Kit Production

Many members would like to know where the production of various kits is up to, so this new page is an
attempt to provide better progress updates.

Update 29 July 2019

The next reissue of a former TPM kit are ready, namely, Kit 68 POA and Kit 69 Limpet. These are really easy kits to build, great for the novice kit builder who wants to have a go.

We’ve been busy restocking existing kits, and next up will be Kit 39 Mullet rail carrier. These bogie wagons are distinctive and interesting vehicles.

Another TPM kit in the works is Kit 72 PTA Rotary Bogie Iron Ore Tippler. The prototypes ran in rakes with inner and outer wagons, so these will be sold as five-wagon packs.

After not much news, we can report that Kit 58 for the Modern Warflat is nearly ready. The tooling has been signed off but the instructions need to be produced and we await delivery of the metal casting that will for the spine (and much needed weight) for these wagons.

Update 16 June 2019

The next new kit will be Kit 71b FPA Russell Coal Container. This is the first reissue of a former TPM kit. It’s a very simple kit to make, ideal for beginners to try out. At the moment, it is only the container as the Farish chassis for which it is designed is no longer available (though chassis can be sourced second hand from the OAA or VBA wagons).

 Kit 70 will be another former Parkwoods reissue, for the BR standard van twin pack, which offers a plywood and planked van, as well as the option to build the former as a meat van or insulated meat van.

On order and expected soon will be sprues to make the fomer TPM POA (Kit 68) and Limpet (Kit 69). The instructions still need to be finalised so these will be a few weeks yet.

As well as these “new” kits, work continues on Kit 58 for the modern warflat. This is very close to being signed off at the tooling stage after a lengthy development period.

Some of the reintroductions have been slower than anticipated after a period of intense restocking of existing kits – it’s good to know that kit building is still popular in the age of so much RTR!

Update 13 May 2019

The next new kit will be Kit 67 LNER Vans twin pack – this is a reissue of the Parkwoods kit and will allow you to build a plywood van and a planked van, with optional ends for both to make fruit vans.
Next is likely to be the recently acquired TMP POA/Limpet (probably kit 68). These are nice simple kits, really good for the novice kit builder.
Kit 12 in all its many variations should be back soon, including a new 4th variant (12d) which is plateback bogies, round buffers but no vac cylinder. However, etches for 12b/c are in short supply so there will be some limited availability to start with.
We are due to receive a large order of Peco chassis very soon which will allow us to restock a number of kits that are currently sold out. Please keep checking the Society Shop website.

Update 29 April 2019

How times flies since the last update! Kit 49 Warflat and Kit 50 Warwell have been restocked. Work is underway on Kit 12 variants for the BDV bolster, with wheels and whitemetal castings on order.
The next Parkwoods kit will be Kit 67 the LNER vans twin pack. For speed, this is going to have minimal instructions compared to the usual kit instructions, but we will revist in time. These vans are quite simple to build, so most modellers will have no problems.
The tooling for the Borail has been sent off and test shots produced. Hopefully within a couple of months this will allow for the re-introduction of the Mullet/Parr engineers wagon.
Also on order are sprues for the POA/Limpet, formerly the TPM kits, now owned by the N Gauge Society.

Update 06 March 2019

After the big push to get Timber Carriers back into production, we’ve been concentrating on some of the smaller kits that have been out of production, in some case for quite a few years:
  • Kit 1 BR Hopper Wagon HJO/HJV
  • Kit 15 LMS/BR “Trestrol” Bogie Well Wagon
  • Kit 20 BR 24T Anhydrite Hopper Wagon
  • Kit 49 War Department/BR Warflat

Next up is more restocking of the popular kits, while work continues to reintroduce some more of the older kits.

Update 21 February 2019

The  Kit 54b Timber Carrier are here! Thanks to members of the Chester Area Group who packed them by the hundred.

Expected to arrive soon will be stocks of sprues for Kit 1 BR Hopper and Kit 20 BR Anhydrite Hopper. The latter has been out of stock for many years now, so good to see it return.

We also expect to be able to pack Kit 15 the LMS Bogie Trolley wagon, so look out for these in the Shop in the next few weeks.

The recent publication of the kits list in the Journal has generated many sales, so there are quite a few kits that need stock replenishing.

Update 06 February 2019

The latest on the Kit 54b Timber Carrier is as follows.

  • sprues (delivered)
  • bogies (delivered and bagged)
  • wheels (in stock and bagged)
  • bogie retaining pins (in stock and bagged)
  • buffers (delivered, bagged)
  • coupler sprues (in stock)
  • decal sheets (in stock)
  • etches (delivered)

So we now have all the parts! The Chester Area Group are busy packing and the target is to have 500 kits for sale.

Update 23 January 2019

The latest on the Kit 54b Timber Carrier is as follows.

