Now that only a few Masterpiece Models 45XX/4575 Prairie tanks remain available, we have photographed the entire stock to make it easy to see what you can still buy. Click HERE to take a look.
68XX 'Grange' and 47XX 2-8-0 Tender Engine
We are delighted to report that the 'Granges' and 47XX models have arrived safely in the UK and are now being checked and prepared for delivery. They all look terrific, whether they are GWR plain green or BR lined green, plain or lined black. The shock to me in the inspection in Incheon in December was how good the black engines look. Up to now I have always preferred green engines, now I don’t know!
The 'Grange' is so dainty, especially with the Churchward 3,500 gallon tender and even better with the Collett 3,500 unit. There is an interesting choice of chimneys ('Hall' and ID tall, or 'Grange' shorter) and diverse shapes of oil pipe covers, an exercise that will extend to the 'Halls' and 'Modified Halls' that are now in production. The 47XX contrasts with the 68XX as it is a real brute of an engine – huge boiler and firebox, extended smokebox, plus the extra set of driving wheels. A sort of mixed traffic 'King', and to my view once seen is difficult to forget. To the best of my memory (unlike the 'Grange') I never saw a 47XX on the various steam train journeys I made as a small boy.
The plan is to distribute a number of the models at the Bristol Show in late January. If you intend to come to the Bristol Show and you want to collect your engine please contact us to let us know as transport space is limited.
Overseas customers will have their models despatched after the Bristol show.
Colin and I are still working very hard to get the all the engines numbered and configured as the majority of the engines were not available with the requested number-plates at the time of production completion. We generously offered you all a late choice of numbers and also changing numbers, which was a popular option that many customers took up. So in these cases it has meant a huge amount of finishing work here the UK. GWR engines with numbers on the buffer beams are particularly time consuming to complete.
Despite the 100+ miles logistics we expect to get a large number of engines ready in time for Bristol Show. We are doing our best to complete this work and we are asking you to be patient. For those of you who are unable to go to the Bristol show, or where we still need more time to complete the work, we will organise drop-offs at regional points around the UK to get the models hand delivered. We will also try to combine these drop offs together with deliveries of 'Granges', 47XXs and other models so as to be as efficient as possible.
We hope to have on the stand a GWR Green 8750 in early BRITISH RAILWAYS configuration. This is a very attractive livery and is well worth considering if you would like something different.
For overseas customers we are planning to start deliveries after the Bristol Show in February.
Standard Class 5
The first brass prototype (Walshaert’s valve gear version of the BR5) minus some detail finishing around the cab has been reviewed by our technical team led by Bob Meanley. We feel the sample is reasonable first attempt which captures most of the important features of the locomotive. The sample will be on display at the Bristol Show which will allow you to take a first look and input any comments.
Class 52 Western Diesel Hydraulic
The painted sample was returned to the builders who need it for reference during the production phase so it will not be with us at the Bristol Show. The builders are still making the corrections to the front and roof ends and are busy making most of the component parts so that production of the finished models can commence as soon as all the modifications have been approved.
Thank you all for your support of Masterpiece Models and we wish you all a Prosperous New Year during 2019.
17 January 2019
The visit to Incheon in South Korea was very busy with barely enough time to cover all the points that were intended.
68XX Grange 4-6-0 and 47XX 2-8-0
Inspection of the Granges and 47XX models took a long time as there were numerous detailed checks to be carried out on features of the models and also on the liveries. We also decided to take two extra black models of the both locomotive types. Overall we are very pleased with the build. The locomotives are being packed and shipment is planned for the first week of January subject to air-freight space becoming available. Pictures of the production models will be put on the website shortly.
The plan is to distribute a number of the models at the Bristol Show in late January.
