Rapido RTR Wagons in 4mm

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RossB
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Rapido RTR Wagons in 4mm

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Rapido have announced a 4mm RTR Caledonian Railway gunpowder van. It's not a 100% accurate model, but should still be of interest to Caley modellers.

https://rapidotrains.co.uk/not-quite-minks/
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A few more Scottish announcements.
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jasp
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Thanks for the info.
The CR gunpowder van looks very nice but a wee bit on the dear side at £32.95!
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You'll undoubtedly find the going rate to be 15% off that.
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In fairness, the quality of these models makes the turning of a blind eye an attractive proposition. 🙂

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BrianSmith
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The decorated sample of the CR Gunpowder Van is now with Rapido, both Rapido and Hattons are showing this wagon as sold out on pre-orders! I doubt there’ll be any being sold below RRP.

https://www.hattons.co.uk/directory/ve ... le?id=1175

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LarryC
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I took delivery of both the CR and NBR versions of the van this week, and very nice they look too. I know they are expensive but most stock is now, and the lettering on the NB van in particular is far superior to anything I could achieve. But I feel it is important to support ventures such as these, otherwise manufacturers will assume that there is no demand for Scottish prototypes in general and pre-grouping ones in particular.

As my layout Shieldinch 00 is going to the Paisley exhibition on 2-3 December, I tested the NB van on a short NB train (all three of my 0-6-0T Caley locos are out of commission at the moment). It was coupled in front of the white metal NB Kipps brake van, and derailed serially on a long curve. Suspecting that the fine scale wheels fitted by Rapido might not cope with my coarse trackwork, I replaced them with metal wheels and, hey presto, we have an eye-catching short train.
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I took delivery of both the CR and NBR versions of the van this week, and very nice they look too. I know they are expensive but most stock is now, and the lettering on the NB van in particular is far superior to anything I could achieve. But I feel it is important to support ventures such as these, otherwise manufacturers will assume that there is no demand for Scottish prototypes in general and pre-grouping ones in particular.

As my layout Shieldinch 00 is going to the Paisley exhibition on 2-3 December, I tested the NB van on a short NB train (all three of my 0-6-0T Caley locos are out of commission at the moment). It was coupled in front of the white metal NB Kipps brake van, and derailed serially on a long curve. Suspecting that the fine scale wheels fitted by Rapido might not cope with my coarse trackwork, I replaced them with metal wheels and, hey presto, we have an eye-catching short train.
BrianSmith
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Harburn Hobbies have commissioned a Rapido wagon.
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Mike 1
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Looks attractive, but is it entirely fictitious?

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Two liveries were mentioned in the RYP archives - brown oxide and prussian blue. The latter were probably a batch of 25 Nos. 376 - 400 built by Hurst Nelson in 1897. The model is based on the works photograph.

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Thank you. I assumed they would have been on the more common Scottish designed wagons - similar to the NBR Jubilee wagons - rather than an RCH design.

But from what you say my assumption was incorrect! thank you.

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Is there an expected release date for the wagon? I'm sure one (or two) will join the fleet at some point!

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Mike 1 wrote: Wed Nov 29, 2023 3:26 pm Thank you. I assumed they would have been on the more common Scottish designed wagons - similar to the NBR Jubilee wagons - rather than an RCH design.

But from what you say my assumption was incorrect! thank you.

Mike
It appears as if the livery is accurate but I suspect they have put it onto a convenient body. The photographs of 375 and 400 that are available show cupboard doors. However they do appear to open from one side rather than the more typical centre opening type. Given two body styles across at least two batches I think it would be a fair assumption that this wagon should have side opening cupboard doors rather than a drop door.

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