The numbers all go to eleven…

If like me going into the mancave has the potential for a bit of cheeky petrol sniffing, this’ll work for you…

919 record

Porsche’s record breaking Nurburgring lap with an hybrid 919, unleashed, with everything turned up to eleven, and Timo Bernhard making it go….

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Heljans OO Class 25 in Shades of Grey

HELJAN UNVEILS ‘OO’ GAUGE CLASS 25/3 AND ‘ETHEL’ FOR 2019

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All-new Derby/Sulzer Type 2 in ‘OO’ to follow the ‘O’ gauge version. Ten versions in development – PLUS first-ever ready-to-haul (RTH) ‘OO’ models of ETHEL train heating units!

Development work is well advanced on HELJAN’s latest ‘OO’ gauge BR diesel locomotive project – the popular Derby/Sulzer Type 2 in its final Class 25/3 guise. The model will benefit from the research and development that has gone into our forthcoming ‘O’ gauge ‘25/3’ (due for release later this year) and is expected to make rapid progress towards a first release in 2019.

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No fewer than TEN versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR green, BR blue and special liveries and offering a choice of London Midland, Scottish and Western Region prototypes from the mid-1960s to the late-1980s.

The model represents the final development of the 478 Derby/Sulzer Type 2s, which started with Class 24 in the late-1950s. Our model will cover the D5238-99 and D7500-D7677 batches, built by Derby Works and Beyer, Peacock of Manchester between December 1963 and April 1967.

For the first time, models will also be offered as the famous Scottish Region ‘ETHEL’ (Electric Train Heating Ex-Locomotive) train heating units converted from Class 25/3s as a short-term solution prior to the delivery of Class 37/4s in 1985. These machines later found work with InterCity’s Charter Unit, lasting into the 1990s.

The new HELJAN Class 25/3 will feature our renowned high-performance chassis with all-wheel drive and all-wheel pick-up, illuminated headcode panels and marker lights, a 21-pin DCC decoder interface and provision for DCC sound.

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All the above information about this project is subject to change, but more details about the specification and pricing will be announced as the project develops. Look out for updates on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway press.

HELJAN CLASS 25/3 MODELS

2530 – BR two-tone green D7645 with small yellow panels

2531 – BR two-tone green D5244 with small yellow panels – WEATHERED

2532 – BR two-tone green D7550 with full yellow ends and BR blue data panel

2533 – BR early blue D7661 with small yellow panels

2534 – BR rail blue D7667 with full yellow ends (twin double arrows – 1,000th loco built at Derby Works)

2535 – BR rail blue 25252 (LMR) with full yellow ends (single, central double arrows) and headcode panel still in place

2536 – BR rail blue 25155 (WR) with full yellow ends (single, central double arrows) and headcode panel still in place- WEATHERED

2537 – BR Rail Blue 25093 (ScR/LMR) with bodyside numbers (single, centrally placed double arrows) and ‘domino’ headcodes

2538 – BR 25912 Tamworth Castle ‘Ice Cream Van’ livery with silver roof

2539 – BR Special two-tone green D7672 Tamworth Castle

2540 – BR blue/grey ETHEL1 ADB97250

2541 – InterCity ETHEL3 ADB97252

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Wordless Wednesday 4th July, Faded & F…..!

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Wordless Wednesday (Shelfie)

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OO Gauge

Shelfie 1
OO Gauge

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Heljan’s O Gauge Class 50

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Heljan have kindly sent across images of the engineering prototype for their O gauge British Rail Class 50. As usual at this stage, it’s an early prototype and subject to change. Some details have already been identified for improvement.

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Release dates are to be confirmed with a price of £699.00, six versions will be produced for general sale through Heljan stockists, plus two limited edition exclusives for Hatton’s Model Railways (Departmental blue 50008 and Dutch 50015). Research and development has been assisted through all stages by The Fifty Fund. Engineering samples will be available to be viewed at the Severn Valley Railway’s Class 50 Golden Jubilee Gala on October 4-6, see Class 50 Golden Jubilee  for more information on this event.

Heljan O Gauge Class 50

Proposed models are:
4020 Un-numbered Rail Blue
4021 Un-numbered large logo
4023 Un-numbered Original Network South East
4024 Un-numbered Revised Network South East
4025 Railfreight 50149

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Heljan O gauge class 50
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Wordless Wednesday Heljan 07’s (2902 2911)

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Accurascale, Transformation Tuesday!

When your 21 year old daughter says ‘that looks nice, what is it?’ it’s an indication that the box, at the very least is ‘on message’. Not only that but SWMBO, or ‘the wife’ as I know her, mentions it looks elegant, you do wonder if the contents will live up to the packaging.

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Today I received two boxes of Accurascale’s HUO 24.5T hopper wagons. It’s not often you go ‘ooh that’s nice’ before even opening the box. Packed in threes, neither set showed any damage or loose components and the packaging is neat tidy and functional. Also included is a one page fact sheet and parts breakdown list.

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Immediately the models just leap out as being ‘quality’, OMG, there’s no rulers on this quick look over! Paint finish is excellent, and these are just crying out for weathering, the patches around the stencils are prototypically uneven, so look odd on a clean wagon. These’ll be in the man cave for filth within the week!

The handrails are very delicate as are other details like handles and steps, definitely not a wagon for those of you that like to handle your trains wearing boxing gloves. Sprung buffers are fitted and are compressed with very little force, and the wagons run very freely. The tension locks are fitted into NEM sockets which align with other similar fitted stock I have.

Sold in packs of three these wagons are essentially £20 each. For this quality of engineering and overall finish, compared to what else is on the market, I think Accurascale have produced possibly the best ready to run wagon for the UK market ever.

It’s quite a claim to make I realise, but unless they’ve made a Liverpool goalkeeper of an error somewhere, that’s not blindingly obvious at the moment, the claim might just stand up to scrutiny.

Transformation Tuesday?, oh yes. These models show how the UK market can be broken into by determined players, and instead of claiming to set higher standards, actually just crack on and do it. In itself these perhaps set a benchmark both in the model itself, and the company ethos. Rapido arguably did the same thing when they entered the UK market, people looked down at them, but their quality and value for money for the quality, shone through. I think Accurascale may take a similar journey. I’ll have no hesitation getting other products from them, their sprung buffers?, first in the trolley.

And I’ve no doubt whatsoever that the other players out there, will sit up and notice! And as I sit here and look at them, the more I look, the more I see.

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