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Graham Plowman
post 27 Mar 2020, 04:23
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I understand that the GWR cattle vans as portrayed by the Coopercraft kit and the Slaters 7mm kit survived into BR days.

To that end, I am planning on making up my 4mm scale cattle wagon fleet with a few Coopercraft kits.
I understand that they were painted in BR Bauxite brown, however, can anyone please point me in the direction of good pictures and dates and anything about how they were numbered and lettered ?

Paul Bartlett's website appears to only show the more modern BR cattle vans which were based on the earlier GWR van.

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post 27 Mar 2020, 09:13
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Not a clue if they cover WR as well, but surely someone there will know about how it was once the greatness had departed?

http://www.gwr.org.uk/
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Graham Plowman
post 28 Mar 2020, 01:13
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Thanks 34C, I'll give that a go.
Also managed to find the old gwr-elist which has now migrated to groups.io so I'll give that a go too.


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post 29 Mar 2020, 10:27
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If you havent got the kits already, dont bother to order them from Coopercraft, they will either take an age to appear or not at all. I have kits on order from 2 years ago which never arrived. I never got a refund either.
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They pop up on ebay from time to time - that's about your only bet.Can the Airfix one be modified in to a passable GW version?


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Graham Plowman
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I've actually got a couple of Coopercraft kits from years ago - I purchased them in the MKI coach at Minehead's bufferstops which was the WSR 'shop' at the time. This was when the kits pretty much first became available in the early 1980's - happy memories of the Scout camp I managed to escape from at nearby Bicknoller to get to the WSR - the week that Charles and Dianna got married!

The present scenario is actually Slaters 7mm kits of the same wagon, I have two of them.

The Airfix kit (or which I have a few from my 00 days) would struggle to match this Slaters model...

Even in gwr.org.uk there seems to be no knowledge on these wagons. I have approached the NRM and HMRS.


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The Dundas kit is quite a long van with a central cabin for attendant herders? So my question is as to whether this is anything similar? to either the long lasting early version or the lesser lasting newer version?
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QUOTE (kristopher1805 @ 7 Apr 2020, 02:03) *
The Dundas kit is quite a long van with a central cabin for attendant herders? So my question is as to whether this is anything similar? to either the long lasting early version or the lesser lasting newer version?


I think you are referring to:

https://peco-uk.com/products/gwr-beetle-prize-cattle-wagon-2

whereas I am referring to:

https://slatersplastikard.com/linePage.php?code=7054

Very different vehicles!


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Thanks for that Graham, yes indeed.
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Hi,I used dapol GW cattle wagons very nice kit had to modify for fitting spring loaded buffers kdee couplings and fitted different transfers. turned out very nice ,Jim
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