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 Posted: Sat Jul 26th, 2014 06:50 pm
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Well I always wanted at least a couple of NER 20 Ton Hopper Wagon's. And now I managed to get my grubby little hands on Ten. Well whenever the opportunity came up I would squirrel myself away into 'The Den' or The Man Cave as she calls it.
         After many hours of modelling and making 100 grab rails and cursing as I got to grip with Methfix Transfers my results I submit for your viewing.
         The Spratt and Winkle  couplings were a doddle to fit during construction.




 
They all have a different Number



Now starts the weathering process



This view shows the grab rails on the ends.



Now, To me that looks far better than a couple.



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I'm guessing these are kits.  Whose are they?  They look good.  I like the builder's plate on the solebar.  I look forward to seeing these weathered.

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Hi John
           They are Slayers kits, But Slaters do not produce 4mm kits I believe, Cooper Craft do them but there machine for making them has been out of action for some time...

http://cooper-craft.co.uk/Pages/1/Home.html

           I did however get these on ebay.....But they are like Rocking horse manure to get hold of...Oh by the way the transfers are separate items to buy...


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Thanks, I am familiar with Slater's 4mm kits, having a boxful to build (bought when C&L had them).   These are now with Coopercraft, as you say, but I think that business is struggling.  I made an order about 6 weeks ago, my card has been charged but no sign of the stuff.   I've spoken to retailers who can't get orders filled.  If anyone is contemplating getting these kits (and they are very good) try to find them elsewhere and yes, the kits in general are getting rare.

My understanding is that Slater's themselves have divested the 4mm stuff to focus on 7mm.

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Hi John
            Yes you are in the same mind as I am. And CooperCraft  are not easy to contact there answer phone message is so low you can scarcely hear it. I had to resort to email (snailmail) ...I keep looking at Toy and Train fairs but the train side seems to be dwindling some what of late, But we must try? I also have a search on ebay but they are becoming rare and somewhat expensive..
But my saying is 'What price can you put on your pleasure?'


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Ihave been waiting for months now for a replacement part from coopercraft,no answer to e-mails or snail mail, he did not attend his last show.I think he is abuot to give up
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It will be a pity if they do. Their kits were quite good for the price. The 7mm GWR wagons weren't bad either but would have benefitted from decent buffers.



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When I made my order 6 weeks ago, I called him and, to my surprise, he answered.  He seemed a reasonable chap and quite helpful.  This gave me cause for optimism.  My optimism is waning now though.  I sent an email a couple of days but don't really expect an answer.

There's a thread on RMWeb about this and dissatisfaction is widespread.

The kits are indeed a great asset to the hobby.  Perhaps someone else will take them up.

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