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Great video Brian,

Rare to see someone run the trains so fast!  :-0

Just got into Tinplate, and I am fascinated by the fact that my $5.00, beat-up,  1950s  Marx tinplate cars virtually never derail, while my much more expensive traditional or scale cars want to jump the track at any little high or low spot  on a switch or curve.

Mannyrock

@Mannyrock posted:

Great video Brian,

Rare to see someone run the trains so fast!  :-0

Just got into Tinplate, and I am fascinated by the fact that my $5.00, beat-up,  1950s  Marx tinplate cars virtually never derail, while my much more expensive traditional or scale cars want to jump the track at any little high or low spot  on a switch or curve.

Mannyrock

Tinplate trains were made specifically to be a toy, toys are a lot more fun when they go fast

Wait till you get some Lionel! All of the operating accessories and automatic mechanisms are a blast and can really make it feel like you're running a real railroad. I used to do the scale stuff, but I dumped it all for tinplate about a decade ago and have never looked back.

@Keystone posted:

Enjoying and appreciating tinplate more and more.  Though the plane pylon appears slightly more complex, I wonder if the plane pylon was the inspiration for Mattel's VertiBird helicopter toy in the early 1970's?  Thanks for posting the pics & vid.

The airplane is actually fairly simple, it uses 1 motor to drive the propeller, and 2 clutches to rotate the plane operated by the stick.

I think in practice it's very similar to the Vertibird, but I'm not sure, I never played with one.

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