Author Archives: Dave Jones

N gauge King GWR 4-6-0 Reaches 50% Crowdfunding

Great news!!! As of this bank holiday weekend, the N gauge GWR 4-6-0 ‘King’ steam locomotive has reached 50% of the crowdfunding target needed to make this project a reality.

Order here………  http://djmodels.co.uk/?page_id=47

This proposed model uses the Cad/Cam work from the aborted Hattons OO version and is an opportunity not to be missed using the Crowdfunded method, to get the model made quicker.

The detail, based on a slightly simplified revised cad/cam, will still be market leading for OO let alone N gauge, and what you see above is what i’m going to try and emulate as much as possible in N gauge. And yes, i am still aiming for a no gap front bogie (with a separate bogie in the packaging for those with tighter curves).

As much detail will go into the tender design as well, however it may need revising slightly due to the need for a decoder and a speaker within it.

Order here………….  http://djmodels.co.uk/?page_id=47

At present, using a coreless motor within the locomotive pointing backwards to a gearbox within the firebox driving the rear axle, i do not see any reason why the cab detail as pictured here on the OO cad/cam cannot be included, within molding constraints.

Order here…….  http://djmodels.co.uk/?page_id=47

To pre-order and be part of history to be in a select group that has successfully crowdfunded an N gauge Steam Locomotive, and one that is as evocative as the GWR ‘King class, please visit the DJM products page at http://djmodels.co.uk/?page_id=47  and from the list at the bottom of the page, select and follow the process through.

An N gauge Crowdfunded King………. Be part of it!

Worlds First 100% successful Crowdfunded R.T.R. locomotive has arrived!

I am delighted to say that as of today (Tuesday 9th May) the Crowdfunded OO gauge class 71 locomotives have arrived in the UK.

Currently with the distributor, these models will be with Crowdfunders in the UK within 48 hours, with some being dispatched today.
Both Hattons and Kernows special editions will be with their respective stockists within about 5-6 days from today.

Many thanks to those that made history with this model and i hope they give you many years of pleasure, knowing that a model of this quality and detail wouldnt have been possible without your input.

Thank you
Dave

Dave Jones DJModels Ltd

Instigator of crowdfunding the Class 71 in OO gauge, Pendolino, class 92 and King class steam locomotive in N gauge.

Worlds first 100% Crowdfunded RTR Model departs China!

Hello every one,

I’m delighted to say that the Class 71’s , The worlds first RTR models in any gauge 100% crowdfunded by you, the buying public are complete, assembled, and are all on a ship heading this way.

Arrival here will be posted nearer the date, and i’ll also explain then, the distribution system so that you know roughly to a day or maximum 2, when the UK models will arrive with you.

May i take this opportunity, once again to thank you all for your patience and kindness, in taking a very big ‘leap of faith’ with DJModels and the Crowdfunding concept, and hope that the model gives you all endless hours of pleasure knowing it wouldn’t have happened without you and your like minded fellow modellers.

You’ve made history, and you should all be extremely proud of your achievement.

Thank you
Dave
DJModels Ltd

N gauge King Crowdfunding project has started!


Hi everyone,

I have decided to go ahead and gauge interest in a crowdfunding scheme for an N gauge 4-6-0 King locomotive.

Here are some details regarding the ‘going live’ crowdfunding N gauge King.

I’ve decided to go ahead with this, to gauge serious intent from the N gauge community.
therefore i’m going live today and the sign-ups will have until Sunday 17th June 2017 to register an interest.

The 5 models chosen will be totally exclusive to crowdfunders and not be repeated again.
Models will be certificated and have the following specifications.
The model will use the OO cad/cam inherited from Hattons shrunk down to N gauge.

Specifications
Coreless motor
Next 18 DCC decoder socket
Sound speaker fitment space in tender
Removable tender coal load
traction tyres on rear axle but with non traction tyres replacement axle set in box
2 types of bogies for customer choice for track clearance
etched name and number plates
polished steel effect con rods
darkened RP72.110 wheel sets
close coupling (if possible) on tender rear.
12 wheel pick up (tender and loco)
etched fire irons
separate hand lamps within accessory bag
Loco drive onto rear axle from motor
Maximum weight possible within technical boundaries

How much?
Crowdfunding cost per locomotive £135.50 (no limit to the amount of Kings the crowdfunder can purchase.

RRP for loco when on sale in other guises £159.95

Payments for each model will be in stages if crowdfunding meets the amount needed to make project viable.
only then will deposit invoices be sent out…..
Initial deposit £30.00 (this is non refundable)
then 1st EP tooling deposit £50.00 (non refundable)
lastly the remaining total plus £8.00 shipping = £63.50 (non refundable)

Please note the funds are non refundable due to the nature of the crowdfunding and the tooling needing £100,000.00 So please only put your name down if you are serious about owning what will be a fantastic model. Payment by credit card is recommended.

No invoicing is done until or unless the minimum amount of Crowdfunding is reached for this model.

Timelines
From the end of June, providing crowdfunding reaches its required level, final design will start, taking approximately 4 weeks using the OO gauge cad/cams as the starting point. Once completed tooling to 1st EP standard should take 6-8 weeks. 1 month for review and comments, then the 2nd ep (production standard) tooling should take the same 6-8 weeks.
Decorated models will be produced using the 1st EP models to keep the wait to a minimum.
Production will be 4 weeks
shipping 4 – 6 weeks including land transport to distributor, then 48 hours to ship to UK customers.

All phases of the project will be covered by tooling / production photographs and reports when there is news to be shared, and the ship name will be notified to allow us all to follow the consignment progress across the world.

