Castle Update September 15 2021
Etches have started to come in now. Parts are cut out and send for rolling, pressing and riveting. These have to be carefully sorted according to the many variants. Many hours of preparation work is required for such large complex project.
Here we have mostly cab parts. With 6 different cab variants we have to label everything carefully!
cabs, fireboxes, footplates etc
some of the many sheets of etches.
these are the cab roof rain strips. These are cut out and shaped.
Reading Trade Show December 2021 September 13 2021
We have a table confirmed at the Reading Trade Show. Saturday 4th December.
We hope to see you there.
If you are interested in one of our GWR K14-K15 passenger brake vans and would like to take delivery at the show. Please let us know.
1898 K15 shown.
Castle Update August 28 2021
First photos from SMT are the waxes and brass castings plus the loco tires being painted. These are inserted into simple holes in a plastic sheet, this saves extra clean up.
GWR Passenger Brake Vans August 13 2021
We have good stocks of the K14 (non corridor) and K15 Corridor vans. A perfect addition to your GWR Clerestories. Click here
K15 at the front if a GWR pre grouping period train.
Castle Update August 12 2021
After a Skype meeting today the builder has confirmed that etching work for the loco superstructures will start this coming Monday (16th.)
As soon as the parts start getting delivered we will post pictures and keep you updated on a regular basis.
Castle update August 11 2021
The individual part drawings are complete and checked. Etched parts can be ordered now (after the work to make the etching films) and necessary parts sent for rolling and pressing, such as boilers, fireboxes etc
Work is also starting on revising lost wax patterns and making new patterns for the extra detail I have added.
As parts appear I will post them here.
Below, a lovely study of 5000 Launceston Castle in early BR.
Castle Update July 23 2021
The designer is now working on the individual part drawings and making corrections were necessary. The main PART drawing contains drawings for every single component, of all 36 versions being made in this project, right down to the springs and washers! The builder has to compile spreadsheets with the number of castings and etches required across the versions. Once these are double checked they place the orders. The first parts to be ordered are normally the etches. The etches that requiring forming, such as the fireboxes, boilers etc will go the a press company. The formers having already been made for the pilot model. Hundreds of components will be delivered over the next few weeks and we will post photos here as they come in and assembly starts.
Delivery will start in December. I will be going to Korea for inspection before delivery as a project as complex as this must be checked. I am asking for two production samples to be painted and shipped ahead of the main shipping so the DCC settings can be checked and running quality can be checked.
We have been informed the STEAM exhibition at Swindon in September has been cancelled for 2021.
We still have a table booked for the Reading trade show in December this year, which will hopefully go ahead.
Castle update July 08 2021
This week sees the finalisation of the design work. We now have 36 versions to cover the variations in this project!
It's not been an easy process doing all this by Skype and email during the pandemic. As many of you know I would visit the factory several times a year and sit with my designer and work on all the various details. Having done a professional course on AutoCad it has allowed me to do some drawing corrections myself to assist the designer. And we now have drawings I am happy with.
I will need to know if you have a preference for a shed code so the plates can be sorted and etched.
Now they will begin organising the orders for the etched parts whilst some final changes are made to the part drawings for the patterns.
Below is an example of our Period 1, 1930's Castle and a late BR period 5 Castle, with double chimney and mechanical lubricator.
Below are all the brass wheel centres now machined. The crankpins and plain axles are now on order with the CNC company. After that, assembly and painting.
Castle Update May 24 2021
The pressed brass wheel centres have now been delivered. These will go to the wheel assembly man. He will machine these, add crankpins, add the CNC machined tyres and insulation, bearings and crank axles. Then we will have the finished wheelsets.
Castle update April 28 2021
Progress is being made on the wheels
today we have pictures of the assembled crank axles (these are CNC machined rather than castings) and CNC machined tyres awaiting the brass centres
Castle frames January 22 2021
Here we have all the Castle frames cleaned ready for painting. To keep the production moving along parts are sent for painting as they are made. And consist of many sub assemblies. This means the paint shop is not overwhelmed and the sub assemblies save a huge amount of time in masking parts.
Castle tender January 17 2021
photos from the paint shop. A last check on the lettering/crests for each order and the painter can complete his work.
Just a few completed tender bodies here!
and the frames. you can see the holes for the tender speaker. As always we will focus on getting the best out of DCC sound with the help of Cliff and Bryan
And a reminder of the production sample being test run. As you will know constant testing is how we insure the final models will perform as they should straight from the box. Speakers are in the tender and smokebox to give full effect to the magnificent Castle bark!
Thanks to Cliff for the video
Announcement January 16 2021
January 16 2021
Our planned merger with Masterpiece Models will unfortunately not now go ahead as the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted and delayed business world-wide. The collaborative projects envisioned under the merger are not supportable in the near future, so we have therefore taken the difficult decision to revert to our original project schedule.
I have had a positive Skype meeting with our long term established builder SMT. Normally we work on multiple projects simultaneously, but due to the current worldwide pandemic we will focus on one project at a time, with the decision made to focus first on the GWR Castle project. This is currently at an advanced stage, with tenders built and painted, and loco chassis progressing well. Once we complete the Castles we can then move on to the GWR 850, 80xxx and A3. Click here
The GWR 850 design work is ready for progressing once the Castle is completed. As soon as I have been vaccinated I will travel to Korea to SMT as so much more can be accomplished face to face with the builder. This will be my first visit since the pandemic arrived and caused us all so much upheaval in our lives.
The recent GWR K14/15 coach project has delivered some stunning work, constructed again by our builder Mr Song at SMT. As with all the models by Mr Song, they are thoroughly inspected before shipping, which ensures we have no issues. We have tested the latest coaches down to 5ft radius and they perform faultlessly, so now is the chance to secure what will be the last UK coach project built in Korea to the absolute highest of standards.
We hope you are all coping with the current climate. Rest assured Mr Song and I will do our very best with the Castle project to give you something to look forward to.
Last GWR PBV in 1912 crimson lake livery January 06 2021
This is the last of the crimson lake models. Corridor K15. #1097
Available now for immediate dispatch click here
SOLD! Don't wait until it's to late folks to get the last coaches of this quality!
GWR K14 running on Bucks Hill December 30 2020
Kevin Wilson sent a short clip of his 1912 livery K14 running on his layout
Weathered SECR D Class by Martyn Welch December 02 2020
GWR K14 (non corridor) & K15 (corridor) passenger brake vans are available from stock November 20 2020
GWR K14/15 at Snow Hill ! November 04 2020
Thanks to Michael Price for this picture of his newly delivered PBV’s on his Snow Hill diorama
K15 running on Bucks Hill October 07 2020
Weathered 9F October 02 2020
Scale 7 9F weathered by Neil Podberry
GWR K14/15 PBV September 25 2020
The models are now being cleaned and prepared for shipping to us next month.
Reservation price of £995 inc VAT ends 30th September. from 1st October the price will be £1195 inc VAT
GWR K14/15 PBV September 22 2020
Only 3 days left until the reservation discount price ends! £995 inc VAT until 30th September.
The full price will be £1195 inc VAT from October 1st.
GWR K14/15 PBV September 11 2020
Our builder sent these photos today.
Production samples are being shipped to us next week. More photos will be posted then.
Shipping of the production models will commence in October.
The reservation price will end this month and the full price will be £1195 inc VAT from October 1st.
Once these are shipped the builder will continue with the Castle project.
GWR K14 update June 17 2020
Some pictures from the paint shop showing the coaches being painted. Samples have been done as shown and corrections made. More photos soon.
a final varnish coat is applied after all the handles etc are fitted.
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