We have just completed the first two shows of the season with the 16mm AGM
I have been struck with the amount of new 7/8th product being made available from a variety of manufacturers.
This is, in my opinion, a good and healthy thing for our chosen scale, the more choice available to potential converts the greater the attraction for what 7/8ths offers.
An upswing in interest will serve all manufacturers well, and hopefully lead to yet more products becoming available. I applaud all those who have committed time and resource, to developing 7/8ths products, I wish all of them well, and hope that they enjoy success in the fruits of their labours.
To showcase just some of the items seen recently :-
Bole Laser Craft
Offering a selection of rolling stock kits, which feature some of the nicest 3D printed details I have seen. Their Leek and Manifold station building is also noteworthy
Some preproduction images of the Dinorwic Royal coach to be released soon, we were glad to be able to offer some modest assistance in this project. Matt has done a fine job with the laser work on this, and such a cute prototype!
North Pilton works
NPW have been producing a good range in 7/8ths, both buildings and infrastructure as well as rolling stock. Steph H and I were looking over some of their upcoming releases, we were particularly taken with their upcoming kitchen coach. It will come with a load of details, but imagine them augmented with a selection of Dolls house kitchen items, cutlery, crockery, glassware etc. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!
We also came up with some ideas for converting the bogie Brake van into a works diesel, as you do, details to follow.
After talking with Ivan, ModelEarth will be offering the recent releases of IP matchboard coaches.
This will make stock available from the largest 7/8ths supplier and allow IP to concentrate on their core 16mm business.
Following on from our previous success with the panelled coaches we will be offering these as a wood pack without castings for £50.00
There are a number of options for wheels, axle boxes and couplers. As soon as I can I will put up some information on my blog.
We have been fortunate with Accucraft offering a selection of 7/8ths live steam locos, the next release, a Kerr Stuart Wren is eagerly awaited.
Just a small selection of the range of 7/8ths product becoming available, happy times.