Last weekend at the International N Gauge show (TINGS) Dapol released images of new Cads for their proposed Bulleid Light Pacifics in N Gauge.
Dapol first announced their intention to produce Bulleid Light Pacifics in N Gauge back in 2012, yes 2012 and showed some initial cads at the time that quite frankly required quote a bit of work. The project was then put on hiatus. These new improved Cads do show that the project has been picked up again and that some good progress has now been made.
The models will have newly designed electronics, chassis and include Dapol’s loco mounted motor advised as giving “excellent slow speed running and haulage capability” The full features proposed are as follows:
- Powerful new locomotive mounted motor
- Electrical pick up from all locomotive and tender wheels
- Diecast chassis and locomotive body, injection moulded tender body
- Partial chassis compensation for smooth running and to aid electrical pickup
- Stainless steel valve gear and coupling rods
- Standard NEM couplings
- Printed name plates
- Accessory bag with etched nameplates and details buffer beam fittings
The Cads also show variations in smoke deflector type and both original flat fronted and later modified ‘wedge’ shape cabs, along with high rave and cut down tender types (we are yet to see details of the full suite of variations, including tender capacities, being tooled for).
Initially Dapol will be producing the original Light Pacifics with air smoothed casing, they advise that the rebuilt versions will follow in due course. The proposed versions are:
- 2S-034-001 21C164 ‘Fighter Command’ SR Malachite green
- 2S-034-002 34055 ‘Spitfire’ BR green, late crest
- 2S-034-003 34110 ’66 Squadron’ BR green, early crest
- 2S-034-004 21C113 ‘Okehampton’ SR Malachite green
- 2S-034-005 34030 ‘Watersmeet’ BR green, late crest
- 2S-004-006 34001 ‘Exeter’ BR green, early crest
The proposed RRP for DCC ready versions is £206.95, for DCC fitted £238.00 and for DCC sound fitted £341.55 and delivery is expected to be during 2024 at the earliest.
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