The Kernow Model Centre have today released the first off CAD images of the forthcoming Admas O2 commissioned model and have also advised further information as below. It should be noted that being the first off there are still a number of corrections and amendments that are likely to be required.
The CAD drawings have been produced from the data collected during the laser scan of Calbourne carried out at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway last autumn. Once these have amended these with any corrections required they will move on to produce individual cad-cams for each variant to be produced.
Unfortunately the cost of tooling these models has risen by almost 40%, mainly due to the changes in labour conditions and working practices in China. Kernow Model Centre therefore regret that they cannot absorb a price rise of this magnitude and have been forced to increase the price of the O2 model to £119.99. This price will be reduced to £104.99 for pre-orders placed prior to delivery of the final model. They will continue to honour the pre-order price for their loyal customers who had already pre-ordered this model prior to July 2012, subject to no taxation changes such as VAT increases.
In response to demand an additional variant has been added to the five models previously announced. This will be number 30193 with an early emblem for the benefit of modellers who want an early emblem O2 without pull-push equipment.
Kernow Model centre have received many requests for a pull-push fitted O2 with late crest, but to date no evidence has been found to establish that such a version ever existed! Should positive information about this come to light then they certainly consider this request.