Design work now underway on an all-new Brush Type 4/Class 47 for ‘OO’ gauge, to replace earlier HELJAN model dating from early-2000s.
In response to customer demand, HELJAN is now working on an all-new Class 47 in ‘OO’ gauge. The model will build on the research and design work undertaken for their new ‘O’ gauge Class 47, which is currently at the tooling stage.
While their older model remains a firm favourite with ‘OO’ gauge diesel era modellers, the tooling is no longer fit for production and in the years since it was first released, technology for features such as DCC sound and lighting has moved on rapidly. The new ‘47’ will make the most of these features with LED lighting, controllable lighting features and ample provision for DCC sound using the latest decoders.
With several sub-classes and myriad detail variations across the class over a career of almost 60 years (and counting), the models will reflect the complex history of Class 47 with a wide range of authentic differences according period, livery, sub-class and individual locomotives.
Heljan plan to release models in phases over the coming years, starting with Class 47/0s for the BR green and BR blue eras and Class 47/0s, 47/3s and 47/4s for the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Future releases will cover other popular versions including the ScotRail Class 47/7s, refurbished Railfreight Distribution and Rail express systems (Res) locomotives with cutaway bufferbeam cowling and more contemporary machines depicting locomotives still in main line service.
All major liveries will be covered, as well as numerous special liveries, ‘one-off’ variations and unofficial embellishments according to customer demand.
Detailed design work is in progress and the first releases are expected in 2021 to mark the 60th anniversary of BR’s most numerous main line locomotives.
More information on planned releases, detailed technical specifications, prices and expected release dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
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Over the course of the last year, the business and many staff members at Hornby have spent a great deal of time in front of a camera, in order to give the world an insight into the business, the industry and the difficulties, which Hornby has faced over the past years.
The filming has resulted in something very special, involving model railway enthusiast, James May.
JAMES MAY’S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN
The two-part documentary is hitting TV screens in the UK next Wednesday 6th and Wednesday 13th March on BBC Four at 9pm.
Two-part documentary, introduced and narrated by model train enthusiast James May, that follows a year inside Hornby Hobbies – an iconic British toymaker on the brink of collapse. But this is no ordinary business series; this is a series about model train and plane obsessives, both inside and outside the company, all of whom desperately need the company to survive.
In Episode 1 we join Hornby as they face their biggest crisis in a generation. The company has lost £30M in the past five years and sales across all three of their major brands – Scalextric, Airfix and Hornby Railways – are down.
A new boss, Lyndon Davies, has been appointed to turn the company’s dismal fortunes around and he has brought back some company veterans to help in the fight for survival.
Simon Kohler, known affectionately as ‘Mr Hornby’ has been brought back after a four-year absence. He assesses the decline of his beloved company and attempts to reconnect with Hornby’s dissatisfied customer base and retailers.
Meanwhile, in a bid to revitalise Airfix, Lyndon tasks a master amateur model builder, Jim Bren, with the biggest build of his model-making life – the largest reconstruction of the Hellcat plane ever attempted by the company.
We get the opportunity to delve into the highly secretive world of the company’s design and development process. We meet Ken, head of the audio research laboratory, as he struggles to find the perfect cat sound as well as other veterans like Head of Archives Peter who has some very strong words on how he feels the company has been managed.
We also meet the people whose pastimes are at stake, such as the members of the Double O Gauge Association. We will follow them as they prepare for one of the biggest events in the model railway enthusiast’s diary – The Great Electric Train Show in Milton Keynes – where their fictitious village of Batcombe is ready for its unveiling to the public.
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