Posted in General, Kernow Models, Model News, tagged 0 Gauge, 7 Plank Open Wagon number 30 in Helston Gas Company livery, Beattie Well Tank, Bulleid diesel, China Clay 5 Plank Open Wagon, Dapol, DJModels, gate stock, Helston Gas Company, kernow model centre, Kernow Models, London & South Western Railway, lswr, O gauge, o2, Southern, Southern Railway, Southern Region, Well tank on November 8, 2013 |
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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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Posted in General, Kernow Models, Model News, tagged Bachmann, Bachmann Scenecraft, Boscarne Junction, Ground frame cabin, Kernow Model Rail Centre, London & South Western Railway, lswr, LSWR type 3 signal box, Southern, Southern Railway on October 11, 2013 |
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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.
The ‘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.
This 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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Posted in Kernow Models, Model News, tagged Bachmann, Boscarne Junction Signal Box, kernow model centre, Kernow Models, London & South Western Railway, LSWR type 3 signal box, Southern, Southern Railway, Southern Region, SR Boom arm water column, SR Boom Arm water crane on August 9, 2013 |
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The Kernow Model Centre have today announce a number of further commissions from Bachmann Scenecraft that will interest modellers of the London South Western Railway (LSWR) and Southern / Southern region alike.
Firstly an LSWR Type 3 Signal Box that has been based on the LSWR Type 3 Signal box in use at Boscarne Junction and many other locations. This model features removeable roof, to allow and interior detailing, and name board. The signal box will costs £39.99 a price that is valid for pre-orders only. Once Kernow model Center have received delivery of the model it will revert to £44.99. The Signal box will be available in both and Southern Green and dare I say Western Region colours. Further details and images can be found on the Kernow website here.
Secondly a SR Boom Water Column and Arm that will cost £19.99 again this price is valid for pre-orders only. Once Kernow model Center have received delivery of the model it will revert to £29.99.
Further details and images can be found on the Kernow website here.
In addtional to the above items Kernow Model Centre have also announced a Cornish Roundhouse that is designed as a modular roundhouse with each of these buildings covering one track for use with their Cornish Roundhouse External Walls. Each unit is a single train shed that can be placed alongside further train sheds. This model is designed to fit around a Heljan or Peco turntable.
Kernow Model Center have created a dedicated page on their website that lists these new items and also their existing range of OO exclusive buildings.
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Posted in Exhibitions, Fisherton Sarum, Kernow Models, Talking Stock, tagged Fisherton Sarum, Hornby, Kernow Models, London & South Western Railway, lswr, Pull Push sets, push pull sets, Southern, Southern Railway, Southern Region on April 19, 2013 |
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The Southern Railway following on from its constituents made use of Pull Push sets across the network and this practice carried on well into British Railways Southern Region days. Other railways companies also made of such although they were often also known as autocoach, motor coach or push pull sets on these other railways. Originally many of the units were converted from either ex steam railmotors, following early pre grouping experiments that found them to be inflexible and often under powered, and a mix of converted pre-grouping coaches.
Set 734 heads west past the shed at Fisherton Sarum
The main topic of this post are the nine Pull Push sets converted from ex LSWR 46′ 6″ Emigrant corridor stock in 1942/3 that created sets 731 to 739. The sets comprised of a Driving Brake Third and a Composite and they retained their corridor connection between the two coaches. Although converted at the same time there were differences between the sets: sets 731 to 4 were identical, sets 735/7 had a slightly different Brake Third, sets 738/9 shared the same style Brake Third as sets 735/7 but with a different style of composite; confusing I know! The sets were widely travelled over all three sections of the Southern network and survived until 1959/1961.
Set 734 arrives at Ashland
My model of Set 734 that appears on Fisherton Sarum from time to time, and occasionally Hornby Magazine’s Ashland is a Northstar Models built set. Unfortunately Northstar Models that manufactured a number of limited ready to run ex LSWR coaches are no longer available. They were a Christmas present to myself a few years ago now.
