Thursday, 27 October 2011

" 意欲的な、しかしがらくたの!"

I will be starting shortly my most ambitious conversion project for the Hero of the Scales blog.

The Pre-Kipper Henry model is almost complete, and I have thoroughly enjoyed making it. That video (detailing the conversion) has been set for Late November, along with the potential Diesel and Henry reviews.

However my next project is something else altogether, and one I don't think anyone has tried yet.

So the question is: am I 意欲的な、しかしがらくたの ?

We shall see!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

"Preparing for the Day of the Diesels Contest"


Wow, 5590 comments at time of writing. That's a lot of "Toby" comments to go through!

Unfortunately, as always seems to be the case with competitions on Youtube, there's been an awful lot of people who have tried to get around the system, mostly by saying "Toby" over and over...within a single post.

I must point out that making one comment as "Toby Toby Toby Toby Toby Toby..." is still only one entry to the competition.

I think I made it pretty clear in the video that "one correct answer comment = one entry" and that people were allowed "multiple entries".

But for some reason, certain Youtube users seemed to think repeating the answer over and over again in the same comment would gain multiple entries. It doesn't. Read the above bolded comment!

This is one of the most basic competitions I have done, and to some extent I'm disappointed that so many people have tried their utmost to effectively cheat. Very disappointing, but not unexpected.

I will make a final decision on whether or not I allow these particular entries to stand over the course of the final week, but I have already begin the long slog towards preparing for the "picking of the winners out of the hat" today.

Essentially, every Youtube user who made comments will be allocated a block of raffle tickets equal to the number of comments they made.

So let's say I.M.Engine has commented on the video 15 times, giving the correct answer "Toby" each time. He would then have 15 tickets in the draw.

I will be filming the draw to present on Youtube, something I completely forgot to do for the Back to Future competition...! Those prizes, by the way, are going in the post tomorrow.

There is still time to enter the Day of the Diesels competition - exactly 5 days, in fact. Get your comments in quick!

Until next time!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

"Diesel VS Diesel"

Yes, I am working on a Diesel VS Diesel video review. I strongly suspect it is going to be very one sided, particularly as it seems the Hornby model has been discontinued (and finding one from the last few years proving very difficult!)

The Bachmann Diesel has seen a few Youtube video reviews, all I will say is that my initial impression of Donald & Douglas remains steadfast for the moment in the "best of" stakes.

However I think there's another issue Bachmann needs to address with the latest influx of the models in question, and that is partially retooling older models in their range. More on that in a separate video, in the future.

Until next time!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

"Donald & Douglas Review!"



It's the Best of Scottish!

How will the Bachmann Twins fare in this review?

Friday, 7 October 2011

"Pre-Kipper Henry - Update 5"


I thought I'd share a few more pics of my ongoing project, a "Pre-Kipper" Henry the Green Engine, being built from a standard Bachmann Henry model. Today's update concentrates on the tender, which is all but complete; missing lining out and the number three numerals.

The colour looks much less like it matches on camera, but in real life the shades between the two greens used is not obvious at all.


I'm thrilled with the way the tender has come out - the added height makes it that much closer to the real thing. It's also quite a sturdy modification too, and the smoothest finish I think I've done on a model. A pity when you consider I have to strip the loco body again later this week for a third repaint!

The real coal adds something to the overall look, and the sprung buffers (Bachmann spares) are delightful.

Moving onto the body, the paint finish isn't as good as I'd like, and the handrail knobs haven't come out well at all. So a complete stripping of paint and rebuilding is in order, but I thought (as the cab is pretty much done) you'd all like to see where I am with the locomotive...


This project has highlighted for me just how poor the Bachmann Henry model was in terms of its design. Unlike Gordon, which in researching this model was found to be pretty much spot on, the Bachmann Henry suffers with a tender which was too short - something I fixed - and then the second problem, which SiFer Kurt managed to spot (and I didn't believe him, until now!), was how short the cab was, and how flat the roof was in comparison with the TV series model.


By fixing the first problem area - the tender - I now have the problem where the cab's deficiencies are suddenly more obvious when painted. It's an aggravating problem, and one I am unsure how to solve without rebuilding the whole cab.


Overall this project has proved to be quite fun, but it's not done yet. Next time, I'll show you how I am tackling the lining out and the numbers on the tenders. It may be of some help to everyone who models the world of Thomas...

Until next time!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

"Running late again!"

You'll forgive me I hope, but upon finding out I had actually got a job, all efforts went towards my first few days work! Therefore the Donald & Douglas review will be a delayed a little bit, as I've not finished editing it. Rest assured, it's on its way!

Until next time!