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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 05:34 AM UTC
Accurascale has posted images of the first production models of the OO/1:76 4.5t HOP24/HUO hopper wagons
”We have now received the first production samples of our HUO from the factory in China. Here are some pics, but before you have a good look, please remember the following caveats:

1. These pictures are not done by a professional, and they absolutely do not do the models any justice!
2. There are revisions that are needed to tooling. Now, despite previous reports you may have seen elsewhere, this does not cost the earth at this stage, and is easily done. The brake gear needs amending, with the shoes slightly too small and the assembly itself being slightly too large. This revision has already been sent to our factory to sort out. The self-contained buffers are receiving further refinement too.
3. The bling wheels will of course, be toned down for production
4. It is a hastily hand assembled, made on a Friday afternoon before Chinese New Year, so the fit and finish is not A1, but the finish on the production models that you will receive will be of the highest quality.
5. The slight warping of the chassis parts are down to haste too, these will be rectified on the finished model.
6. The NEM Pockets are well off and are being dropped to correct NEM height for production.

We do love how the factory made it in full Tanfield Railway livery for us. We also love the under-frame detail and the overall look and feel of the wagon. It is very free rolling too, so no "running as if the brakes are on"!

We're amazed at how quickly orders are flying in for the first ever RTR model of this iconic coal hopper. Order today to avoid disappointment.”


There will be five packs of wagons with each pack containing three wagons. All wagons are individually numbered and some have route details on them. The first five packs of HUOs will be in pre-TOPS condition.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RAILROAD MODELING

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