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Hello all,

Dapol have recently revealed their new close coupling 1:148 N gauge TELESCOPIC STEEL HOOD WAGON:


Image from Dapol

It looks very impressive with one opening section and a latch mechanism. EVEN BETTER STILL for my point of view is that they have developed this in some kind of joint venture with Modellbahn Union of Germany who are announcing a new highly detailed Shimmns and Shimmns-u 708 telescope wagons of the DB, and if the model is successful then it seems some may be made for the other countries who use this wagon (ÖBB, SBB, SNCB, FS, NS etc. etc.)


Images from Modellbahn Union

While one is 1:148 and the other is to be 1:160 it obviously helps to share design and production costs, especially on wagons of a similar design where there will be economies of scale, and a larger market. This in turn allows more features and a higher quality to be achieved. Congratulations to Dapol and Modellbahn Union for joining up the commercial dots to serve modellers everywhere through International Collaberation - I only wish such alliances could occur more often when there exists overlap (it is good that model designs can now be rescaled on computer).

I will definately be buying some of the German ones, if not Austrian ones when and if they come along and it is nice to know that this is supporting Dapol too, who I feel are highly innovative and fresh in the UK compared to the older offerings. It seems Dapol are to be the UK distributors of the German Shimmns wagons, I have emailed them for more details about this.

Finally, after all the recent debate about continental v.s. English and the strong words used, this is a very great pleasure to see modellers on both sides getting essentially the same, or rather a very similar model of shared origins, and as long as the price and details/tampon printing are fair on both sides it will be wonderful! Let us wait and see, but in the mean time say:

Three Cheers for Dapol and Modellbahn Union!!

Goedel


P.S. Dapol doesn't seem to like me linking to their picture...go to their site to see it, I have emailed them asking if it can be used.
P.P.S. I am in no way connected with either company, in fact any model company at all!
 

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Hmmm, not much interest in this? Perhaps Dapol/Modellbahn Union didn't do enough market research...or far more likely the N Gauge / 009 part of the forum is actually a quiet backwater in the Eastern spiral arm of the galaxy?? The Vogons are coming...and I'm off to 'listen again' to Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4!


Goedel

P.S. Or perhaps it is me that puts people off?!
 

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Neither n gauge nor modern stuff is "my thing", so apart from reading out of general interest, I've nothing to positive to contribute.

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What a result for us n-gaugers!
Just been drooling over this item on the Dapol website - Have to admit at last we are getting decent modern stuff filtering through from both Farsih and Dapol with Blue Circle Cargowaggon look the business and just bought a load - it would be good thought to compare them too the EWS hoods from Farish, IF they ever get released.
 

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QUOTE (goedel @ 5 Oct 2007, 21:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hmmm, not much interest in this? Perhaps Dapol/Modellbahn Union didn't do enough market research...or far more likely the N Gauge / 009 part of the forum is actually a quiet backwater in the Eastern spiral arm of the galaxy?? The Vogons are coming...and I'm off to 'listen again' to Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4!


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I think part of the reason is that Fleischmann already do a telescopic covered wagon (of a more attractive design) in two liveries and the model that Dapol are producing was previously made by Roco many years back.
 

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QUOTE (simonj @ 10 Oct 2007, 11:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think part of the reason is that Fleischmann already do a telescopic covered wagon (of a more attractive design) in two liveries and the model that Dapol are producing was previously made by Roco many years back.
They are not the same wagon, though very similar. The prototype version used in the UK (to British loading gauge) is longer, so the scale difference makes the Dapol version quite a bit longer. I can see that the Roco model might reduce the sales of the European version though.
 

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Hi,

Sorry N scalers, Just felt like butting in with my HO Flm steel hood wagon.




Baykal
 
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