Playmobil Interlude

Xav204

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Hello Phil,

It could have been, but his brother took this name first :D
So my Father's name is Peter.

Thank you All :blush:
 
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James Day

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Xav,

Sorry not to have posted before - Love all those images and the STEF refridgerator van with the conventional opening doors. Great work. I was think of Jouef/Playcraft until I saw the image of your Dad's Hornby Tinplate van!

Wonderful!

James
 
James Day

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Dear All,

I may be less active than I was, but I thought you might like to see what we did last weekend.

The pictures were kindly taken and supplied by John Davidson, who has generously allowed them to be shown on GSC.

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These are a few scenes from the layout John, Malcolm and I did at the Hinckley Model Railway show in Leicestershire. Many of the the scenes were arranged by John. Apologies for some of the trains, the cars, roadway and some buildings not being actual Playmobil, but I hope you like it...

I imagine there will also be a You Tube video from Zontarfan in due course...

James
 
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Thanks for the photos, James, and what a great layout it is. It must have gone down well, and all goes well together, Playmobil and non-Playmobil.
 
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Those crossings are interesting. maybe you should convert a couple of playmobil cars to work on those roads.
 
James Day

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Thanks Brian,

We did consider that, but market forces took over.... I carefully kit buit a Mini and Golf, which were mounted on bespoke 3d printed chassis and fitted out with all the necessary electrical and mechanical bits - They cost over £80GBP each! On the other hand those wonderful AutoArt cars with fully detailed interior details are widely available at around £40GBP each on e-bay .....

Slot racers hate them, but they are really wonderful models that do the job well and look superb....

Hmm!

If you could buy a cheap secondhand 1/24 scale slot car, discard the body and mount the PM car on the tray, it would be economic and work well, but life tends not to be like that. Most PM vehicles would need substatial re-engineering to become slot cars, and factors such as ride height for the pick up mounting and vehicle width are key, as are wheel materials (hard plastic tyres will not work!).

As the layout is mixed PM and Non PM we decided that any plans we had to make more PM derrived vehicles ended there!

James
 
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It is wonderful :clap: :clap:
I cannot stop seeing these beautiful pics
Great Atmosphere :h:
As if we were here...

You made All a great job :clap: :clap:
Many thanks to John to share his pics
Glad to hear from James.
You are right, caboose without sticker is really nice
 
James Day

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Thanks Guys,

Appreciate the support. Here are a few more from John:
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The last one shows the whole layout, just a simple circuit with an automated lapping loop, where the trains dwell and change over. The public could control the starting signal, delaying the train's departure and could also drive the train within pre-set parameters from the control hut at the front. Reversing was not allowed by the electronics!

The cars stop at Isolated breaks in the track on the approach side of each crossing when the train is coming, and LGB reeds and magnets do all the triggering. The two sidings were purely for stock storage and made swapping trains over so much quicker and easier!

In the saloon bar we had a train activated speaker that played a ragtime piano version of the theme from the Lego Movie (Everything is Awesome). This got complaints from the operators of the 0 Gauge scale end to end layout (Technical Term: Dullus Maximus). The show organiser ignored them! Luckily when the vintage O gauge next door stated operating the sound was somewhat diminished!

No one moaned about the crossing bells this time!

James
 
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All very nice. I particularly like the centre cab diesel in post #125, is that a Playmobil kitbash or some other brand (aristo?).
 
James Day

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All very nice. I particularly like the centre cab diesel in post #125, is that a Playmobil kitbash or some other brand (aristo?).
Hello Dave,

Thanks, it is Malcolm's. I love the caricature nature of it. I think he said it was USA Trains?

James
 
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The SP diesel is mine...by Aristocraft. No longer made, but may occasionally be found on the 2nd hand market There is a similarly sized loco by USA trains, slightly bigger and 'boxier', again, no longer made but can be found in several liveries. Bought 2nd hand several years ago. It has short bogies with small wheels, so runs well on R1 trackwork and matches the speed of Playmo locos well. The hoppers are B'mann with an LGB shorty caboose. Buildings are from Piko kits..which are demountable which save storage space, chimneys (supplied ) but not fitted. They sit on custom wooden bases, A4 sized, covered in lolly sticks from the £1 shop, then stained with woodpaint. The platforms are made from approx 75 x 12 mm stripwood, again covered with lolly sticks, one of the pix you can see a cross section.

I must get round to compiling the video....

If you're desperate to see a video..search youtube with 'gss 3cag', and then in my other videos you'll see one from Alresford 2018. And an earlier version with fewer ( and different borrowed from a friend ) buildings from November 2017, and the proving test layout in James' garden one sunny day in 2016?


Malcolm
 
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Great stuff, James. Thanks for posting. By the way, I wonder if I could learn to swim on top of the water like that.....:rofl:
 
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How exactly did the road and rail crossings interlock? In some cases the track seems to run through the roadway, in others the roadway seems to cut through the track.
 
James Day

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How exactly did the road and rail crossings interlock? In some cases the track seems to run through the roadway, in others the roadway seems to cut through the track.
Gordon,

The crossings are professionally made by a skilled engineer chum. A standard LGB rail was mated with a standard Carrera 1/24th scale straight to create each one. If you look at the thread Tri-ang Minic for the Myopic it shows the crossings from above and underneath showing the structure; Tri-ang Minic for the Myopic? - G Scale Central

They work well and have been built to make the roadway the same height as the LGB rail!

Off to work now!

James
 
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How exactly did the road and rail crossings interlock? In some cases the track seems to run through the roadway, in others the roadway seems to cut through the track.
Wasn't there a thread on this forum showing how it could be done?
 
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Gordon,

The crossings are professionally made by a skilled engineer chum. A standard LGB rail was mated with a standard Carrera 1/24th scale straight to create each one. If you look at the thread Tri-ang Minic for the Myopic it shows the crossings from above and underneath showing the structure; Tri-ang Minic for the Myopic? - G Scale Central

They work well and have been built to make the roadway the ame height as the LGB rail!

Off to work now!

James
Thanks for the link, James. Your chum is an extremely skillful chap.
 
James Day

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Thanks for the link, James. Your chum is an extremely skillful chap.
Gordon,
I agree he has also made the Acetal pins and many other bits for me that were mentioned in Playmobil Ideas? - G Scale Central.

He also made real lenses for my Bachmann Thomas locos, so all my TTE locos all have working lamps, and to support my other interests he worked out how to squeeze a modified Aurora Thunderjet Chassis into my original Playcraft Highways vehicles, so that they can be run and work reliably...

He is a quite brilliant and very useful long standing chum that I have known for 35 years now!

James
 
Brixham

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The video is here...

This is part 1..there'll be a part 2

Bit more on the Aristo diesel....it's based on a 44 ton design...which only needed 1 crew member, going to 45 tons the union insisted on 2 crew

Malcolm