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The Dapol Esso tank wagons are not a million miles off

 

I totally agree. Indeed, I have a rake. They even have the advantage of the modeller being able to shorten the chassis and add the SSM detailing during the build to make them very prototypical... But saying all that, if Heljan produced these in OO, I wouldn't hesitate to buy them....

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The main drawback with both the Dapol and Heljan models is that the majority of the ESSO Teo. tank wagons had the noticeably longer Class A Tank barrel. Its easy enough to extend the barrel of the Dapol tank with parts cut from another kit, but expensive to chop up a rtr model.

 

 

http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/essoatankwagonvb/h32cd852b#h32cd852b

 

http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/db999xxxtank/hb25d798#hb25d798

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Brilliant! I'm very tempted to get a rake of them. However, I'd hold off if I thought another manufacturer was planning on doing the Irish version sometime in the future....... :confused: :confused:

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Brilliant! I'm very tempted to get a rake of them. However, I'd hold off if I thought another manufacturer was planning on doing the Irish version sometime in the future....... :confused: :confused:

 

Without giving anything away, it's something IRM have/are looking at.

 

Re the price - it's highly competitive really. Having seen first hand the true 'cost' of quality factory run models, these are well priced - factoring the much larger UK market runs...

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Still cheaper than 3 IRM ballast wagons......... Economies of scale and all that.

True, but hopefully common tooling will allow these to be reasonably priced going forward, or at least that's how I understood it. Have to agree with Noel that the Heljans are not that cheap considered the projected market. The relative strength of the dollar may be a factor as I understand the USD is the trade currency with the Chinese (assuming that's where production occurs)

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True' date=' but hopefully common tooling will allow these to be reasonably priced going forward, or at least that's how I understood it. Have to agree with Noel that the Heljans are not that cheap considered the projected market. The relative strength of the dollar may be a factor as I understand the USD is the trade currency with the Chinese (assuming that's where production occurs)[/quote']

 

The overwhelming opinion is that the IRM wagons are very reasonable considering the tiny market and the quality of product. We've also addressed this odd rumour that prices will go down with future runs previously. It's not true.

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I see oxford rail is also doing a B class tank wagon with a revised suspension I think this means the addition of J hangers which would make them the nearest yet to the Irish /CIE ESSO wagons and best of all Hattons are advertising them on pre order for £16.50 that makes them about €19.00!!

https://www.oxforddiecast.co.uk/products/class-b-tank-esso-unbranded-black-revised-suspension-47792-or76tkb002

 

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