This months picture…
This months picture…
Hot on the heals of the first Engineering Prototypes (EP) of the Kernow Model Centre ex London & South Western Railway (LSWR) Adams O2 class being received a couple of weeks ago as reported here, the first running sample has now been received.
Whilst this running sample is substantially more complete detail wise than the first samples there are still a number of details to be added and this running sample, does not yet represent the finished models, although it is pretty much the Kernow Model Centre K2105 variant representing number 225 (the finished model will be in Southern Black with Bulleid sunshine lettering) as fitted with Pull Push gear.
It is good to see we are getting tantalisingly close, the next steps will be a few minor tweaks / corrections before moving onto livery samples.
Although the video quality is slightly questionable Kernow have posted this video showing the running sample doing what a running should be doing i.e. running…
In other 4mm 00 news…
Dapol have been pretty busy recently, especially as per below in 7mm scale, in 4mm they have released a image of the first EP’s of the Class 73/0 JA variant with a promise that the Class 73/1 JB EPs are not far behind
Bachmann have recently received the 2nd EP of their ex London Brighton and South Coast E4 class , the first EP images can be seen here, this 2nd EP incorporates one or two minor modifications following consultation with the Bluebell Railway, where the preserved E4 resides, and is now ready for livery samples to be produced. Pictures of the 2nd EP can be seen here on RMweb.
Latest deliveries from Bachmann with a Southern flavour include a couple of livery variants of the Wainwright C Class 0-6-0: 31-464 number 593 in Southern Railway Black livery with Green Lining and also 31-464 number 271 in simplified SECR lined green.
In 7mm 0 Gauge news…
Dapol have released a first image of the EP of their ex LBSC Terrier A1/A1x class which has been produced from completely revised CAD drawings after Richard Webster joined team at Dapol. The image can be seen here. Once again as with all tooling samples this does not necessarily represent a complete or correct variant as it may well be a combination of optional detail parts.
Also about to hit the shops from Dapol in 7mm is the first of the SR 25t Pill Box Brake Vans. This first variant is the even planked Right Hand ducket version and was first tooled before Richard Webster started at Dapol. Whilst Richard was able to retool a couple of areas, e.g. the roof profile, of this model there are still a number of errors that will be corrected on later variants.
I am pleased to publish below images of the first off Engineering Prototype (EP) samples for the now seven versions of the Kernow Model Centre Adams 0-4-4T O2 class locomotives (the 7th variation, of 207 in Maunsell lined green was announced here).
These images are taken from the first main body parts tooling run are obviously far from complete, with little of the separately applied details such as pipework, brake gear and handrails etc added, but will give you an idea of the impressive amount of detail and variations that have been incorporated.
Just look at the shear number of holes in the body tooling to incorporate those details. The full list of the available variations, including both Isle of Wight and Mainland versions, and liveries that will be available can be found on the Kernow Model centre dedicated webpage here.
These being the first off Engineering Prototypes will therefore be subject to minor tweaks and correction where necessary. It has already been noted that some of the detail combinations of the EP’s produced do not reflect the final versions, but at this early stage are as much to test the tooling rather than to confirm each and every variation being produced.
For example the Mainland Pull Push fitted version shown left has the side tank strengthening plate of the Calbourne version and also the Isle of White type Westinghouse pump fitted.
As regular readers of this blog will know I have been assisting the Kernow Model Centre with the development of these Adams O2 models, hence me being able to publish these pictures with their kind permission, and it’s nice to report this further progress.
This 1st EP will be checked to highlight any corrections needed, and will be followed by a more complete and working sample for fuller appraisal. Once this has been complete and if there are no problems with the 1st EP, The model will then be progressed to a 2nd EP where all the rivets and finer detail will be added to the tool. For speed of development the 1st painted samples will also be provided to allow the project to then move apace ready for signing off and full production. Production should take, when authorised, around 4-6 weeks with roughly the same time to ship to Kernow Model Centre’s premises.
Further to my post here last week exclusively announcing that the Cads for the Kernow Model Centre ex LSWR O2 class have been signed off for tooling, they have today announced a further livery variant.
In response to demand they have added a Southern Maunsell lined green liveried model as number 207 fitted with pull-push gear (Kernow Model Centre reference item no. K2107 ). You can place your pre-orders through their website here
Number 207 gained its Pull push gear, along with class members 182, 183, 187 & 255 between Oct 1931 & Sept 1933 and remained in this livery until the early 1940’s when wartime restrictions meant she was outshopped in unlined SR Black . For completeness number 207 was later renumbered 30207 in repainted in lined British railways black black in 8/49 and was finally withdrawn in June 1957.
As regular readers of this blog will know I have been assisting the Kernow Model Centre with the development of these Adams O2 models and it’s nice to report this bit of good news. As originally announced back in July 2012 some might question the time taken to get this far and indeed this has
been longer than anticipated for a number of reasons; however what I can say is that the time taken has been worth it to get all the variants correct to a high standard of detail.
Work is still continuing with the Kernow Model Centre Gate Stock Pull Push Sets with a further set of CAD drawings recently received but these still require a few more minor amendments before we will be happy to sign these off for tooling. I am pleased to also confirm that the tolling will allow for the later characteristic steel panelling modification that was applied to set 373 in its later life.
In other 4mm 00 news…
Bachmann have now added images of the painted samples of the latest version of the ex SECR Wainright 0-6-0 C Class locomotives, click on the links below for the image, both are now shown as being available in July / August this year:
Dapol has advised that work is still progressing on their Class 73 Electro Diesels with JA version (class 73/0) nearly released for tooling whilst final corrections for the JB version (Class 73/1) are taking place.
In 2mm N Gauge news…
Dapol have also now received a further set of CADs for their Maunsell 4-4-0 Schools V Class for checking whilst the previously signed off Bulleid Light Pacifics have been held from tooling to allow for further corrections to the CADs to take place.
In 7mm 0 Gauge news…
The Dapol ex LBSC A1/A1x ‘Terrier’ is towards the end CAD development stage and is being developed in such away to allow for the variations within the A1 and A1x classes to be correctly produced. I have been providing additional information to the Dapol development team with respect to the 25T ‘Pill box’ brake vans and they should be receiving livery samples in due course.
I am please to advise with Kernow Model Centre’s permission that the second set of CAD images have arrived from Dapol and Kernow Model Centre along with myself are now in the process of checking these. I am sure there will be further amendments to be made in due course.
The shovel that was inadvertently left on the water tank during the laser scan has been removed!