Ready to run 1/32 Mk 1 Coaches

Discussion in 'G1/32' started by Simon, 17 July 2012.

  1. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    A fairly significant development spotted on the G1MRA Yahoo group (members only so no link), Trevor Taylor has announced that his long suggested RTR Mk 1 coaches will be available in "February 2013".

    See the info yourself off the link from here. As far as I can tell from what's written there will initially be two types, brake second and second, and there is a pre delivery offer of four for £850.00.

    I really hope he gets these "right" as I want passenger trains and don't think I would ever manage to build one let alone three of Fred's masterpieces in my lifetime.

    Colourwise its everything except blue and grey to start with, green is what I'm after so I think I may take the bait.

    This all seems very sudden to me but Tag Gorton says that progress is apparently consistent with the projected dates, we'll see....

    If Trevor manages to build in some flaw that "kills it" (I'm thinking of the Heljan O gauge un mk 1 ishness here) then I think he will have also scotched the prospects of anyone else doing it properly in the next 50 years or so.

    So a lot riding on what he does I think, has anyone here any more information or any links with the man himself? I wonder what information sources he is working from?

    If he gets it right* then I think he will do extremely well with them.

    Simon

    * "Right" means right shape, no impossibly deep window edges, missing details no problem.
     
  2. AndyB

    AndyB Western Thunderer

    Saw these at G1 North last weekend - my first impressions were that they looked good value.
    But as I know nothing about Mk1 carriages, I have no idea whether they are 'right' or not - sorry!
    I'm sure some visitors must have taken a few photos...
    Too small for me to have more than a passing interest (it was a good Gauge 3 gathering too!)
    Got one of the new Slater's G3 MR Covered Goods kits whilst there - so will start a G3 workshop thread when I get some time.

    Andy
     
  3. Were they fully finished? If so, then they were probably the etched ones that have been touted around the circuit for some years now, to generate interest.
     
  4. D6356

    D6356 Western Thunderer

    Hi Email today says coaches almost to production so some time in spring
    Robert
     
  5. taliesin

    taliesin Western Thunderer

    Hi all, images of the first production run of the long awaited Mk1 coaches from the Gauge 1 Model Company have appeared on their website today, good news for some here, cheers Rob
     
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  6. daifly

    daifly Western Thunderer

  7. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    I have put my name down for a set in Southern Region green, and based upon those pictures feel even more hopeful with the prospect:thumbs:

    They'll look great as a 3 set behind D6319, with the fourth "loose" coach being the Bude portion of course, detached at Wenbridge Junction:))

    All I will need then is a Bulleid Pacific and my garden trainset dreams are completed:cool:

    Thanks for flagging that up Rob.

    Simon
     
  8. taliesin

    taliesin Western Thunderer

    I do have my name down for a set but already having Tower Brass MK1's i have agreed that Cookie can get up early one morning and annexe them :) cheers Rob
     
  9. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    May I ask how you rate the Tower Brass Mk1s in terms of accuracy and detail level, Rob?

    Tony
     
  10. taliesin

    taliesin Western Thunderer

    Hi Tony, in all honesty I don't have any drawings or data to compare them against so I cannot really give an answer about 'fidelity to prototype'. To me they certainly look the part and I am more than happy with them, both in looks and the way they run and despite the far cheaper G1MCo arrivals I don't regret buying them. I am aware that Tower won an award after releasing them so they appear to be rated quite highly. Best to look at Tower's own website as there are many pictures on there, cheers Rob
     
  11. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    Thanks Rob. I note the G1Mco guide price is around £850 - which is a fair bit more than current Tower Brass fully finished coaches?
     
  12. taliesin

    taliesin Western Thunderer

    Not quite Tony, the initial offer price is £850 for four, in time seperates will be available @£300, a fully finished Tower is @£675, cheers Rob
     
  13. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    Ah, thanks very much for that Rob - not an easy website to get prices off, I could only find one reference to £850, never saw the 'for four' offer!! :oops:

    I'm only looking for one and the Tower units do look very sweet - dunno what to do now......
     
  14. Bob Reid

    Bob Reid Western Thunderer

    "Skytrex" came to mind when I looked via the link above - apart from the iffy bit of photoshopping (the nearest end far corner of the roof has been err... rounded) the thick body, overly deep looking solebar and general lack of finesse (even when compared with the rather smaller 4mm Bachmann equivalent) would for me be a bit disappointing. Other folks mileage may vary!
     
  15. taliesin

    taliesin Western Thunderer

    If you loo
    if you look at my class 22 build under WR action on page 8 you will see a couple of pictures and video's that feature my Tower MK1's in maroon, the prop of G1MCo admits his do have compromises but they are half the price, depends what you want it for, cheers Rob
     
  16. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    Thanks for your advice - as I only require one for close-up internal viewing, I've decided to 'put up or shut up', and placed an order. But I can see that for a train load in the garden, a different result would probably be inevitable.

    Wonderful to even have a choice!!
     
  17. taliesin

    taliesin Western Thunderer

    So what have you ordered then? Rob
     
  18. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    A BCK finished in clean maroon - a little cameo I have in mind with a Drewry 04. I need time to get my act together though so please don't anyone hold their breath......:rolleyes:
     
  19. Steve Cook

    Steve Cook Flying Squad

    Cheers for the heads up Rob :thumbs:
    They certainly look they are going to do the job whilst getting covered in steam oil :) There are a few things to play with too, painting the side of the floor in body colour will help to reduce the oversize solebar look and its got to be worth speaking to Shawplan about the possibility of flush glazing at some point. To be honest, as long as they run OK, I can forgive the cosmetic faults to start with as they can be improved and altered later - the opportunity to make a set 'personal' is not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion.
    Don't get me wrong, I'd love perfection for £200/coach but we live in the real world :D

    Top man :) That sorts out half of what I need :oops:
    Steve
     
  20. taliesin

    taliesin Western Thunderer

    A couple of hours Simon? cheers Rob