You guys have not failed me yet. You led me to an O scale moose and O scale chicken wire. Now I am looking for an O scale elephant for a circus train project I have in the works. Any leads will be greatly appreciated.

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Michael's, AC Moore and Hobby lobby have a selection of nicely detailed animals in various sizes. They sell them loose in the bins. All types.

Elephant missed the circus train

Randy, 

Our circus elephant is usually late and misses the Circus train.  This is how he then travels. 

Various sizes and selection of animals at Hobby Lobby and Jo Ann's.

John in Lansing, ILL

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well, i can't point to you to a source but I can offer encouragement.  They DO exist in proper scale.  I bought 3 from a vendor at York.  Have no idea of the 'brand' though or where he got them.

I have seem them in some places but they are way oversized, including the JoAnn one's.  At least in stores by me.

Again, somewhere the do exist.  So have fun searching!

- walt

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Gentlemen: Thanks for all of the help. I got 2 O scale elephants from Ebay. They came in a set with 2 giraffes. I knew you all would not fail at my odd requests of a moose and, most recently, elephant. I promise that I will not try to stump you in the future by asking for leads on an O scale Platypus.

rattler21 posted:

Elephant missed the circus train

Randy, 

Our circus elephant is usually late and misses the Circus train.  This is how he then travels. 

Various sizes and selection of animals at Hobby Lobby and Jo Ann's.

John in Lansing, ILL

John:

I hope you take what I am about to say in the spirit of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. I love the way your elephant box car is open so the elephant can be seen behind 2 cross boards. I want to do the same thing with my circus train Elephant Transport stock car. Sorry to be a copy-cat, but, I really like it.

Randy, 

I cannot think of too many items on our railroads that are original.  What I like about our hobby is an idea from a fabulous N scale layout might look good on a mediocre layout such as ours.

I've often wondered what our 'elephant' car would look like with three cross boards instead of two but I don't want to take it apart and redo it.  The bundle of hay is from a set of a half dozen or so.  A block of wood painted yellow would do just as well.

John

John:

Thanks for your reply. I like the 2 boards retaining the elephant. Though, in real life, if the elephant wanted to, it could walk through 2 boards as if they weren't there. But, with only 2 retaining boards, more of the elephant can be seen. Therefore, I will also use 2.

My circus train elephant transport car is almost finished. I will post the finished product in a few days. My sincere thanks to rattler21, AKA John for giving his blessing for me to use his design for the interior. Photos will follow in a future post.

Randy Harrison posted:

You guys have not failed me yet. You led me to an O scale moose and O scale chicken wire. Now I am looking for an O scale elephant for a circus train project I have in the works. Any leads will be greatly appreciated.

Randy - I was in our local Tractor Supply today. They sell the Schleich line of wild kingdom animals. They had two different elephants: one was $ 5.99 and the other was $ 9.99.

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Randy Harrison posted:

You guys have not failed me yet. You led me to an O scale moose and O scale chicken wire. Now I am looking for an O scale elephant for a circus train project I have in the works. Any leads will be greatly appreciated.

Randy - I was in our local Tractor Supply today. They sell the Schleich line of wild kingdom animals. They had two different elephants: one was $ 5.99 and the other was $ 9.99.

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Sean:

Thanks for the scouting, but, I have gone with the K-Line Elephants from Ebay. They fit my freight car perfectly.

Randy Harrison posted:
Sean007 posted:
Randy Harrison posted:

You guys have not failed me yet. You led me to an O scale moose and O scale chicken wire. Now I am looking for an O scale elephant for a circus train project I have in the works. Any leads will be greatly appreciated.

Randy - I was in our local Tractor Supply today. They sell the Schleich line of wild kingdom animals. They had two different elephants: one was $ 5.99 and the other was $ 9.99.

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Sean:

Thanks for the scouting, but, I have gone with the K-Line Elephants from Ebay. They fit my freight car perfectly.

Glad that you found what you needed.

Here are photos of the finished Bungling Brothers Circus elephant transport car. The photos with the door open does not show off the elephant very well due to the lack of light inside the car. The Elephant is standing on a bed of straw. There is a bale of hay on the floor in case he gets hungry. The hay bale and the free straw were from Scenic Express. I also put wood planking on the visible part of the floor. The planks and the retaining boards at the door are from a craft wood parts company. The line of product is called "Woodsies Craft Sticks".

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If you modeled this, no one would believe you. Picture 043Picture 047

If I had to guess, I would say that was taken at Hershey.  Am I right?

George

G3750. Yes it was Hershey. It was always fun to go over and see this. How would they ever know this elephant would only go in the car backwards?

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