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Minerva Model Railways is pleased to announce the production of a fine-scale RTR, injection-moulded 0 gauge model of the Great Western Railway Gunpowder Van in 7mm scale (1:43.5, for 32mm standard gauge). It is Minerva’s second model in a range of rolling stock and will be available during March 2018.

The first iron Gunpowder Van actually preceded the famous Iron Minks by some years, being built in 1885, but the diagram modelled was introduced in 1897, with further batches at intervals until the First World War. Some were converted later to Iron Minks, but then reverted to their original purpose as further hostilities loomed in the 1930s. They were very long lasting, with known examples surviving into the early 1980s. Further historical information can be obtained from ‘GWR Iron Minks’, published by the HMRS.

 

The model features a plastic injection-moulded body and chassis, metal-tyred wheels on pin-point axles fitted in compensated axle-boxes, sprung buffers and hook draw-gear with three-link couplings. Four liveries are available: GWR with 25” lettering, GWR with 16” lettering, the later ‘Improvised’ markings and British Railways unfitted grey.

 

The retail price per wagon is £42.00 including UK VAT. A discount of £2.00 per van is available for orders of five or more models. Delivery of the production models is expected in March 2018.

 

The models will only be available direct from Minerva Models via mail and telephone order, the Minerva website and from the Minerva Models’ stand at selected model railway shows.

 

 

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Evening Chris & Chris,

 

Just wondering whether you’ve got a date these are arriving yet?

 

Thanks,

Andrew

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Evening Chris & Chris,

 

Just wondering whether you’ve got a date these are arriving yet?

 

Thanks,

Andrew

Andrew,

They should have arrived this week, but the shipping agent has told us the ship has been delayed by congestion in the area of the Suez Canal. We had hoped to have them for the GlosGOG show next Sunday, but we haven't been given a landing date yet. We will definitely have them for NEWGOG on 14th April. We will announce when they have arrived and cleared Customs.

 

Regards,

 

Chris

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Thanks Chris, will await your announcement. There’s a chance I might get a wagon or an IOU for my birthday.

 

Thanks,

Andrew

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The Gunpowder Vans have arrived and we are starting deliveries to customers today. Details on the Minerva webshop at: https://www.minervamodelrailways.co.uk/shop/

 

That's good news - I'm hoping the two I pre-ordered as a surprise birthday present (for myself!) will arrive by the 21st.

Cheers, Vaughan

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That's good news - I'm hoping the two I pre-ordered as a surprise birthday present (for myself!) will arrive by the 21st.

Cheers, Vaughan

Vaughan,

We started packing and sending the advance orders today, so watch out next week.

 

Chris K

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Arrived this morning... a slightly belated birthday present from my wife. The girl done good!!

 

The finish is excellent, better than I could’ve done from the etched kit that is available.

 

One very minor niggle, the super glue holding the two halves (and the bearing) of one of the axle boxes hadn’t survived the trip from China. However, had that fixed within a couple of minutes and on a test run.

 

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Andrew

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I found some time to weather a Minerva GWR Gunpowder Van this weekend. Here it is on Cwm Bach in "Before and After" guise and alongside an Iron Mink cousin. Weathering was done with brushed enamel paint, weathering powders and a chinagraph pencil for the chalk marks.

 

Regards,

 

Chris K

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