I have updated the page on our website with some new information on the soon to be available south African B & DZ wagons including images of the production versions of the bogies. I think the webpage has most of the information http://www.ngtrains.com/Pages/EDM_Models/SA_Stock/sa_stock.html
However here is some additional info which may head off some of the questions…..
- The kits are principally etched nickel silver and brass castings
- We have had Phil at Port Wynnstay reproduce the doors for the DZ in resin available as an extra. I think that most people will want to build one DZ using all the metal components and that will give them a superb model. At that point I suspect the prospect of doing a rake of wagons all with metal doors will seem a daunting one whilst an attempt to do so will have them phoning their trick cyclist. The resin doors aren’t as strong as they replicate the metal thickness [or lack of it] but they are a time saver.
- The bogies will be available as a separate item but not at first. The castings for these are the bottle neck in the production so all the castings we can get initially are being kept for use in full kits. They will be available later once the initial demand for kits has been met
- The wheels supplied are Bachmann 00 passenger coach wheels. These are a nominal 12mm diameter but are actually a smidge under which makes then the right size for new disc wheels. They run superbly, are just a press fit so can be re-gauged and are affordable. Research suggests you could use a wide variety of wheel types and diameters and probably find a prototype for it as they were mixed, matched and turned down many times.
Our aim is to have the kits ready for the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Convention on the 9th June and all production has now been commissioned to this end. The parts are ordered in batches so it would be a real help to judge how many we need to produce if customers ordered them in advance. Your card won’t be charged until the kits are ready to ship/ If you are going to the convention says so in the comments box on the order form and we’ll try to have them there for you and save you the postage.
Orders will be filled in the order received with one little exception – I will keep at least one of each kit back to have on my stand at the convention even if all the first batch are ordered in advance. A launch with no kit to launch is going to look a bit hollow!
Paul Martin, EDM Models