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Tanks Times Two…

TEA 1 – OO

Tooling is now well underway on the TEA tanker in OO, our first crowd-funded model in 4mm scale.

The photo below sent by the factory shows the main tool for the tank barrel.  The detail slides shown here are, confusingly, the bottom (top) and the top (bottom.)  Or you could think of it as uppermost is the lower section, while the top section is below!!


This photo shows the same  tool, but this time with the bottom at the bottom and the side slide above.


The barrel end caps are different to each other, as one has the ladder mounting plugs and the other does not.  The top shows the inner part of the tool, with the large holes in the centre for the ejector plugs, while the lower photograph shows the outer face.

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Sadly we won’t be getting test mouldings in time for the DEMU Showcase on the weekend of June 4th/5th, but we do expect something fairly soon afterward and will post images here as soon as we receive the components.  Don’t forget the EarlyBird price deadline of June 30th.


TEA 2 – N

Away from the toolroom, the N Gauge models are now at the painting and lettering stage.  Many of the parts are painted before assembly, as can be seen here with the Greenergy green barrels, the first pass of lettering on the EWS version, and some ends ready for final assembly of the VTG red models.




The multitude of different logos, warning panels and numbers on these wagons mean each needs numerous passes through the tampo print machine, and each pass has to be aligned to within fractions of a millimetre.

We are hoping that, while there is clearly work still to do, these models will be ready for shipping within the next few weeks.


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4mm TEA takes shape….

Following an overwhelmingly positive response to our questionnaire we have started the CAD drawings for our TEA tanker in 4mm scale.

As with the N gauge model there will be 5 variants, each with subtle detail differences.  Due to the larger size some of the inevitable tooling limitations of N are avoided, making for an even finer and more accurate model.

As before we will be producing these models in association with VTG, DB Cargo and Greenergy.

We will be opening the order book shortly.  The models can only be obtained via our website and we will be producing only enough to fulfil orders received by our production deadline.  There will be an early-bird discount for a limited time period.  The standard price is likely to be around £40.

Type 1a – VTG grey and red liveries:

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The catwalk will be photo-etched and the manlids are separate fittings.

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The images below (with black outlines removed for clarity) show the different arrangement of the manlids and vents between prototype batches that will be replicated on the model:

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Brake gear will feature separate mouldings and wire pipe runs, and again differs prototypically between batches.

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The bogies have been designed to allow for straightforward conversion to 18.83mm gauge wheelsets, and the couplers are in NEM mountings to allow for simple conversion to Kadee should the modeller require.

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The EWS/Freightliner versions have the correct bifurcated discharge chutes and longer air tank frames.

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In OO the twin lashing fillets can be correctly depicted.  This was not possible on our smaller N Gauge model.

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The liveries cover all the main flows for these wagons and are as the N Gauge versions.

There will be VTG red, grey and blue, along with the newer VTG blue with environmental messages, VTG/Greenergy green/white and blue/white, EWS grey and Freightliner green.