First shots of the slightly delayed Mermaid ballast wagon in N gauge have been received.
However as can be seen from the first EP pictures here the ‘outer’ side wall is too thin and needs ‘beefing’ up in thickness.
This sounds as though it will cause problems with the look of the wagon, but no, as the inside is molded as a separate part its just a case of altering the tool to make the outside of the body and the inside of the body 1 piece, thereby making it stronger and thicker.
A quick and easy thing to do, but it obviously slightly delays the mermaid some more, but to get it right is important, i’m sure you’ll agree?
Paint samples have been approved, and artwork for the lettering completed and approved, so it just needs making and sending, once the tooling mod is completed.
The ‘wheel’ by the way is the underside air tank, being used in the photo as a prop for photography.
As i’m sure you all know, i had asked for some alterations to the tooling of the class 71 ‘Crowdfunded’ model to alter a couple of things i wasnt happy with and to add a couple of great new features that any model of this quality should have.
The eagle eyed among you will readily notice little touches to the loco like the correct width bogie frames, or the bogie frame steps that have a support that is accurate in having a see though casting, just like the real locomotive.
Note the etched brass works plate on the cab side, of the huge wealth of added detail to the bogie sides which are mostly added in the factory rather than take the easy way out and moulding the more difficult ones on.
Added to this the correct size , shape and positioning of the roof lifting panels and lugs, or the roof air vent which is not on later versions which have instead, cab window pillars with small square vents in them.
Also there was a clarification alteration to the recess of the cab front windows, which on the real thing support the addition of the off white cab front window surrounds. (Without this correct moulding you would not be able to paint the cab front window surround, and only be able to paint the 2 central front window pillars
The radius cab side curves are corrected and some small detail in the pantograph well added. This well features a plastic pantograph cross type arm which is pose able, and a metal pantograph collector head. Doing this we are able to show the correctly sized 3 panto raising springs, pipes and the bicycle type chains that are used for raising and lowering the pantograph. And although the pantograph isn’t sprung, it is felt that having more accurate detail visible is preferable.
A small tweek will include altering the handrails on the cab for more realism.
Decorated samples will be made available to me within a couple of weeks for you all to view here.
For those going to the Alexandra Palace show, this model will be available for examination on the Kernow Model Railway Stand.
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I am very pleased to announce that Trains4U of Peterborough have become the latest in a growing list of DJModels Official Stockist.
Trains4U can be fond on the DJM Stockist page and you can order DJM products from them immediately.
I am extremely pleased to have won this prestigious award as designer and manufacturer of this delightful OO gauge model.
A big thank you must go to Chris at Kernow Model Centre for believing in me, and letting me have the chance to get my teeth into this project again, after starting up with my own business.
Chris Trerise, owner of Kernow Model Rail Centre said “This really is fantastic news! The whole team at Kernow MRC would like to thank all of our customers for their support and compliments re the Adams O2. This would not have been possible without them – here is to the next model!”
OO Gauge Manufacturer of the year (3rd Place)
I’m also very grateful to those that voted for me in the OO gage manufacturer of the year section and awarding me 3rd place after the very worthy Bachmann and Hornby. I am very humbled by this and thank all of you who took time out to vote for me. Thank You.
Congratulations must go to Graham Hubbard of Bachmann for his rightfully deserved ‘Lifetime Achievement Award‘, our collective UK outline modelling would be in a much worse place without his major input!
I am pleased to say the slight retooling of the class 71 has been completed and it looks even better than before, and is now undergoing final testing.
The changes are quite minor, but the overall effect improves the details and look of the locomotive
Something interesting has raised it’s head during testing, and that is due to the efficiency of the coreless motor, under dcc control, there is some back EMF produced resulting in the loco having a flywheel effect and coasting (like inertia settings on some controllers) to a stop. This is easily removed under CV settings for the decoder, and instructions on how to do this if required will be included in the instructions that come with the loco.
Paint sample colours have been approved, and finished deco samples are currently being produced and will appear here in a few weeks time.
When I announced and started this project, I was hoping that I would be alone in the market place in producing this much requested locomotive.
Unfortunately, as is sometimes the case, Hornby were also working on the model. It happens, and although wastes a four-figure sum in development monies spent to date, I’d rather lose that now than lose a six-figured sum in a few months time when I would have been ready to go to tooling.
With the pool of models available to manufacture that would bring a return to pay for tooling and make a modest profit shrinking seemingly by the day, it was always something that could happen, and i am very pragmatic about the situation.
I have always used the phrase ‘the first to market is the market winner’ on duplicated models, but recently with other models in development this opinion may have changed. However I think with the case of this particular locomotive it’s a true enough statement, as my model would be at least a year away.
So it is with regret that I withdraw this locomotive from my range. The pictures of the Hornby version show it to be a lovely model, and I know it will sell very well. I urge all those who have pre-ordered the DJModels version to get right behind the gorgeous Hornby model.
I will continue development of the N gauge version of the Q6 with a view to bringing it to market in the next 12-18 months.
I will also continue development on both the proposed N and OO gauge HUO 24.5t hoppers, which will go very nicely with this locomotive.
Firstly let me update you all on progress of DJModels products as of this moment. Continue reading
New Company Irish Railway Models Announce Exciting RTR Wagon Projects
with DJ Models in 4mm Scale
Irish Railway Models, a new and innovative Model Railway Company specialising in Irish outline 4mm scale products, has teamed up with David Jones of DJ Models fame to bring Irish modellers what they’ve been demanding for many years; quality freight rolling stock to compliment the excellent range of Irish outline RTR locomotives.
DJModels Ltd Class 74 announcement.
We are very pleased to announce the following NEW model product.
DJMOO74-001 74009 BR Blue
DJMOO74-002 74003 BR Blue
DJMOO74-003 E6101 BR Blue
DJMOO74-004 E6106 BR Blue
DJMOO74-005KW Continue reading