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    May 12, 2016, 6:10 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #76

    That prop guy is Roger Christian : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002337/ and eventhough a rather lovely experienced propguy, who even addressed my question via an online Q&A, he is no longer quite a reliable source for answering about the material used for the lightsaber grips these days ... and I don't blame him ... it's been 40 years hence since STAR WARS was made

    Chaim
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    May 12, 2016, 6:41 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #77

    Assuming he worked on effects movies for even 20 of those last 40 years, it's a lot of time to forget what you glued or screwed/riveted to an old flash a few times for three movies.

    I worked on Thomas the Tank Engine for 5 years. 88 Episodes. 4 Movies.

    I used to be able to tell you every characters name. Every station

    I can tell you now that they are trains... and want to be usefull... that's it.

    That was only 4 years ago.

    The two projects since have wiped my mind clean.
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    May 13, 2016, 8:33 AM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #78

    Hypnotic regression is the solution
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    May 13, 2016, 11:08 AM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #79

    NeoRutty said: View Post
    Assuming he worked on effects movies for even 20 of those last 40 years, it's a lot of time to forget what you glued or screwed/riveted to an old flash a few times for three movies.

    I worked on Thomas the Tank Engine for 5 years. 88 Episodes. 4 Movies.

    I used to be able to tell you every characters name. Every station

    I can tell you now that they are trains... and want to be usefull... that's it.

    That was only 4 years ago.



    The two projects since have wiped my mind clean.

    wait what! Thomas! Did you work on the physical mechanical trains and sets? We need to talk
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    May 13, 2016, 12:15 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #80

    scottjua said: View Post
    wait what! Thomas! Did you work on the physical mechanical trains and sets? We need to talk
    Yes... I need to hit you for all of the Thomas I've endured over the years from nieces and nephews the next time I see you
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    May 13, 2016, 12:32 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #81

    scottjua said: View Post
    wait what! Thomas! Did you work on the physical mechanical trains and sets? We need to talk
    Well we did two versions... 1 season of the hybrid... where the CG faces were on the Original trains, and the all CG version for the following seasons.

    However, we DID have all the original trains in our studios for those 4 years, All the faces, Stations, for reference for the CG models.

    Its funny, I can't even remember the name of the Studio in England where they had all the giant sets. I had to fly down there for a day, and as I type this, I couldn't tell you the name.

    BTW... The original models are friggin awesome.

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    Edraven99 said: View Post
    Yes... I need to hit you for all of the Thomas I've endured over the years from nieces and nephews the next time I see you
    Man, I edited 80 episodes and 4 movies. I've been punished enough.

    And they were the "Sharon Miller" eps... with all the rhyming and alliteration.
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    May 13, 2016, 12:38 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #82

    Oh dude... that's awesome though. I love Thomas... because of my son, but we both super dig it. They're fun and well made. I was always impressed with the animation and technical aspects of the production... but the old school physical models and the CG. The hybrid actually worked out really well too.

    Man... where are those models now!? I want a screen used train or... even faces!
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    May 13, 2016, 1:35 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #83

    scottjua said: View Post
    Oh dude... that's awesome though. I love Thomas... because of my son, but we both super dig it. They're fun and well made. I was always impressed with the animation and technical aspects of the production... but the old school physical models and the CG. The hybrid actually worked out really well too.

    Man... where are those models now!? I want a screen used train or... even faces!
    http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Nitrogen_Studios

    Those trains are priceless... we had huge security on them. We couldn't even let our families see them.

    And Thomas fans are CRAZY... they would show up unannounced at the studio.

    I have a costume I made of Thomas I got signed by the director I'm planning on ebaying... see how crazy they really are!

    T-tracks... Train Tracks... same thing...

    Back on topic...
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    May 13, 2016, 10:18 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #84

    NeoRutty said: View Post
    http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Nitrogen_Studios

    Those trains are priceless... we had huge security on them. We couldn't even let our families see them.

    And Thomas fans are CRAZY... they would show up unannounced at the studio.

    I have a costume I made of Thomas I got signed by the director I'm planning on ebaying... see how crazy they really are!

    T-tracks... Train Tracks... same thing...

    Back on topic...
    You know what would be crazy? If the t track was from a model train set! But that's crazy talk.
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    Sep 21, 2017, 5:38 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #85

    Awaiting to receive another set of vintage brown T-tracks provided by @kalkamel ... I fixed the pictures again to become visible ...

    Cham
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    Nov 3, 2017, 11:01 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #86

    Used those brown tracks on my ESB saber! posting pics soon...

    Wanted to drop by and say Saberfreak's track looks remarkably like window track.

    http://www.beckson.com/channel.html
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    1 Week Ago  Nov 30, 2017, 9:13 AM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #87

    Hello all.
    I've recently got my hands on a small amount of black plastic t-track from a cupboard which was built in the 1970's in the UK (where I'm based). It's taken quite a while to clean off the 40-odd years of grime and varnish but it's come up rather nicely. At last my Graflex 3-cell has some proper grips!

