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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: John Bull and Lafayette train sets. on: March 27, 2019, 02:11:25 PM
EZ track is the easiest I've ever ballasted...

Here's what you do... you get your Elmer's Glue All, and don't dilute it just yet... and you paint it onto the side of the roadbed (you can use a brush, Popsicle stick, damp sponge brush... whatever is easiest for you) Then for spreading the ballast, get the simplest ballast spreader that Bachmann (or anyone) sells.

This is the one I used:




For my ballast, I mixed Arizona Rock and Mineral "red" ballast, with some well washed "beach sand" (if you use sand from the beach, you need to not only wash out any and all salt, but you also need to take a magnet to it, just in case of iron filings, but then, I suggest using magnets for any "outside dirt" you may use for a layout)

The important thing though, is to apply the "Glue All" in a thin layer on all of your roadbed... it takes just a few seconds to do. And don't bother with any of the fancy ballast spreaders... I have tried them all, and the easiest to use, that gave the best coverage, was the simplest, no frills one.

The ground you see in the photo, BTW, is "Durham's Water Putty". I used that for my "shell", then painted it with a custom mixed "Red Rock" coloured paint from Home Despot, and then, while the paint was wet, applied dried tea leaves (tea from used bags for the finer grit, and used loose leaf for the forest floor, as that looks like HO scale twigs, and forest flooring) and then the path was made by dropping some beach sand, but, while it was still damp, running my "Groovy Wheel Groove" tool, which is basically, two plastic pizza cutters hot glued together, for making wheel ruts in roads:



The rest is static grass... some directly applied, and some where I just put a stripe of Glue All on a piece of aluminum foil, and made grass strips, and tufts.

That gives my finished product, in just a couple of hours:



2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: John Bull and Lafayette train sets. on: March 27, 2019, 10:46:49 AM
That's fantastic!

One of the things I did for my Norris, was attach a coupler.





I used an old plastic long shank McHenry coupler, and cut down the shank, removed the tab under the tender, and glued it in. It's stiff, but doesn't seem to be an issue for an engine that small. Though, next time, just for "S&G"s, I may attempt a Kadee whisker coupler with pocket.


I also added a removable cab to the engine, but in all honesty, that cab really didn't thrill me. I was trying to go more for a "Steampunk" look (remember, modeling a movie studio) and it was okay, I suppose... but felt like it was trying to be something else.





I mean, it was okay from certain angles... but it obscured a lot of the detail I was trying to put into it.




Fortunately, I designed it to snap on, and snap off, so if I change my mind, I can always change it.



3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: John Bull and Lafayette train sets. on: March 26, 2019, 10:19:31 PM
Take a look at my "Pegasus"... I added weight... from metal weights on the front, and the back head, to metal details, and a metal "pilot" (they were "pilots" before they were "Engineers")

For it to work as DCC and sound, I put weight in every place I could. Even the smoke stack is shaved pewter (who am I kidding? It's lead, from black powder bullets) mixed with "Elmer's Glue All"

It wasn't too hard... just a bit of thinking is all.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: John Bull and Lafayette train sets. on: March 26, 2019, 02:11:14 PM
They are a lot of fun.

When I got back into Model Railroading, after my 20 year hiatus, the first engines I bought were ALL of them. In sets, of course (which is why I had so much EZ track to build a layout with)

I started with the Pegasus, then the DeWitt Clinton (I have bought THREE of the DeWitt Clinton, and all three did fail me... one, the wheels on the tender kept falling off, and the other two were shorted out upon arrival) The Lafayette, the "King of Prussia", and the engine that got me interested in model railroading back in the 80s, the John Bull. (I could never afford it back in the 80s... but I have it now!)



Part of the joy of my layout, is that it's a movie set, depicting the "Wild West"... so it's amazing what I can get away with on my layout.

I actually have a diesel that pulls my track cleaner cars, for MofW...
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: John Bull and Lafayette train sets. on: March 26, 2019, 12:08:03 PM
Say what you will about these train sets, but, they ARE what got me into Model Railroading. They are what got me interested in Bachmann, and after a 20 year break, they are what got me BACK into model railroading.


People tend to bash on them all the time, but they are amazing little engines, and plastic gears or not (show me a Bachmann that doesn't have plastic gears) they last longer than people putting them on the shelves may think. I mean, how would one know how long they last if they never leave the shelf?

Hell, I have a Pegasus, that I installed DCC and sound in (using a Digitrax 8-bit N scale sound decoder) that has been running like a champ since I bought it two years ago.



