06 April 2022
While we wait for further model samples to emerge from its factory, the manufacturer releases further images of its new 'Co-Co'.
Accurascale has previewed the first decorated sample of its Class 37 locomotive in OO gauge/4mm:1ft scale. It received samples for assessment ahead of the recent Model Rail Scotland, with some BR liveries previewed on its stand at the show.
Its latest arrival sees a limited-edition Accurascale Exclusive model of Network Rail 97301 in yellow with radar equipment previewed to the public.
Commenting on the images, Accurascale said, "While the crispness of the decoration and detail is broadly satisfactory, there are still minor tweaks to fit and finish required, particularly in the roof area and some tampo printing. Overall, the Accurascale EE Type 3 is shaping up to be the definitive Class 37 locomotive in OO gauge/4mm:1ft scale."
Further decorated samples are expected to be previewed in the coming weeks, with delivery of models expected to commence from Q3 of 2022.
What we spotted:
Underframe detail is more interesting on this variant of the Class, with frame-mounted recording equipment in place of the long-range fuel tank.
The locomotive 'face' looks every part a Class 37, with distinctive air horn grilles and exposed marker lights – remnants of the former split headcode boxes. Buffers are the later hydraulic, and more rectangular-headed variants in place of the oval types.
Bogies detail looks very impressive, from the appearance of steps, to speedometer, brake details and sanders. Under nose detail is enhanced with air and vacuum pipes which adopt a convincing 'droop'.
Accurascale has said that due to the demand for models, they are, "broadly sold out direct at Accurascale, including 97301 which is only available direct as an Accurascale Exclusive model." However, Accurascale stockists still have limited quantities of the main range of Class 37s remaining. Customers are advised to check with their local stockist for availability.