News: Dapol plans three new models in ‘N’ ‘OO’ and ‘O’
By Mike Wild on 2 April 2012, 15:18
Three new models with a wide spread of interest are being produced by Dapol in Britain’s most popular commercial scales.
In ‘N’ gauge, the BRCW Class 27 will be based on the company’s proven and very similar Class 26 chassis, with versions available in British Railways green with small yellow warning panels and full yellow front end, as well as BR blue. The model will come factory fitted with Dapol’s new ‘easi-shunt ‘ magnetic couplers and is expected to cost £104.95.
For ‘OO’ gauge modellers, the announcement of the British Railways/English Electric Class 73 electro-diesel is likely to be welcomed warmly, as the former Lima version now produced by Hornby is showing its years. Dapol has laser scanned a full scale version for accuracy and although initial releases will cover the later English Electric built ‘JB’ versions, the tooling will allow the six BR built ‘JA’ versions to be made in the future.
Finally, Dapol is breaking new ground with its first ever model in ‘O’ gauge – the evergreen British Railways Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter. 996 of these long-lived locomotives were built over nine years from 1953 and Dapol is planning to cater for the myriad variants in its tooling. It will cost £199.95 and will be DCC ready from the start. Power is provided by a five-pole motor with flywheel and sprung buffers, coupling hooks and a three-link coupling will be included, as will directional lighting and internally painted cab.
For full details see HM59 – on sale April 13 2012.
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