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An Exciting Update
#1
Dear fellow members of Blue Plastic Tracks.

I'm happy to announce that after quite some years of being left in storage far from my residence with no access to them, my extensive TOMY, TrackMaster, Take-Along and some other collections have been reunited with me. Up until now, there were no more sufficient storage options left for them anywhere indoors, let alone in my room, and they finally have a great new spot to reside in as well.
 
Over the last month, we've been setting up a garden shed that mom ordered to store her masses of equipment (including my belongings) until she could move office, but a turn of events led to the shed being reserved exclusively for the toys. I've kept this a secret the whole time until they arrived. Now that my collections are right here and I know they could start a new life where they've always belonged, I intend to finally reveal the items that I've mentioned I have ever since I joined. They will also give me opportunities to revive and utilize some of my scratchbuilding skills, which I've abandoned on the grounds that my room is overfilled with items (many of which will now have a more appropriate place).

Expect to see activity in the Toy Train Photography thread and Modification Gallery since there will be outdoor photos (my first outdoor versions of their kind) and numerous customs, mainly my own versions of engines/rolling stock I never had in TOMY/TrackMaster. I'm quite eager to get back into this hobby with more possibilities than I've had until now.
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That is exciting news Da-lag. Anxious to see much content coming from you and showing us your collections. Hope to see some pictures of your new workshop/shed before you start fixing it up.
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The scratchbuilding sounds really interesting! I'm excited to see what you have planned out!
Model trains or TOMY? Huh I don't know, I just don't know.
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(05-03-2020, 04:22 AM)Super Wrote: That is exciting news laG. Anxious to see much content coming from you and showing us your collections. Hope to see some pictures of your new workshop/shed before you start fixing it up.

It's a Keter Montfort 757 (228x223x252). Very tall, robust, high quality and cleverly designed. The exterior will stay as is for the most part, but interior lighting and furniture will be added. Even though a Plarail/TrackMaster layout could fit, I wouldn't build them inside since there will be a desk at the back (which would be too thin to accommodate one). Most of my new layouts will be set up outdoors, with unconnected track sections for photos and filming (a method I learnt from certain modelers and filmmakers) and complete layouts for actual runs. Sorry, but I won't show the inside in its current state since it's not presentable yet, and I'd rather wait for the collection reveal so as not to spoil them.
 
(05-03-2020, 05:48 AM)TrainMan2001 Wrote: The scratchbuilding sounds really interesting! I'm excited to see what you have planned out!

Apart from vehicles, I was also referring to custom buildings and other such things made of several materials (mainly cardboard, wood from skewers and toothpicks, paper and existing components). I'm still lucky to have a few spare parts I could alter and repurpose numerous times whenever I see fit (much like how the TV Series began).
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Very nice looking maintenance free shed Da-lag.
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Man, I like that shed! I have a similar one that I need to replace and something like this might fit the bill.
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Until the furniture arrives, I've done measurements to design two simple cabinets to help with storage and display since many items are still in bags or exposed on the floor at the moment. The desk was left out since I wouldn't expect it to be specialized. The current concept art has been scanned and translated into English:

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The shed was not drawn exactly to scale, so it's actually wider inside than I've depicted it. Yes, that's a mat of synthetic grass we've added as a carpet. Unlike the right cabinet, the left one would have a space underneath for the existing cardboard boxes of track and road parts. The desk will have drawers on either side for things such as rolling stock, spare parts, custom shells, other and non Thomas items. Some leftovers that wouldn't fit elsewhere would be on top of the cabinets and/or in the corners.
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The first new piece of furniture has just been brought in; It's an old (existing) black cabinet that happens to be just the right size (and not too far off from my original measurements for the right side one). Most of the large TOMY/TrackMaster parts are currently expected to be in it with some others on top, like in the initial plans. Since it's much heavier than I envisioned the specialized cabinets to be, I'm glad it has swivel castors to help move it if needed. The left cabinet might still have to be specialized if I'll want a space for the track and road boxes underneath. In addition, I've also inserted a small plastic case and a large box that should be helpful as well.
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Can't wait to see a few photos of what you are doing, I can't tell you are having a ball.
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Well; I had a better look at the cabinet yesterday, and it turned out the problems I thought it would have were totally nonexistent. The back was still perfectly strong and only some staples had to be pushed back into place. The sliding tray was removed before dusting but won't be reinserted (I shall see how I'll repurpose it). These are the first public photos of anything inside:

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In keeping with the concept art, it has been filled with the TOMY and TrackMaster destinations. The depth turned out to be 40 cm, which helps fit the large ones very well. Some of the ones that can be taken apart were disassembled for more effective storage, especially sheds. Even the bottom right compartment is just wide enough and doesn't hinder anything (though I still think it could've been better off without it). Not all the items are in permanent locations.

