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Its was mentioned that there are certain childrens toy ranges that provide an excellent donor chassis for kit and scratch built models.

Now Wills Finecast, Gem and K's all produced white metal kits in the 1960's that could be plonked on a Triang Hornby chassis and as a result kit built locos were relatively easy to build and you would know that your loco would run as well as any other Triang Hornby loco.

Even Airfix kits were quickly converted and for example the Triang Hornby 2-6-2 tank loco chassis could be easily modfied to fit under the Airfix BR Mogul Kit.

So what is available in the various toy ranges and how can these be utilised.

If those in the know are willing to share your experiances here then now is the time.

The Bachmann Underground Ernie range could proove very useful.

Think about Dapol kits and other low cost options for creating decent and different locomotives.

Or even for upgrading the chassis on an old Mainline or Lima loco or whatever.

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obviously the dapol kits have the branchlines chassis and also the EFE underground models can be easily motorised.

Branchlines acttually do detailing kits for the dapol City of Truro that turn out quite nicely if you take your time. and i believe they do detailing kits for the others too but i'm not sure. they definatly do chassis.

and as i said on the other thread the bachmann thomas range provide good chassis for industrial loco's.

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Just need to remind folk that American Bachmann stockists are not permitted to ship Bachmann Thomas HO items outside the USA as the licencing terms are limited to certain territories. Similarly UK Hornby stockists are limited to shipping Thomas within the UK and so on and so forth with the various licences.

This is not the case with Underground Ernie for which Bachmann have a global licence.

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thats just creepy!

The american thomas (and percy) are marketed in the uk as steam loco's in the junior range. and i am not sure of the current range but i know origionally they were DDC-Ready. i know that because i have 3 DCC chips here doing nothing. waiting for me to get the money to convert all my stock!

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OK. If you squint does Gordon remind you of anybody?

A famous acting knight came to my mind no longer with us sadly. I can't actually think of his name right now but he starred alongside John Mills in "Ice Cold in Alex"

Am I having a Friday afternoon moment?

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>I can't actually think of his name right now
Sir Anthony Quayle? The other male actor was Gordon Jackson.

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QUOTE Sir Anthony Quayle?

Spot on. I do think Gordon's features were based on those of Anthony Quayle. Its the right sort of period when you think about when the books were created.

Slight digression folks.

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QUOTE (Gary @ 29 Oct 2006, 08:42) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Spot on. I do think Gordon's features were based on those of Anthony Quayle. Its the right sort of period when you think about when the books were created.

Slight digression folks.

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Maybe you could start a lookalike thread, so people can alert you if they find a Thomas loco that resembles someone famous.
 
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