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Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year to everyone!

A very Happy New Year to everyone who is celebrating today.

We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones, families and friends, and wish you all the best for 2013, as the year 2012 draws to a close, we thank every one of you who have supported and came back to see what's new from The World of Thomas the Tank Engine Modelling.

2013 hopes to see some wonderful changes to the community.

Including the following:

- New forum revamp, skin, header and design.
- New media projects from SacredWolfie_Media and Friends.
- A Tribute to Gerry Anderson who sadly passed away last week at the age of 83.
- World of Thomas Community video for YouTube.

And many more new model projects from The Sodor 'OO' Works, Skarloeyfan and our friends.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Seasons Greetings from the World of Thomas Community!

Wishing you all a very merry christmas and a happy new year for 2013

Be sure to check back in the new year to find out what we will have in store for you in 2013!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Barry the Rescue Engine videos now posted!

With permission from ThomasFan247, we now have all the present Barry the Rescue Engine videos from his model series displayed in the Members Media Productions page.

Click here, to see the videos page.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Warley Model Railway Show - meet was a success!

The first Warley Model Show meet-up in a couple years has been a success, even with a small number of attendees being there, the day we had was wonderful and it was nice to be able to meet some new faces in the modelling community.

You can see the video of the show taken by SacredWolfie below.

We will post photos up from the show on a new page as soon as possible.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

More 'King of the Railway' Books Revealed!

Whilst browsing through Amazon, some more titles from the 'King of the Railway' special have come to light, with a few more better quality pictures of one of the main characters from the new special.

It looks to be very promising, the yellow engine pictured here in these two covers, resembling the later 'Rocket' of 1830 designed by George Stephenson, which is in a way, quite interesting to see that the series producers are starting to use more UK based designs than USA prototypes.

Since Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends has been a UK product since 1945 when the books were first published, and since the series will now have a new writer for the upcoming seventeenth series, here's hoping that a few of the older series characters, will hopefully make a come back!

Blog Homepage re-designed

We've given the home-page of our blog a better design, now included with links to our Facebook page and group for those wishing to become part of our growing Thomas modellers community. As well as a link to our official twitter page, so you can follow us there to catch up with the latest news from our community.

Slowly the rest of the blog is coming together and all the pages are being given new page banners and content, we hope you will continue to support the community, and enjoy the latest new works from our members!

As we draw closer to December, we will be adding some festive season banners, so be sure to watch out for those.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Robot Chicken - Blow Some Steam!

If you are fans of Thomas the Tank Engine, then you will love this epic and hilarious robot chicken parody created by comedy maestro and move actor, Seth Green.

Stop motion has always been a great form of animation, and those who love modelling Thomas, will enjoy this video for it's brilliant use of Bachmann Thomas models. Kudos to Seth Green, keep on entertaining! :)

Friday, 9 November 2012

Bachmann Duck - image here!

Bachmann's brand new pre-production model of Duck, shows just how much he is definitely worth waiting for when he arrives in 2013!

Truly they have once again outdone themselves with this beautiful model, another perfect model to add to your growing collections very very soon.

With thanks to Owen Hayward for the heads up and link.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Updated Dennis!

With help from viewers and friends, certain bits of Dennis have been updated, the jackshaft which seemed to bump the rails as he moved along, has now been made smaller and a pair of new coupling rods made from a Hornby 0-4-0 locomotive which extended from the center drive wheel to the jackshaft crank, have been fitted and the pins glued in place as they kept falling off.

I personally think he looks a lot more like his tv series model now that he has been given extra attention, and those wondering if he will be used in any upcoming episodes, the answer is yes, he will be.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

King of the Railway - Next Feature-Length Special!

The next direct-to-DVD and blue-ray special confirmed for 2013 is titled 'King of the Railway'.

Though nothing is yet known about this new special, the only clear evidence is a book that will be released in 2013 that tells the story of the new movie. The other fascinating thing about this movie, is the strange locomotive behind Thomas, that seems to be based on and represents Stephenson's Rocket.

