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    Whilst replying to another post below, it occurred to me to ask whether there are any plans to produce future batches of the Mk3 coaches with tinted glazing as per the prototype? I like these models and have built up a large collection but it takes forever to neatly modify them with tinted film to make them look truly authentic. Presumably this would not involve any tooling change, just a darker material for the glazing.

    Also, being something of an HST fanboy and all their various formations throughout the years, can we expect a different type of catering vehicle at some point, along the lines of the 3-window TRUB/TRFBs which were ubiquitous in HST sets? Not sure how tricky it would be to adapt the present buffet but this would create a lot of possibilities.

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    Could i also ask : Mk3 Coaches: any chance of...? I see the Flying scotsman sets coaches all come Light Bar fitted. Have you any plans to provide this option on coaches which can have Light Bars fitted? I assume it would be significnatly cheaper than adding them as an extra as we have to do now?

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    • #3
      BR in Executive liveries had Mk3 as Pullman coaches -many with names - Sir Stanley Matthews, Pankhurst, James Joule, Gladstone, John Lennon, Thomas Brassey, Stubbs, Lowry, Barbirolli, etc

      Hornby reliveried LNER coach as departmental coach whilst buffet car was in blue/grey livery 9Some windows blanked).

      These could maximise tooling.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by chriswrightmk View Post
        BR in Executive liveries had Mk3 as Pullman coaches -many with names - Sir Stanley Matthews, Pankhurst, James Joule, Gladstone, John Lennon, Thomas Brassey, Stubbs, Lowry, Barbirolli, etc
        Those were some of the Mk3b FOs. Don't think the names lasted beyond Executive livery (which was the original livery for these coaches - they were built in 1985).

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        • #5
          Hope the Chiltern Railways ones have not been forgotten!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by chriswrightmk View Post
            Hope the Chiltern Railways ones have not been forgotten!
            Would someone from Dapol be able to give an indication of whether these are likely? Or indeed any other Mk3s (HST or loco-hauled) in the next year or so?

            I assume that there are no plans to model the sliding door Mk3s which are fitted or due to be fitted to all HSTs intended for use beyond the end of this year? Hornby are doing them in OO. Currently three liveries - GWR green, Scotrail blue/white and Crosscountry silver/maroon/pink.

            Thanks

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            • #7
              I don't know how many others took advantage of the Farish over production of their Mk3 Buffet coaches to use with transfers, but I have bought and fitted Dapol Mk3 roofs (DCC Supplies) to these shells and they are a near perfect fit. I was at a loss to know how to remove the vents etc from the Farish roofs, no need now with the Dapol spares being available.
              I still hope for Dapol to produce unpainted versions of the Mk3 coaches so we can use transfers for the versions they have not yet or may never produce. It would be good to be able to buy them in boxes of 10 to keep the price down.

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              • #8
                The General Catalogue pages state "New Range Coming Soon" for loco hauled Mk 3 coaches.

                So, is there any chance that this range could include...
                • Mk 3a coaches with the correct 3 Roe-Vac roof vents (as per the Prototype HST MK 3 coach roof, released last year)
                • Mk 3b Pullman FO coaches in Executive Livery with names (+1 to @chriswrightmk and his post from 2019) - the HST style Mk 3 coach roof with a single square vent at each end would be correct for these coaches
                • Blue/Grey and Executive Liveries with the "Inter-City" or "InterCity" branding in the correct location this time, higher up the bodyside than previous releases?
                • Correct width red and white stripes on the Executive and Swallow Liveries, as per the most recent release of HST trailers?
                • Another run of Mk 3a loco hauled RFM coaches based on actual protoype photos this time e.g. 10200 or 10201 in Executive livery, branded "InterCity Restaurant Buffet" like this https://flic.kr/p/4N36Qt and this https://flic.kr/p/Hzbuon; and perhaps a blue/grey example based on one of the Cargo-D or preserved examples, like this https://flic.kr/p/PkubNh
                • Mk 3a coach roofs with the correct 3 Roe-Vac roof vents available separately as spare parts, in appropriate colours to match previous loco haul released coaches
                I hope this isn't too much to ask - a little attention to detail with the livery application could transform these models

                Cheers,

                Tom.

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