August 29, 2011
Please note we are away on annual holiday from Monday 29th August until 6th September.
Internet ‘Service’ Providors
A 'bug' in the system
Just a quick update, some of our customers may have noticed we’ve had broadband problems limiting connectivity over the last couple of weeks. We are in robust discussion with our service providors at this time, about a bug in their system which has caused us major inconvenience. We’d also like to take the opportunity to thank our customers and suppliers for bearing with us through this period.
Again our apologies for any inconvenience and if you’ve been trying to contact us or awaiting a response, we didn’t want anyone worrying unnecessarily.
See you soon for the second half of the season!
August 12, 2011
Bachmann BR Suburban Stock Laserglaze
Laseglaze fitted Bachmann Suburban brake
As hinted earlier in the week, we are pleased to announce the introduction of our Laseglaze packs to suit the Bachmann Mk1 suburban coaches. The pack is designed so that each pack will complete a brake or standard compartment vehicle, Price code K. Double click the images to see the full effect, the difference we think you’ll agree is astounding!
Bachmann MK1 Suburban Brake, Laserglaze fitted
Also new this weekend in time for Midland Railex at Butterley is the Laserglaze set for the Bachmann 4mm model of the Class 47
Bachmann Class 47 Laserglaze
EEFG4703 Bachmann Class 47 Laserglaze
The three main versions of current 4mm Ready to Run Class 47 are now available ex-stock from our laser cut window range.
EEFG4701 ViTrain Class 47 Laserglaze
EEFG4701 Heljan Class 47 Laserglaze
EEFG4703 Bachmann Class 47 Laserglaze
To order please use the contact details in the side bar to the right.
August 10, 2011
We’re pleased to announce a new addition to the Shawplan stable, the ‘Heritage’ range. We have been asked on many an occasion if we’ll cover steam locomotive prototypes in the lazerglaze and extreme etchings range. Historically our ranges have covered the core Diesel and Electric era from British Rail up to the current day. This new range will be a step into the ‘steam’ era for us, to cover components for some of the quality steam locomotive models currently available for the UK market. Initially we will be concentrating on 4mm scale Ready to Run models, and providing laser cut glazing for locomotive cabs. At a future date we may add etched detailing components for specific classes, however at this time we do not anticipate adding name and number plates from steam locomotives into our range.
Our first releases cover the ever popular Great Western Collett designed pannier tank locomotive. We have tooled up both the early ‘low’ 57xx and ‘high cab’ 37xx versions to fit the Bachmann Model.
Low Cab 5700-5799 6700-6779 7700-7799 8700-8749
High Cab 3700-3799 4600-4699 8750-8799 9711-9799
The Bachmann cabs are molded with inserts for the cab front glazing, our Laserglaze replacements are an interference fit and we recommend them held in place with varnish applied to the body window frame prior to fitting. The low cab variant comes with three windows, this is because we too have found just how easy it is to drop one and lose it!
These are our first venture into the steam locomotive market, and we are looking at other types for early development. We have also been asked about grouping era coaching stock, and these too are in development. The grouping era coaching stock however will not be marketed in the ‘Shawplan Heritage’, range but will be placed in the existing ‘Extreme Etchings’ and ‘Laseglaze’ ranges, as many outlasted their steam engine counterparts.
August 4, 2011
4mm Scale Class 26/27/33 Laserglaze windows
Laserglaze test shots for 4mm class 27
Its been a month or so since the last update, but we’ve not been standing still. In our last update we showed a couple of the images of the 4mm class 27 roof and fan grill, available now together with the class 26 and 33. With the expected popularity of the three classes we are well underway with the development of Laserglaze packs for all three types. The first glasing test for the Class 27 is shown above, including the sliding cab window and the headcode panel. These are designed to fit the current 4mm scale models by Heljan. We anticipate these sets being available by the end of summer 2011, further release updates will appear here.
2mm / N Gauge Class 37
2mm/N gauge Cl37 frost grill and Radiator fan set
In keeping with our cross scale interests, the image above is of the first sets of test etches for a Class 37 detailing set which will fit the current Bachmann Graham Farish Class 37. We are very pleased with the outcome and the fan and gril are to the same multi layer concept as our larger scale product ranges. Not shown here but also in development are replacement windscreen etches for this model which like our 4mm scale components, make a remarkable difference in the portrayal of the face of the locomotive. Pricing availability and release are yet to be finalised and we will announce then here when they are ready.
NEW PRODUCT LINE
A corner of the new range ...
At the Midland Railway Centre show we will be announcing a new product line in the Shawplan stable! We also have a new release in our coach stock sets which will please many of you, it’s been a popular request and well worth the wait. See us there or keep reading here for more news!
This weekend sees us at Stormex in Cheltenham Gloucestershire, and the following weekend at the Midland Railway Centre in Butterley, Derbyshire. See the show diary page for these and our scheduled show appearances up to the new year.