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Re: Any interest in possible British outline wagons?

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  • d.hutchings@rocketmail.com
    Hi Stu, Definately interested in British outline wagons, altho I d prefer £10 - 15, a rake of wagons becomes quite expensive at £20 each. Marklin couplers
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      Hi Stu,

      Definately interested in British outline wagons, altho I'd prefer £10 - 15, a rake of wagons becomes quite expensive at £20 each. Marklin couplers would be preferrable.

      Thanks
      David

      --- In zgaugebritishandeuropean@yahoogroups.com, "janitorium" <yahoo@...> wrote:
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      > I've been toying with doing some British outline in Z scale for some time now, and decided it would be interesting to experiment with some of the rapid prototyping technologies that are around now - as a result of which I've managed to end up with a handful of prototype wagons which you can see the best of here:
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      > http://gallery.me.com/big.stu#100040
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      > I'm also looking at the feasibility of brake vans (BR 20T/GWR Toad) and possibly even Mk 1 coaches running on MTL bogies.
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      > It occurred to me that other people may be interested if these could be produced at a reasonable price, so I thought I'd de-lurk and see if there was any interest, and try and gain some feedback on what people might like. So here are the questions:
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      > 1) Is anyone interested in 16T mineral wagons or planked wagons as depicted in the gallery linked above? (Or similar variants - should be possible to easily do N-plank or even a flat wagon.)
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      > 2) Would interest be in small quantities (less than 5) or rakes (10 or more)?
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      > 3) Metal (Full-throttle 33") or plastic (MTL 33" or 36") wheels?
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      > 4) Couplings - Marklin/MTL/Simple pin/Other?
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      > Or any other wagon types which might be of interest?
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      > My very rough back of an envelope calculation (i.e. don't hold me to this) suggests that in small quantities, unpainted wagons with wheelsets, buffers and some form of couplers are going to cost somewhere between £15-£20 to produce. This doesn't seem an outrageous price range to be in compared to the commercial offerings (but guess it may end up being more if they are painted and sensibly packaged) - what do people think?
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      > At the moment I guess there are three potential outcomes:
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      > a) There is no interest and I'll just get a few made for myself.
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      > b) There is some interest and it may even be possible to have them made in sufficient quantities for the per-unit cost to drop a bit.
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      > c) There is a lot of interest and it may be worth investigating 'proper' production technologies (e.g. injection moulding).
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      > So - please let me know (privately or on list) if you're interested. I look forward to hearing from you :) Meanwhile I shall continue experimenting with some simple coupler technology which is compatible with Marklin couplers and suitable weights...
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      > Stu
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