One can only assume that this is prior to the release of Season 17, which will have a new series writer and new animation format which has moved to Arc Productions, there is also talk of bringing back several original characters from past series, but this is yet to be confirmed.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Railway Stories from Sodor - Now on Facebook!

All the episodes of Railway Stories from Sodor, are now also on Facebook via the new page.

We will keep the page updated with news of upcoming episodes, short films and auditions for characters.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Railway Stories from Sodor: Episode 6 - Now on Blog!

If you have not already seen Episode 6, it is now live on the blog.

Sentinel Diesel 0-6-0 - Won on Ebay

I never thought it would happen, but after looking through Ebay for some new diesels, i came across an obsolete Knightwing 0-6-0 Sentinel Diesel kit, and won it for a lovely £74.00.

So it looks like Den will have a brother that's a class 0-6-0 (even though Den is an 0-4-0), who will be painted in a similar color, bearing the Vicarstown Diesel Works logo on his sides, with a possible Bachmann 08 or 04 shunter chassis.

Railway Stories from Sodor - Episode 7 in the works!

Episode 7 of Railway Stories from Sodor is set to be based on the annual story 'Old Groaner' but with a twist to feature Splatter and Dodge. These two have not been seen since the Magic Railroad movie, and since their models are now 'Arry and Bert in the Television Stories, i hope to give them a little bit of background, and make them useful, instead of silly and unreliable.

The script will be released and sent out to the voice cast, as soon as it's been finalized.

Den Project - Chassis Update!

Den's chassis is almost finished, the last few details are being added before the motion can be painted. Once this is done, the main body can be primed and left to set.

Questions have been asked if i would consider building models of Sidney and Norman to complete the current Diesel clan, and my answer is yes, they will be made once i have sorted out a few other personal projects. At present, Den is one model i would like to get finished off, and then rework the claw on Diesel 10.

Molly however, is expected to be done in early 2013, if not sooner, but again, i will keep you informed of the latest happenings in the Sodor OO Works section of the blog, for those wanting to know what's new.

Dennis the Lazy Diesel - Project Complete!

After months of work, Dennis is finally ready to be a useful engine.

The project has been rather complicated, but, with help from friends, support from other modellers and positive feedback from members of the community, the 11001 'Dennis' project is now done!
The jackshaft proved to be the most complicated, but, it was worth the effort to get him sorted out and made into a fully functional working OO model.

We will post photos of the complete model to the gallery, as soon as we can.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

World of Thomas Modelling - YouTube Update!

We are now gradually updating our community YouTube page with new videos, it will take a few days to post all current work that has been completed, but we hope to have all new completed project showcase videos submitted by the end of October.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Main Upgrade to Blog Completed!

The main blog has been upgraded with a whole new look for easier browsing, we hope to get the rest of the pages updated with new content as soon as possible.

If you have any model rail based works you'd like to see displayed or have any suggestions for further improvement, please feel free to forward all messages via the World of Thomas Modelling - Facebook page or send me a personal message on YouTube at either SacredWolfie or WorldofThomasModels.

Blog Upgrade!

The blog is going through an upgrade with some changes being made to the layout and pages.

The new homepage banner has already been installed, with images courtesy of those who have been kind enough to allow us to use them, the pages are all getting an update with new head images and content, with the addition of more new model based media being showcased.

Check back soon to see what else is new from the World of Thomas Modelling, and feel free to follow us via twitter @ThomasModels.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Bachmann Duck postponed till early 2013

It has been confirmed by Bachmann US that Item No. 58010 'Duck' with M/Eyes has been postponed and now due out in early 2013.

We will update you further with more news as it comes.

Railway Stories from Sodor - Episode 6, now live!

Episode 6 is now live on our YouTube channel @ MrRailwayStories.

Den making excellent progress in OO!

Den is nearing the completion headline, the body just needs a few tweaks here and there, and the chassis just needs to be wired up to the motor, first glimpse pics are here.

It's looks a tad iffy atm i know, but, with some tender work and attention, he will soon be ready for work on the Sodor Railway.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Mountain Engine by Thomasfan8, joins media in Members Media!

