The Revolution Trains KFA container flats are now in the final stages of production.
Rapido’s factory have sent images showing the painted and printed decks being prepared for final assembly, packing and shipping.
Customers who have pre-ordered and paid in full will receive their models as soon as we can send them, while those who have some payments remaining on their balance will receive reminders in due course, and once these are settled the models will be dispatched.
Anyone who missed out on these models before the pre-order deadline may be able to obtain them from our selected retailers, however the price will be higher than the crowdfunded one.
The order book for our PFA/KFA container flats will close at midnight on Sunday October 14th.
Any orders received after that are unlikely to be accepted.
These models are being produced for us by Rapido Trains, and now the 00 TEA tankers are almost ready for shipping the factory needs to begin preparations for this new model – clearing space and ordering in any parts and materials needed.
We are offering two versions – one with the original GPS bogies painted in bright yellow as a PFA in Tiphook blue with the side placard and also as a recoded KFA in Network Rail black.
We are also offering the more numerous Finnish built versions with cast frame Y25 bogies and body-mounted parking brake wheels.
They are equipped with NEM couplers in kinematic close-coupling sockets, and feature high levels of detailing including brake equipment and pipe runs. The centre spine, air tanks and some other components are in metal to maximise the weight available.
The wagons have been designed for our own 40’hi-cube and 20′ tank containers, produced in association with C-Rail Intermodal, but will take Farish containers. Dapol containers can also be made to fit if the overscale corner mounting pins are trimmed slightly.
Models shown are unlettered, hand-painted EP samples. Production models will be fully finished and lettered.
Please note that no orders can be guaranteed after midnight on October 14th 2018.
Revolution have received the first samples of the upcoming KFA flat from Rapido who are designing and manufacturing the model for us.
The models look as impressive to hand as they did in the photos we were sent previously.
The first question – would the upcoming 40’hi-cube containers we are producing with C-Rail, and those made by other manufacturers, fit? Theoretically they should, but…
As can be seen, the (unpainted) sample of our 40′ hi-cube on the rear wagon fits well and gives the characteristic “stepping” effect between with hi-cube and standard height containers.
The other containers shown are standard 20′ containers produced by Graham Farish and these have small corner pegs that fit perfectly too.
As well as completed wagons we were sent components, and these were sprayed grey to make them easier to examine.
The central spine is metal to add much needed weight.
The bogies are a little indistinct in the images above, so here are some cruel close-ups. The model is being offered in versions with two bogies – the Gloucester GPS type as fitted to the very first batch of 20 wagons:
…and the VNH-1 type fitted to the remaining 200. Apologies for the slightly blurred image.
These samples are the first to be produced from the tooling and there are some issues to be corrected. There are sink holes on the buffer heads and one of the decks is slightly bowed, but these will all be corrected for production.
Once they have passed further running tests we will approve them for production.
Please also note that the Revolution/Rapido Trains TEA tanker wagons have been nominated for N Gauge model of the year, as per the news item below. If you have not voted, and want to support us, please take the opportunity to vote.
Assembled samples of the forthcoming PFA/KFA container flats in N have been received by Rapido in Canada and are being tested.
These models were put together using some of the very first sprues out of the mould.
The high levels of detail we were expecting from Rapido are evident with lots of separate parts and even an etched brass cover over the cosmetic coupler fixing at the end to give an authentic “see through” appearance.
The pipework and cross bracing also looks commendably fine, though of course this can be better judged when we see the models for ourselves. The longitudinal members below the deck are cast in metal to maximise weight, though the spindly nature of these wagons means, inevitably, they will be a little light.
Both types of bogie (top VNH-1, bottom Gloucester GPS) can be seen here:
According to Rapido there are some issues around the moulding of some of the parts – one of the decks is a tiny bit bowed and the buffer heads have small sinkholes – but these will be ironed out as they were with the TEA tankers when the tools are prepped for production moulding.
The wagons are being delivered to us next week when we meet with Rapido’s MD Jason Shron and the designer working on these models; this will give us the chance to examine and test run them for ourselves.
Assuming this goes according to plan we will be in a position to check liveries and begin production fairly soon.
If you are intersted in acquiring some of these models but have not yet ordered then please do so soon, or at least register for our email updates so you don’t miss out.
Remember – we only produce models to order, which may explain why a triple pack of our highly regarded TEA tankers recently sold on Ebay for £190 – a profit of £100 on the original £90 price or a cool 111% yield!