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Old 11-11-08, 10:23 PM   #1
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My other addiction

Sad but true, I have to publicly admit I have another "problem"...


The UPside is I am getting help (Thanks COSteve!)...


I'm new to this step program thing, so I may be out of order. (This is NEW?)

He's not really helping. What's that term again?

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ENabler! That's IT!



So at 47, this is how I spend my time. Playing with toys I can't ride!

But if you look closely, you will see about half of the characters ARE C&V!

At two minutes & thirty one seconds, a bright yellow car appears in the foreground.
The :"Cinelli, Hetchens or Confente" of all things THOMAS!

Alright, enough intro.
Here it is....Tour of Sodor...(get the kids!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi1zNJKf-fg

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Well, well - you aren't the only one. I'm big into the Railway Series-faithful TTTE Seasons 1 and 2. Here are some Gauge 1 (G-scale, 1:32) styrene (w/PVC boiler) scratchbuilds of familiar Sodor characters I've been working on:

Excuse the out-of-scale leading bogie wheels - I need to locate something better then the set I have off a Bachmann Big Hauler:






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Man, those things are just freaky looking. I'll stick to Lionel.
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I'll stick to Lionel.


Silly boy, the Daylight Limited and the Rio Grande coal car ARE Lionel!
(Just the Thomas scale versions)

KURT, you can come play at our house anytime!

(and bring your stock, we have G scale LGB up the wazzoo too)
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LGB, eh? No chance that you might tinker around with those too and have a parts pile kicking about, by any chance?

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P.S.: The Percy model is built atop an LGB Staniz 0-4-0 model. Only other LGB unit I have here is a 2090 converted to Ernest The Engine Cart (of the not-too-child-friendly Aussie parody - I used this unit to satirize the Aussie parody. That make sense? ):



Not particularly the best face in the world, but it was a 5-minute job in clay. Did the trick.
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Old 11-11-08, 11:28 PM   #6
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LGB, eh? No chance that you might tinker around with those too and have a parts pile kicking about, by any chance?
What are the odds???
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Silly boy, the Daylight Limited and the Rio Grande coal car ARE Lionel!
(Just the Thomas scale versions)
And these days this is a Masi:



So there ya go...
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And these days this is a Masi:
That bike's as SWEEET as my morning coffe and whipped cream!

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So there ya go...
Where? ... Link?

Is that a "real deal" or a "fancy paintjob"? Do tell more!

I'd ride that bike to get coffee EVERY day!
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What are the odds???
Got any spare front wheels that might fit James a bit better then the one from the Big Hauler?

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too funny you boys will be boys.... but that was one of my favorite things about having little ones... I could watch thomas the tank engine all the time.... those days are gone...at least for now give me 10 years and I will have grandkids... I hope it is that long at least... hehehehe
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Old 11-12-08, 04:39 AM   #11
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too funny you boys will be boys.... but that was one of my favorite things about having little ones... I could watch thomas the tank engine all the time.... those days are gone...at least for now give me 10 years and I will have grandkids... I hope it is that long at least... hehehehe
I was having the same memories and should be on about the same time-line for grandkids!

At one time my daughter had the coolest Thomas the Tank Engine set that must have been G-Scale. Thomas was battery operated. It went to who knows where at the Church Yard Sale one year. Oh well, I probably brought home a Collegiate from the same sale.

Dr. D, is that a guy in a clerical collar standing near the sporty looking red brick building as the train ascends the first grade (about 33 seconds in)?
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I've lost more than a few brain cells watching Thomas the Tank Engine with my son. He was home sick last week with a stomach bug and actually watched the show for the first time in a long while (he's in 1st grade). Rent the Thomas movie some time if you want to experience a trippy experience without the drugs.

I can also remember that when my daughter discovered barbie.com, I thought of it as Barbie.coma as watching her tool around that website was extremely sleep inducing. Good thing that now at age 10 she's much more facile than I am with finding her way around a website.

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Ok here it is, the object of much desire. I've been holding this hostage from Dr. D. until I got the deed to his house, title to all his cars, and his golden retriever.


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I've lost more than a few brain cells watching Thomas the Tank Engine with my son. He was home sick last week with a stomach bug and actually watched the show for the first time in a long while (he's in 1st grade). Rent the Thomas movie some time if you want to experience a trippy experience without the drugs.
Season 1 and 2 (1984 & 1986 series, respectively) fans cannot sympathize with you more on the subject of the later episodes (Britt Allcroft began disposing of the Reverend W. Awdry's stories in 1991, while HiT Entertainment has been the wrecking crew from Season-8 onwards). Thomas & The Magic Railroad particularly hits a sour nerve with us, as it did you. Another Alcroft-written disaster.

The beauty of Rev. Wilbert Awdry's stories is that they were intensely skewed towards railway realism and quality writing. Most stories were almost always based on some factual railroad incident. Allcroft helped turn it into a kid's magic zone, while HiT generalized every story into generic, poorly-written plotlines with repetitive catchphrases, e.g.: "Confusion and Delay," "Really Useful Engine," "...as fast as he could," et. cetera. The two last American narrators did not help to improve this childish aspect in either respect (though it fares little better with England's Michael Angelis).

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That bike's as SWEEET as my morning coffe and whipped cream!



Where? ... Link?

Is that a "real deal" or a "fancy paintjob"? Do tell more!

I'd ride that bike to get coffee EVERY day!
Here ya go Dr. D. Soulville seems a fitting name

http://masibikes.com/tab4_subNav3.php
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okay. I was wrong about the lowlands bicycle thread being the most obscure and arcane thread in BF.

dis trumps dat.
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My son, now almost 20, was obsessed with Thomas as a young child. He had the train thing real bad. The only remnant of this is that we have saved his rather large Brio train stuff for use by future grandchildren.

We had taped a bunch of the episodes and he watched them over and over and over and...........
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My son, now almost 20, was obsessed with Thomas as a young child. He had the train thing real bad. The only remnant of this is that we have saved his rather large Brio train stuff for use by future grandchildren.

We had taped a bunch of the episodes and he watched them over and over and over and...........
SNAP! Parrallel develoment on both sides of the Atlantic! My eldest is 23, same experience, same fascination - and another huge crate of expensively-purchased Brio awaiting HIS offspring!

FWIW I thought the TV version with Ringo Starr as narrator was excellent. Also have a vast collection of original Rev Awdry books waiting for any new arrivals!
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yes ringo was the bomb... and I could never afford the brios for my little girl, not sure she would have enjoyed it nearly as much as i would have.
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As far as kids shows go, it beat the living daylights out of Barney. I couldn't stomach being in the same house when that was on!

I liked the cartoons they watched as they got older-Ren and Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, Angry Beavers, etc. Much better than the cartoons I watched as a kid, with the possible exception of Tom and Jerry.
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FWIW I thought the TV version with Ringo Starr as narrator was excellent. Also have a vast collection of original Rev Awdry books waiting for any new arrivals!
The first, and the best. Rather ironic that his departure also signified the end of the true RWS story adaptations.



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It was definately odd seing George Carlin and Ringo Starr in a kid's show, having known about their past exploits. I never really paid attention to the story lines, my son just watched it for the trains.
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Dr. D, you have it bad. But alas, my child and I were riding behind a full scale Thomas just last Saturday.
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