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    • May 22, 2017 12:01 PM EDT
    • probably nothing... as my layout is set in the time of the middle 19th century -the 18 hundreds

    • May 22, 2017 10:17 AM EDT
    • Korm

      Your bike is an amalgamation of several different versions of the BMW R(series) 72.

       

      The hydraulic forks were introduced in 1932 while the side valve engine did not come along until 1938. Licensing to produce M72 variations was granted to Russia and Ukraine (Ural) and to China (Chang Jiang) prior to WWII. In 1940 Germany began producing the R75 which matches your sidecar and jump seat. All Of these and many more models were produced after the war and sold all over the world mostly as kits.

       

      These bikes are small and compact compared to the Bigtwin HDs and Indians. It is probably best suited to 1/22.5 or 1/24th scale but I am sure no one will notice if you put it in a 1/29th scene.

       

      It would look great sitting on the street piled with traveling gear or it is entirely probable that your railroad acquired one of the early versions and converted it for use as a rail bike. It would be appropriate for any time frame from the mid 1930s right up to the present as the Ural is still in production in its 1944 configuration (modern brakes and turn signals excepted) and sold worldwide. One of its greatest features is the fact that the sidecar wheel is powered by sharing a driveshaft with the rear wheel making it two wheel drive.

       

      A great find. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

    • May 21, 2017 9:05 PM EDT
    • Sometimes, the broken toys make the most interesting models.

    • April 15, 2017 7:47 PM EDT
    • Korm, I refuse to grow up! Grown ups are grumpy people who are always worried about things that never happen. And, if those things do happen, they aren't as bad as they thought it was going to be.

    • April 15, 2017 3:56 PM EDT
    • which one was the straw, that broke the camel's back?

       

      i'm 65 now, and i'm finally trying to grow up. (partially...)

    • April 15, 2017 2:07 PM EDT
    • John, I agree, what's one more project? I will never finish all the ones I already have, so why not one more I won't finish?

    • April 15, 2017 9:20 AM EDT
    • I'm guessing a military Harley Davidson... WWII

      Hey what's one more Project?

       

      John

    • April 15, 2017 12:19 AM EDT
    • no, i didn't see your pic! because i didn't want to!

      i've got so many unfinished projects, i don't want to make a tricicle.

       

      what make of bike might this have been originally?

      looks like it is from the early 50ies or even older.

    • April 14, 2017 10:38 AM EDT
    • You've got a head start...

       

    • April 13, 2017 8:27 PM EDT
    • i bought some "leftover" toys from an importer.

      (very cheap, just what my customers want and need)

       

      at pricing the toys for selling, i found one broken. two wheels missing.  U$1.50 gone by the wind...

       

      on second look that truck had a load. a bike with a sidecar.  well, chinese... so it seems to be a generic model, nothing i could identify.

      a little cleaning up the grates, some paint, and i will have a nice background bike.

      as the comparison with the two figures shows, it must be somewhere around 1:29 or 1:32.

       

      the moral of the story: even some of the "el cheapo" chinese toys are usable for modeling.

       

       

       

    • March 4, 2017 11:55 PM EST
    • Pete Thornton said:

      But What I really meant was T.

      Is T-scale still available?  I recall the original Japanese manufacturer made a model ride-on 'park' train using their diesel and some modified flatcars, but it was for O-scale.  Can't find any trace of it now. 

       

      https://www.tgauge.com/

       

      Have no idea the availability of it. I never got any farther than just day dreaming about it.

    • March 4, 2017 8:17 AM EST
    • Ron, DCC locomotives will run on DC.

    • March 3, 2017 6:49 PM EST
    • I have several N scale passenger cars from when I was an N scaler. But I am now wondering about locomotives. Can you still buy regular locomotives now adays? Seems like everything is DC.

    • March 3, 2017 12:01 PM EST
    • But What I really meant was T.

      Is T-scale still available?  I recall the original Japanese manufacturer made a model ride-on 'park' train using their diesel and some modified flatcars, but it was for O-scale.  Can't find any trace of it now. 

       

    • March 2, 2017 7:21 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Pete Lassen said:

      oh now this is opening a very large genie out of a bottle, which may never be shoved back inside. I remember one RR I toured here a few years ago had I think it was a Z scale "g scale garden RR" on a raised platform behind one of the houses. MUST     NOT     LOOK     INTO     THE    LIGHT, stay on the main track, avoid the rabbit hole.

      Check out TT. Would make a very nice garden railroad. Z is big. TT comes out almost perfect for g scale in g scale.

       

       

       

       

      Yes TTs and trains go together. 

    • March 2, 2017 7:15 PM EST
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      Did you mean what you said? Z is bigger than TT? I think you meant to say "T" scale, not "TT" which is closer to HO.

      TT is 1:120

      Z is 1:220

      T is 1:450

       

      Greg

      Devon Sinsley said:
      Pete Lassen said:

      oh now this is opening a very large genie out of a bottle, which may never be shoved back inside. I remember one RR I toured here a few years ago had I think it was a Z scale "g scale garden RR" on a raised platform behind one of the houses. MUST     NOT     LOOK     INTO     THE    LIGHT, stay on the main track, avoid the rabbit hole.

      Check out TT. Would make a very nice garden railroad. Z is big. TT comes out almost perfect for g scale in g scale.

       

      Greg, I meant TT at least at the time. But What I really meant was T. Thanks for the clarification

    • March 2, 2017 5:07 PM EST
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Such a fun problem you guys have been discussing. Greg, didn't you have a Z layout on a G flatcar?

       

      Anyway, I've tried to hold back from posting this, but now in a moment of weakness I am doing so.

       

       

      Choke!

    • March 2, 2017 5:04 PM EST
    • True, N would better represent the ride on 7 1/4 inch gauge stuff, but many park trains are around 1 foot gauge or so. So HO would better represent them. Its all in being clear what you are trying to represent.

    • March 2, 2017 4:53 PM EST
    • Such a fun problem you guys have been discussing. Greg, didn't you have a Z layout on a G flatcar?

       

      Anyway, I've tried to hold back from posting this, but now in a moment of weakness I am doing so.

       

       

    • March 2, 2017 3:44 PM EST
    • Did you mean what you said? Z is bigger than TT? I think you meant to say "T" scale, not "TT" which is closer to HO.

      TT is 1:120

      Z is 1:220

      T is 1:450

       

      Greg

      Devon Sinsley said:
      Pete Lassen said:

      oh now this is opening a very large genie out of a bottle, which may never be shoved back inside. I remember one RR I toured here a few years ago had I think it was a Z scale "g scale garden RR" on a raised platform behind one of the houses. MUST     NOT     LOOK     INTO     THE    LIGHT, stay on the main track, avoid the rabbit hole.

      Check out TT. Would make a very nice garden railroad. Z is big. TT comes out almost perfect for g scale in g scale.