Bachmann S4 - Any pics?

jamesdewarinireland Aug 13, 2013

  1. Spookshow

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    Interesting thing about the motor - it's a round can and thus not the same as the square motors used in the 44 and 70 tonners. I wonder if it's a variation on the coreless motors used in the 2-6-0 and 4-6-0? (sorry, no, I'm not going to tear mine apart in order to find out)

    Whatever it is though, it sure is quiet. Zero whine.

    -Mark
     
  2. jamesdewarinireland

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    Thanks for the pics. Looks good.
     
  3. arbomambo

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    Thanks for the info on the stack!...one more question...is the long hood Die-cast metal or plastic?...plastic would make it so much more easy to remove the base part of the stack that is molded into the hood.
    ~Bruce
     
  4. Westfalen

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    If you can't tell from normal viewing distance who cares, last time I looked even kato's were cast on. For the price of these things I can't see anything to complain about so far.
     
  5. joetrain59

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    Cool. Thanks, Lou.
     
  6. joetrain59

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    Just noticed, no grabs on front! Just checked proto pic, they had 'em.
     
  7. Spookshow

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    It's all plastic.

    -Mark
     
  8. Spookshow

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    Yep, definitely a legitimate issue. I'm guessing they couldn't get them proto enough so they just left them off (thus making it easier for the super detailers to add their own). Either that or they just goofed :)

    -Mark
     
  9. joetrain59

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    Now that we know hood is plastic, thanks to Mark, e-z enough with a steady hand and drilling jig.
     
  10. DCESharkman

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    Well mine are at the old PO Box, after seeing this, I am really excited about getting them. I did order the Atlas ones too, you just can't have enough switcher's! We have the makings of a nice assortment of small switchers these days with the NW-2's and these now add the Atlas S-2's. Now my couple of sw units will have friends!
     
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  11. PiperguyUMD

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    I just ordered one! Woohoo!
     
  12. johnh

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    Same as with their GP's and RS3
     
  13. wcfn100

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    Or tread plate.

    Jason
     
  14. ALCO539

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    Bachmann S-4 in WM, side handrails .018", yellow painted area, .022". When compaired to the Bachmann RS-3 in WM, .016", painted area .021". The yellow paint is thick at .004"-.005", I'm sure it's hand brushed. It's not easy to cover the black with yellow. Raw plastic will always be finer than painted anyway.

    Atlas GP-9 C&O, 2005 run (raw plastic), .019", no painted area to measure. Atlas GP-9 WM, 2012 run (from the new factory, white foam in jewel case) .024". Yes, I measured it five times in different spots. I pointed this out on one of the other forums, beats me which one. I think the new factory had to re-tool for new handrails, and they made them thicker. Also, I think maybe they're painted, many Atlas engines have painted handrails and some are rather thick looking. If you want to do a scratch test, use your own GP-9, it's hard enough to get paint to stick to Acetal (Dupont Delrin,TM). The S-4 looks OK to me, I hope this helps, Charley.
     
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  15. Westfalen

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    Like the cast on cut levers, we're 86 posts into the thread before anyone noticed so the lack of them can't be too obvious.
     
  16. joetrain59

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    OK, so what size grabs from BLMA would be needed? I have some, but may be too wide. Got some really fine screen from Clover House, I think. Could lay that down for tread plate.
    But then again, at 3 ft., who would really notice? Just thinking.
    Joe D
     
  17. joetrain59

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    Charley said, "it's hard enough to get paint to stick to Acetal (Dupont Delrin,TM)." But doesn't DuPont, or 3M make something for auto paint biz called Plastic prep. Think I read about it here.
    Joe D
     
  18. oldrk

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    Mark, would it be possible for you to put a link to your website on your posts? It would be great to go straight from here to there.
     
  19. Spookshow

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    Done and done! :)

    -Mark
     
  20. u18b

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    Mark,
    I read your review. Thanks.

    Just curious. Since you did not take your apart, it is at least possible there are "flywheels" in there.
    I put it in quotes because they are probably so small, they are of little effect. (Think SW1200, MP15DC)

    The Bachmann HHP-8 has small flywheels deep inside it- but they are pretty little.
     

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