Class 71 Crowdfunded model nears production so here are some model features

Hello everyone, here is a list of features to be found on the DJM/Crowdfunded Class 71 locomotive.
And yes, there is someone about to start work on the sound for this locomotive.

Please remember, that like the 52, 22 and 10000 models, this model has been designed for an easily drop in base reflex speaker of identical size and manufacture as the one for the previously named loco’s

It also uses a 21 pin decoder for all the functions you would expect with a model of this quality.


I am very pleased to say that the DJM OO gauge crowdfunded Class 71 is almost here, I plan to authorise production within the next 2 weeks, so if you have not ordered your crowdfunded model already then you now have 2 weeks to do so before production quantities are locked down.

Don’t forget that if you order a crowdfunded class 71 this entitles you to the foloow up class 74 diesel locomotive (based on the class 71 bodyshell) as a generous discount. Work starts proper on the class 74 design within the next week, although some preparatory work has commenced. If you need another reason to get the 74, there are in fact 2 reasons……1) That once the 71 crowdunding scheme is ‘locked down’ in 2 weeks you will no longer be able to get the 74 at the discounted price, and 2) This loco goes beautifully with the newly announced Kernow Models 4TC set.

To whet your whistle on this model here is a list of items and unique features that the DJM Crowdfunded class 71 has.
Firstly the model. This has the following features,

1) Ultra Quiet Coreless Motor
2) Heavy metal chassis
3) Separately applied lamp irons (A must for a model of this quality)
4) Separately applied handrails (metal not plastic)
5) Correct Bogie Width (with 5 points of depth to the moulding, and also allowing plenty of space for gauge conversion should it be needed)
6) Correct bogie steps with full pattern side casting supports, cutaway holes, and checkerplate finish to top bogie step
7) Correct front marker lights with rotating lens switch (on the railway this switch was used to swap lens colours from clear to red etc)
8) Etched metal front foot steps with checkerplate pattern and central larger footstep
9) Separately applied extremely fine pattern windscreen wipers (production models will have them in the ‘parked’ position)
10) Fully detailed and painted cab interior with second man seat in ‘stored’ position.
11) 4 different size and font of headcode numbers and letters. The correct size supplied with each relevant era of decorated model.
12) Full DCC control over both cab lights independently
13) Easy to fit 21 pin DCC decoder for ultimate of DCC control functions
14) Easy to fit DCC sound speaker (as per my previous design on the Western and class 22)
15) Correct pattern plastic posable Pantograph (non conducting)
16) Correct pantograph well detail, including moulded bicycle chains for real life raising of pantograph
17) Illuminated headcode panels either end (switchable under chassis to turn off and on)
18) Correct cab pillar and roof air vents for early and later versions (green versions have a roof vent while blue have cab window pillars)
19) Colour matched to Bachmann Blue, Yellow and Green colours
20) Etched works plates fitted (where needed)
21) Darkend spoked wheels to RP25.110 standards, 14.4mm back to backs
22) Booster equipment ‘just’ visible through the bodyside window (please note that in real life the booster only comes half way up the window and is 2.5ft back from it to accomodate a walkway between it and the window and as such it will be printed onto the chassis side in darker colours to depict a shadowed effect.
23) Correctly painted pantograph head (including a painted graphite insert to each central head section)
24) An eye catching presentation slip box (possibly the prettiest box youve seen for a model railway locomotive
25) Full instructions and schematic drawings, plus spares list. (Spares available at launch)
26) Close coupling mechanism both ends
27) NEM coupling pocket both ends
28) Accessory bag with alternate, replacement front valance for those not wanting a coupling pocket visible one end (or both)
29) Separate air pipes within accessory bag
30) A wealth of separately applied bogie parts
31) Sprung buffers
32) Easily removable cab for fitting a crew. (just unscrew 2 screws and drop the cab interior out…..easy and secure
33) Customer fitted electrical pick up shoes (to allow for individual modeller’s tolerances for third rail height on their layouts)
34) Correct moulded relief framing between the bogies and battery box
35) Ultra fine detail metal wired representation (see through) of cables into and out of bodyside fuse box
36) Flush Glazing throughout