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Silver Fox Laminate Coaches

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Silver Fox have a reputation of producing reasonably well finished but not particularly accurate models of Irish locos and stock. 

The Silver Fox "Laminates" appear to be based on "Bredin" coaches built by CIE in the early 1950s (using traditional coach building techniques) rather than the Laminate Coaches built in the late 1950s, Laminates has been used as a catch all description by some enthusiasts  for CIE coaches built during the 1950s although there are significant differences in construction and visual appearance between CIE Bredin &  Laminate Stock.

The  coaches appear to be based on the Dapol Stanier 60' coach most likely using a cast resin body in conjunction with Dapol bogies, underframe and roof and may be shorter and narrower than scale.

The traditional steel underframe and LMS/GSR style bogies are reasonably correct for coaches built up to 1953-4, most of these early coaches were relegated to suburban use/withdrawn by 1982-3.

These coaches ran in mixed rakes with other stock including Craven, Park Royal and Laminate Coaches

The Silver Fox Laminates are probably a reasonable layout coach, but may not compare with kit and rtr Irish coaches by other manufacturers.

Irish Freight Models produce Laminate & Park Royal Coaches in kit and RTR form




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5 hours ago, jhb171achill said:

Are the Silverfox and / or IFM ones still available, does anyone know?

The IFM website appears to have been hijacked by some stuff about UEFA and pictures of American skylines....

IFM have an on-line store linked to their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Irish-Freight-Models-1252098201500518/app/251458316228/?ref=page_internal

Silver fox list the Open Standard and Buffet Car bodies my be vinyl or printed plastic of the Dapol body shell rather than a resin casting, roofs, gangways and ends appear to be pure Dapol. http://silverfoxmodels.co.uk/ir-ie-buffet-car/


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