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"Kitbashing" Thomas the Tank Engine
O do enjoy reading your progress T-Man
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Another title change and this project is back in full swing!

Considering there's not much of the original Bachmann Thomas left (just the smokebox, chassis and coupling rods), I don't think "Backdating Bachmann's Thomas The Tank Engine" quite fits anymore.

Here's the current state of main body!
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Here, what I did was splice the Bachmann Smokebox to the Hornby Clockwork body. It was kind of interesting, because the Hornby Clockwork model had pretty much every major dimension right (as far as I can estimate) except for the smokebox, which was stretched. The Bachmann model was too bulky to be truly accurate to how small Thomas was in the early TV Series, but the smokebox was right, so a couple of cuts were made. I also used the dome from my old Bachmann James, which was removable for some reason. How convenient!

I thought it was interesting to see the previous stages of this project, and how the Bachmann model got smaller and smaller.
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Also, just for fun, here he is on his wheels! The running plate was just a test; the final one will be different. He will also be lower down on his chassis (I never cut any holes for the wheels out).
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That's it for now, thanks for reading!
Modeling the LNER (and some Thomas stuff) in OO Scale.
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I'm back with a bit more progress! The glue didn't actually stick the pieces of Thomas together last time, so I had to do that again. I also put some milliput inside the boiler where the join for the smokebox was, so it shouldn't come apart now. I also glued the underside of the boiler to him, which came from the smokebox from the Clockwork model (there's not much of it left!).
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I also decided that I'll just use the Bachmann mechanism (other modellers leave older mechanisms in models they improve with success), because I know that it runs pretty well. However, I did get a new motor, since I had my old one for 7 years, and it was in a box for at least 5 years before that, and it has definitely been used a lot! I'll be modifying the gearbox to fit the smaller body, and I'll try to figure something out to disguise it in the cab (I'm planning on putting some detail in that).

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That's all for now! I just need to put some milliput in a few gaps to fill them and design a 3d-printed running plate (I think I'll copy the Bachmann N Scale design), then I can wait for the detail parts to arrive from the U.K.. After that, the alterations will be complete and I can start on painting!
Modeling the LNER (and some Thomas stuff) in OO Scale.
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Great progress T-Man Smile
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I have now gotten this project about as far as I can for the moment. I put some milliput on the joins between Thomas' smokebox and body, and I also designed a running plate for Thomas as well! Now I just need to wait to receive it from Shapeways (I also got some faces). The running plate has a lot of influence from the design Thomas had in the CGI Series, as I felt that looked less cartoony than the Railway Series reverse-curve running plate, and the buffers wouldn't be put quite as low as the Classic Series. Since I'll be putting a fair amount of realistic detail that none of the Thomas models in the show have had, I figured trying to get the buffers to line up properly (on the rear; the front ones should still be a little low) would be fine. Now I just need to figure out how to put it all together!

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Modeling the LNER (and some Thomas stuff) in OO Scale.
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