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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2008, 06:40:31 PM »

I must be missing something.   In the first picture you reference, the Accucraft Coach is clearly taller than the LGB - not the other way around as you suggest.   
Bruce, what you are missing is that the rail on which the LGB coach is standing is placed about 2cm lower than the rail on which the Accucraft coach stands. Still, the roof of the LGB one is only 1.5cm lower than Accucraft. It seems like LGB coach is 0.5cm higher than Accucraft but this may be due to perspective effect. Best wishes, Zubi
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2008, 07:40:35 PM »

I'll second a lot of Kevin's comments regarding the detail level on the newer 1:20.3 equipment (Bachmann "Spectrum", Accucraft / AMS) vs. the earlier "Big Hauler" equipment.  I have a 4-car set of the older "Big Hauler" (1:22.5 scale) coaches; size-wise, they look OK behind an "Annie" (which is ALSO 1:22.5, although the newer versions approach the "Spectrum" detail level Wink ), or the Bachmann "Centennial" 4-4-0 or 2-6-0 (both 1:20.3, but relatively SMALL prototypes).  I just saw the new Bachmann (1:20.3) K:27 2-8-2 first-hand this past weekend; compared to most of their earlier offerings, it's HUGE! Shocked  I also saw the AMS (plastic) 1:20.3 "wood" coaches this weekend for the first time; incredibly detailed trucks & interiors (even fantastic detail on the seat armrests! Shocked ), vs. the solid-plastic side frames & "1-piece" floor & "suggested" Wink seats of the Bachmann "Big Hauler" J&S cars. They're also comparably HUGE & will look FANTASTIC behind the new K27. Grin  Bottom line - you get what you pay for! Wink

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« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2008, 11:11:10 PM »

Zubi, that's the camera angle. I've seen the Accucraft coach in person. I've built two 1:20 passenger cars. I've modified LGB and Bachmann coaches. Trust me--they're smaller. MUCH smaller.

Further down on that MLS thread is this photo:

Granted, not an LGB coach, but an Aristo-Craft heavyweight. Still, given that Aristo's stuff is nominally the same height and width as LGB's, it gives you a good idea of the size of the Accucraft stuff.


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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2008, 12:51:15 AM »

Kevin, thanks for the comments. Of course this can be the camera angle and perspective effect. I mentioned this as I think that LGB coach windows are substantially oversize for 1:22.5. I have never compared them with plans but I remember an article in GR. Given that LGB often used smaller scale ratio for height I would not be surprised if it worked out to 1:20. Of course LGB cars are much shorter but that is another story. Anyway, if you are convinced this is due to camera distortion, that explains it. Best wishes, Zubi

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« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2008, 12:01:09 AM »

You guys have lost me with your discussion about camera angle ,height of rails , true scale etc. My Bachman J&S coaches arrived yesterday . I hooked the up behind my Bachman 2-6-0  Mogul and to me they look fantastic.I won't be able to put them on outdoor track until April - I have 4'0 of snow in the backyard and it is -32 degrees outside.

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« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2008, 03:20:00 AM »

Grumpy, I am glad that you like the combination - this is most important! And I am sure they look fantastic together (this combination may actually have somewhat more standard gauge feel to it). Please show us some photos, especially if you are going to run in 4 feet of snow Smiley!!! Best wishes from sunny Tokyo, Zubi
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