Kernow Model Centre has commissioned the ex LSWR ‘Gate Stock’ Pull Sets numbers 363, 373/4 to be produced and hopefully these will make an appearance in early 2014, further details can be found here.
The Southern Region also created 20 Pull Push sets from late 1959 to mid 1960 as replacements for earlier Push Pull sets of SR and pre-grouping design. They consisted of two Maunsell vehicles, an ex-diagram 2403 BCK and an ex diagram 2005 SO. These sets have now been produced by Hornby and my review can read here, they do not run on Fisherton Sarum as they outside my usual 1946 to 1949 modelling period.
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Posted in Exhibitions, General, Kernow Models, Model News, RT Models, tagged 009, Bachmann, Beattie Well Tank, C Class, Dapol, Hornby Magazine, kernow model centre, Kernow Models, L&B, London & South Western Railway, London Brighton and South Coast Railway, lswr, Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, Mk1 Horsebox, Peco, RT Models, Southern, Southern Railway, Southern Region, TMC, Warley on November 26, 2012 |
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Well the annual event that is the Warley National Model Railway show at the NEC has now been and gone and by all accounts it appears that it was a good year for the show. I certainly thought that this year there was a good selection of layouts, attendance was apparently up by 8% and most of the traders appeared to be doing good business. I certainly had a good weekend on the Hornby Magazine stand operating Mike Wild’s Hettle layout despite it being N gauge, Midland Region and DCC meaning my comfort zone was somewhere outside of Hall 5, but I think I pulled it off!
As is becoming more usual now a number of suppliers and manufacturers time announcements, product development updates and availability of new product around the time of / during the show and this year was no exception. This post attempts to round up some of those items of interest from a Southern perspective.
Kernow Model Centre
As per my post on Saturday, Kernow Model Centre have announced they are to commission via Dapol a Beattie Well Tank in 7mm along with suitable china clay wagons. Pre ordering and making a deposit payment of £100 will give you a saving of £100 off the £299 usual price. A ready to run 0 Gauge loco for £199 is a bargain I am sure many will not be able to resist. Full details can be found on my previous post here. I predict a number of new Cornish china clay shelf type inglenook shunting layouts popping up due to these models, which could also be easily changed to be a decade or so later by switching the Well Tank for a Dapol Class 08!
They also had some of the livery samples of their Class 205 ‘Thumper’ DEMU on display, commissioned via Bachmann this certainly looks an excellent model.
At the show an entire area was dedicated to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway with the full size replica L&B locomotive Lyd being a centre piece surrounded by more L & B layouts than you could shake a stick at.
Peco’s R-T-R L&B Wagons
Peco took the opportunity to announce a new range of ready to run wagons and coaches in 009. Initial releases will be a box van and an open wagon in both L & B grey and SR brown available early in the new year with suitable coaches to follow later. More details and pictures can be found here Whilst I am sure these will be popular with existing 009 modellers the current lack of any suitable R-T-R locomotives in 009 might still deter new entrants to the genre (although fingers crossed that perhaps locomotives might follow).
The long awaited C Class from Bachmann in both the exquisite full SECR livery and post 1937 Southern Liveries were available at the show and the BR black version is also imminent. I will be reviewing this model on this blog hopefully later in the week.
The EP of LMS diesel 10000
In their usual display cases at the show were a number of Engineering prototypes of current work in progress and their version of the LMS main line diesel twins 10000 and 10001 looked impressive, mentioned on here as they of course ran on the Southern Region. This model is in part commissioned by Rails of Sheffield with some livery versions being exclusive to them. Availability is anticipated to be early next year.
Whilst the announcements made by Dapol at the show were for some modern image wagons in 0 Gauge (I assume to compliment their previously announced Class 08 shunter) they had for sale on the stand SR 5 and 8 plank open wagons also in 0 Gauge although I think these are generic open wagons rather based on specific SR prototypes.
Dapol have also rereleased their N Gauge CCT (Van U) utility van which appears to have been slightly updated with finer tooling and NEM coupling pockets.
