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Andy has very kindly allowed me a quick post to provide an update on Electra Rail. Since losing my "day job" with Thomas Cook a month ago, I have been enhancing the range and creating a lot of new products in both N and OO scales.

 

The new website has been a great success since going live a year ago, though I am still finding things to add.

 

A core aim for Electra is to bring down the cost of modelling by producing overlays for older coaches, such as the Lima Mark 1 or Hornby Mark 2A, which not only upgrade the finish but also provide flush-glazing. With some new coaches costing over £50.00, the vinyls give new life to coaches that can be found in bargain bins for under a tenner! You can find the Mk2As HERE

 

Though the vast majority of my work is for coaches and multiple units, the occasional locomotive project appears which is too good to resist! The EuroPhoenix Class 91 will soon be available in OO and N. 

 

The only downside has been some delays with receiving the finished vinyls from the printers, which has caused delays to some recent orders. I really apologise for this

 

There are many new releases drawn up and ready to roll before the end of the year. Once all outstanding orders have been dealt with, these will appear on the website.

 

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Glad you've been able to expand  the range given the circumstances you're in. I didn't know whether to click 'like' 'craftmanship' or 'supportive'!

I like the look of the Hornby Mk2a on the website. Can I ask, does the overlay incorporate the glazing as well to get the flush effect?

Hope the new ventures go well.

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Apologies for the delay in posting. For some reason RMWeb does not let me retail my account password and I have to reset it each time.

 

The OO "Classic" overlays, like my others, are printed on clear backed vinyl. This allows the clear sheet to stretch over the window openings and gives instant flush glazing, along with any window labels where appropriate. I have also been working on the Hornby Mk1 RMB and Lima Mk2s with some interesting releases planned for the New Year. I have attached a shot of a Lima Mk2B TSO that has been Electra-fied. The bodyside has been smoothen down and the inside of the window frames painted black to hide the mounding depth.

 

A full range of Mk2Bs, including the Royal Generator Cars, will be available in the New Year when I re-open for orders. I will also have a full range of DRS coaches in OO and N along with the finished EuroPhoenix 91

 

 

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Things are still busy on the Electra front, with kind permission from DRS  to reporduce their livery, allowing me to introduce a range of Mk2 coach sets including the Mk2A Flask Runner and Mk2D Cumbrian push-pull sets in OO and N.

 

Freightliner have also granted me permission to produce the Class 90 in orange - the artwork is currently awaiting approval. This should look splendid when complete. 

 

There is a lot going on as ever with franchise changes that will keep things ticking over for the next few months with developments on East Midlands Railway and Northern.

 

 

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It's been a while since I was last on here and a lot has been happening.

 

We were planning on a move to Spain this year but Covid and politics have meant that we put this on hold for a year or three. Instead, I have purchased my own Roland VS-300 vinyl printer, which finally gives me the ability to turn around orders with days, rather than weeks as before. The quality I am getting now is as good, if not better, than the outside printed material. It's taken a few weeks to really get to grips with the machine but has really proved worth it.

 

I can get new items from screen to model in a few days and have been having great fun with some obscure requests, such as Mk3 Sleepers in DSB livery.

 

My "day job" is looking a bit dicey at the moment. I provide IT support for a retail chain that may be going into administration in the next few days. This will give me further impetus to expand Electra, including non-train related printing, such as canvas prints.

 

The website's had a revamp - please give it a visit.

 

 

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I have obtained some second hand unused Electra overlays e.g. Manchester Pullman in ICE. Is it easy to tell which type they are and which method to use to fix older overlays?

 

Also, although you have done some of them in packs (Royal train+Northern Belle) do you do any of RF (3xx), RKB (15xx), RBK or RB (both in 16xx/17xx) in Blue Gray or intercity, the later RB/RKB only?  In the drop down list there is a RK (800xx), but includes liveries which are suitable only for other type of Kitchen car.   

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Unfortunately, the e-commerce platform I use does not make it easy to limit the variations available in the drop down lists, so I have a full list of coach types and a full list of liveries. It works well for most options like units and HSTs but with individual coach types, there are some compromises.

 

If you are after a particular type that's not on the website, please drop me an e-mail and I'd happily look into it.

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