In my opinion, the Delton C-16 tenders are too small for a Big Hauler. They're maybe an inch or so shorter front to back, and about 3/4 the width of the Bachmann tender (I don't really remember, maybe someone else can verify this). I purchased a couple for a big hauler rebuild I was doing, and found that an un-modified Delton tender looked way undersized behind the locomotive primarily because it wasn't quite wide enough. I ended up splicing two tenders together to get the desired width and figured the length wasn't a problem for my purposes, though it may still look a little bit short.
The whole reason I wanted a new tender was because I wanted an older style tender with the flare along the top, and I did not have the time or skill to successfully make one myself. If you're looking for an older styled tender too, but don't want to do any modifications, I would suggest trying to get your hands on a spare LGB mogul tender. Its almost exactly the same width, and just slightly shorter than the Bachmann tender. Hope this was of some help.
Well, yes. Very large for their scale, actually. Almost too wide for a narrow gauge engine.
This photo is a Big Hauler tender (1:22.5 scale) next to an Accucraft C-16 tender (1:20.3.) Notice the smaller scale tender is still physically wider.
I think the 1:20.3 scale tender looks quite good behind the big hauler:
To get back to the question, I have a Delton/Aristocraft C-16 (1:24th scale by the way, which is why it starts out looking small,) up-converted to 1:22.5 scale to match my Big Hauler(s). The tender is small, but I added larger trucks and it looks the right size - a model of a small tender.
Here's how it looks on a train of Big Hauler stuff - that gondola is instantly recognizable! The stack is taller (Big Hauler brass cap) and the cab is 1/2" higher, in addition to the tender trucks rasing it up 1/4".
If you are still interested, I can take a photo of the Delton tender behind the 4-6-0, but not until I get home next week.
Posted By Torby on 02/03/2009 7:31 AM
Big haulers are really big.
For the longest time I could never figure out why I didn't like the tender on my Annie, it wasn't till I spent some time with the "real" Annie, that I could understand the dimensions, although I still think it looks like a small SG tender on NG trucks----I know it's not, but it does look weird even in 1:1