  • sprues (delivered)
  • bogies (delivered and bagged)
  • wheels (in stock and bagged)
  • bogie retaining pins (in stock and bagged)
  • buffers (delivered, being bagged)
  • coupler sprues (in stock)
  • decal sheets (in stock)
  • etches (on order)

Update 10 January 2019

Quite a few members were disappointed at the decision to retire the Cartic wagon kit . As it stands, we cannot get this kit back into production with vital information missing, so the decision taken was a realistic one. It has, though, stirred up some good feedback and debate, and out of this has come an offer from Kevin Knight to try and resurrect the kit. He is liaising with someone who can “reverse engineer” an etch, that is, take an etch and produce the artwork and computer files from which production can be made. If we can find examples of all the etches, then all may not be lost after all.

Samples have been received for Kit 1 BR Hopper Wagon HJO-HJV and Kit 20 BR Anhydrite Hopper, so we are well on the way to getting these back in production. Sprues for Kit 37 TTA have been delivered but we need to order etches and rewrite the instruction before these will be available.
Work progresses on the Kit 54b Timber Carrier. The following list summarises the components required and where we are up to. Hopefully, this list can be updated every couple of weeks.
  • sprues (on order)
  • bogies (delivered, being bagged)
  • wheels (in stock, being bagged)
  • bogie retaining pins (bagged)
  • buffers (delivered, being bagged)
  • coupler sprues (in stock)
  • decal sheets (in stock)
  • etches (on order)

Update 15 November 2018

One kit which the committee have agreed will be retired is the Cartic. This is a very complex kit to make, involving as it does various etches in brass and nickel silver. Inspection of the box of parts revealed that some of the key etches were missing, and it is believed that producing some of the etches was troublesome. While the diagrams may exist, we do not know where the photo tools are, or that they could be resurrected. Given that this is such a challenging kit, and that there are three variants to cover the life of these interesting vehicles, we reluctantly decided to retire it from the range. You never know, someone may do all the hard work for us and produce an RTR version.

Received this week from one of our tooling companies is a supply of diamond frame bogies. These will be put into stock soon, while the supply will allow the re-introduction of a number of kits.

The restocking of most of the other bogies for sale as separate parts for scratch-builders is also in hand and they should be in the Shop within a week or two.

Update 03 November 2018

The decals for the Gresley kits should be in the Shop very soon. Kit 63 for the Palvan/Medfit is now back in stock.

We have started work to reintroduce the Anhydrite Hopper and the tooling is with a toolmaker for assessment.

We know that the most requested kit is 54b for the Timber Carrier so we are working to get substantial quantities available in the New Year. We need to liaise with three different suppliers on this which is why it takes so long.

A small batch of Warwells (WW2 to 1970 version) have been packed following discovery of some diamond frame bogies. These bogies are on order and we anticipate delivery soon which will allow us to produce more of this kit and several others that need this bogie.

Update 10 October 2018

The decals for the Gresley kits have now arrived. We will make these available as a separate item (NGST0300) via the Shop and Display Stand for anyone who is modelling similar Gresley coaching stock. This will allow us to pack Gresley kits during November.

Bogies have proved popular, as have the coupler sprues and wheels so these are now being restocked.

The sprues for Kit 63 for the Palvan – Medfit Twin Pack have been produced and are being despatched,  so restocking of this kit will commence soon.

Update 03 October 2018

The final component for the Gresley kits (the decals) is due to arrive very soon. This will allow us to start packing the kits. The intention is to pack 100 kits initially. We anticipate availability in the Shop during November.

A small supply of diamond frame bogies has been found (while we await resupply from one of our toolmakers) which should allow another bogie kit to be produced, albeit in small numbers.

Sprues for Kit 63 for the Palvan – Medfit Twin Pack should be being produced soon, with resupply of this kit anticipated in November.

Kit 21 for the SR/BR vans should be back in stock with a couple of weeks.

Kit 43 for the Osprey track panel bogie wagon was previously supplied as a complete wagon kit. As this is identical to kit 27b for the post-1998 Salmon apart from the whitemetal parts for the framing, it has been decided to make Kit 43 into a detail part which, in combination with Kit 27b will allow the Osprey to be made. This simplifies kit production and means less stock tied up in the Shop.

Update 13 September 2018

Kit 64 Sand Tippler-Coil J Twin Pack were ready for TINGS and are now on sale through the website.

The Gresley kits are nearly ready for packing, just waiting on delivery of deals. The SK Area Group have bagged the wheels and springs already.

The Timber Carrier is much in demand, but sadly the stock of the red main body sprues is exhausted. Rerun times vary considerably depending on who has the tooling, but it is not anticipated that this kit will be available again until next year.

The tooling for Kit 20 BR Anhydrite Hopper has been passed to a tool maker and should be back in production some time this year.

Supplies of sprues for Kit 63 Palvan – Medfit Twin Pack are exhausted so this tooling has been passed to the same tool maker and hopefully should be fully back in stock within three months.

 

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