Please visit www.djmodels.co.uk and the sub page ‘pre orders and other’ to sign up for a King!

OO gauge Class 92 crowdfunding ‘order book’ closes at Midnight Sunday 12th March!

OO gauge Class 92 crowdfunding ‘order book’ closes at Midnight Sunday 12th March!

Due to an error, i have extended the closing date for the OO gauge crowdfunded class 92 for a couple of days, but alas, this comes to an end tomorrow night at midnight.

Anyone who orders by then will be entitled to order further models before the production cut of date (to be notified once tooling is completed) at the existing offer. All Crowdfunders both OO and N will be put into the draw for the 2 great prizes (1 for each gauge) plus other prizes too.
Both gauges crowdfunders will also qualify for exclusive deals that will be unveiled as the tooling progresses.

Please note that the N gauge crowfunding will be held open for a few weeks to allow for ‘late comers’ to this project as more advertising hits the press.

Thanks
Dave

Latest J94’s are here!

I am pleased to announce that the latest OO Gauge J94 models have arrived in country, cleared customs and will be sent to my distributor for onward shipment to stockists to arrive by Friday of this week.

I will be invoicing those who ‘expressed an interest’ over the next few days, and if you are one, but no longer want the model, please simply cancel the invoice by using the tab on the mail that arrives.

The models are as follows;
OOJ94-002 #68061 ‘British Railways’ original low bunker
OOJ94-003 #8064 LNER original bunker height (Block lettering)
OOJ94-004 #8023 LNER original bunker height (Relief Lettering)
OOJ94-005 #68068 ‘British Railways’ with tall bunker

Pictures of them taken in the first real sunshine of the year are here below.
Cheers
Dave

OO gauge crowdfunded Class 71 production pictures

I am pleased to be able to show you various pictures of the world first 100% successful RTR model railway locomotive in production at the factory in China.

Sorry about the quality, but it gives you an idea of the complexity of the model, and its myriad of parts.
Production is well underway now, and i will update with shipping details when i have them.
Thanks
Dave

Proposed N gauge 4-6-0 GWR/BR King locomotive

N gauge King Class locomotive
With the recent handing over of the OO King locomotive project to DJModels to take forward, I have decided that, although the King is still in my thoughts, I should look towards a market that isn’t currently satisfied by an accurate King Model. That market is in N gauge.
With the transfer if the OO project to DJModels, it leaves me in a great position to ‘shrink’ the cad/cam to N gauge and put in a redesigned mechanism. It’s (to simplify somewhat) a far easier proposition than starting from scratch as all the leg work has been completed on design and variations.
So with this in mind, and knowing that I currently do not have the funds to take this forward in N gauge, I am wondering if an N gauge GWR king locomotive would be something that could be crowdfunded?
With the back burner placement of the OO version there is a fantastic opportunity to produce this model and quickly as tooling / production slots for the OO one are already reserved in China and I would rather use them for an N gauge version than cancel them.
So, I am asking for opinions and thoughts of any interested parties to this project, and have opened a section on RMweb complete with a ‘poll’ for those that care to take part.
Please note this is not the start of a crowdfunding exercise, merely a request for those that may be interested to register that interest accordingly.
Also note that this model, as with all crowdfunding ones, are not affected by standard range of previously announced models, and vice versa.
The proposed King will have the following specification…
Coreless motor
Next 18 decoder compatibility
Traction tyre on rear drivers
Replacement rear driver set with no traction tyres
2 types of bogie for those with tighter radius curves
Heavy tungsten split frame chassis
12 wheel pick up
Alternate cab, chimney, blastpipe, tender details amongst others
Removable coal load
Fire irons
Etched nameplates and number plates
Removable front coupling box
Close coupling tender to loco mechanism
Close coupling rear tender coupling arm
All crowdfunded models will be available at well under RRP and be exclusive to Crowdfunded members only (not available in shops or elsewhere), and probably include 6000 in as preserved livery, 6023 in BR Blue preserved livery, and 3 others covering some of the livery gaps including BR Late, and GWR.
Prices and final decision on crowdfunding will be released in the next few weeks, but this is a fantastic opportunity to bring a very accurate N gauge King model to the market in a short timeframe.
Interested? Please visit the following to register your thoughts….
http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/119541-n-gauge-gwr-br-king-class-4-6-0-locomotive/
Dave Jones
DJModels Ltd

Hattons / DJM OO gauge King Class locomotive press release

Hatton’s Model Railways                                                      DJ Models

17 Montague Road                                                             info@djmodels.co.uk

WA8 8FZ, Widnes

0151 733 3655

www.hattons.co.uk

OO GAUGE KING UPDATE

Hatton’s and DJ Models update on the OO Gauge GWR King Project.
WIDNES, UK, FEBRUARY 2017

With the introduction of the Hornby King in 2015 and subsequent changes in the market, Hatton’s and DJ Models have made the decision to restructure the ongoing OO Gauge King project.
The project will, from today, be managed by DJ Models who will continue development to ensure delivery of the ultimate King at a later date.

Hatton’s will continue to honour existing pre-orders, as well as accepting new orders. The OO Gauge King will also be made available to purchase from other DJM stockists.

Due to the financial climate and price increases in China the new RRP of these models will be announced once development has been finalised. No release date is currently available.
For any further information on this project please see www.DJModels.co.uk or the modelling press.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Hatton’s Model Railways                                                  DJ Models

www.hattons.co.uk/static/Contact.aspx                        info@djmodels.co.uk