Tuesday, 27 March 2012


New models announced at Ally Pally show.

This is a Hornby 'OO' Gronk, but will Dapol's forthcoming RTR 'O' gauge version open up 7mm modelling to the masses?

Dapol unveiled its latest plans over the weekend and caused something of a stir with a plan to offer a ready-to-run 'O' gauge Class 08, with an RRP of less than £200, which seems incredible value. After building a mini 'O' diorama last week, this particular project has whetted my appetite to dip my toe further into the larger scale, not least as cost has always been one of the previously prohibiting factor.

I was also intrigued to learn about Dapol's 'OO' plans, namely a rendition of the ever popular Class 73 electro-diesel. I've always been a fan of the old Lima model, now reprised by Hornby, but the new Dapol version promises to be an enhanced package, not least as both JA and JB variants are to be covered with separate toolings. Hopefully, at some point in the future, a Merseyrail version will be produced.

Although only an occasional dabbler in 2mm scale, I'm pleased to hear that a BRCW Class 27 is to be added to the Dapol range, making use of the existing and highly reliable Class 26 chassis. This will be a boon for Scottish Region modellers and, being a big Bo-Bo diesel fan,  I may be tempted to acquire one for my dinky 'N' layout.

You can read more on these stories in the next Model Rail magazine (MR169, out on April 19th), while all three models are available to pre-order from Hattons.

Another of Dapol's surprise plans is for a 'OO' Class 73, aiming to surpass the ex-Lima offering in Hornby's catalogue in terms of detail and specification. Oh, and why don't more preserved railways install paddling pools in the '6ft', like here at Lydney?

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