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Imperial Troop Transport Appreciation Thread

Postby Cazza » Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:23 pm

Bagged myself a Palitoy Imperial Troop Transport a few weeks ago for a very reasonable £50 ish. The box is good, but the sound wasn't working and there were no prisoner restraints. Sourced the restraints pretty quickly and last weekend, I finally took the plunge and set about fixing the sound.

The battery terminals were in a shocking state and I had to completely remove them and soak them in vinegar. That wasn't the only problem, as the sound still didn't work, even when hooked up to a battery. Looked at a couple of guides on Youtube etc, but they didn't go far enough. So, I took the whole sound box apart. The rubber band had come off the spindle, which was obviously the main problem. Managed to loop it back on, which was a little fiddly, hooked it up to the battery again, but no sound. It was clearly spinning, but was making a clicking noise and not selecting the different sounds. After much head scratching and fiddling around, I realised that I had the battery polarity the wrong way around. What a total dufus! :lol: Sorted it and it worked perfectly. Got it all back together and have been playing with it since :lol:

It's at this stage, that I want to express my sheer joy at this vehicle. It was so rewarding getting it completed and working again. The mini record player is absolute genius! 8) It's just so cool. My boys thought it was amazing, as did my wife. No wonder it was pricey back in the day. The rest of the vehicle is also awesome- troop carrier, pilot seats, cannons, prisoner restraints etc etc. So much play value! My only memory of it as a kid are (I'm pretty sure) from a TV advert. I remember thinking it looked great, but never remember seeing it in the shops and none of my mates had it, as far as I can remember.

Anyone else have an irrational love of this fine toy? :)

*EDIT* Found the advert 8)
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Re: Imperial Troop Transport Appreciation Thread

Postby peekaygee73 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:47 pm

No, it's not irrational at all - I absolutely love this vehicle!

I always wanted one as a kid and never had one, though one of the lads down the road had one; I seem to remember it and a couple of figures were his only Star Wars toys. I finally set about bagging myself a boxed Palitoy one a couple of years ago. I got one in a really nice box, but had similar problems with the sound. A little cleaning and WD40 soon sorted that out. You're right, the play value with it is huge and I know it would've kept me quiet for hours as a kid.

I have a Palitoy K9 from 'Doctor Who' which works on exactly the same principle with the little plastic record - it even has different sounds on each side. Ingenious.

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Re: Imperial Troop Transport Appreciation Thread

Postby x-wingMark » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:20 pm

It was the first Star Wars vehicle we had back in the day. It was my brothers but I had the hand me downs. :D

My sound is currently not working so will have to clean it up too.

Also added the imperial cruiser this year.

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Postby SAVORY100 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:32 pm

Nice idea for a thread... here are mine:

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Postby grinchy » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:25 pm

Certainly an impressive vehicle, I never had one as a kid but a friend of mine did, happy memories playing with it
I picked one up on ebay a few years ago, sounds still work, and I sourced a battery cover and restraint from a member here :D
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Postby Capetown » Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:14 pm

Here's mine for the Kenner version contents. Still looking for a nice Palitoy version.

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Postby moosinthehoos » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:16 am

Here are a couple of the videos I have done on this vehicle. The sound box is great. Simple, but it works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEG5tzqLNAA&t=25s

And the top gun is something that can be easily repaired.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRAVFMJSfEM&t=29s

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Re: Imperial Troop Transport Appreciation Thread

Postby Cazza » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:29 pm

Steve, love the different boxes. Everything looks so good with an ESB logo!

Capetown- that's a real stunner :shock:

Moosinthehoos- really good guides- wish I'd seen those before I sorted mine, although it was kinda fun figuring it out myself. The other guides I found on Youtube only took one side off and didn't talk about the spindle at all.
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Postby lejackal » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:43 pm

This is one of many things I've never owned as a man child or as a kid, it's on my list of must get one to try at some point

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Postby spoons » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:40 pm

Love this ship, I just have a couple of projects but it has a very special place in my heart.

It was the first vintage ship I rember playing with as a kid, would have been around 1979/1980 at my childminders.

It was also one of the first ships i picked up as a collector. 5p from a bootsale

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Postby Pomse2001 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:06 am

Great story, I have the same problem with 3 of my transports. The sound does not work. I saw a youtube video about how to repair it. But I still thought it was to difficult for me :( But I have one where the sounds works.

Great boxes you guys have :D

Love the cruiser boxes so much 8)

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Postby Cazza » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:52 pm

Pomse2001 wrote:Great story, I have the same problem with 3 of my transports. The sound does not work. I saw a youtube video about how to repair it. But I still thought it was to difficult for me :( But I have one where the sounds works.

Great boxes you guys have :D

Love the cruiser boxes so much 8)


Give it a go mate- not difficult, just a little fiddly. The links posted above are excellent 8)
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Postby Pomse2001 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:46 pm

Cazza wrote:
Pomse2001 wrote:Great story, I have the same problem with 3 of my transports. The sound does not work. I saw a youtube video about how to repair it. But I still thought it was to difficult for me :( But I have one where the sounds works.

Great boxes you guys have :D

Love the cruiser boxes so much 8)


Give it a go mate- not difficult, just a little fiddly. The links posted above are excellent 8)


Thanks, I don't think I have seen this 2 links before. But I saw a video once where there was a video about the repair from the start to the end. And I tried to start on it, but after the first screws I thought it was difficult. I have no problems with x-wing, tie advance, tie fighters, b-wings, snow speeders, at-st and the isp-6 but that one damn it is difficult for me :( but maybe I should try again :?

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Re: Imperial Troop Transport Appreciation Thread

Postby Mr. Tie » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:09 pm

I love the Imperial Troop Transport very much. As a kid the local toy shop had one, but those days it was a very expensive toy and eventually I bought a carded stormtrooper leaving the ITT behind :cry:

Last year I bought the Imperial Troop Transport without box. The friendly guy who sold me this one mentioned that he had not tested the sounds and he believed they didn't work. So he was honest, but hey, how lucky I was finding out that everything worked! :D

I believe it is the Palitoy version because of the grey battery lid. It is missing the red striped stickers on the doors, but besides this it is complete and in a neat state. Would have been cool seeing this one in the OT 8) :wink:
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Postby Cazza » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:54 pm

Very nice! Here's mine- needs some stickers.
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