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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2020, 10:01:13 PM »
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Spookshow's site says "The all-metal pantographs are sprung and moveable (you can either have them all the way up, or locked down flat). "

He clearly says that they do not pick up electricity, which is fine.  But if the pans are "sprung", will they follow a wire, if one is present, or are they like Kato's, designed to be up or down, but not "operating" in between?

Yes, unlike Kato "for looks only" pantographs, Bachman ones are fully spring and equalized.  They will follow the catenary wire and will not tilt or lean.

They are not quite as nice looking as Kato, but still look very acceptable.  Kato pantographs are made of stamped (or photoetched) and folded sheet metal, with plastic shoe, while the top half of Bachmann ones is simply made from bent wire.
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2020, 10:02:22 PM »
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Looking for a GG1 "deathmatch", are you?
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2020, 11:52:02 PM »
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But your signature says “blunt and honest”, not “brutal and honest”.

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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2020, 11:54:07 PM »
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But your signature says “blunt and honest”, not “brutal and honest”.

When I do reviews, I'm brutal!  Blunt too.  :D
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2020, 12:28:42 AM »
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Peteski:  Thank you!  If they ever do a MILW electric, or an E33, which the MILW actually considered in the 60s, that's a definite point in their favor.
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2020, 12:46:36 AM »
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Peteski:  Thank you!  If they ever do a MILW electric, or an E33, which the MILW actually considered in the 60s, that's a definite point in their favor.

And those should still be available from Bachmann (but who knows for how long?).  There is a limit of 2 per order. When I need Bachmann parts I usually wait for their email with a discount code for parts orders. Then I order the parts I need, plus couple of those pantographs.  They do fit the Kato GG1 with minimal modification.
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2020, 01:04:31 AM »
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Lol, this makes me want Peteski to start doing AvE style model reviews. BoLMRs!
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2020, 05:28:52 AM »
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I really think we should start doing doing comparative reviews on here.
IM vs Kato vs BLI SD40-2 (toss in Bachmann, Con-cor and brass just for fun)
Atlas vs Bachmann GP7
Atlas vs Bachmann RS3
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2020, 09:10:35 AM »
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Then I order the parts I need, plus couple of those pantographs.  They do fit the Kato GG1 with minimal modification.

Tell me more!  I have a Kato GG1.

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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2020, 02:18:22 PM »
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Tell me more!  I have a Kato GG1.

Well, that was over a year ago that I looked at this and I didn't install the Bachmann pantos on Kato. Just did some eyeballing and test-fitting. But whatever is needed will be fairly easy. IIRC, the holes for insulators ob Bahmnann almost perfectly match the holes in the Kato shell.  So either reuse  the Kato insulator assy, or make/get some.  Then single screw in the center to mount the pantograph.
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2020, 02:27:57 AM »
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I don't actually need the pans now.  I have a bunch of Overland Models Little Joe pans that work for my Kato electrics.  But it's nice to know that, if Bachmann ever makes a model I can use, their pans will work.
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2020, 08:08:04 PM »
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It arrived today. Only two days from Micro Mark and it is the sound value version so it isn't a type O or anything wrong, just very unusual I would think when most are selling it for $199, this was $132.     Anyway It's a good runner. Pulls my 14 car Broadway Limited easy up the 1.34 %. It would not pull my 15 heavy weights plus four mail cars and a caboose without some slipping a tad but, i find that it has so much traction that i think it would burn up the motor before too much slipping would happen.  Overall i'm pleased with this engine. It just doesn't fit in with my layout due to no cat wires but I'll keep her.
     I do recommend this engine. Haven't seen a Kato yet but I like this one.

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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #27 on: January 15, 2020, 08:21:53 PM »
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It arrived today. Only two days from Micro Mark and it is the sound value version so it isn't a type O or anything wrong, just very unusual I would think when most are selling it for $199, this was $132.     

What was the MSRP on these?  Wasn't it around $500?  So, just as predicted, the street prices have really gone down.
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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #28 on: January 15, 2020, 08:39:45 PM »
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Not sure about the MSRP but most are selling it for around $199. I got a deal I'd say.

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Re: Bachmann GG1
« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2020, 05:40:24 PM »
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In Nov. 2016, when they came out, they were listed as $399.00 (with sound)