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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).

Isle of Wight version W24

Isle of Wight version W24

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.

Mainland pull push fitted version

Mainland pull push fitted version

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.

Rear 3/4 view

Rear 3/4 view

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.

The body only of the Mainland non PP fitted version

The body only of the Mainland non PP fitted version

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.

A final view from the top

A view from the top

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.

The front face of the O2 in this case an IoW version

The front face of the O2 in this case an IoW version

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.

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This is just a quick update post to advise of a number of BR(s) model items in at the retailers this week.

Firstly, from  Hornby, after what seems like an age waiting, not one Pull Push set but two..both the A and B versions of the  R4534 ex Maunsell Pull-Push coach pack are now in stockists.  As I have previously advised the A version is numbered as set 616 whilst the B version appears as Set 603.

Hornby are charging more for the B version than the A version and many reputable  retailers, such as my friends at the Kernow Model Centre,  have kept the A price as originally offered and not sneaked it up to match the B version price. I am advised that the A version has already sold out at Hornby although a quick look at some retailers websites show a reasonable level of stock for both versions. My review of the first batch of Pull Push sets can be read here.

Also recently arrived is the R4536B Hornby Bogie Passenger Brake B Coach [sic] number S217S in BR (SR) Green livery. The correct Southern term for this item of rolling stock is Bogie Van B. My review of the first batch of Bogie Van B’s can be read here, and I am pleased to advise the slightly oversize ‘Guard’ lettering noted has now been corrected.

Both these items are excellent models and show what Hornby can achieve when at its best.

The other item of BR(s) interest to arrive, which like the above Pull Push Units are actually out of my own modelling timeframe, hence no pictures or a full review is the updated Class 33/0 from Heljan. When first released the original Heljan Class 33/0 was let down by a number of things including: an incorrect roof profile, poorly moulded roof grill, later style roof panel fixings and the bogie springs not being set in enough. This new version was only announced at Warley last year, following a fall out with Rail Exclusive Models whom had commissioned a new version. BR(S) green versions and more modern ‘Dutch’ engineers livery versions have now been released. The roof profile is indeed much improved as is the roof fan grill with a visible fan below and the bogie springs. The body side grill has changed from being moulded detail to a a possibly too coarse etching and on Dutch livery version some of the previous raised detail has been replaced with printed only and the loco numbers appear to be in the wrong font, so all in all some good points and some bad.

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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.  

O2 no. 207 in Maunsell lined green.  Picture from my collection  and British Railways Southern Region archive

O2 no. 207 in Maunsell lined green.
Picture from my collection and British Railways Southern Region archive

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.

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I am pleased to exclusively announce that the CAD drawings for the 6 versions of the Kernow Model Centre Adams 0-4-4T O2 class locomotives have now been signed off to enable tooling to commence.

Kernow models K2101 W24 Calbourne

Kernow Models K2105 No 225

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

Kernow Models O2 K2105 No. 225

Kernow Models O2 K2101 W24 Calbourne

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:

31-463   C Class 0-6-0 271 SECR Plain Green
31-464   C Class 0-6-0 593 Southern Railway Black Green Lining

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.

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Merry Christmas Fill up your life with love, compassion, tolerance, peace and happiness.

OK so it's Photshop trickery...my 21C14 in slightly unfamiliar surroundings, but merry Christmas and Happy new Year to you all!

OK so it’s Photshop trickery…my 21C14 in slightly unfamiliar surroundings, but Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to you all!

This will be probably be my last post of 2013 and I look forward to corresponding with you in the new year. Many thanks to all of you whom have taken to the time to read my ramblings over the past 12 months.

Finally in case you missed it a further set of CADs for the Kernow Model Centre O2 and Gate Stock commissions that we have been working on are available to view on their Facebook page (you do not have to be a member to view)

The Gate Stock Cads still requires a couple of tweaks to be made but they can be seen here 

The O2 class locomotives are very nearly ready to start cutting metal for the first engineering prototypes and some of the Cads can be seen here

merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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The Kernow Model Centre have today made the following announcement about their exclusive models and commissions and I post it below in full.

In our determination to provide high-quality detailed models we are constantly reviewing progress of our projects. Sometimes this can reveal that changes need to be made, most of which are invisible to our customers.

After careful consideration we have decided to manage the production of our Adams O2 and LSWR Gate Stock OO Gauge models directly with the factory in China, this being the same factory that built our award-winning OO Gauge Beattie Well Tank. We have asked Dave Jones of DJModels to oversee these projects which will continue the close working relationship we have had since we started commissioning exclusive models.

Work on the OO Gauge Tiger Clay Wagons, Bulleid Diesel locos and D6xx Warships also continues as well as other yet-to-be announced projects, all of which will be produced under a new commercial agreement of which details will be given in due course.

All existing orders for these products will be held and there is no need for customers to contact us about this change unless they have changed their phone number, email address or house address and not previously advised us.

A consequence of this decision is that Dapol no longer feel able to progress the O Gauge Beattie Well Tank project and associated clay wagons. We had been working with Dapol to find alternative ways of producing this model, but the pre-orders have been disappointingly low with fewer than 200 orders placed. This is despite a huge discount being offered to encourage and reward customers who placed a pre-order and it being made clear that the pre-order could be cancelled at any time. While we may look at this again in the future for the time being we are going to concentrate on our core OO gauge market. We have already emailed and written to all customers who still held a pre-order for the O Gauge models with details of a special offer to reward their loyalty and patience.

Even after the above changes we had around £275k of special projects remaining with Dapol and it was our intention to continue with these, but Dapol have cancelled all of these with the exception of the OO Gauge models of D1003V Western Ruler and B850ZA and B850ZB Weathered Silver Bullets which are already in production. Our exclusive Class 73s, Bubble Cars, Turbots and Class 22s have all been cancelled and we are obviously very sorry and disappointed that Dapol have chosen to do this. This unexpected act means that we have had to remove these models from our website and have not yet had chance to contact everybody who placed pre-orders but will do so as soon as possible.

We thank all our customers for their patience and understanding for bearing with us and with our new agreement in place we expect rapid progress to be made on the Gate Stock and O2 models and look forward to sharing positive news about these very soon.

Regular updates are available by subscribing to our weekly email newsletter at http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com

I will not make any personal comment on the above other to state that I continue to assist Chris Terise at the Kernow Model Centre with respect to their Southern related models.

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Following on from the announcement by Kernow models of the London South Western Railway (LSWR) Type 3 signal box based on Boscarne Junction  back in August, I am pleased to advise following a suggestion made, that they have today announced a further commission via Bachmann Scenecraft of the LSWR style Ground frame hut that was also located at the Boscarne Junction sidings.

groundframe hut1-largeThe ‘Boscarne Ground Frame’ was located at the other end of Boscarne Exchange Sidings from the LSWR type 3 signal box already announced.
This type of ground frame ‘Hut’ / ‘shed’ / ‘cabin’ was pretty much a standard LSWR design and was also used for ground frames & other purposes throughout the system therefore its use would not be restricted to only a model of Boscarne Junction.

groundframe hut3-largeThis is a very welcome and logical extension to the Kernow Model Centre range of Bachmann Scenecraft resin buildings and together with the LSWR type 3 signal box will make a nice set or either can be deployed alone depending on the location being modelled.

The Ground Frame hut, reference 44-182Z will cost £14.99 once available (expected end of 2013) but can pre-ordered, with a £2 saving, at £12.99 from its dedicate page on the Kernow Model Centre website here.

 

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