Charlie at Realtrack Models has sent me a few more images of the forthcoming ready-to-run Class 143 DMU. This is the first 3D sample received from China and I must say that we’re all very impressed with it. The prototype looks to have been captured extremely well. One of the highlights looks to be the underframe detail and the method of motorising the unit breaks lots of new ground in that the interior rendering is unaffected by a large blanked-off area as is the case on some other RTR multiple units.

I can’t wait to see a painted sample in due course and I’m holding out for an early period livery – the original Regional Railways scheme to be precise. Or a Yorkshire red/cream. But, I’ll have to wait for those as the first raft of releases feature the 143 in more recent Privatisation liveries. See the Realtrack Models website for more details of prices, livery options and expected delivery dates. More pictures and info will also appear in the next issue of Model Rail (out 19th May)


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