Accurascale KUAs in colour
Accurascale has received decorated samples of its new 'OO' gauge ready-to-run model of the KUA nuclear flask wagons and kindly loaned them to Hornby Magazine for us to give you a closer look.
In this feature we give you a closer look at the developing KUA wagons in both video and still images. The real KUAs were built by Bombardier in 1998 and are used in the transport of nuclear waste from Royal Navy submarines. The wagons usually operate in pairs with Direct Rail Services (DRS) liveried Mk 2 barrier carriages and are regularly in the hands of DRS Class 37/6s - a model which is currently in development by Accurascale for 'OO' gauge too.
The KUAs are due for release as a twin pack in December this year priced at £159.95. The twin pack features extensive separately fitted detail, 16 turned metal wheels, NEM coupling pockets, a die-cast chassis for weight and an impressive level of printed detail.
Accurascale has already noted a number of areas for revision including final tweaks to the decoration, modification of the buffers and improvement of the brake shoes on each of the bogies.
Also worth noting is that, like all of Accurascale's wagons, the KUA have been designed to accept drop in replacement wheelsets for 'EM' and 'P4' gauges. As standard, all are delivered with 'OO' gauge 12mm diameter wheels from the factory.
Watch our video here and visit www.accurascale.co.uk for more information.