Robert continues to add useful detailing items to his ever expanding range that can be found at www.rtmodels.co.uk. I covered his etched LSWR and LBSC lamp irons in my post here and can now confirm that the LBSC version is now available and has enough irons for two locomotives including the extended bufferbeam irons.
On show for the first time at Warley were SR engine lamps very nicely cast in white metal offering a much finer scale alternative to those available from Spingside (although Robert’s do not have the jewelled lens).
Also under his custodianship the Albert Goodall range now includes cast white metal brake cylinders for the Bulleid Pacific 4500 and 5500 gallon tenders that are noticeably absent from the Hornby models and are well designed to be a simple direct fit.
Trafford Model Centre (TMC)
The TMC Mk1 Horseboxes, picture courtesy and copyright M Wild
The TMC commission, via Bachmann of the Mk1 Horsebox was available at the show and the weathered Southern Region green version I saw certainly looked extremely good. Further details can be found here.
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Posted in Kernow Models, Model News, tagged 0 Gauge, 7 Plank Open Wagon number 30 in Helston Gas Company livery, Beattie Well Tank, China Clay 5 Plank Open Wagon, Helston Gas Company, kernow model centre, Kernow Models, London & South Western Railway, lswr, O gauge, Southern, Southern Railway, Southern Region, Well tank on November 24, 2012 |
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The Kernow Model Centre have today announced:
We have commissioned Dapol to produce on our behalf the LSWR (SR) Beattie Well Tank 2-4-0WT in 7mm Scale O gauge.
Associated for many years with the Wenfordbridge branch while based at Wadebridge these models were commissioned in response to customer demand for the model to be produced in the senior scale following the award-winning model produced in OO gauge last year. This model was initially designed using the very accurate ‘Laser’ scanning technology with the original scan taking place at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in 2009. With the research already completed this model is off to a flying start and we hope the O gauge model will be released around the end of 2013 or early 2014. The tooling for this model will be owned by Kernow Model Rail Centre.
The price of the Well Tank in O Gauge will be £299.99. You can save a massive £100 by paying a deposit of £100.00 immediately and the remaining £99.99 will be charged when the models are ready to be sent, making the total just £199.99. Paying this deposit does not commit you to buy and you are free at any time to cancel your order and receive a refund of this deposit in full. There are a limited number of this launch offer available and it may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.
If you would prefer not to pay a deposit you can still place a pre-order without paying anything until the model arrives. If you chose this option you will still save £50 as the price will be reduced to £249.99. This offer will be withdrawn as soon as we receive the model after which all new purchases will be at the full £299.99.
These models will be sent post free to UK addresses.
We will be producing two models:
K7051 Dapol Well Tank number 30587 in BR Black with early emblem
K7052 Dapol Well Tank number 30587 in BR Black with late crest
In addition we are pleased to announce that we have commissioned Dapol to produce two exclusive 7mm scale O Gauge wagon models.
The China Clay 5 Plank Open Wagon
This will be produced with four alternative running numbers and a weathered finish. This will be a newly tooled model with the tooling exclusive to Kernow Model Rail Centre. The price will be £59.99 and we expect the models to arrive towards the end of 2013. These models will be sent post free to UK addresses.
K7001 Dapol 5 Plank Clay Wagon BR weathered as B743171
K7002 Dapol 5 Plank Clay Wagon BR weathered as B743353
K7003 Dapol 5 Plank Clay Wagon BR weathered as B743306
K7004 Dapol 5 Plank Clay Wagon BR weathered as B743198
7 Plank Open Wagon number 30 in Helston Gas Company livery.
The Helston Gas Company operated a fleet of 5 wagons, numbered 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 to give the impression of a much larger fleet!
We expect this model to arrive in the 1st Quarter of 2013 and the price will be £49.99. This model will be sent post free to UK addresses.
K7071 Dapol 7 Plank Open Wagon number 30 – Helston Gas Co
We have set up a dedicated web page to our exclusive O Gauge models – http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/page/70/beattie
With this years announcements by Dapol of an 0 Gauge A1X ‘Terrier’ and also SR 25T ‘Pillbox’ brake vans it seems an interesting time for Southern 7mm modellers.
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