My Playmobil railway

Rich Skuse

Rich Skuse

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Hi everyone, first post, been lurking a while now after joining to read some of the Playmobil threads and also some of the most excellent bash and build threads on here, so much inspiration.
My long term goal is to build a simple(ish) garden railway using Playmobil DC rolling stock, as I like the look of the locomotives and wagons, they are playful and fun. I also used to have a friend at school who had miles of the track and lots of stock so it's also very nostalgic for me.
I have some radio kit on its way to me as well to have a play with the notion of building a DC/RC control system, should be a fun mess-about either way.
Anyway, I bought the 4003 set for a very reasonable price on ebay, the loco was complete and the coaches missing a few minor fittings so all good.
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Got a few more wagons, and some track. Had fun filling random rooms of my house with loops of track..
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This was fine but a friend of mine couldn't help point out the odd layout of components on the locomotive, mainly that the chimney is way too far back in relation to the cylinders.
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After reading a few bash threads on here I figured to heck with it, and out came the dremel and a spare boiler.
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I cut the top of the boiler out around the lamp mount and the chimney fitting..
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Plastic welded it all back in
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Filled.. (badly, I suck that this)
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In the booth for primer
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At that point I released I had no provision for a headlamp. Whoops.
A cheap promo pen donated it's body as a tube fitted through the smokebox door, with a pushbike brake cable chrome end pushed into that as a reflector, then fitted with a pre-resisted bright white LED.
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Here is the new boiler fitted. The high build primer I used filled the 'gaps' round the headlamp so it looks a hell of a lot tidier than the photo in primer. I need now to strip the loco down again to paint the rest up so it looks more uniform. I'll take some better pics soon.

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And on duty on Christmas day

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Also for Christmas same friend who pointed out the boiler and smokebox issues gave me and the wife this.

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I've since told him he is weathering all the rolling stock now. ;)
 
Rich Skuse

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Thought I'd post this as a separate post to break this up a bit.
I've started to give the wagons a lick of paint, as I want them to be more realistic than PM but less so than 'true prototype' because after all, it is still only Playmobil.
First to be done is the gondola-ended goods van, being really badly UV damaged.

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Now just needs a little weathering and it's good to go!
(I need to clean my desk.. :p)
 
Xav204

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In my opinion the gondola-ended goods van looks better now :clap:
I like this blue color, good choice :inlove:
What about the tank wagon ? It is very nice too !
 
Rich Skuse

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In my opinion the gondola-ended goods van looks better now :clap:
I like this blue color, good choice :inlove:
What about the tank wagon ? It is very nice too !
Thanks Xav, means a lot coming from you! Master of the Playmobil bash! I think your crane build was my favorite that you did, but the restaurant coach was excellent!
The colour of the goods van is Peugeot Indigo blue with a dust of matt lacquer to take the shine off. It will be my 'passenger train' colour, and this will be a post van. I saw your post van on the playmobil thread, another excellent bit of work!
The tank wagon is a cheap LGB clone from I belive East Coast Railways, My friend added the lettering and the weathering. He is going to weather the rest of the wagons when I have finished them. The quality is very nice but I still prefer the PM stuff. I like the double buffers instead of the 1 middle one :D
 
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Nice work, and like Xav, I like the blue van very much. Blue always seems a very suitable railway colour.
 
Rich Skuse

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I took a few more shots of the modified boiler and chimney with the new headlight. I've got a real hankering for one of the DC diesel shunters to start modifying too now. Few on ebay in Germany/France, maybe i'll bite the bullet in the new year..

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Wow ! Nice work. Playmobil is named correctly. It's meant for play and it is rugged enough to stand up to some abuse, by little hands as well as big hands. Good luck with your endeavors. Thanks for including lots of pictures. We love pictures.
 
Rich Skuse

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Wow ! Nice work. Playmobil is named correctly. It's meant for play and it is rugged enough to stand up to some abuse, by little hands as well as big hands. Good luck with your endeavors. Thanks for including lots of pictures. We love pictures.
Thanks. :) I have to make a conscious effort to take photos as I work otherwise I plow on not documenting things and as you say, everyone loves pictures. :D Worst part of all of thins IMO is waiting for paint to dry. Might have to see if I can get a small IR lamp..
 
