Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby 413x » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:59 am

lofty wrote:
Dad-1 wrote:I would love to have matchstick & fishing nylon fencing all around the track, but it would be too vulnerable to
children touching

I would go for a fully working electric one :D

Love the 'beach sand' track 8)



lol i love that ur soo jokes :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:13 pm

Ohh, post nothing for 6 days and down onto page 2 .....
Seems we're a hive of activity on NRM !!

Anyway what may be my last postings for this layout unless I can add a couple of it in use with
children driving.
I've been sorting out the bridge and adding decorative balls to help hold down the end coping stones.
What you see are noticeboard pins embedded deep into the ply framework, which I hope will make
them resist knocks and bumps that use by children may bring.

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I have taken short cuts, as can be seen there is no liner inside one half of the bridge. This should not
be seen normally as it's intended that the layouts back will be close to a wall.

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The same situation with the tunnel interior which is not lined, but painted matt black to hide the shortcoming.
What I do want to find is the grey I used for the road up the hill, I've already tried two colours on the road
bridge, but not found the right one yet !!

What I'll do tonight is add grass to the bridge under the black railings, which themselves are simplified by
not having a middle rail
I want to take to club tomorrow evening and leave there in advance of our exhibition on 20th August. Perhaps
then I can start back on my own layout. I still think this is good for 3 months since starting.

Geoff T.
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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby tom_tom_go » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:33 am

Well done Geoff - great effort.

I have really enjoyed watching this one.

Cheers,

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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:39 pm

Geoff after all the work you've put in, it would be nice to see some shots of the kids using it.

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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:12 pm

Hi Tom,Bufferstop & All,

Tonight I left the main boards at our club room.
Here are some of the BIG KIDS playing ! Hope to have a shot of little kids
at the exhibition in a months time

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Thanks for watching, an interesting design which more or less works although it's a little heavier than I would
have liked. I can just load it myself, but as it all fits in the back seat area of a Daewoo Matiz I can carry a
passenger to help lift it in & out!

Only time will tell if it's tough enough to be childproof .....................

Oh, and although it was built on the floor as seen here, it will be on tables at the exhibition to be child height.

Geoff T.
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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby rovermaestro » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:49 pm

Saw it at the MK show today and its even better in real life. Well done, and thanks for sharing the process. Enjoyed the show a lot too, a credit to everyone for a first show and my wife enjoyed it too.

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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby MrH » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:11 pm

We visited the show (our layout is put away during the summer) but here's my Daughter doing her best to crash Thomas (which she managed)

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2311864954489
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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby Dad-1 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:31 pm

Hi MrH,

I hope she enjoyed being able to crash him ! To some degree that's what it's all about.
I can remember (just) both oiling track so the loco sat wheels slipping and then going so
fast it fell off on the turns .......... sometimes the 1950's don't seem so long ago !!!
Sadly I'm not registered on Facebook so couldn't access the video.

rovermaestro,

I'm pleased you and the wife enjoyed your visit. The place seemed to have a good
buzz of activity, you could almost feel that people were having a good time.
I had a good day and talked myself hoarse, already looking forward to next year.

Geoff T
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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby MrH » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:38 pm

Have changed the settings video should show for everyone now facebook member or not


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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby thebritfarmer » Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:10 pm

Looks great thanks MrH for letting us see it in action.
All Aboooooard !!

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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby nickbrad » Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:34 pm

I'm a bit late on this, only now looking through the back pages of layouts, but that's a fantastic job you did making a tail chaser for children to drive on.

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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby Dad-1 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:37 pm

Thanks for the comment Nick.
It's now done 2 exhibitions and a booking for next year. At the Tring show Andy who was looking after it that day
had 2 people say it was their favourite layout ..... One was a mother with children, the other one of those odd
ball characters who had never actually driven anything, but was able to 'drive' using both the DCC and analogue
tracks. Even at this early stage in it's life it's given so many children a real treat, great to see the twinkle in
their eyes - well worth every hour and £.

Geoff T
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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby Durseytu » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:28 pm

I've just noticed that the island in the lake matches up with the hollow in the hill for the board to fold up. How very clever! This is a superb and well thought out layout. I can see that the 'kids' are really enjoying themselves! :wink:

Cheers,

Stuart
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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby ceejaydee » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:04 pm

Despite its apparent simplicity this is rather clever and there is a great deal of thought that has gone into the design and construction of this layout.
Enjoyed reading the thread and would like something similar to use as a portable test track.
Regards
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Re: Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

Postby tom_tom_go » Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:15 pm

Yes I enjoyed this one as well - proving that the Hornby Select can be a cheap and useful controller ;)

Cheers,

Tom
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