Dapol shows 'OO'
Dapol has revealed the first engineering sample for its all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR 'Manor' 4-6-0 together with confirmation of the identities for its first production run.
The 'Manor' 4-6-0s were built in 1938-1939 by the GWR at Swindon Works with a further batch following in the early 1950s. In total 30 were built and they were seen in the West Country as well as on the Cambrian lines.
Dapol's new 'Manor' follows the specification laid out for the recently released GWR 'Mogul' for 'OO' including the slide out Printed Circuit Board (PCB) in the smokebox for decoder installation and wire-free tender to locomotive connection.
Improvements over the 'Mogul' planned by Dapol include changing of the gear ratio to 30:1, increased detail on the crosshead, accurate die-cast motion bracket and slides bars plus a working representation of the vacuum pump fitted to the 'Manors'. The firebox glow is also being improved for the new 4-6-0.
The specification for the 'Manor' includes a die-cast compensated chassis, detailed cab interior, full relief cylinder blocks, brass plated safety valve casing, original and redraughted chimneys, a Next18 decoder socket for tool free decoder and sound installation, electrical pick up from 12 wheels and the option for factory fitted sound examples with Dapol's own RealDrive sound profile.
Dapol's first sample shows the 'Manor' coupled to a tender from the 'Mogul' with further options in tooling for the 4-6-0 to cover flush riveted and strengthened frame designs too.
Prices are set at £159.95 DCC ready, £185.95 DCC fitted and £259.95 DCC sound fitted with a choice of seven main releases and one Dapol exclusive. These will model 7800 Torquay Manor in GWR green with Monogram crests (Cat No. 4S-001-001), 7814 Fringford Manor in GWR lettered green (4S-001-002), 7807 Compton Manor in GWR green with crests (4S-001-003), 7823 Hook Norton Manor in BR lined black with small early crests (4S-001-004), 7819 Hinton Manor in BR black with large early crests (4S-001-005), 7810 Draycott Manor in BR lined green with small early crests (4S-001-006) and 7827 Lydham Manor in BR lined green with late crests (4S-001-007).
The Dapol exclusive version, in conjunction with the Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway will model 7820 Dinmore Manor in BR lined black with small early crests (4S-001-008). Dapol will be donating £5 from the sale of each model of Dinmore Manor to the Dinmore Locomotive Society and it can be ordered direct from Dapol's website - www.dapol.co.uk.