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February 2024 Update: Expressions of interest: CIE 20T Brake Van rebuilt version

I am accepting "Expressions of Interest" in order our newest variations of the humble CIE 20T Goods Brake Van that ran at the rear of the majority of Irish Goods Trains up to the late 1970. Our latest models are of the all planked and ply sheeted versions of vans fitted with metal duckets or look outs from the mid-1960s onwards. The all planked version is based on 23642 preserved at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Cultra, The sheeted ply cabin with vertical planked veranda version is based on a photo of 23508 in Locomotives and Rolling Stock of...

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December 2023 Update: RTR (ready to run) wagons available of delivery February 2023

A (very) small number of RTR wagons (some at reduced price) are available for delivery mid-February 2024.  The models were printed to a high standard by our current Hong Kong based supplier achieving a similar surface finish to injection moulded plastic. However due to the printing process defects may be more visible on one side and end of the model due to the nature of the printing process which tends to result in one 'sharp' and one 'soft' side on a model. A number of the Planked and 1946 version of the Covered Wagon or Van are available at reduced...

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August 2023 update undecorated wagons available on pre-order

We recently sold out our inventory of un-sold stock. All wagons are available on pre-order in un-decorated form. I am currently unable to produce rtr wagons in decorated form as a result of family commitments.

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Decorated sample of a wagon printed in our new materials

The model is inspired by an early 1970s photo of a care-worn 15653 at Heuston Goods. 15653 appears to have been a modernised version of a design of Covered Wagon first introduced in 1915 and similar in general appearance to wagons built up to the late 1950s. The paintwork was a bit of a rushed job, but nicely illustrated the standard of finish achieved by our new supplier. The blemishes in the finish are down to my painting not the 3D printing! The photos show all four sides of the van to illustrate the standard of finish and the absence...

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New materials, finer detail and lower prices!

I have received our first production order from a supplier who has the capability to print models in engineering resins ('Tough" and ABS-like) to a higher resolution than our original production and at a lower cost! I have revised our pricing to reflect our lower production costs. Details like the label clip on the Standard Open wagon which we once struggled to print are clearly re-produced. I am planning to print the majority of our future production in an ABS-like resin because of its high strength and resilient properties.  

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