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Trent

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Hi all,
I know I'm probably taking a risk posting this here, as I would expect someone will have thought of this and Kindly (or not) point me to the 5000 posts that have already been made on the subject, but:

Has anyone considered kitbashing a Bachmann 4-6-0 either into a Henry or Gordon from the Thomas series? I have a little man who will be joining me in the Garden Railway hobby as soon as he starts talking (well, maybe a little later), and while I have already picked up a Bachmann Thomas and Percy, I really wouldn't think that going up to a Henry or even Gordon would be a terribly hard bash. I know he will appreciate it.

Now, I should qualify this by saying that I'm not a rivet counter, and I wouldn't bother with trying to get a great representation of an A3 Pacific valve gear just so I could model one of these (however, I do have a nice Bachmann ten wheeler with the metal Walschaerts valve gear which I would use). I simply would be looking to use the core gear, shorten the leading truck appropriately, and get it under a decent chassis with most focus on the body work to try to make the loco look the part.

So throwing caution to the wind - tell me what a dolt I am for suggesting this! Anyone seen it done?

Trent
 
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Paul M

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Hi all,
I know I'm probably taking a risk posting this here, as I would expect someone will have thought of this and Kindly (or not) point me to the 5000 posts that have already been made on the subject, but:

Has anyone considered kitbashing a Bachmann 4-6-0 either into a Henry or Gordon from the Thomas series? I have a little man who will be joining me in the Garden Railway hobby as soon as he starts talking (well, maybe a little later), and while I have already picked up a Bachmann Thomas and Percy, I really wouldn't think that going up to a Henry or even Gordon would be a terribly hard bash. I know he will appreciate it.

Now, I should qualify this by saying that I'm not a rivet counter, and I wouldn't bother with trying to get a great representation of an A3 Pacific valve gear just so I could model one of these (however, I do have a nice Bachmann ten wheeler with the metal Walschaerts valve gear which I would use). I simply would be looking to use the core gear, shorten the leading truck appropriately, and get it under a decent chassis with most focus on the body work to try to make the loco look the part.

So throwing caution to the wind - tell me what a dolt I am for suggesting this! Anyone seen it done?

Trent
We can call you any sort of Dolt you like, especially as you've asked so nicely!:rofl::rofl: Although you'll probably get a good deal of help as well.
 
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Flying15

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Hi all,
I know I'm probably taking a risk posting this here, as I would expect someone will have thought of this and Kindly (or not) point me to the 5000 posts that have already been made on the subject, but:

Has anyone considered kitbashing a Bachmann 4-6-0 either into a Henry or Gordon from the Thomas series? I have a little man who will be joining me in the Garden Railway hobby as soon as he starts talking (well, maybe a little later), and while I have already picked up a Bachmann Thomas and Percy, I really wouldn't think that going up to a Henry or even Gordon would be a terribly hard bash. I know he will appreciate it.

Now, I should qualify this by saying that I'm not a rivet counter, and I wouldn't bother with trying to get a great representation of an A3 Pacific valve gear just so I could model one of these (however, I do have a nice Bachmann ten wheeler with the metal Walschaerts valve gear which I would use). I simply would be looking to use the core gear, shorten the leading truck appropriately, and get it under a decent chassis with most focus on the body work to try to make the loco look the part.

So throwing caution to the wind - tell me what a dolt I am for suggesting this! Anyone seen it done?

Trent
I’ve not considered either from a Bachmann 4-6-0 chassis, but I have built an Indian Metre gauge YP Pacific and a G2 4-6-0 using this running gear
I think the issue is what size the drivers scale out at compared with the respective notional prototypes
They might look better if built to gauge 1 proportions ie around 10 mm to foot?
Here’s a couple of pics of my Indian metre gauge adventures
 

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voodoopenguin

voodoopenguin

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Not wanting to put you off a project but why not just add to the Bachmanns you have with a James and/or an Emily if you are wanting a larger loco?

Paul
 
dunnyrail

dunnyrail

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Hi all,
I know I'm probably taking a risk posting this here, as I would expect someone will have thought of this and Kindly (or not) point me to the 5000 posts that have already been made on the subject, but:

Has anyone considered kitbashing a Bachmann 4-6-0 either into a Henry or Gordon from the Thomas series? I have a little man who will be joining me in the Garden Railway hobby as soon as he starts talking (well, maybe a little later), and while I have already picked up a Bachmann Thomas and Percy, I really wouldn't think that going up to a Henry or even Gordon would be a terribly hard bash. I know he will appreciate it.

Now, I should qualify this by saying that I'm not a rivet counter, and I wouldn't bother with trying to get a great representation of an A3 Pacific valve gear just so I could model one of these (however, I do have a nice Bachmann ten wheeler with the metal Walschaerts valve gear which I would use). I simply would be looking to use the core gear, shorten the leading truck appropriately, and get it under a decent chassis with most focus on the body work to try to make the loco look the part.

So throwing caution to the wind - tell me what a dolt I am for suggesting this! Anyone seen it done?

Trent
I think you will find the wheels to be a little small, why not think about a modified James.
 
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Trent

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I’ve not considered either from a Bachmann 4-6-0 chassis, but I have built an Indian Metre gauge YP Pacific and a G2 4-6-0 using this running gear
I think the issue is what size the drivers scale out at compared with the respective notional prototypes
They might look better if built to gauge 1 proportions ie around 10 mm to foot?
Here’s a couple of pics of my Indian metre gauge adventures

Flying 15 - Those are very interesting builds! Definitely gives me something to think about.

Paul - I could easily go for James or Emily, but anyone can buy those!

Jon D - great point on the driving wheel diameter. I'll have to take a look at what I have in the scrap bin. My goal was to NOT go spend $250 on a new James (the only used James locos I have seen are the truly crap Lionel version). I can't readily find a diameter on the Bachmann James wheels, so not sure how much better they are than the 4-6-0. However, I could turn new ones to whatever diameter I wanted, and then perhaps mount a 3D printed spoke pattern on the front to cover what would be rough hogging out of the wheels behind. Hmmmm.
 
Fred2179G

Fred2179G

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Wat about the (horrible) Hogwarts Express loco - it was a GWR prototype so it will look more like a UK engine?
 
a98087

a98087

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I think Thomas and James’s use the same motor block, just somewhat different bodies, this might help you decide what to do,