Towards the end of last year I was asked if I could consider working with The N Gauge Society to produce a range of largely resin models as loads for their existing Warwell and Warflat wagon kits, and for a new kit under development by them of a post-1975 Warflat. The main problem with my pewter models is that despite them being hollow kits, they still weigh more than resin models and so raise the centre of gravity of the wagon and load. I have largely overcome the stability problem on my own Haverfordwest layout by removing the floor plates from my vehicles, and adding a 5 gramme weight underneath them, and so lower the centre of gravity, as I have shown in a previous post. However, there is still the problem of the weight of the vehicles, which limits the number of loaded wagons you can have on a military train on a layout.
I was initially unsure about this as I had taken quite some time in deciding which material to use for my range of models before deciding upon making them in pewter. The idea this time was to get them cast by someone else who is currently doing all of the resin castings for the other N gauge Society kits.
I had a meeting with the Vice President of The N Gauge Society, and the person who is going to make the updated Warflat wagon, where we went through the various different options and possibilities. All of the models in this range will be sold ONLY by The N Gauge Society. You will have to be a member of this Society if you want any of these models. I shall make the models for the Society, but I shall NOT sell any myself, at all.
My aim is to make all of the models in this range as either completely new subjects, such as the Saxon at the top of this post, or as upgraded versions of existing P G Models, such as the Scimitar LEP (Life Extension Programme) where the vehicle is a post 2004 version with a new diesel power pack/engine with new headlights, new stowage bins, new engine air inlet, new commander’s sight, and Bowman communications box on the side of the turret.
All of the models will be mainly made of resin, but some such as the Scimitar will have a pewter gun and track units. Where appropriate, the plan at present is for the models to include photo etched parts such as stowage baskets and possibly wing/door mirrors.
Other vehicles to add to the range are the Humber Pig in its original 1950s version (suitable for the WWII version of the Warflat already in The N Gauge Society range of wagon kits) and also in a later form as used in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 80s, as shown above, before being replaced by the Saxon Patrol, which will also be considered, along with the Saxon Recovery Vehicle. Above is the Bv206 over-snow/amphibious vehicle that is still in use by the Royal Marines. I can clearly recall seeing a photo of one of these vehicles on a car transporter railway flat wagon, but I just can not find the photo anywhere. If anyone can shed any light on this I would be most grateful as The N Gauge Society are also going to produce a model of this car transporter wagon.
Here is the master pattern of the Saxon. I completed this just before The MAFVA Nationals in St. Ives in June so that I could take it along with me to show it to some of my friends before it went off to be cast in resin.
And here’s the upgraded version of the Scimitar. Both of these models have now been handed over to the company that will do the casting and I am waiting to hear from them. I have an expected delivery date of the end of September, but the models will not be available until some time later as there will need to be some time to develop the artwork for the packaging, instructions, and any etchings. The other thing to consider is whether to release just these two models or to wait until more different types are available. The release date will be down to The N Gauge Society rather than me. So don’t hold your breath in anticipation just yet.
One thing that this will mean for me is there will be another train that I can add to my Haverfordwest layout, using the new Warflats, which probably will not be available until February/March next year. I saw a train at Haverfordwest with just four Warflat wagons, one empty, and three with two Scimitars each, as above, and an empty Warwell. A nice compact little train load.
I shall let you know how this develops, but there is one final point that I must stress. These N Gauge Society kits are a new range that will be produced by me AS WELL AS my existing range of pewter kits. There has been nothing new for a while as I’ve been working on some dioramas for myself and then making these two kits, but I do have loads of ideas for different pewter models to add to the P G Models range.