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Trackmaster Revolution Track Point Mod
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(EDIT: Just now noticed I didn't post in the "Modification Gallery" area. How would I move this post there?)

I like the new Trackmaster track system. Really, I do. It's sturdy, it doesn't fall apart when you pick it up, it's a realistic (or at least more-true) color and appearance to that seen in the show and in real life... for the most part, it's good.

But those points... there's nothing wrong with the points themselves, or how they function, but the switch levers are what bugs me. They stick out so far, they make it impossible to have two tracks side-by-side and any points facing out and away. That silly lump of silver plastic always gets in the way. I get that it's meant for children, who might have trouble switching tracks in the same way as the previous lines, meant for smaller hands, not meant to be totally realistic, etc ... but for my purposes, they had to go.

So I cut off the little nobby switch things.
The tracks work now as I want them to, which is super.

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...so many many nobby switch things....

...And, I bet with a little brown paint for the sleepers, they'll look even better Smile

Has anyone else taken it upon themselves to modify any of the new 'Revolution' Trackmaster track?
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Very nice job. They do look a lot better now.
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#3
To me, that was the only disadvantage of having an actual switch for the points (something I feel they should've done in Plarail or TrackMaster 1 at some point as well). The idea itself is actually an improvement IMO, even though it does limit what can be done with the points. On the other hand, this mod does give the track a better physical appearance as well as better usage options in layouts. Pity the new engines and rolling stock are nowhere near as good as the new track system (which would've been even better with better quality). As you said, I bet if the rails were repainted silver and the sleepers chocolate brown, it would've looked just like the track in the CGI series. Its normal colour, though, is not bad either.
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Moved this thread to modification guides Smile
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Thanks for the feedback! Not sure what I should go about painting the sleepers and rail tops with. I was thinking acrylic paint for the sleepers, seems like the easiest option, but not sure how to go about the rails.

I'm also debating whether or not I'd like to modify the points (first photo in first post, right side) to make them like those classic Tomy Z switches? Two continuous lines, two switches instead of going from one line to two?
I was able to get away with using a box-opener knife with the points... but what sort of knife could I use on the track itself?
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I have not had any Trackmaster 2 tracks in my hands but from what I have seen from videos aren't they pretty bendable or easily twisted? If so all your painting efforts might be in vain as paint might not adhere well enough to hold and may start to flake and chip away leaving an ugly mess. Wit all the work you would have to do it may be worth it to use a test piece and run that for a bit. With all painting on plastic the best results comes from the preparations. Plastic has a release agent used in the manufacturing that allows for the finish product to be easily removed from its mold. This release agent, not seen, if not cleaned off will hinder the bond between paint and plastic.
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How could one go about removing this release agent?
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I do know that some have painted this sort o track before. A user in the Thomas Creator Collective that I don't know the name of uses Trackmaster Revolution track, but from a distance you could barely tell it was that, due to the heavy paintjob on it, making the sleepers brown, ties silver, etc. Although, once you notice or if you know it's TMR, it isnt hard to see, but it still looks really good.
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(12-11-2016, 02:39 AM)Miksolo Wrote: A user in the Thomas Creator Collective that I don't know the name of uses Trackmaster Revolution track, but you could barely tell it was that, due to the heavy paintjob on it, making the sleepers brown, ties silver, etc.

Really? I had no idea someone already did that. Please provide screenshots if you remember the episode. Hopefully it looks as nice as it sounds.
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(12-11-2016, 04:45 AM)DalaGStanator Wrote: Really? I had no idea someone already did that. Please provide screenshots if you remember the episode. Hopefully it looks as nice as it sounds.

I've edited my original post as my memory is a bit bad. It's not spectacular, but it definitely is good, and i was just a bit oblivious when I first saw it. Once you know it's TMR track, it's easy to tell.


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Thanks for showing the episode. The detail in that scene looks wonderful, and the repainted track really does look better than the stock standard dark grey. If I were to have Revolution track, I would've sprayed it chrome silver and painted the sleepers chocolate brown if I wanted to make it look more like CGI track. I really appreciate the work of the Thomas Creator Collective, and the fact that the 'Official' YouTube channel decided to gather these fans and use their talents to create a series in the exact same way remakes are produced by TheTTTECommunity. If I joined YouTube, I would've been very keen on joining the TCC and getting either an episode script, character to voice, or other form of participation. Perhaps one or more of our members could join at some point.
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(12-11-2016, 07:22 AM)DalaGStanator Wrote: Thanks for showing the episode. The detail in that scene looks wonderful, and the repainted track really does look better than the stock standard dark grey. If I were to have Revolution track, I would've sprayed it chrome silver and painted the sleepers chocolate brown if I wanted to make it look more like CGI track. I really appreciate the work of the Thomas Creator Collective, and the fact that the 'Official' YouTube channel decided to gather these fans and use their talents to create a series in the exact same way remakes are produced by TheTTTECommunity. If I joined YouTube, I would've been very keen on joining the TCC and getting either an episode script, character to voice, or other form of participation. Perhaps one or more of our members could join at some point.

That may not be a good idea considering how bad they've been getting recently\, and some other things that I can't say.

EDIT: Well, it might be worth it if you have enough work to get all that sweet Mattel money and free Thomas toys. Tongue But, it won't change the writing nor the attitude of some of the higher-ups in the TCC (DieselD199 recently was given criticism on an episode of the TCC, and snootily responded with a tweet saying, "Lol, when did I ask for constructive criticism?")
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Well I don't know, I have got used to the simplicity of the blue plastic tracks. In a way detailing the track as per the above draws attention to them. I wish there was a crossover, like a diamond crossing if you know what I mean.
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(12-12-2016, 03:41 AM)bollard Wrote: Well I don't know, I have got used to the simplicity of the blue plastic tracks. In a way detailing the track as per the above draws attention to them. I wish there was a crossover, like a diamond crossing if you know what I mean.

Plarail has a couple track pieces similar to a diamond crossing. There's a one track crossing track that comes in the Search & Rescue Center Figure-8 set, the one with the Thomas that can go backwards as well as forwards, and has a front coupling. There's also an individual track piece you could buy seperately that is double-tracked. It's hard to explain but it's like a diamond crossing but has some points added on.
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#15
I like the sound of the first. Not seen that.
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