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.
Realistically we do not think it likely that these models will be available before the end of this year and think it more likely that they will now be delivered during 2013.
The full list of the now six initial variants can be found and pre-ordered from the Kernow Models Website here
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As first announced by Hornby in January this year the models of the BR conversions of Maunsell stock into Twenty Pull Push sets, that were converted by BR(SR) from late 1959 to mid 1960, have now started to hit the retailers. The Hornby models correctly consisted of an 1935 built ex-Diagram 2403 Maunsell Brake Corridor Composite and a Diagram 2023 (ex 1930 built Diagram 2005) Maunsell Second Open (was designated a Third Open until 1956). Hornby have released the sets both as a coach pack (R4534) as Set 610 and the train pack (R3087) as set 600 with M7 30029.
Building on the success of their excellent Maunsell coach range they have of course utilised a number of common components such as the underframes and bogies, complete with their standard close coupling cam arrangement and NEM pockets etc. Both coach bodies are new toolings to take into account the driving brake and also the Diagram 2023 Third / Open Second.
The models correctly recreate the modifications to the prototype; where the brake end was modified by inserting two windows to form a driving compartment, the corridor connection removed and plated over (complete with rivet detail), and droplights replacing the familiar former guard’s lookout duckets. Similarly the outer end of the Second Open had its outer corridor connection removed and plated over but the corridor connection between the two vehicles was retained. Hornby’s attention to detail has included the up-rated EMU style buffer stocks fitted to the outer ends of both coaches along with fine rivet detail, the additional lamp irons, handrails, steps and whistle on the driving end. This attention to detail has also extended to the fact that the driving end bogie correctly has the guard irons represented, and also within the interior that features correctly coloured seating for both 1st. & 2nd. class along with brown partitions, all very nice touches!
Livery and printing matches the high standard of the existing Maunsell Stock range, and unlike on their recently released Van Bshave they managed to get the ‘Guard’ lettering on the doors the correct size. 30029 within the R3087 Train pack version has the shed plate 75F for Tonbridge Wells West, printed on the smokebox door, which is correct for both the 30029′s and Set 600′s allocation for the time period c1963. They have however used the dog clamp fitted smokebox door arrangement on this M7, where in reality 30029 retained the centre dart method of keeping the door closed.
The Second / Third Open type is also due to be released as a Diagram 2005 loose coach in Olive Green as No. 1400 and BR(s) Green as s1314s but of course fitted with standard buffers and corridor connections at each end.
As these were only introduced by BR(s) from 1959 for those of us modelling earlier periods it should be remembered that ex LSWR Gate Stock Pull Push units have been commissioned by Kernow Model Centre for release probably early 2013 and I know that the early stages of the CAD preparation is underway.
Note: ‘Pull Push’ rather than ‘Push Pull’ was the description usually coined by the Southern Railway / Southern Region within working notices etc for these type of workings.
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Dapol today announced that they will be producing the Class 73 Electro-Diesel in ’00′ Gauge. This will be a totally new model and will be laser scanned for accuracy, the specifications includes having see through etched main bodyside and roof grills, Sprung buffers, NEM coupler pockets and a host of other details.
The tooling is being produced to allow for ‘JA’ variants at a later date.
Four models are available in the initial release.
4D010001 Dapol Class 73 Electro-Diesel Locomotive 73 102 in ‘Intercity’ Livery
4D010002 Dapol Class 73 Electro-Diesel Locomotive 73 105 in Large Logo BR Blue
4D010003 Dapol Class 73 Electro-Diesel Locomotive 73 124 in BR Blue
4D010004 Dapol Class 73 Electro-Diesel Locomotive 73 135 in BR Blue
In addition to the above versions the Kernow Model Centre have announced their own commissioned version of 73 212 in Network Rail Livery. Each model is limited to just 250 pieces and will come with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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I am extremely pleased to advise that the ’00′ gauge Beattie Well Tank commissioned by the Kernow Model Centre and manufactured by Dapol has come first place within the 4mm Steam locomotive category in the Annual Model of Year award 2011. The annual poll is organised jointly between RMweb, Model Rail Magazine and Model Railways Express online magazine and asks modellers to vote across a number of categories. Congratulations to the Kernow Model Centre for making the inspired and brave step to commission the model and for Dapol for manufacturing the model so nicely.
3314 in Bulleid Sunshine style livery is the latest release of this award winning model
As readers of this blog will be aware I have been providing assistance to the Kernow Model Centre with this model and also their future Southern related models so I am extremely pleased (without any bias of course) that the hard work and effort that has gone in to this model by all parties has been recognised in this way.
The full list of results can be found in the newly published ’Spring’ issue of Model Rail Magazine and also here on RMweb and on Model Railway Express online magazine in due course.
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Following on from the success of the first four versions of the Beattie Well Tank, Kernow Model Rail Centre has today announced the release of 3314 in Bulleid ‘Sunshine’ livery. 3314 carried this livery between November 1942 and November 1949 when she was renumbered 30585 and gained British Railways early emblem livery.
3314 in Bulleid Sunshine style livery
The Kernow Model Rail Centre announcement is below:
“We are pleased to announce that a fifth Beattie Well Tank has been produced and is currently on board a ship from China due to arrive in the UK at the end of February.
3314 will be limited to 500 models
Item reference K2055, this will be number 3314 in Southern Black livery with Bulleid Sunshine lettering and will be priced at £94.99 plus postage.
This model is limited to just 500 pieces and as the previous Southern model sold out very quickly we anticipate demand for this model will be very strong.
