The surprise announcement at the Warley MRC Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham on November 24-25 was the development of a high-fidelity 4mm scale model of the English Electric Type 5 Class 55 ‘Deltic’ locomotive by Accurascale.
Accurascale’s marketing manager Fran Burke revealed details of the new model at 10.30 on the Saturday morning. It will be available in 17 different forms covering the life of the locomotive from its early 1960s introduction until privatisation.
No fewer than nine models in various forms of BR blue livery are included in the first release, including the unusual ‘Porterbrook’ purple No. D9016 which will feature the correct running light clusters and up-to-date fittings.
Tooling has been designed to incorporate service modifications made to the class, including relocation of the air horns to the bonnet tops, fitting of cab quarter light blanks and variations in the head code boxes and steam-heating boiler ports.
Both fabricated and cast bogie types will be represented alongside the fitting of electric train supply equipment (ETS) to models representing later versions of the locomotive.
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