We have today received the following info from Ixion…
“To our valued retailers,
We have spent some time reviewing the second engineering prototype of the RTR O Gauge Hudswell Clarke saddle-tank locomotive. The sample was finished in the proposed lined-blue livery. The shade of the blue has attracted some criticism for being too Thomas-like, even though we possess photographic evidence for such a shade. We have also received requests for plain black versions of the locomotive. Consequently, we have decided to drop the lined blue version from our first production run and replace it with an unlined black version. Attached are colour drawings of the planned liveries. We have also attached a photograph of a second EP in the revised lined green livery, featuring the lining style of the previous blue livery. Please note that as with all computers the colours in the drawings and photographs may not be accurate representations of the final shades.
We are also modifying the cab floor, which will be produced in a dark grey colour. The cab steps are likely to be formed from brass to give depth and strength. The detail on the firebox backhead will also be given increased relief. We are making a major change to the tooling to eliminate the joint along the sides of the saddle-tank. This joint will be moved further down. The bunker will also be modified to make the joint less prominent and the coupling links will be blackened.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the substitution of the blue livery with a plain black version. However, we believe this will better match demand and reduce the commercial risk of the project, which is in all of our interests.”
We have received the following information by email today. This info should help those of you waiting to see what’s what with the new Hornby Great Western heavy tank locos…
“With full acknowledgement to Kernow Models, readers may wish to note that Hornby have now released details of numbers/livery for the new GWR/WR tank locomotives as follows:-
R3123 No 4283 in GWR Green with monogram emblem.
R3124 No 4266 in BR Black with early crest.
R3125 No 5283 GWR Green with “Great Western” on tank sides.
R3126 No 5243 in BR Black with later crest.
R3127 No 7202 in GWR Green with “Great Western” on tank sides.
R3128 No 7229 in BR Black with late crest.”
As always, this information hasn’t come from Hornby… Thanks to JC for passing it on.
The Athearn division of Horizon Hobby announced on January 14th that delivery of some of its new products were likely to be delayed due to the shutdown of Creative Masters Limited (CML), in China, who had filed for bankruptcy. This announcement followed an international financial agencies report.
There had been earlier reports that CML had not reported a profit since 2009. CML has manufacturing facilities in Donngguan, China, and its headquarters are in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong. The company manufactures model railroad products branded for Athearn, Roundhouse, Fleischmann and Roco and a major part of the business is die-cast vehicles, which it manufactures for Mattel, Tamiya, Bianti, PMA Models, Corgi, MBI, SMS and Gear.
Thanks to JC for forwarding this information.
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