With kind permission from stop motion creator, Thomasfan8.

We are proud to display his latest work, Mountain Engine, a story from the famous Railway Series books by the Rev .W. Awdry, and captured here in marvelous stop-motion animation, it truly deserves a place on the blog, as one of the most entertaining model series videos to date.

If you are a fan of the Railway Series stories, you will want to check out his video, guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of any Thomas fan. :)

View the video, HERE!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

'Arry and Bert Projects - Complete!

Completed models of 'Arry and Bert, are now viewable in the Complete Projects page.

We thank you for coming back often to see what's new from The World of Thomas Modelling and The Sodor 'OO' Works, and hope that you will continue to enjoy seeing all our latest projects, news and updates as they come.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

'Arry and Bert - Almost Done!

'Arry and Bert are almost ready to start smelting steamies.

Ordered another pack of Vinyl lettering to letter the sides of Bert, so once they have been applied, both diesels along with Dennis, will be ready for a camera test.

Photos © 2012 The World of Thomas Modelling

Thomas the Privatised Tank Engine - Page Coming Soon!

Recent i have obtained a very funny book that was released in 1994 during the debate over the privatisation of britain's railways. Whilst the book is entertaining, it has also some marvelous ink illustrations by Nick Clark, which could be worth alot of money in years to come.

The World of Thomas Modelling, hopes to have a page up soon, with some samples of the book on display, these will be marked to prevent theft from the tedious users of YouTube and other non-Thomas modelling communities.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Dennis, Arry and Bert - Nearly Complete!

The three projects undertaken earlier in August, are almost finished.

The faces for 'Arry and Bert were rendered by Skarloeyfan to look like the CGI versions as seen on the Take 'n' Play 'Arry and Bert Die-casts. The chassis for Dennis was also rendered by Skarloeyfan to have the jackshaft under the cab, and has successfully worked as planned.

All that is left to do now, is finish the lettering on Bert, and paint the wheels on Dennis.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

New media joins blog!

With kind permission from our friends at the World of Thomas Modelling community, we now have a few new media files added to our pages.

These videos are 'Tales from the Shed' by The Railway Inspector Studios and 'Train Spotting at Maithwaite' by Calebtrain.

We also now have photos of members layouts displayed on the Layouts page, starting with Skarloeyfan's lovely detailed layout of Great Waterton.

Monday, 17 September 2012

More progress on Dennis!

He's so near to being complete, the only thing missing is the jackshaft, which at present, i'm having a little trouble with, but can hopefully resolve the issue.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Dennis OO Project - Halfway There!

Dennis is getting closer to completion, the model is having the last few details finalized before it is primed and painted.

The chassis has not yet been finalized, as the Jackshaft still needs work, but this is currently how Dennis is looking.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Diesel Works - New Value Packs!

The Diesel Works is now doing some wonderful new value packs, including some of the recently suggested ones by a few of our members and friends on Facebook.

Recently added to the Diesel Works Value packs are:

Percy & Mail Truck

Percy & Harold Set

Thomas with Bertie Set

The following value packs will soon be available, as suggested.

- James & Oil Tankers.
- Diesel & Oil Tankers.
- James with Red Coaches.

And some more new rolling stock will also soon be available to order.

Great Waterton (OO) - photos posted!

With thanks to Skarloeyfan, he has kindly allowed us to post photos of his Great Waterton layout.

The photos can be viewed in The Layouts of Sodor section of the blog. :)

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Second short film in the works!

Since the first short film from the Railway Stories from Sodor series was posted, a second short film is now in the works, and will feature a character from the episode 'Heave Ho Thomas'.

This character sadly has no real background story to him, and sadly has not featured in the series since Season 12 aired. He is based on a PRR K4 locomotive, painted royal blue with bright red wheels and has a cowcatcher on his front running plate.

Details about the release date, will follow soon enough!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Custom models for sale!

I'm having a clearout of a few items in OO scale, these include some of my OO Thomas projects that i made back in 2009, though there are too many to list, i will post a list of the following models that are up for grabs.

