Tuesday, 27 September 2011

"Epic Fail with Donald & Douglas"

Ever had one of those "EPIC FAIL" moments, when you realize you've made an unbelievable error, and have to re-shoot an entire review film all over again?


Yeah... *Facepalms*

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

"Day of the Diesels! Competition Now Open!!!"



Day of the Diesels! Toy Review & Competition! Take'n'Play Belle, Fiery Flynn, Den & Dart! (Thomas & Friends)

It's the big one! Win a full set of Belle, Flynn, Den & Dart from the Take 'N' Play range!

All you have to do to win is watch the video and lay in a comment
on the video with the correct answer to this question:


Which engine was having his firebox cleared out in the opening sequence of this video?

Closing date is the 30th October 2011. Good luck!

Monday, 19 September 2011

"Donald and Douglas had arrived from Scotland..."


They really DID arrive from Scotland today! Great thanks to Trainsontime for supplying my review samples. I notice that Douglas has a bit of a "HERP" face thanks to a slipped eyeball, so will have to fix that before the big review.

However, watch out for my test run footage coming later this evening. I've had them double heading and am mightily impressed. They are weighty, powerful models with superb attention to detail of the original TV series models (and in my review you'll find out the extremes to which these models were accurately made!)



Here's some footage I took this afternoon whilst getting in some writing on the review. Until next time!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

"Den & Dart HO Wheel Conversion - first glimpse!"



Yes, Den & Dart are running amok! Until next time - the competition video is fast approaching...!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

"Day of the Diesels! Den & Dart Complete!"


With the completion of "Dart", my trio of Gandy Dancer conversions have been completed. They will feature heavily in my toy review and competition video at the end of this month. I am now building a new set on which to film them...

...but first, a closer look at the conversions, whose building I will cover fully in the Day of the Diesels special video.


The basic gist is simple. Remove the original wheels, make square hole, and tidy it up to fit the Bachmann Gandy dancer chassis through. Glue together, and modify the outer die cast shell to fit. "Den" is the heaviest of the three conversions (surprisingly heavier than "Flynn") and as such is the most powerful, and the fastest! He can also pull a surprisingly heavy load.


"Dart" required a lot more lateral thought in the conversion process as he has a narrower body with less weight to it. I ended up modifying the gandy dancer heavily, re-wiring it. It's a smoother runner but now quite light on its feet, in comparison to "Den" anyway!

Until next time - when the four Day of the Diesels Take N Play models get their run out...!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

"Day of the Diesels - Den complete!"


Not strictly perfect yet, nor accurate, but it IS a very nice runner using, again, a Bachmann Gandy Dancer - may I present Den, from Day of the Diesels - who will be appearing in the upcoming competition video alongside Flynn (who you've already seen), and a third Take'n'Play conversion...watch this space!

Until next time!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

"Fiery Flynn HO Wheel Conversion - first glimpse!"



Fiery Flynn HO Wheel Conversion - first glimpse!

Will be part of an upcoming video review and competition video.

Until Next time!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

"Day of the Diesels Competition!"


This is the big one. Are you ready for it?

Spread the word.

I have one each of the new Day of the Diesels Take'n'Play models to give to one lucky winner. 

Den, Dart, Belle and Flynn could be yours, brand new and boxed!

The Youtube video will be out later this month, to tie into the release of Day of the Diesels. 

I'll also be showing you how I motorized a few of the Take'n'Plays!

Until next time - spread the word!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

"Fiery Flynn - in HO!"


I must be the first, surely? Yes, this is a powered Take N Play "Flynn" the fire engine! Which I think scales very nicely with the Bachmann Thomas model. Look out for it, and other conversions to HO running, in the next special review...which includes a Day of the Diesels themed competition, with prizes!

Until next time!

"Day of the Diesels...!"

For those of you eagerly awaiting the Henry VS Henry review - prepare to be disappointed, momentarily. Due to the Hornby Henry being late in arriving, I've not been able to complete the filming portion of the review, so I am delaying it a few weeks to get all the shots I need.

However...I have something else which will satisfy everyone in the meantime. A Day of the Diesels special...with special, special prizes to be won!


Until next time!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

"Edward's Exploit - Speed test!"



I'll be explaining how we did this speed test in a later video.

Until next time - enjoy the narration, Ross is simply brilliant!