White metal is much more suitable for low volume production than is plastic injection moulding, where the initial tooling cost is very high. Ratio were very disappointed with sales of their LNWR wagons and coaches 30 years ago when presumably the interest was higher than today. I am told that they lost money on these kits as sales never recovered the tooling costs.
I would be surprised if nowadays there was a sufficient market for new LNWR kits. Possibly a return to scratch building is indicated. 40-45 years ago I used to scratch build in Plastikard, and these models are still in service. Of course, they took a long time and these days my eyesight might not stand the strain of cutting and affixing the bolt heads from .010" cubes or entomological pins.
The truth is that I do not really want any more wagons. I have been modelling for over 60 years and I now have over 300 goods wagons in my fleet. My layout is full, my display cases are full, my cupboards are full, my drawers are full, my storage boxes are full. A new model can only displace an existing model, or go straight into archival storage. I do have a couple of w/m kits yet to build (Geen LYR Fish Vans), but I don't expect that I will buy any more. I just might be tempted by a D.447 Motor Car Van, which is of course NPCS, not a wagon.
However, Cambrian have been planning a new wagon for some time so no need to pursuade him of the market availability. But perhaps we could guide him towards a D45 instead of an open wagon.
I speak from the sidelines as I use virtual modelling to create my carriages and wagons – currently building a Diagram 32 on top of the continued development of non-corridor carriages. Storage is only limited by the size of my internal and external hard drives!
I did look at the doing a Motor Car Van in Resin but it was suggested that the sides would not be smooth enough.In researching the Motor Car Van I got side tracked.
Is there any other way of contacting Mike Osborne other than snail mail as I am interested in his brake van.
simonweston wrote:I've got very few wagons but 5-6 to build, so could store some of yours if it would help ?. trying to get a couple of David Geen D88's but no answer to email so far. Will try phone next.
I have been in correspondence with Cambrian and suggest I should re-awaken it in the light of this thread.
As their existing proposals or, as Simon suggests, a D45?
I quote Barry from 2016:-
"The second half of next year is when we hope to do them, but might slip into 2017.
The intention is to do the one plank with the LNWR body, and also as the LMS container conversion, probably as two separate kits.
I will endeavour to let you know when there is more news."
If Cambrian prefer a single plan open, and since the Ratio kits still turn up and Bill Bedford has done a D1, maybe they could be directed to a D103, 18ft version, and an alternative with LMS hinged sides?
But I see they already do an LMS D1986 single plank, so that seems a bit similar to me.
Think thats a majority in favour of a D45 then Peter.
Just looked at Gary's sort of crowd funding suggestion; wonder if that might persuade Ratio to do a rerun of their kits? I see the two wagon set with the loco coal wagon is standing at £16-00 on Ebay today! They still do the chassis as an item so presume the moulds might still be useable?