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IP Coach Kits

Post by HereticUK » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:40 pm

Hello all! I've been looking at the IP Engineering kits for freelance coaches and they seem to be of a much more reasonable length compared with the Swift Sixteen Classic Bogie coaches. Does anyone have any experience with these kits? Do they go together easily? How easy are they to paint and colour?

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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by JMORG » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:02 pm

I've made lots of IP carriages throughout my time in the hobby; very easy to make and paint and plenty of scope to modify. They feature separate overlays to make two tone painting and lining easier.
They are much smaller than the Swift Sixteen carriages but the Swift Sixteen carriages are designed to match the Roundhouse locomotives in height and width, length is somewhat similar to the L&B carriages. Again, very easy to make and finish and look mighty impressive once finished with some detailing.
One thing to point out are the bogies from the different manufacturers. Swift Sixteen bogies are superior in ride quality and detailing and are easier to put together IMO, IP's lasercut bogies are very good still though.
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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by HereticUK » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:53 pm

The reason I am umming and ahhing about this is because of these things.I am considering the IP coaches simply because they are 13 cm shorter than the Swift Sixteen coaches. It's a big difference when you really want to maximise the space available.
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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by JMORG » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:23 am

The IP kits are more manageable with loops are storage. Try some, I got one of there luggage composites and turned into a guards. I now have one of each carriage except for the plain bogie carriage.
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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by HereticUK » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:35 am

There's, of course, nothing stopping me from getting a set of both now that I think about it... ;) Thanks for your help!
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Post by JMORG » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:26 am

Have 2 sets! Remember that most narrow gauge lines (L&B, W&L, WHR) only usually ran with 3 carriages, whilst even the FR only usually had 3/4 bogie carriages (with additional bug boxes if needed) per set.
The forum obviously has many modelling ideas with the various stock you could reference. Swift Sixteen also has it's own gallery you could look at if stuck!
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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by AFGadd » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:42 pm

I've built a couple of IP kits, I really rate them. I also need shorter carriages.
I've built Swift Sixteen stock too and really rate them too (not built any SS coaches though).

A pretty passable paint job can be achieved by simply painting the parts separately?

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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:03 pm

Nice coach, well made and beautifully finished.
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Post by 11thHour » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:38 pm

Ditto

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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by LNR » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:46 am

Yes, certainly a very "passable" paint job of a different and likeable livery. I notice you also have the new Accucraft chopper couplings fitted.
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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by tom_tom_go » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:22 am

LNR wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:46 am
I notice you also have the new Accucraft chopper couplings fitted.
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I think the one in the picture is the Swift Sixteen brass type.

I have yet to find a supplier in the UK who has the new Accucraft type in stock.

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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by LNR » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:40 am

AH! my mistake Tom.
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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by ge_rik » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:36 am

AFGadd wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:42 pm
I've built a couple of IP kits, I really rate them. I also need shorter carriages.
I've built Swift Sixteen stock too and really rate them too (not built any SS coaches though).
A pretty passable paint job can be achieved by simply painting the parts separately?
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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by AFGadd » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:37 pm

Thanks, everyone. I didn't mean to "hijack" the thread, just to post an image of an IP kit.

Yes, Swift Sixteen Choppers. I use them throughout. I don't have a great deal of stock so I think it's worth the expense?

The roof is covered with a fine cotton cloth, PVA'd to the ply (edges folded & glued under), sprayed grey and then affixed to the body. Last this I did during construction actually.

NB. I didn't model the interior (I just wanted to prove I could achieve a decent coach). Instead, I painted the inside black and added the windows. Which, incidentally is 2mm perspex and not the thin stuff supplied with the kit. I think it looks so much better?
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Re: IP Coach Kits

Post by IanC » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:12 pm

Hello HeretikUK.

I've built a couple of IP coaches and they were straight forward. As well as the IP and SS coaches you could also consider the Timpdon ones and the Brandbright ones.

Choices, choices! I have the same dilemma. As I already have a rake of old IP coaches I only need one more rake.

I'll be interested to know which you go for. At the moment I'm tempted by the Timpdon ones.

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