Collett BG update (RTR5)
16/10/2013: the NGS has received the latest version of the CAD from Dapol - as before if you have any comments please send them to us ASAP.
18/09/2013: With thanks to Matthew Pinto and Bernard Taylor we have now finalised the livery diagrams for the NGS Collett BGs. We are offering 8 initially, and as the chocolate and cream has been the most popular in pre-orders we have decided to offer a second variant in this scheme. We may yet add another in BR maroon (probably with destination markings for variety) as BR Maroon sales are catching up.
1 - No. 109 GWR chocolate and cream with crest:
2: No. 181 GWR plain chocolate with roundel:
3: No. W152 BR Crimson and Cream:
4: No. W106W BR plain Crimson:
5: No. W112W BR maroon:
6: No. W141W BR blue:
7: No. ADB 975157 Enparts:
8: No. 147 GWR chocolate and cream:
We are now awaiting revised CAD drawings from Dapol and will post these when we have them; once metal is cut the next stage will be moulded samples.
10/09/2013: The NGS has received the first CAD images of the Collett BG (K41) from Dapol. This is very much a work in progress, with clearly identifiable areas that need attention: bogies, roof vents, windows and corridor connectors. (NB the coupler at one end seems to be the wrong way round!). Please let us know of any issues - even if already mentioned - because it's still possible to make alterations.
Dave Jones of Dapol and Ben Ando of the NGS visited the Didcot Railway Centre to photograph and measure key dimensions for the N Gauge Society's forthcoming Collett BG.
The vehicle was parked outside a shed, which meant that access to one side was straightforward, though space on the other side was a little more restricted.
Dave Jones took several hundred exposures of both the whole thing and individual details.
The screws are not normally visible in service; being hidden by putty so the bodyside seems smooth. In this case I understand the screwheads have been exposed to allow restorative work.
We were also able to check the roof panel details.
Most of the vehicles are owned by a holding company set up by the Railway Centre, and we'd just like to say a big thank you to Adrian Knowles, who was kind enough to allow us to photograph and measure the vehicle for several hours, and proved to be a genial and knowledgeable host!
A pre-order form for this model is available here.