If anyone is interested, please e-mail me or send me a pm through the World of Thomas Modelling Forum or Facebook page. :)

Models sold will be in GBP sterling, unless otherwise stated!

September Updates & Message from Admin!

Greetings to all from the World of Thomas Modelling.

We apologize so much for the lack of updates and inactivity spell as of late. We like to take time out from modelling and live our lives by going out and socializing with friends and family that we know and keep close to us.

Septembers Updates are a follows:

- Elsbridge Branch layout updated!
- OO 'Den' Project back online.
- Railway Stories from Sodor Short Finished!


Now a message from our admin.

"It has come to my attention recently that a fair few sick 'people' on YouTube have been spatting our name in the form of videos with 'test' in their titles and some rather unpleasant descriptions about some our of members videos not being 'true tests' because our videos show models actually hauling wagons, instead of running on a crappy Hornby 'rolling road'.

A test is showing the model in action and seeing how much it can pull before wheel-slipping.. not just standing static on a lump of metal with rollers and calling it test, because that is not a test, all that shows is the models wheels moving, no test whatsoever!

However.. i cannot speak for the majority of those on other forums who continue to spat our communities name by making poor videos and calling them a 'test' and posting them on YouTube, by also adding some rather distasteful slander in their comments and trying to convince our members aswell as others that our community is not worth bothering with.

Let me assure you, that the lesser individuals of these other so called 'thomas model / fan forums', are NOT welcome to our boards, and never will be. We are a clean and respectable community, and people the likes of those, who i won't name for the obvious reasons, are not worth bothering with.

We have close friends who know that we are true to our name, even affiliated with online stores that give us the true dates of when new items are released and know what our community is all about, but, sometimes, it takes a little more than brains to work out little things like that.

So please, to all those who don't know us, stop trying to make yourselves look clever by showing us up, it really doesn't make you look good, and your karma level is far below disgraceful. Even for your standards.."

I apologize to all those on our model community regarding this matter, it's just very sad that they continue to act like immature children instead of mature adults, who i would have thought by now, would have the sense to act their ages and be a bit more true to their names.

We hope this won't effect your continued support and likes of our community, and again, we apologize for these people giving off the wrong impressions about a community they are not even part of.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Elsbridge Branch Project!

It's slowly coming together and will soon be ready for Episode 6 of Railway Stories from Sodor!

More to come soon as the progress continues!

Splatter & Dodge - Test Video now live!

It has been weeks since the completion of Splatter & Dodge in OO, and finally, a test video has been made and is now live via our YouTube page.

Thanks to everyone for the subscriptions, we hope you will continue to support us and enjoy much more of our future works! :)

Sunday, 12 August 2012

The Sodor OO Works - Projects and Future Works Updated!

The pages from the Sodor OO Works have been updated, with new info on our current 'Arry and Bert' OO scale projects and new banners.

Slowly the pages are coming together, and more updates will be taking place over the next few weeks towards September!

Railway Stories from Sodor - Page Updated!

The blog page for Railway Stories from Sodor, has been updated, with all the present episodes currently up to scratch, recent additions are Episodes 4 and  the new Episode 5, which was published online an hour ago.

We are still working to get the rest of the pages up to date, please check back soon for more! :)

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Railway Stories from Sodor - Episode 5 now live!

The fifth installment  of the Railway Stories from Sodor series, is now on YouTube.

Percy's Passengers

Based on the Original Story written by Christopher Awdry
Adaptation by SacredWolfie

Focusing once again on Percy being a Really Useful Engine, when he helps two foreign visitors to the Sodor Island, who get off the train at the wrong station, but eventually arrive at their destination, with a little help from Percy and his Guard!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Blog Pages Updated!

The Blog Updates and Completed Projects Gallery pages have been updated.

We are going to continue to update the other pages with new content, and get this blog up to scratch over the next few weeks, we apologize for the emptiness of the pages, but we will have that problem sorted real soon.

Completed Projects Gallery Updated!

The gallery has been updated with images of the completed HO scale models of Splatter and Dodge.

