Playmobil Ideas?

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Very interesting
Great :clap: :clap:
The place of the switch is a bright idea. I like it
 
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Hello,

To stay in wild west , here is a car found by our friend James

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I did like the choice of colors but it was not very well painted
( The pics don't show the brush marks )

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I had a big doubt, erased by my nail when I scratched the cabin

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It was quite simple to remove the paint from the cabin, but less easy about the roof.

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At the end , as I haven't nail anymore, I tried in adding a little little little bleach in the wash machine only for the roof
( Be careful, wash machine can be broken because of bleach and the Playmobil plastic too )

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Here is the PRR car now.
There are still some yellow painting to remove ( shown by blue arrows )
but I specially love this beautiful gift from James, received the month of my Birthday !!!
THANK YOU !!!

Xav204
 
Bill Barnwell

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Very nice save, I have found common house hold cleaning products like grease removers to work well without damaging the plastic, also windex
 
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Hello,

To stay in wild west , here is a car found by our friend James

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I did like the choice of colors but it was not very well painted
( The pics don't show the brush marks )

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I had a big doubt, erased by my nail when I scratched the cabin

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It was quite simple to remove the paint from the cabin, but less easy about the roof.

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At the end , as I haven't nail anymore, I tried in adding a little little little bleach in the wash machine only for the roof
( Be careful, wash machine can be broken because of bleach and the Playmobil plastic too )

View attachment 240713

Here is the PRR car now.
There are still some yellow painting to remove ( shown by blue arrows )
but I specially love this beautiful gift from James, received the month of my Birthday !!!
THANK YOU !!!

Xav204
A surprise gift even for James!
 
Xav204

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Very nice save, I have found common house hold cleaning products like grease removers to work well without damaging the plastic, also windex
Thank you Bill to share your experience as I have a another van to save :

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Today it is OK about the roof but I still need to work for the cabin.

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It was like this when I bought it

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I liked the choice of colors but the way of painting was awful to watch.
I was surprised because the color of the roof moved from "orange" to "brown"
then to the original grey when I cleaned it

I will show how looks like the yellow car today...

Thank you again for watching
 
Bill Barnwell

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Thank you Bill to share your experience as I have a another van to save :

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Today it is OK about the roof but I still need to work for the cabin.

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It was like this when I bought it

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I liked the choice of colors but the way of painting was awful to watch.
I was surprised because the color of the roof moved from "orange" to "brown"
then to the original grey when I cleaned it

I will show how looks like the yellow car today...

Thank you again for watching
Like it, love playmobil one of the best toys ever made, although how I try and make it look less toy like but it is so adaptable
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Bill Barnwell

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Thank you Bill to share your experience as I have a another van to save :

View attachment 240727

Today it is OK about the roof but I still need to work for the cabin.

View attachment 240729

It was like this when I bought it

View attachment 240728

I liked the choice of colors but the way of painting was awful to watch.
I was surprised because the color of the roof moved from "orange" to "brown"
then to the original grey when I cleaned it

I will show how looks like the yellow car today...

Thank you again for watching
This is the degreaser that I have used several times with great success call purple power, amazon sells it. Stays wet if not in the sun paint just washes off, Bill
 

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Check evil bay they have a few western cars available, but wow what prices they are asking any where from $125.00 to $200.0+, you have a fortune on your hands
 
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Fantastic work Xav. They look new.
 
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Thank you Bill, Thank you Paul,

I really like the sawmill, I did follow the thread .

It's great when Playmobil items can have a second life
 
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Thank you Bill, Thank you Paul,

I really like the sawmill, I did follow the thread .

It's great when Playmobil items can have a second life
Anytime, back when I had the big layout out back I had playmobil all over the place and used the little people a lot, kids were young then and liked playing with them while I ran trains. Funny I built a 3 story hotel out of playmobil and painted it ugly coral and aqua blue, colors people used to think all Florida was, and put it by my water fall as "The Grand Coquina hotel" resort and vacation spot for railroad. Placed playmobil figures all over the porches and stairs. As close as you could get to it was about 15 to 20', 10' rule, and when I had guests it was the most talked about spot on the line as back then you couldn't buy very many G scale figures and every one wanted to know where I got them. LOL I'll send a picture of it and it is in the upper left hand side of the picture, also send some pictures of other buildings I had around the line. Regretfully it's the only picture of the hotel and it is from a print of a page in the LGB magazine, Keep posting love your stuff, Bill
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Thank you very much, always impressive
I have always loved your achievements
Wonderful and enchanting :clap:
 
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Anytime, back when I had the big layout out back I had playmobil all over the place and used the little people a lot, kids were young then and liked playing with them while I ran trains.
Did you leave them outside in the elements for a long time? How well do they hold up in the sun and such?
 
