Dapol shows 'Prairie' progress
Dapol has revealed decorated samples of its all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR 'Large Prairie' 2-6-2Ts covering the '5101' and '61XX' classes.
Highlights of the specification include a Next18 decoder socket on a pull-out Printed Circuit Board (PCB) mounted in the smokebox, tool free sound installation, a 30:1 gear ratio for realistic slow speed and maximum speed, five-pole motor, compensated die-cast chassis with pick ups on all driving wheels, full profile cylinders and firebox glow. The model has also been designed to operate on second radius curves.
Dapol has also highlighted the removable cab and coal load for access to the cab interior for installation of a crew. Further features including different bunker profiles, locomotives with and without cabside shutters and liveries spanning the classes full service career.
The first locomotives to be modelled with the new tooling suite cover 5109 in Great Western lettered green (Cat No. 4S-041-001), 6129 in Great Western lettered green (4S-041-002), 5108 in GWR green with shirt-button crests (4S-041-003), 5150 in GWR lettered green (4S-041-004), 5190 in BR lined black with British Railways lettering (4S-041-005), 4134 in BR lined green with early crests and bunker steps (4S-041-006) and 6167 in BR lined green with late crests and bunker steps (4S-041-007).
Prices start from £139.95 for DCC ready versions rising to £165.95 for DCC fitted models and £285.95 for DCC sound fitted versions. All locomotives are available in each format.
Dapol has also confirmed that its tooling suite for the 'Large Prairie' will allow future production runs to cover the '31XX', '51XX' and '81XX' series locomotives.
Visit www.dapol.co.uk for more information.