Accurascale has announced the development of British Railways unfitted 21 ton mineral wagon 1/107 pattern (later classed as MDO under the TOPS system) and the British Railways vacuum braked 21 ton mineral wagon 1/120 pattern (later classed as MDV under the TOPS system) as its latest models in their growing range of OO/4mm wagons.
The wagons were revealed at the Festival of Railways virtual show on November 5th, with Accurascale following their now usual practice of announcing new models with complete tooling samples, showing both models well-advanced in development.
Announcing models with tooling samples already completed reduces the waiting times for the modeller considerably and makes a firm commitment that the models will be released in a timely manner, with expensive and time consuming tooling already carried out and paid for. It also demonstrates that the models have been in development for a significant period of time, with research, surveys, CAD development and tooling creation already completed.
These wagons form part of Accurascale’s “Powering Britain” plan of recreating the wagons through the ages that fuelled Britain by rail. This began with the 24.5 ton HUO hopper wagons and will be represented by the forthcoming HYA bogie hoppers, IIA biomass hoppers, these 21 ton mineral wagons and other forthcoming, but as yet unannounced, Accurascale models.
The first EP samples showcase just some of the details to be expected. The models will feature a wealth of separately applied parts, including full chassis detail represented, along with 26mm over pinpoint axles and kinematic couplings with NEM pockets at correct height to allow simple coupling changes for modellers and easy conversion to EM/P4 standards if desired. Provision has been made to represent the MDW variant as well as other wagons on this chassis in future production runs.
Accurascale will be offering both wagons in packs of three wagons with multiple running numbers across several packs in both pre TOPS and TOPS guises, with grey and bauxite liveries represented. Price per three wagon pack is £74.95 with bundle deals available via Accurascale direct. Delivery is slated for Q3 2021 and are available to pre-order direct via Accurascale or via one of Accurascale’s 90 local stockists. More information and ordering information can be found on accurascale.co.uk