I have a friend named "Mo" who recently put DCC into a DeWitt Clinton (simply because everyone told him he couldn't) Next step is DCC and sound (N scale decoders can be easily hidden on the tender, if you shave some detail down, and use some painted medical tape as a "tarp")

The best way to run people out of this hobby, is to criticize them for the trains they are interested in. I, myself, am interested in Early Steam. Bachmann makes the Early Steam I like, and Model Railroaders are the first to tell me how wrong I am for liking what I like.

Sorry for the rant. But these really are decent little engines.







My layout is EZ Track (because I was once told not to build a layout with EZ Track) and most of my buildings are Plasticville.

Model railroading is FUN!
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 26, 2018, 06:26:38 PM
Amazing work!

This gives me confidence to do some of my own B.T.S. kits... Thanks for sharing! You RAWKK!
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Doctor Bachmann on: October 20, 2018, 11:20:21 AM
I think there is only one way to solve this... somebody buy it, and send it to me, and I will be happy to give accurate measurements in both Imperial, as well as metric!

It's a tough job, but, I'm willing to take one for the team here! It's the the nice kinda guy I am!


MWA-HAHAHAHAHA!!!!


(Oh... wait... ignore the maniacal laughter...)
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Doctor Bachmann on: October 20, 2018, 02:08:26 AM
I just got in from Who Con (heading back early tomorrow to put on a panel) and I brought this up there... a LOT of folks LOVE the idea, and would totally buy a Doctor Who themed train set (and they too talked of making a UNIT train)
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Doctor Bachmann on: October 17, 2018, 10:00:43 PM
Yeah... I would be hesitant to buy from a company that has no idea what they are selling. It would be better to find it on eBay.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Doctor Bachmann on: October 17, 2018, 04:37:10 PM
You wouldn't really need a mirror image one... just reverse it... maybe do a bit of sanding on each end to make it flush.
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Doctor Bachmann on: October 15, 2018, 01:24:14 PM
That bridge is amazing! I have absolutely ZERO place to put it, and I was still considering if I wanted it when I get paid!

I also like their fancy display cases.
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Doctor Bachmann on: October 15, 2018, 12:02:33 AM
Ready to have your mind blown?

It's not their ONLY Halloween train!

And yes, they are On30...

https://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/917833_journey-of-doom-express-train-collection.html

https://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/917982_kiss-rock-n-roll-electric-train.html

(the USMC trains is HO, and not On30)

Oh, and there is also their commemorative USMC train!

https://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/49207_marine-train.html


All are made by Bachmann, according to the Bradford Exchange.



13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 14, 2018, 01:42:24 PM
I'm watching this with baited breath (no.. not breath that smells like bait... okay... maybe a little like bait)

Anyway... I just recently bought my first ever wood laser cut model (and then bought three more) from BTS.... they are car kits, that will be riding behind my Bachmann Spectrum "Richmond" 4-4-0.

(seen here)



The kits I'm planning to build are these:





So watching what you're doing is going to help me out a LOT! I am determined to build these...

I even started on the trucks I plan to use (all metal, for the extra weight)



This is a great thread so far!

Oh, and as far as the importance of the town saloon... I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who once said that it was important for a town to build it's tavern first, bef0ore the church, as there are meetings of a political nature that wouldn't be polite to have in the church, but church services can always be held at the tavern.

14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Doctor Bachmann on: October 14, 2018, 12:43:54 PM
I think a UNIT train, with a TARDIS prop would be cool...

Oh, and I do believe that Bachmann DOES make a Star Trek, and Star Wars train that's marketed through The Bradford Exchange.

They might even make On30 ones as well (I know there are quite a few On30 Bachmann trains that the Bradford Exchange makes through their Hawthorne Village series)

I mean, they do a Ninja Turtles train, so I would imagine asking them if they would consider a Jurassic Park train in On30 would be a fun idea... worse they can do is say "no".

https://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/917921_teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-train-collection.html


This is one of their On30 trains:

https://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/918098_horror-express-electric-train-collection.html

(sorry, I couldn't link the photos, because they are in PNG format)
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Doctor Bachmann on: October 14, 2018, 12:30:09 PM
As for Harry Potter...

I was given a Harry Potter loco by a friend I met on this forum, and simply HAD to convert it to DCC and sound... I may model the head light it has in a few of the movies, but, right now, the only light is coming from the firebox in the cab (which has a nice flicker... I'm using a Digitrax 8 bit decoder with a "Power Xtender"... I normally use 16 bit, but I wasn't sure if I could do it, so I always go cheap when I'm not 100% sure) It made for a nice effect, and you can almost FEEL the heat in that cab by looking at it!



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