolate (that was the color I had to hand), then I painted the rails in rust. After that, I weathered the sleepers using Tamiya mud, snow, and soot. Here are a few pictures of the track.







I feel like this is finally beginning to come together, which is pretty nice! I'd also like to do the watermill someday, although I don't know when I'll start it.
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