1

Your cart is empty.

Uniquely individual, handmade, fine scale models for around the same price as a mass produced, pre-built, all look alike, toy. We will sell nothing until it looks so good we want to keep it. ...... Yes, we do lots of CUSTOM BUILT models by request. Contact us for a free quote.

02 Nov '17

Bachmann On30 2-6-0 Sound Ready Mogul METAL versus NYLON Gears: Split Gear Issue

There’s been a lot of false information about the split gear issue in Bachmann On30 Moguls. Because they were sourced from several factories around the globe, yet all Moguls seemingly look alike, many people may rightly think the problem is in all Moguls with plastic gears. But, the split gear issue occurred mainly in Chinese built units with plastic gears, and in less than 1/10TH of 1% of all Chinese built units. Not much comfort to the few who received one with split gears. So, the METAL GEARS, should fix everything, right? Not so fast, hobbyists.

We’ve already had several brand new METAL GEARED, sound ready Mogul units with cracked or broken gears. So many have been returned that Bachmann has advised dealers NOT to use METAL GEARS in their sales literature but to say SOUND READY instead, because metal gears are no longer a marketing asset. The solution is not metal over nylon or plastic, the issues are poor quality controls, insufficient testing, and downward market price pressure.

While anything can break, all our Mogul models are made using a GERMAN built 2-6-0 donor model with NYLON gears. We’ve had only 1 in the over 1000 Moguls with plastic gears fail – during testing – never shipped. We have not had any issues with the German built models. All our models go through a very strenuous testing and cleaning process. Only the survivors are ever sold.

05 Sep '17

Review: TCS Wow Sound V4 versus Soundtraxx Tsunami TSU-1000

#26 Bachmann On30 2-8-0 TCS Wow Sound version 4 - master volume set at 50%
                      - - VS - -
#29 Bachmann On30 2-8-0 #29 SoundTraxx Tsunami TSU-1000 - master volume set at 100%

TCS #26 barely moves at speed notch #1 while Tsunami #29 jump starts into notch #1. Both are stock units, identical installations with one major exception: TCS #26 master volume is set at 50% while Tsunami #29 is set at 100%. It was the only fair way to compare.

09 Aug '17

TCS Wow Steam Sound Whistle Samples

TCS Wow Version 4 Steam Whistle Sounds Demo - All of them.

A straight whistle blast play through of all the steam locomotive whistle sounds available on a TCS Wow Sound DCC Version 4 decoder. And that's just 1 of 4 different whistle variations for each sound like the quill whistle variations.

04 Aug '17

TCS Wow Steam Sound versus SoundTraxx Tsunami Review: Head-To-Head Comparison

#26 Bachmann On30 2-8-0 TCS Wow Sound version 4 - master volume set at 50%
                      - - VS - -
#29 Bachmann On30 2-8-0 #29 SoundTraxx Tsunami TSU-1000 - master volume set at 100%

TCS #26 barely moves at speed notch #1 while Tsunami #29 jump starts into notch #1. Both are stock units, identical installations with one major exception: TCS #26 master volume is set at 50% while Tsunami #29 is set at 100%. It was the only fair way to compare.

08 Jul '17

1 2 3 Next »