Playmobil Interlude

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A suggestion, if I may. We've all tried various methods of keeping our citizens upright, from glue, to pins that stick in the earth. A few years ago, I have a brainstorm. Small rare earth magnets ! ...
I like your idea better than mine in some ways. I was thinking of using playmobil footholds:

They are cheap: PLAYMOBIL® United Kingdom
They are found on various playmobil items, skateboards, surfboards, etc. They rotate and can hold adult figures with the wide side and child figures with the narrow side. Older Playmobil figures have thinner feet which might be less accommodating to drilling for magnets. If kids are playing with small magnets unsupervised, remember that eating two magnets or one along with something metal at different times can make them pinch intestines as they hold to each other through the intestine walls, causing eventual injury and requiring surgery to remove. This is why people were saying that older refrigerator magnetic alphabet letters were unsafe for small children and needed to be redesigned to better prevent the magnets from eventually falling out.

But if older kids are using these magnetic feet, imagine what some magnetic reed switches under the floor could achieve with them (eg. place the figure in the driving position to start the loco, or activate sounds... "all aboard" etc.)
 
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But if older kids are using these magnetic feet, imagine what some magnetic reed switches under the floor could achieve with them (eg. place the figure in the driving position to start the loco, or activate sounds... "all aboard" etc.)
Now there is an idea! :clap::clap:
 
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I like your idea better than mine in some ways. I was thinking of using playmobil footholds:

They are cheap: PLAYMOBIL® United Kingdom
They are found on various playmobil items, skateboards, surfboards, etc. They rotate and can hold adult figures with the wide side and child figures with the narrow side. Older Playmobil figures have thinner feet which might be less accommodating to drilling for magnets. If kids are playing with small magnets unsupervised, remember that eating two magnets or one along with something metal at different times can make them pinch intestines as they hold to each other through the intestine walls, causing eventual injury and requiring surgery to remove. This is why people were saying that older refrigerator magnetic alphabet letters were unsafe for small children and needed to be redesigned to better prevent the magnets from eventually falling out.

But if older kids are using these magnetic feet, imagine what some magnetic reed switches under the floor could achieve with them (eg. place the figure in the driving position to start the loco, or activate sounds... "all aboard" etc.)
Excellent point about small children. So I'm not understanding how the Playmobil footholds work. I looked at the link but it doesn't show how they're used.
 
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Excellent point about small children. So I'm not understanding how the Playmobil footholds work. I looked at the link but it doesn't show how they're used.
I cannot see how it works, either. I suspect it needs a hard, smooth surface to adhere to, so maybe good in a locomotive's cab but not useful uneven surfaces. It's interesting that of the two items I find it used with, one is a boat which has a smooth deck but which would rock if on water or, because it has curved sides where they might with the base, would be inclined to wobble when being pushed about.
 
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My son got a dwarf set which came with an extra one, which is why I'll try to use it.
The width is designed to hold playmobil feet like this:
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The figures will stay in place even if you hold the base upside down and shake it.

It just needs the hole of the correct size drilled into the floor of where ever you want it, and the thickness of the floor should allow for the wider lip at the end of the shaft to take hold if you want rotation. I would put it on a tender or in a loco cab. You can also glue it in place if you can't get the hole right.
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I cannot see how it works, either. I suspect it needs a hard, smooth surface to adhere to, so maybe good in a locomotive's cab but not useful uneven surfaces. It's interesting that of the two items I find it used with, one is a boat which has a smooth deck but which would rock if on water or, because it has curved sides where they might with the base, would be inclined to wobble when being pushed about.

So it must be some sort of suction cup ?
 
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So it must be some sort of suction cup ?
Nope. It's hard plastic. it has a lip on the shaft to keep it from falling out of the drilled hole, and the foot hold part is like upside down trapezoids in both directions to keep the feet from coming off.
 
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Nope. It's hard plastic. it has a lip on the shaft to keep it from falling out of the drilled hole, and the foot hold part is like upside down trapezoids in both directions to keep the feet from coming off.
And the drilled hole could be the problem. It was designed, in part at least, for use with a boat and the hole would be drilled in the deck, which has space below it. But if the space below, say, the cab of a loco has electrics in it this might be a problem.
 
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And the drilled hole could be the problem. It was designed, in part at least, for use with a boat and the hole would be drilled in the deck, which has space below it. But if the space below, say, the cab of a loco has electrics in it this might be a problem.
If one is worried about water getting in through the hole, they could use glue to seal it. But the tolerance required for the lip to work is pretty low to begin with. I don't see water getting through the hole of the dwarf stand. It's such a tight fit that it seems to be water tight (not tested with pressure, but it doesn't allow water through when it has water on top of it on the other side.). But yes whenever you drill, you need to be mindful of whats on the other side, and temporarily remove anything in danger before the drilling process..
 
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If one is worried about water getting in through the hole, they could use glue to seal it. But the tolerance required for the lip to work is pretty low to begin with. I don't see water getting through the hole of the dwarf stand. It's such a tight fit that it seems to be water tight (not tested with pressure, but it doesn't allow water through when it has water on top of it on the other side.). But yes whenever you drill, you need to be mindful of whats on the other side, and temporarily remove anything in danger before the drilling process..
It was what might be beneath which concerned me not the possibility of water getting through.
 
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i tried it out and it worked perfectly:
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It needs a #4 drill bit, but you have to wiggle the drill slightly to make the hole ever so slightly larger.
 
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Thanks to all who made things crystal clear to me. Sometimes it takes a sledge hammer to wake me.....:rofl:
 
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Thank you All for sharing your tips and tricks

Dan, I like your approach because magnet can act like a ballast to help people to stay stand
even if there is no metal surface
 
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I have found these pictures taken by another photographer


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Hello All,

This morning I went to the Depot.
The Technical Team was waiting for a new tanker


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While the tanker was uncoupled
they started to check if everything was OK


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At the end it appeared that only a plug was missing.
They have to solve the issue in order to use this new tanker.
Always something to do...

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You do realise that Coca-Cola will dissolve your track if it leaks?
 
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:D Yes, it is the issue to be solved :D
( I need 4 technicians to discuss about this matter )