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I don't leave them outside in the elements for a long time
I'm living in the south of France, close to the sea, and the sun is hurting for plastic
Even for the pics, I don't know how manage the sun and the camera
 
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Did you leave them outside in the elements for a long time? How well do they hold up in the sun and such?
Most of them were painted or at least sprayed with a clear coat, they will but up with the sun for a short while but are not UV proof and the plastic will dry out and crack. If leaving out side I would certainly paint them, and I used Krylon rattle can that is designed for most surfaces including plastic. The coral colored hotel was out side 24/7 for about 4 years, just now getting around to refurbishing it, Bill
 
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Has anyone else noticed that despite the wheels being much larger than the other locos, the centres are the same? This meant that standard RC type coupling rods could indeed fit.
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This conversion needed a longer Acetal version of the original pin to anchor both the coupling and connecting rods to the rear axle. The only problem is that after all this effort the coupling rod is barely noticeable!!!
That was a very inspiring post. It led me to acquire some extra RC rods. I'd really like to do the same thing, except with the forward bar connecting on the front of the rod instead of the rear(and without cutting original pieces). I've noticed that the RC rod pins do not fit the SM wheels, and I don't yet have suitable pins, so I temporarily placed some PM microphone stand poles in their place for testing since those fit perfectly in the SM wheel holes. Don't pay too much attention to them in the picture below. The main point here is that if a second black RC rod is applied in the right way, it's also the perfect length to function as the forward bar (like the gold rod on 4017/4019/4021):
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The golden rod pin from 4017/4019/4021 perfectly connects the outer hole of the black RC Rod to the inner hole of the other black RC rod, lining things up perfectly:
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(if only I had a couple more of those gold pins or a similar alternative, PM DS says they are unavailable)

I've also noticed that the pin pictured below fits perfectly to connect two RC rods together by their inner holes, though I haven't found an application for that connection as the above idea requires the outer hole to connect with the inner one:
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I still need to figure out a way to connect the forward end of the 2nd rod to the red slot where it's supposed to slide back and forth.
I wonder how those custom acetal pins were made... With a lathe? Widdling?

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Hello,

Here is another project I had
because I always like a lot this van of my daddy...

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And I thought the real refrigerated wagon looks like the Playmobil

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Mostly on this point of view

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I built the missing doors and slides and I was ready to start

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But a Playmofriend told me that refrigerated wagon cannot have slidding door
because of their lack of watertight :fubar:
then I had to build hinged doors

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The idea was to make both the hinges and the door jamb on the same little plastic part
Then it could be easy to make a new time in case I break it or make a mistake in measurement.
I made new "slide" shorter ( as guid rail supports are not needed anymore ) where I drilled a hole for the "hinges"

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As the door jambs worked perfectly, I temporary clamped them with adhesive roll
during the time I pasted the rear of the door and other door jambs

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My other wish was to have a ladder as tight as possible but should keep PM guy size
( the real wagon gives the feeling that the ladder is on the top of the bumps )

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So I had to reduce the frame which became too long...

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Here is a view of our new van, which is refrigerated
I made the roof too

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They are additional pictures in Playmobil Interlude :giggle:

Xav204
 
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A beautiful piece of custom work and what a neat solution to the sliding door problem, and such detail, even the bolt on the inside of the door and the locking mechanism! Superb!
 
Xav204

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Thank you Gordon, :blush:

I tried to use the right way the walls from the garage
( those I took the red roof already, to make the floor of the caboose red and blue... )
when I did cut them to make the doors...
I was lucky on this project :giggle:
 
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That was a very inspiring post. It led me to acquire some extra RC rods. I'd really like to do the same thing, except with the forward bar connecting on the front of the rod instead of the rear(and without cutting original pieces). I've noticed that the RC rod pins do not fit the SM wheels, and I don't yet have suitable pins, so I temporarily placed some PM microphone stand poles in their place for testing since those fit perfectly in the SM wheel holes. Don't pay too much attention to them in the picture below. The main point here is that if a second black RC rod is applied in the right way, it's also the perfect length to function as the forward bar (like the gold rod on 4017/4019/4021):
(click image to enlarge):
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The golden rod pin from 4017/4019/4021 perfectly connects the outer hole of the black RC Rod to the inner hole of the other black RC rod, lining things up perfectly:
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(if only I had a couple more of those gold pins or a similar alternative, PM DS says they are unavailable)

I've also noticed that the pin pictured below fits perfectly to connect two RC rods together by their inner holes, though I haven't found an application for that connection as the above idea requires the outer hole to connect with the inner one:
proxy.php?image=http%3A%2F%2Fplaymodb.org%2Fparts%2F6%2F60%2F30%252060%2520956.gif&hash=17c23537004f8474c6415864869e13c1


I still need to figure out a way to connect the forward end of the 2nd rod to the red slot where it's supposed to slide back and forth.
I wonder how those custom acetal pins were made... With a lathe? Widdling?

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Hello,

Thanks for the compliments here and elsewhere, I am glad you found my work useful.

Sorry for the delay in replying, just ot got so much time to do this sort of stuff these days.

Yes, Acetal is Machineable Nylon and it was done for me on a lathe by a precision engineer.

I think your plan is great and looks so much better than what PM did originally. I think they used a long connecting rod to hide the fact that the loco had no coupling rods! This also saved them the cost of quartering the wheels too!

I have sent you a PM too.

James