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    My stuff looks like the same t-track as Sym-Cha has as it has the same profile, dimensions and source (1970's UK cupboard door track).
    I have some left and am planning on finally getting round to making a saber that lights up - I thought I'd do the corresponding 'practical' Graflex look-alike prop used in 1976 as I've got some aluminium tubing just as they used and I figure it would make a pair - the hero and the 'working' prop.

    I've had my eye on this particular t-track for about two years and the cupboard has only just been scrapped - I guess patience is a virtue!
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    1 Week Ago  Nov 30, 2017, 1:19 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #88

    Hi saberguy, and welcome aboard. Please try to add your attachments, perhaps with a comma inbetween, because now they are not visible for me.

    Cham
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    1 Week Ago  Nov 30, 2017, 1:49 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #89

    saberguy said: View Post
    Hello all.
    I've recently got my hands on a small amount of black plastic t-track from a cupboard which was built in the 1970's in the UK (where I'm based). It's taken quite a while to clean off the 40-odd years of grime and varnish but it's come up rather nicely. At last my Graflex 3-cell has some proper grips!

    Attachment 777096Attachment 777095Attachment 777094Attachment 777097

    My stuff looks like the same t-track as Sym-Cha has as it has the same profile, dimensions and source (1970's UK cupboard door track).
    I have some left and am planning on finally getting round to making a saber that lights up - I thought I'd do the corresponding 'practical' Graflex look-alike prop used in 1976 as I've got some aluminium tubing just as they used and I figure it would make a pair - the hero and the 'working' prop.

    I've had my eye on this particular t-track for about two years and the cupboard has only just been scrapped - I guess patience is a virtue!
    cannot see your pics buddy
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    1 Week Ago  Nov 30, 2017, 3:53 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #90

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    Sorry - here you go. They were there then they weren't!
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    1 Week Ago  Nov 30, 2017, 4:25 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #91

    I'm not doing very well am I? One minute the photos are disappearing, the next there's hundreds of them.
    Apologies, here are the main ones.

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    1 Week Ago  Nov 30, 2017, 4:32 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #92

    Nice G R A F L E X lightsaber and Kobold droidcaller Do you have a picture of just the profile of your T-tracks to compare to mine, saberguy?

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    1 Week Ago  Nov 30, 2017, 9:48 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #93

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    Sorry - here you go. They were there then they weren't!
    Looks awesome!


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    1 Week Ago  Nov 30, 2017, 10:48 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #94

    Nice saber, man! Was there a channel on the underside of the tracks or was it flat? If flat, did you create a channel before gluing it onto the Graflex?
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    1 Week Ago  Dec 1, 2017, 8:57 AM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #95

    Here's a close-up of the t-track profile on the left next to the modern equivalent on the right.
    It has a flat underside with no ridge, I just scraped the adhesive off and used IPA to remove the rest of the glue (as best as I could) before using Gorilla epoxy adhesive on it.

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    The modern track has a little groove in it but only a little one.

    This vintage t track has something else... a brand name stamped underneath it - HILLALDAM. Yes, they are still in existence (in South Africa) and yes, they still make t-track but it's aluminium and slightly wider (and different profile): http://www.hillaldam.net/tracks-chan.../bottom-tracks

    Spoke to their UK supplier and they only have it in gold anodised at about 25 shipped for a 1.8m length so not much use.
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    1 Week Ago  Dec 1, 2017, 10:33 AM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #96

    Thanks saberguy ... yep it seems the same profile as mine and now we have a brandname too ... good to compare it to the modern variant

    Cham
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    1 Week Ago  Dec 1, 2017, 12:55 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #97

    Similar profile as to what Kal recently found as well.
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    1 Week Ago  Dec 1, 2017, 1:11 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #98

    No SethS ... it's a bit different ... Kal's profile is a little slimmer with a slightly higher center rib ... when I have the time I'll make a comparison picture

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    1 Week Ago  Dec 1, 2017, 3:23 PM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #99

    I was just thinking they are both taller, compared to the Wampa cave profile and most of the repros we all use. But I'd love to see the comparison. I keep looking at the toe pic and try to discern if those grips are taller than what we see in ESB.
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    5 Days Ago  Dec 6, 2017, 11:07 AM - Re: Are these the vintage T-tracks we've been looking for? #100

    Just done a comparison of the various T tracks that I currently have:
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    On the left are the old rubber grips that I took off my Graflex. They came from the Custom Saber Shop about 10 years ago if memory serves.
    Next to it are the vintage PVC racks that I recently located and put on.
    On the right is a PVC sample that I was sent by Tubeway Extrusions in the UK http://www.tubewayextrusions.com/pla...-profiles.html The dimensions for that are A 4.6mm B 7mm C 10.07mm - basically the same as my vintage track but with a ridge that is much fatter.
    Finally, on the far right is a PVC track that looks much more like the vintage track but is taller. All three PVC tracks are the same width (approx 11mm).

    The Tubeway T track is only available in bulk with a minimum order for 50.

    The modern rubber grips are much wider and possibly(?) more accurate for that fact alone, but I'm so happy to be able to fit vintage grips to my Graflex it doesn't matter that they're slightly too narrow - they still look and feel the business!

    Hope the comparison pic is of use.

    Cheers,

    saberguy.

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