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I was impressed to see how neatly everything went into it, thanks in part to the disassembly. Some have been laid on top of each other where possible, while others were simply tucked in. Since the top shelf is too low for characters and other vehicles, I knew I'd save it for large items to take better advantage of all that space.

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The Sodor Engine Works (right) was actually my only Take-Along/Take-N-Play set (as I mentioned in the Introductions thread, I got it simply to get James before I saw one by himself). Everything else is TOMY and TrackMaster, so it wouldn't have much use for me besides as other buildings and for some interior shots. On the other hand, the TOMY Engine Wash (left) has always been one of my favourite pieces. Along with the small track and road station, it has since been taken out and put on top for display (next to the Elsbridge crossing).

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The bottom right compartment has been reserved for both the HiT Toys and Fisher Price Tidmouth Sheds. The turntables were hard to deal with, but all the doors, roof sections, walls and support beams fit just as well as their TOMY counterparts.

Needless to say, I'm glad I decided to repurpose the cabinet because it's just what I needed for the right side. I'll still have to find solutions for Boulder Mountain, the oversized Harold Cargo Delivery and (of course) the track and road boxes and anything else in there.
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Looking good Da-lag. I see you have one of those Trackmaster automatic Turntable the one like Ucwepn has. That one is not that easy to find here in the States.
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Thanks. I was surprised that seemed to be the only thing that caught your attention. He just happened to be the reason why I wanted it; I found his reviews when I was still collecting, so seeing an official powered turntable impressed me so much I decided to get the Fisher Price version despite having the original set. Mine still works including the rollers, but most of my engines that fit on it are TOMY and I forgot they were too weak when I tested it. I rewatched Ucwepn's review and even Thomas and James needed help. Another problem is how the stop/go tabs malfunction, so I'll have to see what's wrong when I'll clean it out. Hopefully it's not something other than dirt. If I won't find anything obvious and it still won't work, I shall open a separate thread for advice.
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I didn't know that about the Plarail engines and the auto Turntable. I did also notice that you have the auto Helicopter set, the one with the Quonset hut (I forget the official name). That set is not easy to find.
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Yes; You'd think the TOMY and early TrackMaster engines would be mechanically unchanged since they shared the same moulds, but apparently the TM ones had additional improvements. The problem lies in the pressure on the rollers and not the traction tyres, so I might have to find out how to get the driving wheels to press down harder (or make the rollers more sensitive).

I had a feeling the Harold Cargo Delivery wasn't a common or popular destination. Strangely enough, I actually recall wanting it simply because I thought Percy would be included since he was on the box along with the trucks (which did come with it). The fact they didn't show the rest of him and he was nowhere else to be seen or mentioned didn't stop 6/7 year old me from being convinced otherwise. It literally took me two decades to find out there was also a complete set that 'did' have Percy (and a mail coach) and what I had was a separate release of the destination by itself. I did eventually get him thanks to the Ultimate Set, which also gave me a big portion of my other items. Looking back on it now, I'm not quite as fond of it compared to my other destinations and parts (mainly due to its overall size and shape and how it's too complex to be taken apart). My best memory of it was when we had the large Harold hang from the ceiling and "fly" over my layouts with this song in the background. I restored his paint and the controls have become a bit unresponsive. Not to mention, the motor and gearing are designed to make an awful racket to supposedly emulate the sound he would make. Due to how it looks without Harold attached, I've had the idea to repurpose the hangar as an observatory. I'm also hoping to use its shape as a base for roof parts for custom Knapford sections.

(...Had I not flown quadcopters, I would've taken Harold's fuselage and rigged it with RC helicopter parts to build the world's first successful RC Harold...)
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Wow...is this (see video below) the 'noise' you are referring to? Maybe this is why there aren't too many to be found out there. Parents got so fed up with that racket that in the middle of the night the set mysteriously disappeared only to reappear in the local landfill.

I had to look up the Harold song you loved so much as a child. I can see why a 6/7 year old would love it.

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