3314 carried this livery between November 1942 and November 1949
Orders can be placed through our website or by phone – or on Kernow Model Rail Centre website here. “
Deliveries of this version can be expected by the end of February
As with the previously released versions the model comes fitted with 6 Pin DCC Decoder socket (conveniently located behind the removable smoke box door, should a DCC decoder be required to be fitted) and an accessory bag containing etched fire irons, coupings, vacuum pipes and SR Route Discs.
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I am happy to post with the permission of Kernow Models the following announcement, from them:
We are pleased to announce that we have commissioned Dapol to produce the much-requested LSWR Push-Pull Gate Set in OO Gauge. This will be produced from tools owned by Kernow Model Rail Centre and will be to the same high standard as the Beattie Well Tank and forthcoming Adams O2 Models. We will be working closely with Graham Muspratt and Mike King to ensure the models are as accurate as possible.
Set 373, image courtesy of Colour Rail via Kernow Models
K1001 Set number 363 in SR Lined Maunsell Green livery
K1002 Set number 373 in SR unlined Malachite Green livery
K1003 Set number 374 in BR Crimson livery
K1004 Set number 373 in BR (SR) Green livery
Each twin pack will contain the Driving Brake Composite and Third coach and will be priced at £99.99 including postage to UK addresses.
Delivery is expected late 2012 to early 2013.
An O2 and Set 373, image courtesy of Colour Rail via Kernow Models
The sharp eyed amongst you will notice my name in the release as I have been assisting Kernow Models for a while now with their Southern Railway related commissions and have been researching and obtaining the relevant LSWR original drawings for this stock that was originally built in 1914 which have now been obtained and from which the CAD drawings for the model will be created.
I would encourage any pre-orders to be made via the website links rather than contact the shop direct at this moment in time.
Note: Post updated 29th Nov to reflect the correction to the K1001 set which will now be Set 363 to reflect the reforming of Set 372 to set 363 in 1933.
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Being a Southern Railway modeller of the period 1946 to 1949 it is not unusual for me to need to re-livery Ready-to-Run models that come on the market as generally they cater for either pre-war or post Nationalisation eras. This is currently the case with the delightful Beattie Well Tanks that have been produced by Dapol for Kernow Models. I have therefore modeled one side as 3329 in its 1946 condition and the other side as 30586 in the early transition style with ‘British Railways’ and the number in Southern ‘Sunshine’ style lettering. I have a number of my locomotive fleet treated in a similar way with differing styles of letting / eras on each side, at the end of the day you can only see one side at once!
3329 in Southern post 1937 livery
I start by soaking the original printing to be removed with some good quality enamel thinners applied by a brush or a cotton bud. Once allowed to soak to for a few minutes I rub off the printing with a cotton bud soaked in the thinners. I have found that usually Bachmann printing comes off much easier than the Hornby or Dapol printing which generally requires some quite hard rubbing with the cotton bud, it works in the end but do not be tempted to apply too much pressure too quickly. Some people also use very fine wet and dry emery paper or cocktail sticks to remove the decals, but for simple renumbering thinners, a cotton bud and some patience works fine for me.
3329 now renumbered as 30586 and with "British Railways" in Southern Style Sunshine lettering
Even if I am only changing one digit, I always remove the whole number as no matter which supplier of new decals I am using, they are rarely a perfect match for the manufacturer’s original printing. In the case of 3329 / 30586 I used 2mm scale transfers from Fox Transfers for the Southern and British Railways lettering, As on the original prototype they were much smaller than the standard sizes of letting used! The numbers for 30586 again from Fox Tranfers but for the 3329 I used Pressfix transfers from the Historical Model Railway Society (HMRS). When applying the decals I always start from the middle number / letter and work outwards in both directions as this makes it easier to keep things on the level.
Rubbing off of the original decals usually leaves a shiny finish on the cab side that on one hand provides a good surface for the application of new decals, especially if waterslide are being used; but means that additional work is needed to rectify the finish. I therefore mask off the area using existing lining or changes in profile as edges and lightly spray the area with satin varnish which nicely restores the finish pretty much matching the standard manufacturer’s factory finish. This also serves the purpose to seal the decals.
3329 / 30856 now awaits a little bit of light weathering and squeezing some crew on board to complete the look…
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A couple of weeks ago Chris Trerise, Managing Director of the Kernow Model Centre
was able to approve the Southern Railway version of the Beattie Well Tank model (the first of the production batches of this model have this week been loaded onto the ship in China) and today he has made the following announcement, with respect to the BR versions:
“After two long years of work we approved production of all three of the British Railways versions of the Beattie Well Tank today. The model
has been refined over many iterations and the finished version is shown on the pictures attached. As with the Southern version, this final version includes a modified coupling hook and revised decoration of the wheels and coupling rods. Included with the model is an accessory pack including vacuum pipes, fire irons and SR Route Discs. The model features a removable smokebox door to give easy access to the 6-pin DCC decoder
socket which means DCC conversion can be undertaken without removing the locomotive body. The differing fonts and logo placements have been faithfully reproduced on all three models, including the lack of depot shedcode on 30585.”
I have had the pleasure of assisting Chris with some aspects of the development of these models and look forward to the product batches arriving in the UK even though I shall be repainting them in to Bulleid Sunshine black to suit my own modeling period of 1946-49! They will make an occasion visit to Fisherton Sarum as they make there to and from Eastleigh Works for overhauls etc. (that’s my excuse anyway, and I am sticking to it).
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