Further to the announcement by DJ Models in July, reported here, of their intention to produce a Class 71 in 00 and use a ‘ kickstarter’ process there has been a further development via The Kernow Model Centre whom have today made the following announcement:
“For the first time, a UK 00 model railway locomotive will be funded up front by the customers who will in return receive a model for their faith in signing up to this project. By crowd sourcing the finance for this model DJ Models are able to start work almost immediately. With the full co-operation of the National Railway Museum laser scanning will be carried out very shortly and cad/cam production can then follow. Whereas otherwise it would take up to 2 years this process should make it possible to achieve in a much shorter timescale.
The model will feature a coreless motor, heavy chassis, directional lighting, etched grilles where possible, separate wire handrails, DCC 21 pin decoder socket with a large space for a sound speaker and sprung buffers. Provision within the tooling will be made for alternate slide details for the Class 74 at a later date. (The Class 74 was of course converted from the Class 71 in BR days).
The price of the model through this process will be £125.00 which includes postage and packing withing the United Kingdom. Overseas postage will be at cost with a VAT deduction for non-EU orders. A special limited edition certificate and unique running number and livery combinations will make this batch of models more exclusive.
The likely RRP of any models released after this process is complete will be around £139.95.
Originally DJ Models had intended to use the “Kickstarter” process. However there were many hurdles to cross to start one and it has led DJ Models to reconsider the Kickstarter funding situation via Kickstarter themselves not least that the price would have had to be 10% dearer to provide for their costs.
DJ Models has reached agreement with Kernow Model Rail Centre to run a crowd sourcing enterprise with some subtle differences to the US based Kickstarter that should will meet approval because of the lower price and it keeps all of the money within the hobby.
When you place your order for one of the four exclusive models below, you will be charged the £125 in full as soon as you place the order. Your funds are secure with Kernow Model Centre and will be kept in a dedicated account. Kernow Model Rail Centre will release the funds required to further the project as each milestone in development is reached.
Milestones include, laser scanning, cad/cam development, 1st EP tooling and 2nd EP tooling.
In the unlikely event that the project does not proceed then all monies will be refunded in full. You can also cancel at any time, without penalty, and receive a full refund, right up until the model is sent to you. The easiest way is to pay through the website, but you can also send a cheque or visit Kernow Model Rail Centre in person and pay by cash. There is no limit to the number of models that you can order. As this project is being handled on behalf of DJModels they are excluded from the Kernow Model Rail Centre loyalty scheme.
Only 1200 of these models will be available. Once all 1200 models have been taken up under this process further models may be released but they will not be at this special price and will not include the special launch certificate.”