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I've got a Bachmann Anniversary model that I never run. Our layout is mostly 1:29, and the annie just looks out of place. I've thought for a long time that it ought to be possible to make the Annie--which is more or less in 1:22--to look more "standard gage."




So here's an exploration in photoshop




The stock annie:





and some photoshop modification: shortening the firebox, the boiler/backhead, lowering the cab and the domes and the stack, scaling the headlight and bell down a little. Does it look reasonably standard gage?




The challenge, if I remember right, will be shortening the chassis. My annie is in storage at the moment, and I can't recall how much empty space there is under the cab.


Also something looks a little off to me. The cab is maybe too low? Or the domes need to be lower? The annie's boiler has always seemed slightly wrong but I can't figure out why. The whole thing will have to be narrowed, and the cab will be a challenge


The Southern ran trains near where we live, and the Southern had a lot of 4-6-0s active into the twentieth century (http://southern.railfan.net/images/archive/southern/steam/460/460.html). I'll probably paint it as an imaginary loco with a Southern green boiler. That is, if I decide to go ahead. Any thoughts on getting a more mainline look?
 

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We went off for a week's vacation at the beach. While we were gone, the "derecho" hit the Northern Virginia area. We've had no power for four days, although some of our neighbors got power back today. I'm writing this from the public library, which is open and has wireless.

I'm a little worried that the intense lightening may have fried the electronics in some of the locos, which are stored on the track in a shed. But there's no way to tell until power's restored.

So being bored and unable to do much work, I decided to try and apply the decals by the limited natural light in my workshop. Mistake! But here it is lettered, with figures added (chinese "1:30" figures from ebay, repainted and repositioned). The tender came out ok--I got impatient towards the end. "Coal" is aquarium charcoal over insulation foam.

I'd love to try it out--but no electricity! Maybe tomorrow I'll set it on the track, put some cars behind it, and snap a few pictures. I've set up a builder's log detailing the process which I'll publish when I get some "on the track" pictures







 

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Thanks very much everyone. It has a decoder installed, and it's all ready to go, but we still don't have power--six days with no electricity here. And it's over 100 degrees. Dominion power says they re coming tonight, between 6 pm and midnight

I'm going to post a builder's log after I test run it a little.

The pilot is way off, I agree. I already lowered it, but clearly not enough. It's pretty solidly attached at this point, too. I'll have to work on it.

Then I've got a set of aristo sierra cars that I plan to cut up and combine into reasonable length, late-period wooden coaches.
 

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Thanks very much for the compliments--I'm learning as I go.

I made a builder's log of the whole thing and posted it under "Lownote's adventures in modeling."

It runs pretty well, although I didn't give it an extensive test. Our power finally came back on at 4:5 am yesterday morning. The track is a mess, and it's literally 98 degrees in the shade right now. It's like India out there.

Now it needs some coaches.


I took a shot yesterday of the 4-6-0 with two Hartland "long coaches:"



And with two coaches I downsized out of Bachmann coaches, lengthened and lowered:



Somebody ought to make a few 1:29 long wooden passenger coaches--say, 55 scale feet long. Wooden coaches up to 70 feet long were in use well into the 20th century on branch lines and smaller standard gauge roads. I picked up some aristo sierra coaches and am thinking about kitbashing them into longer, lower 1:29 coaches, as Marty Cozad did not long ago.


But I'm also thinking it might be easier to just scratch build the darn things
 

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Posted By East Broad Top on 09 Jul 2012 12:05 AM
Turned out very nice, Mike. How's it compare to your other 1:29 locos?

Later,

K Good questions--I'll take some pictures of it next to some other 1:29 locos. The problem, of course is the looseness of "1:29." Aristo sells a lot of stuff as 1:29 which really ain't. I have a couple consolidations kitbashed out of lionel atlantics--what scale are they? They aren't 1:24, but the cab is too big to be 1:29. I have an aristo pacific cut down to make an atlantic--I'll try that one, and the Aristo 0-4-0.

If I were starting over, I'd commit to either 1:32 or 1:20.
 

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Some comparison photos:

Here is is next to an aristo 0-4-0. The 0-4-0 has been repainted and "detailed" but is otherwise stock:



And here it is next to an Aristo Pacific which was cut down into an Atlantic. It's basically a Pacific, but shorter by about three inches:






I think it's about right--it's maybe a little too small, but the Ma & Pa prototype was a small 4-6-0. The Pennsy A5 was a pretty beefy 0-4-0. It seems to me it's reasonable by the "eyeball" standard
 
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