Standard Class 5
The first brass prototype has been made minus some detail finishing around the cab. We also have not yet fitted the motor and gearbox. The sample will be on display at the Bristol Show. It will show the essential details of the Walshaert’s valve gear version of the BR5 – the Caprotti version will come later. We have decided to make the gearbox drive on the centre axle, which is good engineering practice and will result in better running performance. This permits the motor gearbox to be completely hidden and no ‘daylight’ is blocked out under the rear section of the boiler underside. The motor will be the same aerospace grade coreless motor as we used in the 70XX Castle, the Grange and the 47XX.
The preliminary sample model will allow you to have some perspective of what the final model will look like and will be checked over by our expert technical team led by Bob Meanley.
Class 52 Western Diesel
The painted sample was returned to the builders with working fans, sound and half the lighting completed. The builders are making the corrections to the front and roof ends and have started production of most of the component parts so that full production can commence when the modifications have been approved. The sample model was test run on the track and is very impressive in terms of performance and tractive effort.
57XX/8750 Pannier tank
Colin Dowling and I are working very hard to get the all the engines numbered as the majority of the requested numberplate were not available when the loco build was completed. As a result we were able to offer a late choice in numbers which many of you took up. In these cases it has meant quite a bit of of finishing working here the UK. This all takes time as Colin and I are more than 100 miles apart, but we expect to get a large number of engines ready in January in time for Bristol Show.
We are doing our best to complete this work and we are asking you to be patient. For those of you who are unable to go to the Bristol show we will organise drop-offs at regional points around the UK to get the models hand delivered. We will also try to combine these drop offs with Granges and 47XXs for those who have ordered them to make the process as efficient as possible.
Finally we would like to thank you all for your support of Masterpiece Models and we wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas season and a Prosperous New Year 2019.
21 December 2018
We have now fixed the total Hall Production Programme at a total of 66 locomotives made up of :
• 27 Collett 49XX Halls
• 8 Collett 59XX Halls
• 6 Collett 69XX Halls
• 15 Hawksworth Modified Halls.
At the date of preparation of this note we have 12 Collett Halls and 4 Modified Halls still available:
• 5 49XX, of which there are 3 GWR Green and 2 BR Lined Green
• 4 59XX• of which there are 3 BR Lined Green and 1 BR Lined Black
• 3 69XX, all of which can be BR Lined Green or GWR Green
• 4 6959 Modified Halls, of which there are 1 GWR Green and 3 BR Lined Green.
CLICK HERE to visit the dedicated Hall page and view the updated list of available engines. If you would like a particular locomotive to a given configuration we strongly recommend making a reservation as soon as possible, especially if you would like to make any changes. After the end of 2018 changes will become difficult or impossible.
2 November 2018
We have now fixed the Production Programme at a total of 60 locomotives made up of :
• 15 square frame Churchward open cab 28XXs
• 30 curved frame Churchward open cab 28XXs
• 15 curved frame Collett enclosed side window cab 38XX (2884) locomotives.
At the date of preparation of this note more than half the engines have been reserved, but we have the following locomotives still available:
• 6 square frame Churchward cab of which there are 4 GWR green and 2 BR Black
• 13 curved frame Churchward cab of which there are 8 GWR green and 5 BR Black
• 8 curved frame Collett cab of which there are 3 GWR Green, 1 GWR Black, 4 BR Black.
The tender choice is between the most common Churchward 3,500 gallon tender and also the less used Collett 3,500 gallon tender. The vast majority of the engines ran with the Churchward tender, so we have allocated these to the available production models. However we will have some spare Collett 3,500 gallon tenders available if these are requested in place or in addition to the Churchward tenders. In particular several of the 38XX locomotives did run with Collett 3,500 gallon tenders. In some ways in terms of the continuity of design lines the Collett 3,500 gallon tender looks the most elegant especially with the 38XX Collett side window cab locomotives. One 38XX engine has also run in preservation with a Collett 4,000 gallon tender. This could also be provided as a special order if required.
CLICK HERE to go to the 28XX/38XX page where you will find an updated availability list and a reservation form to ensure you get the model you want.
1 November 2018