We have received CAD drawings for the Class B tankers.
The models will feature photo etched catwalks, ladders and, where appropriate, owners plates along with plenty of separately applied plastic and wire detail parts.
We are proposing two chassis variants. The original in Esso, Charrington/Mobil and unbranded versions:
And the post-1960 version with modified suspension as used by Regent, Total and United Molasses (who actually had examples of both types in the fleet)
The model is designed with NEM couplers in kinematic close-coupler mounts and has, we think, one of the most detailed RTR chassis yet offered.
Once we approve the CADs, the model will be ready to be tooled.
However, despite an early surge of orders at the moment we are well short of enough to proceed. Getting to CAD is easy as CADs are relatively cheap. It is the tooling that costs the money, and without more people stepping forward and ordering we cannot justify going to the next phase.
This is our second transition era model, and both have struggled. We don't know why. Maybe the market is too fragmented; maybe the majority of transition era modellers are unwilling to pay up front to make niche models happen; maybe there are already too many transition era offerings out there and the cake is too small.
If this model has to be cancelled anyone who has ordered willl receive a full refund.
We will reassess the situation in December. If anyone is unable to order now, but does not want to miss the deadline, I suggest registering on our website without obligation and receiving free email updates with deadline alerts where appropriate.
If we do have to cancel it will be a shame as, judging from the CADs, this model has the potential to be even better than our well received modern bogie TEA tankers but we do have limited time and will then be able to focus on the models that are getting the required backing, like the Pendolino and Class 92.