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Accurascale has taken delivery of further Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 37 Co-Co diesels for assessment.
20 different models are planned for the initial batch of Class 37 models and the impressive specification calls for a heavy diecast chassis, five pole motor, twin flywheels, 21-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket, multiple body and nose slides to accurately represent most variants of the class, separately fitted plastic and etched metal detailing, grab handles, handrails, aerials, turned brass roof-mounted horns, sprung metal buffers and much more.
These latest hand-assembled samples include original Class 37/0, car headlight-fitted Class 37/0, modern Class 37/4, Class 37/6 and Class 97 variants. Tooling tweaks are currently underway following feedback to the factory, with these expected to be complete during July. Rivet detail and a number of other revisions will also be added before the next EP samples are received. If all goes according to plan, decorated samples are expected during October.
DCC sound projects for the new models are also in progress, with examples of Class 37/4 and 37/6 due to be recorded from the prototype shortly – the Class 37/0 is already complete. Accurascale’s factory-fitted DCC sound models will feature twin speakers and stay-alive capability.
With inevitable delays due to the Pandemic combined with an increase in the production run to meet demand – 85% of the production run has already been reserved - the release date for Accurascale’s new Class 37s is now likely to be towards the end of the second quarter next year (2022).
Prices are set at £169.99 DCC ready and £259.99 DCC sound-fitted.
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