TT scale?

ctxm Mar 13, 2008

  1. Lownen

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    Maybe my standards aren't as exacting as yours Dave, but I think with a little weathering my GP9s will look fine. I took one of my F3s to an N scale club and a couple people commented on how nice it looked. I think a little india ink will help the silver Santa Fe locos. Not sure what to do for the black widow Southern Pacifics. Maybe a wash made up of dark gray enamel and thinner.

    By the way, who are NWSL?
     
  2. ctxm

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    Ha, No my standards are pretty low! I make rivet counter cringe. I just thought Lionel made these more difficult to convert than necessary. For instance why did they put that jog in the front and rear cab wall when it would have been just as easy to make it correct? The hood louvers look weird too, more like closet doors! It would have been handy if they had put dynamic brakes on them too as it would be easy to grind them off if not wanted but hard to add them. The oversize hand rails and grab irons can be fixed without too much trouble but the body casting errors are pretty hard to fix. The truck side frames are pretty neat though and the body looks like it's well proportioned( I won't measure it cause I don't want to know if it is wrong, it looks good enough sizewise to me!) I still plan to build one someday when I get caught up with my house remodeling.
    NWSL is North west shortline, THE guys you want to know about if you plan to do any loco conversions. They make gears, wheels, axels, etc. and sell motors and other supplies....dave
     
  3. ben scaro

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    Over on the TT Nut forum there is an announcement that a TT Scale Society has been specifically formed to promote the manufacture of North American prototype TT Scale Models.

    It will work on a GP38-2 as its initial project.

    Those interested are advised that to learn more, they should join:

    TT_Scale_Society : TT Scale Society

    Regards

    Ben
     
  4. ben scaro

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  5. Candy_Streeter

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    If TT isn't popular how come there were over 4000 views of this thread in a matter of hours? Sounds like a great scale to me even though I hadn't heard of it till now.

    Candy
     
  6. mhampton

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    It's actually been a little longer than that - the first post is from 2008! There have been quite a few old threads resurrected in the last few days (weeks?).
     
  7. Candy_Streeter

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    oops! I feel stupid :embarassed:
     
  8. ben scaro

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    I would not say TT is popular. It is a small, niche scale where the modeller must do his own work.

    But as something is happening in the scale - ie, a wagon project that's taken a couple of months to go from drawings to a retail product you can buy - which is pretty extraordinary in itself- I thought it time to add to the thread here, as it was still live.

    I do update every now and then, when there's something of substance to report.

    B.
     
  9. BoxcabE50

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    Looking at the page linked, in addition to that gondola I saw a tank car which looked nice.

    Boxcab E50
     
  10. Pete Nolan

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    The Mystic Seaport model diorama is in 1:128 scale, but uses TT trains as models (they do not run).

    I'm happy to see some of these old threads brought back, as they contain a huge amount of information that can be difficult to reconstruct from new.
     
  11. Fotheringill

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    GNFA310-

    "But "Yes, I would like to see TT scale 'resurrected' and would purchase it so long as the quality was at least equal that of n-scale." "

    I remember when the same thing was (and still is) said about N in relation to HO.

    If the timing is the same, I won't be around long enough for it to happen, not to mention the buildings, figures and everything else.
     
  12. bigford

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    So in the two years have we seen an american loco
    or anything else yet??
     
  13. ben scaro

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  14. ben scaro

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    In addition, a 52' mill gon and Barber trucks developed by Alex, owner of the TTNut Forum - in all of two months I think:

    TTNut's designs

    As you can see, a tankcar is next.

    And there is always the range of rolling stock by Possum Valley Models:
    Possum Valley Models

    Not to mention the steel and Fowler boxcars by Gold Coast, and a reefer is next:
    http://www.goldcoastrailway.com/product.html

    No one is pretending TT is going to muscle aside Atlas or Kato, but no question that things are looking up.

    B.
     
  15. ben scaro

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  16. ben scaro

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    the three RP TT wagons done recently, 52' mill gon, PS2 covered hopper and 17360 gallon tank. the trucks are done by the same process.
     

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  17. ben scaro

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  18. Seated Viper

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    TT3 was first introduced in UK in the late 1950s. The title, as defined at the time, was Table Top, 3 millimetres to the foot (OO being 4, HO being 3.5). Only Triang made it, so far as I can remember, smaller versions of what they were making in OO. Triang in OO was in red packs and the TT was in yellow. It didn't catch on here, any more than it seems to have done in USA, though there are people over here who make their own, kits or scratch, in 3mm. Triang TT3 track looked like a shrunken version of their OO track, remarkably like Unitrack at first glance!

    Anybody not having room for OO/HO, and feeling N to be a bit light, could well find TT to be the right balance. I'd not be using it, though.

    Regards,

    Pete
     
  19. ben scaro

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    thanks pete. i should note that the TT here is all 1:120, the 'original' TT scale invented in 1946 and used in the US but more so in europe, particularly in the former communist countries.


    cheers, ben
     
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