Saturday, 30 July 2011

"Bachmann Henry Conversion...?

I am thinking, should Henry win (quite likely) for the next review, I could do an extra video on converting a Bachmann Henry to his original form.

Should Gordon win (equally as likely), I was thinking of doing a special video outlining my Pacific fleet, with the Hornby Gordon and its roots being shown in detail.

Thoughts, chaps? Leave a comment below! :)

Monday, 25 July 2011

"Hornby Thomas VS Bachmann Thomas - Reloaded!"


“It's the United States versus Great Britain”

“Thomas the Bachmann Engine VS Thomas the Hornby Engine”

Which of these top rated toy trains in the USA and UK will win in a series of tests on style, strength and SHEER POWER?

Sunday, 24 July 2011

"Test footage - a little tank engine comes for breakfast"



Just trying something out for the next video, I thought I'd give everyone a little hint of things to come. Next video is the Thomas VS Thomas Reloaded video, after that, I think everyone will be rather pleased with the winner of the next video review poll...given he's probably the third favourite of all the engines you'd think of, straight away...!

Until next time!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

"Thomas VS Thomas - Reloaded"


So I get a package today. Neat little brown package from my favourite retailer. In short, it's the replacement Thomas. So we can consider the contract of "Traction Tyre Thomas" officially terminated as of now (as seen in the little thumbnail above. This thumbnail will be added to the original video when the new one airs, sometime in the next few weeks).

On the new model, no traction tyres are to be found, anywhere. The colour of the blue plastic, and that applied to the face, is a very different shade to my old "Traction Tyre Thomas".

I put it to work on the layout, and immediately note that this model is faster. Not just slightly faster, a lot faster than its traction tyre counterpart.

The models look physically identical. The only differences seem to be in the centre wheelset and the colour of the plastic and face. Two aesthetic changes compared to one mechanical one.

I haven't looked under the boiler yet, but I suspect they will be similar. Both are making similar motor whines at high speed, though the traction tyres slow my original Thomas down.

The Thomas VS Thomas: Reloaded! video is going to be very interesting indeed. I have already identified one area which hasn't been addressed thus far by myself or Leokimvideo in our respective reviews.

There's another one, even more surprising than the absence of traction tyres. The new Hornby Thomas is clearly lighter in the hand than the older one - I haven't weighed them yet, but I suspect there's been some weight saving somewhere in the newer model. I doubt the traction tyres are the sole cause of this difference in weight. Something, somewhere, has been changed...

My original Thomas was made in 2008 if the documentation in its box is anything to go by. Leo states in his video that his was made in 2009.

Whichever way it goes, it'll be an interesting test, that is for sure...

Please drop me a line with a comment in this blog if there's anything you'd like me to address in this video. After all, the Bachmann Thomas will be making a repeat appearance, and this time, there will be an interesting plot twist to the Team Tug of War...!

Until next time, goodnight!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

"There's something about Henry..."

Yes, within four hours of the Bill & Ben video going live, the votes were flowing in for the next video review. I'm staggered by the sheer number of votes for Henry, this early on in the two week voting period. Is this a sincere effort to sway the popular vote?

Either way the Bill & Ben video seems to have been well recieved, thank you to everyone on Youtube and all the forums the series is hosted on for your support and help :)

Until next time - goodnight!

"Double Trouble! Bill & Ben Review"



"Hornby Bill & Ben VS Bachmann Bill & Ben"

“It's the United States VS Great Britain”

“Bill & Ben the Bachmann Twins” VS “Bill & Ben the Hornby Twins”

Which of these top rated toy trains in the USA and UK will win in this special review, with tests on style, strength and SHEER POWER?

Monday, 11 July 2011

"Bill & Ben - Late!"

Sorry chaps, the Youtube uploader is being sluggish. I am going to keep trying to upload the full review, in the meantime, please spread the word that it's going to arrive late with my apologies.

Cheers,

Simon

Thursday, 7 July 2011

"Bill & Ben"


Yes, it's a review of the cheeky China Clay twins! Hornby VS Bachmann in duplicate this time around. Thanks to everyone who voted - this review will be out on the 11th July!

Until next time!

Monday, 4 July 2011

"Next Review Video - Out 11th July"


The models subject to the next Hornby VS Bachmann review have been picked. The voting was most interesting this time around, exactly half of the votes up until the 1st July (the cut off date) being made by PM, and it is the PM votes which have won this round of voting.

The engine which came second this time around was Gordon the Big Engine. Tough break Gordon - maybe next time?

The next review is assuredly going to be fantastic, with lots of action sequences and some surprising twists and turns in the reviews, leading to a fascinating conclusion: which is better, Hornby, or Bachmann?

I'll leave you then with a little more news - Thomas VS Thomas: Reloaded is now in production and I am aiming for a release date of 9th September 2011.

Until next time!