Class 1361 for Kernow gets even closer with production starting

Hi everyone,
With the Kernow OO Gauge 1361 class 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive model getting ever closer to delivery, its now a good time to tell you all about it in more detail.

At the outset Kernow has insisted that i should produce all variants of the model we could find and as such we set about finding all the details and with the exclusive help of the GWS at Didcot we were able to laser scan various components of the real thing (it was stripped down for rebuild) and we had exclusive access to the real thing to be able to do this.

Kernow was adamant that their version would be the most definitive and accurate version available and it seems we have jointly hit the mark with the models being produced.
Yes it’s taken a longer time and more money than originally expected, rather like the D600 model currently tooling very soon, but this approach reaps dividends when it comes to the finished model.

That doesn’t mean we are resting on our laurels and bringing you just a good model. No, right down to the wire this model has changed slightly when more information has come to light, such was Kernow’s insistence to accuracy and there are changes to the release below on production models.

So, please feel free to take a close look at the release below, and play ‘spot the difference’ and see what Kernow have been up to this last few years.

You can order your version or versions directly from Kernow Model Rail Centre online or by telephone today.1361-spot-the-difference-1

Caledonian Class 92 , permission received!


Today i have been granted permission to use the new Caledonian livery of Teal Blue with the white side stag emblem for the N gauge and OO gauge class 92.


This model will now this evening be added to the ‘expressions of interest’ / reservation page for you to reserve your model

Each model will come with a limited edition certificate signed by both myself and David Simpson, Production Director of Caledonian Railways.

and feature a purpose designed sleeve in N and Box in OO gauge designed in collaboration with Caledonian.

However that’s not all. Due to changes in design of the real thing i will be following this with each model of the class 92, and as such the Caledonian 92’s will have the raised couplers, a 3rd variation of the lower front valance and alternate lighting arrangements, amongst other changes that will be announced as the project gathers further pace.

The N gauge version will now have switchable cab lighting and corridor lighting along side its OO brother.011v1

As both expressions of interest have proved totally successful I am delighted to announce that work has now gone on to such an extent that the cad/cam for this loco is due around Warley time, with metal cutting soon thereafter on both gauges with a view to fast tracking the models for period 3 of next year.

With this in mind I will start invoicing those who expressed an interest within 24 hours, for the initial deposit of £30.00 per locomotive.

Thank you to all those that have had faith in me, and have joined me on the worlds second fully crowdfunded British RTR model locomotive in both N and OO gauges.

DJModels First stand alone model sells out at warehouse!


I am pleased to announce that the first ‘standalone’ DJModels release, that of BR Early Crest J94 #68023 has now sold out to the trade.

You can, however, buy it from DJModels stockists while stocks last.

For those that want to here and see what this loco ‘sounds’ like, Digitrains have done this quick video of the J94 sound fitted, in action.

NEW N gauge and OO Gauge crowdfunded Class 92 initiative

DJModels are pleased to announce the 3rd and 4th Crowdfunding initiative. This time it’s a much requested model locomotive in both N gauge and  OO gauge.



N gauge Class 92, Driven on all wheels on both bogies, Coreless motor, directional lighting (day and night modes) ,2 scale sprung pantographs, Sound compatible (roof for largest speaker for space available), Next 18 DCC socket onboard, Darkend profile wheels, Close coupling system, NEM coupling pockets, replacement no coupling hole valance, fully modeled and painted cab interiors, etched nameplates, polo mint tunnel logos, depot plaques and arrows (where necessary), switch for turning rear lights off.


Crowdfunding price TBC but approximately £130.00 per model (Factory fitted DCC sound will be approximately £100 more per model and are signified by a letter ‘S’ at the end of the product code.

DJM-L-N-00001A     92016 DBSchenker Red
DJM-L-N-00001AS   92016 DBSchenker Red

DJM-L-N-00001B      92023 SNCF cab logo (triple Grey unbranded) ‘Ravel’
DJM-L-N-00001BS    92023 SNCF cab logo (triple Grey unbranded) ‘Ravel’

DJM-L-N-00001C      92032 GBRf / Europorte livery
DJM-L-N-00001CS    92032 GBRf / Europorte livery

DJM-L-N-00001D      92001 EWS Maroon ‘Victor Hugo’
DJM-L-N-00001DS    92001 EWS Maroon ‘Victor Hugo’

DJM-L-N-00001E      92030 Railfreight Distribution branded Triple Grey ‘Ashford’
DJM-L-N-00001ES    92030 Railfreight Distribution branded Triple Grey ‘Ashford’

You can ‘express your interest’ for 1 or multiple models on the expressions of interest page on this website ( click on the ‘other’ tab at the top of this page or use the following link).

