Post by FlyingScotsman on Mar 19, 2006 13:27:19 GMT
I was actually wondering if the Flying Scotsman and the Big City Engine we've seen might be conversions themselves. They appear to be made of a Gordon and two Henries, and you'd think that if they've brought them out in Japan, they'd have brought them out over here by now.
"Hogwartsh Expresh, I wunt you to take the Flyin' Kippuh t'night..."
That's a very cleverly made model. If I had the expertise to do something like that then I would (Closest I got to making a custom Tomica model was putting Lady's boiler on Thomas' chassis, held together by rubber bands!)
I don't think Flying Scotsman or the Big City Engine were remakes from other models. Probably the main reason is they have different faces than the rest, and the Big City Engine's smoke deflectors are different to Murdoch's which probably couldn't come off anyway.
I stand by the conversions theory. I'll admit that I can't read Japanese, but I do seriously think this guy has converted the engines. My basis for this belief is:
1. For most of the engines, the guy has only one photograph. For FS and BCE, he displays a number of photographs from different angles- possibly showcasing the changes he has made.
2. BCE's engine and tender are different shades, suggesting that the engine was from Henry and the tender was repainted- possibly from Gordon.
3. The shade of green on Flying Scotsman is similar but not identical to that on his tenders, which would be consistent with the engine being repainted but the tenders being taken from Henry. Notice also that the area within the lining on the tenders is significantly darker than that outside, suggesting home-made decals.
4. BCE appears to have a working light. It seems odd that Tomy would put a working light on such a minor character when they haven't done the same for any other character. However, if you wanted to install such a device but didn't want to carve up any of your current engines, why not do it on an engine that was going to be substantially rebuilt anyway?
4. There are some differences between Henry and BCE, but nothing that would be beyond the ability of a reasonably experienced modeller. For instance, a soldering iron could be used to turn Henry's smiling face into a frown (notice that the eyes and nose are very similar to Henry's) and plastic sheet could be used to make smoke deflectors. The eyebrows could be repainted.
5. It seems unlikely that Tomica should bring out such minor RS characters when they're still a long way from producing all of the TV characters.
I think Cora is also a conversion from a standard goods van- note that there are no NG engines, and again it seems strange that they should make the minor rolling stock but not the major characters. Note also that Tomica don't make rolling stock separately.
I managed to pick up Neville today. Only Bill left now.....
Well, the Tomica boxy effect has actually worked well in Neville's case, and he looks pretty good. The middle wheel on the engine is actually raised into the bodywork, like Arthur's rear wheel. His red truck is faceless. Oh, and you can throw Neville away if you like, as he has no "no-binning" symbol.......
I do know for a fact that at KB Toys they do sell rolling stock seperatly. So far I have bought Troublesome Truck 2, 2 Mail Cars, 1 Milk car, and 1 Log Car. But, they don't sell everything seperatly (shame)
They also have engine and car packs, however, they arent the regular ones. I have bought the Percy pack, it came with the mail car and fuel car, but it came with Toublesome Truck 2 as well (The Boxvan One).
I bought the Thomas pack from them also, but it came with Toad, as well as Annie and Clarabell.
harperman: Also i have read up to 149 of 376 ERS Volumes
May 12, 2021 22:47:47 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Railway modelling hot take: Daylight under the boiler is overrated in OO, and it might be best to glue acetate shielding behind it on locos that have it to mitigate dust inflow. Especially locos where the body is actually screwed to the chassis.
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Engine 87546: Happy 76th anniversary to The Three Railway Engines. Published on May 12th, 1945.
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harperman: I Have also read through the entirety of ERS Novel 6
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