Accurascale's GWR ‘Manor’ EP steams in
Accurascale has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 locomotive for appraisal by the development team.
Following receipt of test shots from the tooling earlier in the year, this is the first fully-tooled sample of the forthcoming model comprising moulded plastic, diecast and etched metal parts.
Accurascale’s new ‘OO’ gauge ‘Manor’ makes use of diecast metal parts to ensure the model is sufficiently weighted, aiding traction and ensuring smooth running characteristics. Ten different models are planned initially, covering the spectrum of liveries carried through the years.
Following feedback from modellers and its own development team, further tweaks and upgrades to the tooling suite are expected, such as inclusion of alternative driving wheels and ‘1952’ style washout plug arrangement. Other intended refinements include provision of thicker slidebars, removal of the cutouts from the front cylinders, inclusion of the fireman’s side valve gear splash plate, reinstatement of the missing central pipe on the cab backhead and reduction in length of the elongated rivets on the front running plate.
The manufacturer has also been developing the audio project that will accompany its DCC sound-fitted models later this year, following a successful recording session recently at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. Authentic recordings were made of the line's resident ‘Manor’ 7820 Dinmore Manor in action, thanks to its owning group and the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway which provided access to the locomotive and the railway for the day.
With feedback on this early sample forwarded to the factory, the model is progressing well and remains on schedule for release later this year.
Prices are set at £169.99 for Digital Command Control (DCC) ready and £259.99 DCC sound-fitted models.
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