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Posted 9 months ago

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mcheconi
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These are my vintage (prewar) Lionel and Marx floodlight towers.

These were originally used in model train sceneries and I thought they would make great lamps to decorate my loft.

They are all metal, with tiny incandescent bulbs.

I am still working in a way to have them lit up. I will probably use a model train transformer. They have a style of their own and look great.

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  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 9 months ago
    Awesome! Very cool!
  2. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 months ago
    Probably worth a bundle huh. Lionel collectors are rabid
  3. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    Hi Stillwater, thanks for commenting. Actually these are not expensive pieces and there are always some being sold at ebay.
  4. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Wow, love the beauty they will have for your purpose - I bought a number of items from a light company that makes lights for trains and models, anything that you can think of. They have about 20 short and not boring videos on their site ! They have small lights and even nano lights. I bought from them and it was a very pleasant experience. Even if you don't buy from them, you really need to watch their videos, there are a number of them and they will give you plenty of ideas.
    http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/light-house-light.html
  5. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    These lights by the way, need no large and awkward transformers !!~
  6. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    Phil, thank you very much for this tip. It would be a lot easier to work with LEDs, that's for sure. I will send them a message explaining what I need.
  7. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Hi mcheconi, I implore you to watch as many videos of theirs as you can --- especially before you buy anything. That way you can make the best decision possible, even if you buy from another company !~
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    I have never seen these towers before, really excited that you will use them as lamps - they will be so perfect for your loft !!~
  9. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    Phil, search ebay for "marx tower" or "lionel tower" and even "O gauge" (this is the size scale). There are many well detailed pieces with a beautiful used look.
  10. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    I will watch the videos. I believe there are LEDs that can fit the tiny brass sockets so no re-wiring will be needed.
  11. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    I also never saw these being used as lamps, and that's why I called this post "My contribution..." They seem to be made for loft decor. I was very excited when I found them.
  12. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    I am thinking of getting some of these towers for using with my mascot collection !~Phil
  13. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    I especially like the one with the big searchlight on it - killer dude !~
  14. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    Phil, I bought this lamp post today (scroll down to see the pictures):

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LIONEL-PREWAR-O-GAUGE-58-19-GOOSE-NECK-LAMP-POST-NO-BOX-/251298758170?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&nma=true&si=A6QYHuecLPWkXzVhvD0HXbe%252Btjc%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

    As soon as it gets delivered here in Brazil (this can take up to 20 days...damn...) I will post pictures. I will use it as a lamp too.
  15. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    They make nano lights too. But they are so small, unbelievable !~
  16. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Wow, you have a very good eye, I just love this one, must be rare too !! I am thinking of getting some, this rare one of yours is a real FIND, hope you get it in good order and soon !~
  17. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    I am not sure about the rare factor...there are at least two other being sold today. But they are undoubtely beautiful!
  18. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    I saw these type of lights from China. I have ordered bulbs from China before with no problem - these look particularly cheap with free shipping. Hopefully can find some yellow bulb ones.

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/L1218DR-20pcs-Pre-Wired-1-8mm-Diffused-RED-Led-Lamp-Light-Set-12V-18V-NEW-/221091221185?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item337a104ec1&_uhb=1
  19. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    Phil, check these! http://www.ebay.ca/itm/E1001W-20pcs-12V-White-E10-10mm-Screw-12V-16V-Led-Bulb-Light-for-LIONE-NEW-/350830357105?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item51af1e6a71&_uhb=1

    No re-wiring! That was a great tip, thanks! And these are 12 volt, so I think it will be possible to use the modeltrainsoftware.com adapter.
  20. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Those bulbs would work, I guess these black towers you have are a foot high ??
  21. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    They vary from 10 to 12 inches high, yes, about a foot.
  22. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Yes really like that spotlight, and I see you have 2 of that variety, each a bit different !~Phil
  23. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    Actually they are in different states of conservation. Model train enthusiasts usually paint them, add details, let them rust...I love the ones with this aged, wore out looks.
  24. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 months ago
    Search ebay for "Marx 436 Searchlight Tower X Two #1 and 2"...these are priced really low..and there are parts missing to make them look even better LOL! I won't paste the link here cause I was reading the guidelines ( I am a new user) and apparently you can't advertise items even if they are not yours. :P
  25. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you - I may bid on those as they would work great with my mascot collection, thank you for all the help - very much appreciate.
  26. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 8 months ago
    Thank you mcheconi for the names of tower #1 and tower #2, I did end up buying them and after I had to claim lost as it did not arrive in the mail. It was the end of about 3 weeks and it seemed to have not moved from Atlanta, and then 2 days later I received it finally. I think they must have forgot to update the progress. Happy with these two, they are wonderful, one lens seems to be missing, replaceable I found out, but other than that they are super cool !
  27. mcheconi mcheconi, 8 months ago
    Hey Phil, nice to know you got the towers. Looking forward for your post on them.
  28. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 8 months ago
    I am going to try to wire before I post, using those LED's. Just wondered if you got your goose neck lamp yet, it must have been quite expensive to have it mailed to Brazil ? Hope you didn't have to pay duty on that small amount also.
  29. mcheconi mcheconi, 8 months ago
    Yes Phil, I got it. It was not a cheap postage ($30.00) compared to the price of the item ($38.00) and I didn't have to pay for import duties (you can buy imported goods costing up to U$50.00 without taxes in Brazil). I will post it as soon as the other one I bought get delivered. You said you will have to rewire the towers? Did they come without any wires on them?
  30. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 4 months ago
    I still love your display here, the very best of the best. Have a Merry Christmas Marcello, and a very Happy New Year. May your season this year in 2013 be very merry and filled with loved ones. The best to you in 2014, and may opportunity occur in all days of your life. Glad to see you still come on to Collectors Weekly, hope you have been well. Phil.
  31. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 months ago
    Thank you Phil. I am fine thank you. I wish I had more extra time to be here more often. Hopefully during the holidays I'll have time to catch up with the new posts.

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