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Author Topic: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype!  (Read 70345 times)

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NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype!
« on: September 08, 2012, 08:09:26 pm »
Hello everyone,

I've been keeping this under wraps for weeks, but those of you who model in the 'modern era' will be pleased to hear that the N Gauge Forum is lucky enough to have had two members develop a motorised model of a RailTrack/Network Rail Windhoff MPV.

For those that don't know, these units were originally ordered by RailTrack in the late 90's.  25 pairs were ordered to help maintain our railway and replace the old stock that was being used.  Network Rail has of course taken over the running of these great Multi Purpose Vehicles.

This model will come with the chassis, cab, detachable modules (which can be swapped around), and a piece to be placed on the chassis if you choose to run it without the modules.  The model will be 3D printed, and will need to be painted, as well as the modeller fitting the suggested motor in each cab end.

Due to a delay with various samples we haven't got as far as we wanted to for TINGs 2012, but a model will be on show on Sunday.

All comments are welcome - I think!   :D
Here are some of the CAD pictures to get you drooling, and I'll save the pictures of the real model for anyone who wants to view it tomorrow. ;D  The pictures below are in chronological order during development.

































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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2012, 08:44:18 pm »
Ooh, this looks interesting...await to see the pictures with interest!

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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2012, 09:44:03 pm »
Great idea. Especially the interchangeable modules.

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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2012, 10:46:33 pm »
wonder how they'd look in BR blue or large logo blue under Rule 1  :no: :no: :no:
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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 10:56:15 pm »
wonder how they'd look in BR blue or large logo blue under Rule 1  :no: :no: :no:

You're more than welcome to try one!   ;D

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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2012, 10:58:23 pm »
don't tempt me, I'm already in enough smelly stuff with SWMBO  ::)

any idea on prices yet ?
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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2012, 11:04:59 pm »
LOL  Just don't tell her!  ;)

I can't state any prices yet, as we're still deciding on a few bits and pieces.  3D printing is expensive though for two units, and the units will need two two motor bogies.  Hopefully I will know soon, but it will certainly be over the 100 mark if that helps.

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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2012, 11:08:18 pm »
not really, still tempted ---- wonder how big the box will be / how easy to hide  >:D
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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2012, 11:15:44 pm »
serious question : when you say interchangable modules, are you looking to produce it with one set of modules and the 'empty' floor, and then have other modules available seperately for other tasks, or have it with all modules in the one set [does that make sense ?]
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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2012, 12:06:04 am »
Is it going to be heavy enough as is or are you expecting to need additional weights ?
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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2012, 04:51:45 pm »
They look truly awesome! Where will i be able to buy them? I rather fancy a pair!

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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2012, 05:35:58 pm »
serious question : when you say interchangable modules, are you looking to produce it with one set of modules and the 'empty' floor, and then have other modules available seperately for other tasks, or have it with all modules in the one set [does that make sense ?]

There will be the correct modules for the running pair.  I'm sure other modules could be produced in the future.

Is it going to be heavy enough as is or are you expecting to need additional weights ?

Once we've got everything on the model we can decide.  The motor bogie we were using seems to have 'disappeared' from the sellers range, so we're either hoping for good news from the supplier, or we'll have to find something else suitable.

They look truly awesome! Where will i be able to buy them? I rather fancy a pair!

Many thanks!  I'll put all of the information on here as soon as the product is finished, but I'll keep you informed.

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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2012, 05:43:38 pm »
One question, is there not a major risk Bachmann will replicate their offering in N gauge in the near future?

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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2012, 05:53:33 pm »
One question, is there not a major risk Bachmann will replicate their offering in N gauge in the near future?

You have to take it as granted in this business that Dapol, Bachmann or the N Gauge Society will sometimes duplicate any kit you produce and basically kill it off. Build it into your pricing model because it happens  :'(
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Re: NGF Exclusive! Windhoff MPV Prototype at TINGs!
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2012, 05:55:25 pm »
great news will be looking forwards to building a couple of these
just hope bachmann dont do there own

 

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