Xav204

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I discovered in "G Scale Central" a lot of people who like the double buffers instead of the 1 middle one
I'm happy for having joined all these masters ( thank you James, Gordon, .... )
I'm looking forward to see the rest of the train in blue color
The tank wagon is very very nice and your friend is as efficient as you to personalize.
The cheap LGB and ToyTrain LGB give the possibility to have additional stuff to PM,
without breaking the bank and in the Playmobil spirit ...
I love pictures too and yours are very precise
 
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I quite like the subtle difference between the boiler and rest of the loco colo(u)r-wise...

I think your mod 'lifts' the loco to another level.. - I wonder how many would spot the difference if yours and an unmodified example were running on the same layout?

Like the blue, but it needs toning down a bit (IMHO), so a trip to your 'weathering friend'??
 
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I quite like the subtle difference between the boiler and rest of the loco colo(u)r-wise...

I think your mod 'lifts' the loco to another level.. - I wonder how many would spot the difference if yours and an unmodified example were running on the same layout?

Like the blue, but it needs toning down a bit (IMHO), so a trip to your 'weathering friend'??
Cheers! I am going to paint the loco all over as I want to just give it that final touch paint-wise, it'll always look like a toy but just a little less plastic, that's the plan. The blue doesn't photo well on my old iPhone, it's actually a lot less neon in real life but a go-over with some weathering will really help too. I can paint stuff, I can do 'rust' but that's it, I am rubbish at anything else weathering wise and I am yet to find something I am willing to practice on :D
 
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We were so enthusiastic about your beautiful work on the chimney
that I forgot to ask you about the Land Rover Defender
Could you please remember me the brand name ?
I like it a lot
 
Rich Skuse

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We were so enthusiastic about your beautiful work on the chimney
that I forgot to ask you about the Land Rover Defender
Could you please remember me the brand name ?
I like it a lot
The Landrover (series 3 County Station wagon/CSW) is by Bruder, I bought in on a whim a year or so ago from someone selling a load of diecast and other models and I just really liked it.

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I found the winch can be unclipped and the bumper is just like a normal bumper underneath as my winch is missing it's drum and cable, looks a lot nicer with it removed.

Anyway. A smallish amount of progress, I started on the first of the 2 coaches.

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Glazed it, it looks ok, it's not amazing but I think it'll look fine when it's being used. I did try to cut the windows to fit in the apertures but being a mechanic by trade and having pretty duff fingers put a stop to that..

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You can always put a thin plasticard overlay on the inside if you need to neaten it up..

Looks like you have a steadier hand than me, judging by the grab handles and window frames.. :envy:
 
Rich Skuse

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You can always put a thin plasticard overlay on the inside if you need to neaten it up..

Looks like you have a steadier hand than me, judging by the grab handles and window frames.. :envy:
That's not a bad idea, If it really looks cack when it's all back together I'll have a bash at that. I've only managed one side/end so far, my hands start shaking from concentrating too much. Not quite the same level of 'don't bloomin' slip' mashing brake pads into a kia rio.. :D
 
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Fantastic work.. Keep it up please
 
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Looking good.
 
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I agree
It seems you are afraid to remove handles before painting but the result is terrific.
I like this grey color too. Good choice :inlove:
 
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I have the 0-4-0 steam loco and added the Zimo MX645 digital sound DCC decoder and have motor/light/sound/smoke control and these in the USA are only $85.00 US. Plenty of room for this little decoder inside the boiler.
 
Rich Skuse

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I have the 0-4-0 steam loco and added the Zimo MX645 digital sound DCC decoder and have motor/light/sound/smoke control and these in the USA are only $85.00 US. Plenty of room for this little decoder inside the boiler.
Nice! Bit more than I want to spend though in respect of loco control. I will have a play with my DC-RC idea and see how I get on. Otherwise I'll probably go full RC :)

Got a bit more done on the coach, started doing the transfers. I have some little electrical danger ones to go on the bits that look like hatches to make them look like electrical access hatches. Otherwise on the PM coach these serve nothing more as an area for '1' and '2' numbering.

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It's a little on the large side but it looks great, it's gold with a black outline.