1/32 New Wagon Kits

Discussion in 'G1/32' started by Marc Dobson, 22 July 2020.

  1. Marc Dobson

    Marc Dobson Western Thunderer

    I have very little knowledge of Gauge 1 so please excuse my ignorance, as I'm a 7mm modeller, but one of my customers has asked me I it was possible to manufacture my GER wagon range in Gauge 1.
    What sort of features would people be looking for in a G1 wagon kit? And dare I say it pay for a kit?
    The current 7mm range is:
    1. 10ton Box Van (builds vent and non vent versions)
    2. 10ton fitted vent van
    3. 8ton single bolster
    4. 3 plank fixed sides on a steel under frame
    5. 3 plank Drop side on a wooden under frame
    6. 5 plank on a steel under frame
    7. 5 plank on a wooden under frame
    8. 5 plank on a steel under frame
    9. plank on a steel under frame
    10. 10ton brake van (build 9ft or 10ft3 WB versions
    11. 7ton large cattle van
    12. 8ton single bolster.
  2. lankytank

    lankytank Western Thunderer

    First you have to navigate that stormy sea that is the different scales of G1 - you can chose from 10mm:1ft or 1:32....... And I don't give a :shit: what anybody else says, yes, you can tell the difference.:thumbs:

    Slaters started off with 10mm then quickly changed to 1:32 when they realised that the promised sales weren't there. Northern Fine Scale, after many years of producing 10mm models have recently switched to 1:32 (but I can't recall anything coming from them for a couple or three years??).

    Choice is yours but could reflect on number of sales if you get it right. Good luck.
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  3. Arty

    Arty Western Thunderer

    Have a look at Trevors range at Mercian of both 10mm & 1/32, although most of them are now to order only - which may tell you something ?
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  4. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    Mercian have a good range especially with the early coaches. Too late to swap over from G3 now.

  5. Keith Phillips

    Keith Phillips Western Thunderer

    Interesting. From a personal point of view, 1:32 scale is a must. A good level of attention to detail, balanced with the cost of the product. Fred Phipps wagons show what can be done and the price is fair, as are the 1:32 Slaters kits. A 1:32 Van from GWR, LNER, or LMS that saw good service in BR days would be great. Easy to build too as I don't have a huge amount of tools or experience (1/32 - Slaters Midland Railway 10T Van Build) . On a general level though, the G1 market seems to love the easy to assemble Northern Fine Scale and Accucraft Wagons (RTR). These are fine trundling along behind a loco but don't look too closely at the detail. Coming in at £70-90 they are very popular.

    Hope this helps and good luck with the project :thumbs:


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  6. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    I model in G3, but did model 1/32 scale narrow many years. It's a very nice scale, you can walk into any Stationers and buy a cheap ruler maked in 1/32". If you have any 3D printed parts, resizing might be easier to 1/32 than 10mm. The track gauge for both is 45mm, accurate for the former undersize for the latter. I had 3D printed rolling stock upsized from 10mm to G3 and had problems with the distance between the W irons, and the brake blocks fouled the wheels.
  7. David Halfpenny

    David Halfpenny Western Thunderer


    The Gauge One Model Railway Association has a "1:32 Finescale" special interest group, that I coordinate.

    I'd love to take this further with you, though I'm snowed-under with Covid-Crap at the moment.

    Here is a good place to do it in public, because more people can chip in, or by all means contact me at:

    David Halfpenny