Engineering prototype for 'Toad' revealed

24 March 2023
Dapol's 7mm:1ft scale/O gauge brake van project nears tooling completion as first images emerge.

Dapol's forthcoming GWR 20T 'Toad' brake vans for 7mm:1ft scale look a step closer to arriving with retailers later this year, with the release of images of engineering prototypes.

Fitted with a die-cast compensated chassis, profiled wheels and axles with brass bearing pockets and promising a detailed injection moulded body with full interior detail, the images are a sign of progression with the project, with decorated samples awaited next. 

Dapol has said that these engineering prototypes are subject to review, and aren't necessarily reflective of the final production models. The full list of variants and specification of these models, including variants promised can be read here.

Dapol 20T GWR Toad

Vans are to represent vacuum-fitted types with appropriate components, where applicable.

Dapol 20T GWR Toad

Sprung metal buffers are to be fitted as standard.

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Dapol 20T GWR Toad

Models have many separately added fine details, internally as well as externally.

Dapol 20T GWR Toad

Sprung metal coupling hooks and 'Instanter' or screw-link couplings where appropriate are promised.

Related: Read more about the history of these models

The 10 model variants promised are expected to arrive with retailers in Q4, 2023, each carrying an RRP of £101.52.


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