First ever outdoor layout!

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After my good lady bought me a playmobil set I've started an outdoor layout for myself and the grandchildren to play with.
 
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So first stage was lay out some track. This is the first length along 12m of wall. It fitted perfectly!
 

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I thought the track looked a bit too toylike for my liking. So I decided to paint it too lessen the toy look. But I didn't want to spends days painting every sleeper and the ballast.
So I simply masked off the rails, sprayed them with red oxide primer then ran a silver paint along the top.
 

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Welcome. Is the Playmobil track all plastic or are the rails of metal construction? I've not seen this type before.
Sorry, question answered while I was posting. Too impatient - should have waited!
 
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Hi. Thanks.
No it's all abs plastic. I just posted how I painted it. Just wanted it to look a little better.
 
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I need more straight track. But the price of playmobil is ridiculous. So I'm going to look for options. Can you recommend anything?
(I'm a tight sod!)
 
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The painted track looks much better.
I assume you've looked on ebay for cheaper playmobil track?
Second hand is fine, e.g. 10 curves for £15
 
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I need more straight track. But the price of playmobil is ridiculous. So I'm going to look for options. Can you recommend anything?
(I'm a tight sod!)
There was an adaptor made to join PM RC track to LGB metal track. I guess this could be made to join to Plastic LGB type track or other makes of track.

When I was looking to get more PM RC track I looked on e-bay, where there was loads, although it was hardly free! Car boot sales and local sales web sites are a good place to look too, as it can turn up there for far less!

Good luck!

James
 
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Welcome great start look forward to more pics
 
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I've seen the metal tape for stained glass used to convert lego plastic track to electric track elsewhere on GSC. But seeing this painting of PM RC track made me wonder if there was such a thing as electrically conductive paint, and it turns out there is. It seems that conductive paint is used for electromagnetic shielding in guitars, and there's also wire glue for helping connections in electronics. I wonder how well conductive paint would work to electrify PM RC track when applied to the rails in a similar fashion as seen here. When it wears out, I suppose you could apply a new coat, though it seems a bit expensive to me. The question is, how long will paint last on the rails of an operational PM railway?

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Good question.
But I doubt it could conduct enough current.
Volts yes, but power? I doubt it.

But there's nothing to stop it being used for accessories like lighting buildings?
 
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So last night I decided to make the first building for the railway.

Not wanting to do anything too ambitious and keen to get a quick result I decided on a small railside halt.

I had some bits n bobs in stock, one of which being an old plastic site sign...
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I found it was easy to cut with a Stanley knife. By scoring a few times it was easy to snap to size.
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These I glued together with a hot glue gun using clamps to hold together.
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Once I had the shell together I turned my attention to the platform, made from a left over piece of decking and a short playmobil ramp.
I then gave it a coat of varnish stain to darken it but didn't like it!
So I gave it a coat of red primer.
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I painted the old carriage roof with red primer and a light blow over with silver. This gave it a sort of rusty old metal roof look.
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Then I stuck it all together and settled it into place.
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I dressed it up with a couple of drums (random I know!) and a few sticky posters printed my office printer.
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It won't win any prizes but it was fun to build and fits in nicely.
 
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Nailing it! The kids must be stoked.
 
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Don't let the kids see it! - You won't get a look-in! ;):giggle::giggle:

Conductive paint: - Unless it is the silver-loaded stuff (tiny bottles, like nail varnish) then it probably will not work very well, and any will wear quite quickly..
Beware the white pots of 'solder glue' on evilBay! - It doesn't work..
 
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Learnrn't many many years ago "solder glue" is not conductive - or in my case conducive to getting the lights working on a ,motorbike
 
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Sitting in garden looking at the beginnings of the little railway and noticed something.
"There's a gap between those plants. And those ones. "
You can guess what happened next?
I knew the bucket load of stones we inherited with house would come in handy some day!
Need to paint a couple of pieces of track but I ran out of paint. That can be caught up with later.
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I really like what you did with the track. My-----aren't we all a bunch of innovators:);)