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Author Topic: Dapol unpainted wagons.  (Read 759 times)

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Dapol unpainted wagons.
« on: July 05, 2017, 08:41:15 am »
In the past I have purchased a rake of unpainted Dapol grain wagons from Hatton's. At a fiver each and with some fairly good painting/spraying skills I have assembled a nice rake.

Looking at Hatton's last night they seem to have just the chassis listed, unless I missed the unpainted wagons.

I'm wondering if Dapol have stopped doing them, or Hatton's have decided to no longer stock them?

My feeling is that the unpainted wagons and NGS kits are an important option for those who like to model, and/or are restricted in their purchases given the ever increasing cost of rtr.

For NGS members I reckon the kits are an important benefit of membership, and it will be good to see them back. Thanks must go to those beavering away sorting out the mess that unfolded with the kits.

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 01:32:52 pm »
I have four of the grain hoppers so that I can paint them up into early LMS livery (built 1928). It certainly would be a shame if Dapol are no longer making unpainted wagons available.

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2017, 02:00:18 pm »
I used the chassis of unpainted Siphons under cut 'n shut Chivers SR CCTs to make Gangwayed bogie luggage vans. Then Farish brought out theirs. Sod's law strikes again

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17581.msg175347#msg175347
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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2017, 02:46:10 pm »
...Then Farish brought out theirs. Sod's law strikes again

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17581.msg175347#msg175347


In that case there will be a brand new LSWR six-wheel block set carriage out very soon...

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 04:35:41 pm »
I noted the unpainted stuff has gone from Hatton's site a while back.  I too bought a nice rake of grain wagons that I was happy to weather, and even after buying decals the cost was still far less than the "off the shelf version".  I also bought the siphon's at 5 a go swapped the chassis for my Lima ones and sold the left over Lima chassis with a painted Dapol body on ebay.

Also have a few of the coal wagons still going through the weathering process, please bring them back they are a bit like buying the old Airfix kits in some sense..

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2017, 04:43:47 pm »
Dapol still have most of the unpainted wagons listed on their website although they are sold out of the grain wagons :-(

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2017, 05:32:37 pm »
Osbornes do laser cut wood kits to modify the Siphons to GWR Monster vans and Churchill's funeral van too http://www.osbornsmodels.com/archn0003-conversion-kit-for-dapol-gwr-br-monster-van-n-scale-31687-p.asp

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2017, 07:51:23 am »
Dapol still have most of the unpainted wagons listed on their website although they are sold out of the grain wagons :-(

I bought a rake of unpainted Dapol hopper wagons from Hattons earlier this year. Currently painting them. Agree that significantly cheaper that buying branded and there is the advantage that you can fully customise.

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2017, 12:26:14 pm »
I have just emailed Hatton's asking about the unpainted wagons. When they respond I will put their answer on here for all.

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2017, 12:42:31 pm »
I am not aware of Dapol stopping production.
it may simply be the batch production schedules, which apply to manufactured and unpainted stock just as much as with painted stock, are such that they have sold out before the next scheduled run. I can't see Dapol having tools for unpainted wagons in the UK and painted ones in China.

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2017, 02:15:30 pm »
It could of course be that Dapol are moving the production back to the U.K.

I'm sure I read that they have taken delivery of an injection moulding machine at Chirk.

Hopefully Hatton's will shed some light on it.

As I said earlier I think the unpainted wagons from Dapol and the NGS kits are important options for a number of reasons. I certainly view the society kits as somewhat a Jewel in the NGS crown, now that the shop has been (understandably) rationalised, and Modelmaster decals can be bought by non-members (albeit at 25% more)

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Re: Dapol unpainted wagons.
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2017, 10:30:18 pm »
Here's the reply from Hatton's.

Bryan White (Hatton's Model Railways Ltd)
6 Jul, 13:02 BST
Hello Steve,

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately we don't have any further information available to ourselves other than the items are no longer available at Dapol, it may be worth contact them to see why they are no longer producing this range of wagons.

I have enclosed a link below to the contact us section on the Dapol website:

https://www.dapol.co.uk/index.php?route=information/contact

 

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