Further to the announcement by Dapol in their new 2014/15 catalogue that I posted last week that they are to produce the ex London and South Western (LSWR) B4 0-4-0 tank locomotive in 00 gauge I am now pleased, following discussion directly with Dapol, to confirm some additional details.
Initially Dapol, as shown in their new catalogue, are proposing 5 variants:
- ‘Normandy’ (Number 96) as preserved by the Bulleid Society on the Bluebell Railway
- ‘Caen’ (Number 90) Southampton Docks brown livery with Drummond Chimney
- Number 88 in Southern green [sic]
- Number 30082 in BR black, early emblem
- Number 30096 in BR black, late crest
Each batch had detail differences between them especially the last batch of 5 which had Drummond style boilers rather than Adams style, other detail differences included open / closed cab, cab roof profile (K14 batch) and buffers (appears to vary over lifetime).
Normandy in preservation has an open cabs whilst 88 and 90 both had closed cabs. 30096 before preservation in BR days had a closed cab that differs from 88 and 90 as it was modified from an open cab at the start of the war. Dapol they have confirmed to me that they intend to produce the correct different cab variants.
30082 being part of the later K14 batch originally had a Drummond boiler with dome mounted safety valves and a Drummond style chimney rather than the Adams stove pipe. However 30082 was fitted with a spare Adams style boiler (but with a Drummond style chimney) in May 1951 so would be correct in BR early crest livery post this date as all the models being produced will have Adams type boilers.
I also queried with Dapol that number 88 will be in Southern Green livery, I am not aware that any members of the class wore Southern Green livery but were black (some with green lining up to 1936) with Maunsell style lettering up to 1938 and Bulleid sunshine style lettering after.
Following a review of the reference picture Dapol were using as the basis of this model we have agreed that it was in fact SR black with green lining as applied prior to 1936 (but without the ‘E’ prefix and therefore post 1931) and the model will be produced in this livery rather than incorrectly in green.