We will have more new photos of other complete projects posted, as soon as we can.

Bachmann G Scale - Thomas Christmas Delivery Set!

Bachmann's G Scale - Thomas Christmas Delivery Set.
Expected to hit all good model retail stores in November, and just in time for Christmas.







 Bachmann 90087 Thomas' Christmas Delivery **NEW ITEM WAITING RELEASE**

Wearing a familiar cap and armed with his trusty snowplow, Thomas hauls two festively decorated cars to bring BIG holiday cheer to one and all. The Thomas' Christmas Delivery ready-to-run electric trains set includes Thomas the Tank Engine (with hat, snowplow and moving eyes) open wagon with presents, coach, 5'4" x 4'3" oval of track (14 pieces), wall pack and speed controller, illustrated instruction manual, and DVD-format video instructions.   

Thursday, 9 August 2012

'Arry and Bert OO Projects - Wasp Stripes Applied!

The wasp stripes on the front of 'Arry and Bert's models, have been applied by hand, it has taken some steady time, but they are done, and just need touching up where necessary.

The wasp stripes are the hardest part of any model, even professionals can sometimes get it wrong or make simple mistakes when painting, but, with a steady hand, time and care, they often turn out how you would want them, and i am very pleased with how mine have turned out.

The lettering is the only thing left to apply to the bodies, besides working on the faces for them, and they will then be ready.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

'Arry and Bert - Work in Progress (Batch 1)

Photos showing their progress.

Arry and Bert OO Projects - Slow Coming Together!

The 'Arry and Bert projects are slowly coming together, they have already been given coats of Citadel Foundations 'Liquid Green Stuff' and Humbrol Acrylic RC407 (Yellow).

I'm going for the Series 5/6 color looks, rather than the Series 8 to 16, since it stands out more, i am not sure what faces to use at current, but i am debating between the trackmaster 'Arry and Bert ones, or, bashing the CGI Diesel face to make it look more like the CGI 'Arry and Bert ones.

The lettering for 'SODOR IRONWORKS' i already have, which was left over from the Splatter and Dodge name transfers, so hopefully, my models of these devious diesels, will look like the TV pic above, once finished!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Follow us on Twitter!

We are now on Twitter, where we will tweet all new updates regarding the latest news in our online community and recent happenings in the World of Thomas the Tank Engine Modelling.

From new releases of Bachmann & Hornby models, to members model reviews and much more, please feel free to follow us, and keep up-to-date. :)

Bachmann's Large scale Emily - Due October 2012

Bachmann's new Large Scale 'Emily' - Coming October 2012!

Bachmann's new Large Scale 'Emily' locomotive, will be hitting the shelves sometime in October 2012, with the Large scale S.C. Ruffey wagon and Brakevan to follow in November.

Also, we have an updated list of what's to come from Bachmann in late 2012.

HO Scale Duck loco
HO Scale 'Ice Cream' Van
Large Scale 'Emily' loco
Large Scale 'S.C. Ruffey' wagon
Large Scale 'Brakevan'
Large Scale 'Thomas Christmas Delivery' Set

We will update you with further info and images as they come. :)

Friday, 27 July 2012

'Arry and Bert - Coming Next from the Sodor OO Works!

The Sodor OO Works next Diesel projects to be undertaken are 'Arry and Bert.

These two are long due for production, and have been wished for on the Bachmann forums by many fans, but, i have decided to redo the Mk I versions i made in earlier days, but this time, using Bachmann Devious Diesel's instead of the LIMA Class 08.

I will be using the same method as previous for Splatter and Dodge, and hopefully, 'Arry and Bert, will turn out just as good as they have done. :)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Splatter and Dodge Project - Weathered Down (Batch 6)

The models have been weathered down to look as they did in the movie, the kits i used were from Tamiya, and are water-based. The weathering on the rods and cranks has taken serious effect to give them the dirty/dusty look, which is what i was after, and the oil effect gives the bodies a good grimy effect, with some light dusting of sand in various spots on the running plate and main engine casing.

Just require their names adding now, and they are completed. :)