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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: February 25, 2019, 10:54:37 PM
Very impressive work mulfred-100 and grandpuff! I'm happy to also state that I will be starting one more expansion to my Sodor layout this summer! It will consist of Crovan's Gate, Rheneas Viaduct, the Slate Incline, and Bertram's Old Mine (or Boulder Quarry). Hoping to squeeze in the castle causeway if I can too Smiley. Looking forward to posting pics once the project begins!
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: 2019 Official Announcements on: February 24, 2019, 12:03:58 AM
Fair point. Just thought that I should spread the word for anyone who missed the post the first time.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: 2019 Official Announcements on: February 23, 2019, 01:40:57 PM
Here is a link for anyone who is desperate to make their own troublesome trucks with classic faces:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/the-faces-of-trouble?s=0

Perhaps this could give Bachmann some ideas if Troublesome Truck #6 were to be announced next year.

4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: 2019 Official Announcements on: February 21, 2019, 08:34:46 PM
I absolutely love the look of the new flat car with logs. The fact the new HO stock already has final images is pretty unusual, but great at the same time, as it means that they may get released sooner than usual.

I'm a little surprised that the narrow gauge carriages are not presented with concept art images too. Still dying to know if the carriages will be made in two different toolings!

Lastly, why is the switch tower in the catalog, but not the resin signal box?
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: February 18, 2019, 09:52:27 PM
As nice of an idea as that would be, I think itís almost obvious, if not inevitable, that they will go with the CGI designs for the characters in the new n scale range.

Doesnít mean that we canít replace the faces on the models with 3D printed faces or anything. Wink

Thatís fair. I just think that basing the N scale models off the model series instead of the CGI era would make the models extra special, interesting, and really wow us older fans. I donít think that any of us could disagree with that Smiley.
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: February 18, 2019, 04:45:11 PM
At first, I was surprised and a little bit disappointed. However, after remembering that Rusty has not been released yet and that the coaches are still in the working stages (hopefully with two different toolings  Wink), it is understandable that no other narrow gauge products were announced just yet. I highly doubt that this is the end of the narrow gauge line, as so many people are interested in seeing more products (Sir Handel, Peter Sam, and Brake Vans in particular).
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: February 18, 2019, 04:35:58 PM
It certainly is a shame that the Large Scale Thomas line has come to this. I've actually heard from a few other Thomas fans that Bachmann is not going to make anymore products for the line because there are not enough people interested (specifically in the United States), although I'm not 100% sure if this is true. Perhaps one of the Bachmann reps can let us know what is going on.
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas on: February 18, 2019, 04:26:20 PM
Considering that the new N Scale Thomas line is targeted to older fans, imagine if Bachmann really surprised us with basing the models off the model series, specifically Thomas and Percy's faces:

         

This would make things much more interesting, since the faces of the HO models are based off promotional art and the faces of the large scale models are based off the CGI era.

If Bachmann took this approach, I may even consider collecting the line.
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: 2019 Official Announcements on: February 17, 2019, 11:25:50 AM
Does anyone know when the 2019 catalog will be up? I'm very curious to see what the new HO rolling stock looks like, as well as (possibly) the final images of the narrow gauge coaches. Still hoping the coaches are two different toolings!
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: February 17, 2019, 11:20:57 AM
These are all definitely fair points, but considering that next year is Thomas' 75th Anniversary, I do hope that Bachmann can at least make one more HO engine with a new tooling that fans have been screaming for. Stepney and Daisy are the most ideal candidates for sure. Both are classic characters that would close off the classic group of engines in a unique way. Afterwards, I would be perfectly fine with Bachmann making characters such as Sidney, making existing engines with different facial expressions, or not making anymore new HO engines altogether, since most of their attention would go to narrow gauge and the new n scale line.

But can our dear licencor agree to this? I truly hope so.
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2020 on: February 16, 2019, 10:13:37 AM
While seeing that many people are desperate to start a new predictions thread on the Bachmann 2020 Thomas range, and that next year is a very special year for Thomas (Thomas' 75th Anniversary), I thought that it would not hurt to start one now. I'm just going to start with a general list of what I would like, and expect to see.

HO Scale
Stepney, Daisy, or LBSC Thomas
Troublesome Truck #6
Flat Wagon with a new load (paint drums, oil drums, pipes, or crates)
Resin Buildings: https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,34707.0.html

Narrow Gauge
Peter Sam

N Scale
James
Tankers
Spiteful Brake Van

Large Scale
LBSC Thomas
Red Circus Van
Blue Circus Van
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: 2019 Official Announcements on: February 15, 2019, 01:49:56 PM
Well, here it is. The 2019 Announcements! Honestly, my thoughts on this line up have changed within the past few hours. At first glance, I was very disappointed to see no new resin buildings, no new narrow gauge items, and not even Troublesome Truck #6, considering how much time and effort many of us put into our posts on these. But while looking through the announcements again, I saw that these aren't as bad as people are making them out to be.

For starters, Bachmann is bringing back the flat car! I am very excited to see that it is being reintroduced with a log load and am curious to know if the logs will be made out of plastic or real wood. The other rolling stock looks interesting as well, especially the mining wagon as it comes with a load. I'm also assuming that the scrap wagon will look like the discontinued Hornby model. Overall, I look forward to seeing these in the catalog, as none of them appear to be gimmicky designs.

Moving on to Red Rosie, as many people have already stated, announcing her with the updated paint scheme was inevitable. Nothing more to say there.

N Scale Thomas is something that I have mixed feelings about. Honestly, I'm very surprised that Bachmann decided to start the line now considering the cost of new toolings. I really hope that the cost of the new toolings that will have to go to this line does not cause problems when introducing items with new toolings for the other lines, especially narrow gauge.

As for large scale, I have a feeling that it has reached the end of the line. For next year, I could see Bachmann announcing some circus vans and an LBSC Thomas to celebrate the 75th Anniversary, but nothing more than that.

Lastly, with there being no new toolings for this years line up outside of the new n scale line, I am now really hoping that this means that the red and blue narrow gauge coaches will be made in two different toolings.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 14, 2019, 02:20:15 PM
A new narrow gauge loco and (hopefully) a return of the resin buildings.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019 on: February 08, 2019, 03:20:33 AM
As we are now just one week away from the announcements, I thought that I should post my final predictions:

HO Scale
-Reintroduced Salty, Sidney, or Red Rosie (would love to see Stepney or Daisy, but they seem extremely unlikely at this point)
-Troublesome Truck #6 (Tanker or Van)
-Reintroduced Flat Car (two variants: paint drums & oil drums)

Narrow Gauge
-Peter Sam

Resin Buildings (Wishful Thinking)
-Any of these: http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,34707.0.html

Large Scale
-Red Coach
-Red Brake Coach

or

-Troublesome Truck #3 (Van)
-Circus Van- Red
-Circus Van- Blue

15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: February 08, 2019, 03:04:37 AM
I know itís all so low quality, but can anyone tell if itís thesane one as before. I personally canít wait to get my hands on some.

The same tooling and paint job.

Yes, indeed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fprXBfucy5A

Just skip to 30:45  Smiley.
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