OO Gauge Class 92, Driven on all wheels on both bogies, heavy chassis, correct lighting, including night setting, underside switches for cab and directional. Next18  DCC socket, 2 x scale pantographs (sprung,) EM, P4 and OO compatible, Coreless motor, Fully DCC sound compatible with room for a huge base reflex speaker (cant you just hear those traction motor fans already?), NEM coupling pocket, soft Sprung buffers, separate bogie steps, handrails, etched ‘parked’ windscreen wipers, etched grilles all round and on top, fully painted and detailed cab interior including painting of cab window blinds and mechanism, etched nameplates and tunnel logos where necessary, etched arrows and depot plaques where necessary, Ultra flush glazing, fully detailed bogies and underside equipment, Customer fitted 3rd rail shoes for closeness to third rail fitting, Removable close coupling mechanism, Replacement front ‘valance’ for no coupling pocket hole, Etched cab roof light surround, Fine detail panel join lines around the lower cab front, fully modeled coupling hook reinforcement plate and detail.



Crowdfunding price TBC but approximately £150.00 per model  (Factory fitted DCC sound will be approximately £100 more per model and are signified by a letter ‘S’ at the end of the product code.

DJMOOC92-001    92016 DBSchenker Red/Grey
DJMOOC92-001S  92016 DBSchenker Red/Grey

DJMOOC92-002    92023 SNCF cab logo (triple Grey unbranded) ‘Ravel’
DJMOOC92-002S  92023 SNCF cab logo (triple Grey unbranded) ‘Ravel’

DJMOOC92-003    92032 GBRf / Europorte livery
DJMOOC92-003S  92032 GBRf / Europorte livery

DJMOOC92-004    92001 EWS Maroon ‘Victor Hugo’
DJMOOC92-004S  92001 EWS Maroon ‘Victor Hugo’

DJMOOC92-005    92030 Railfreight Distribution branded Triple Grey ‘Ashford’
DJMOOC92-005S  92030 Railfreight Distribution branded Triple Grey ‘Ashford’

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DCF 1.0

You can ‘express your interest’ for 1 or multiple models on the expressions of interest page on this website ( click on the ‘other’ tab at the top of this page or use the following link).


NEW! DJM OO Gauge J94’s arrive in the UK for Hattons

I’m delighted to announce that the first batch of DJM’s OO gauge J94’s have arrived in the UK and are available from Hattons.
These exclusive special editions are only available in limited numbers so please do not wait too long before ordering as they are sure to sell out quickly.

The first arrivals are:
J9401 – Austerity 0-6-0ST “Robert” in NCB Bold Colliery lined green
J9402 – Austerity 0-6-0ST 71515 in Mech Navvies maroon
J9407 – Austerity 0-6-0ST No 4 in NCB Backworth Colliery lined black
J9408 – Austerity 0-6-0ST 98 “Royal Engineer” in Army green

The models in full 360 degrees glory can be seen here…

Also received this week at DJM headquarters have been the following DJM J94’s for sending to the press for review… DJM Early Crest J94, RMweb No.65 in yellow, Longmooor Blue J94 for Kernow and ‘Wilbert’ for the Dean Forest Railway.

Wilbert can be seen on this page….

No.65 can be seen on this page….

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

OO gauge Crowdfunded Class 71 deco pics

Hi everyone,

For those of you interested in a little piece of history, the first and to date only, successful crowdfunded RTR model railway locomotive, the class 71 has arrived in decorated format.

Lots more pictures to follow on Friday, but for now here are all 5 models lined up.

Lots more information on Friday about specifications, and features on this model, and i shall talk a bit about the ease of DCC conversion, and the simple and easy way you can fit a sound speaker into the model etc. So, please pop by and take a look and have a read.

Meanwhile for those that are visiting the GCR event at Quorn in Leicestershire this weekened, all 5 models will be available for inspection along with decorated OO gauge J94’s and the N gauge Mermaid wagon.

Some models are still available to pre order from Kernow Model Rail Centre.

Mermaid 1st EP in N gauge arrives

A couple of weeks ago the first EP of the N Mermaid wagon arrived and now i have more details tied down i thought it time to show you all.

DJM Mermaid 5 DJ1

Firstly please note it is a first EP, more detail has to be added to the wagon and chassis, and a second EP is now with me being looked at carefully.

Meanwhile painted samples are being produced in China for evaluation as paint matched swatches have been approved for Olive Green, Black, Straw (lettering for black wagons), Gulf Red and engineers Grey/Yellow ‘Dutch’ liveries
DJM Mermaid 8 DJ1

Meanwhile, as is my stated aim of trying as hard as i can to keep monies in Great Britain, i have reached an agreement with John Isherwood of Cambridge Custom Transfers to supply his wonderful artwork for the Mermaid in all livery versions. This is good for me as it saves time, but is also good for the modeler as you can, if you wish to, renumber your Mermaids with John’s decal sheet, and find that his decals match the models Tampo printing accurately.
DJM Mermaid 9 DJ1

Things to note are the NEM coupling boxes, Close coupling arms, see through chassis, internal body detail, removable ballast load using my ‘quick load’ magnetic system, a wealth of underframe detail.

The process now goes forward, box design will be finished, fully finished samples will be approved, and i hope to get a relatively quick production date (that is not guaranteed unfortunately), then roughly 2-4 weeks production followed by 6 weeks on the road, dock yard, high seas, and to my distribution agent.
I will, of course, publish details of the ship its travelling on for those that are interested in watching the models journey across the world.

Order yours today for £19.95 (RRP) from any DJModels Stockist

N gauge Mermaid breaks cover

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?





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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.