Accurascale Class 37 Sample 15/12/2020
Accurascale today announces another significant milestone in its new model programme, unveiling the very first tooling prototype sample of its forthcoming Class 37 locomotives.
A substantial parcel containing a myriad of Class 37 bodies and various tooling parts was received from Accurascale’s factory which allowed the Accurascale team to cobble together this first model of class doyen D6700. In the weeks ahead Accurascale will have fully operating samples of its other announced variants, including highly-anticipated WIPAC-equipped* Class 37/6, Scottish car headlight Class 37/0s, the modern Class 37/4s and of course Accurascale Exclusive 97301 with its unique roof, distinctive flush noses and underbody-mounted radar equipment.
Of course, the devil is in the detail and the Accurascale EE Type 3 is no different.
The Class 37 was announced at the Warley Model Rail Show in 2019 and it went down a storm with modellers, showing a big appetite for a new generation of Syphons.
As stated when Accurascale first announced their tractors, this model is to fill those gaps previously missed by other RTR models. This pre-production model above represents the first five locomotives of the class constructed, delivered from English Electric’s famous Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows between December 1960 and January 1961. Distinctive compared to the other 114 split head code machines due to their characteristic riveted multi-part cantrail grilles, Accurascale’s model perfectly represents this and a range of other as built features. Once again, these have not been previously done in this condition in OO gauge, so they offer modellers a nice detail alternative to their fleet for 1960s and 70s BR era layouts.
These include four-character headcode display, frost grille, double-riveted roof, buffer beam cowling with large round Oleo buffers, bodyside water filler access door and steps, accurate early buffer beam configuration with vacuum/steam/control piping only.
Of course, like with any newly tooled model, there are tweaks. Accurascale will be refining some of the fit and finish of the loco, particularly in the roof area, tooling marks to be smoothed out along with unevenness with some of the grilles.
There are also rivets to be added which takes place when the decorated samples are delivered, which will be received in the spring of 2021. Overall though Accurascale are very happy with how this model is coming together, and will be sharing more previews of the various sub classes which form part of their first release programme in the coming weeks.
If you wish to pre-order one of these Class 37s including a version exclusive to Rails, you can do so by CLICKING HERE