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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #75 on: February 07, 2020, 09:05:17 PM »
Oh WOW !!!! looking forward to getting these.

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #76 on: February 07, 2020, 10:00:54 PM »
Amazing models!!
Hope you have the EP1 in Glasgow.
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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #77 on: February 07, 2020, 10:22:11 PM »

Hello all,

They do look pretty tasty!

One of the covers has a tiny bit of flash preventing it sitting quite true - one of the things that will be corrected for production.

And this EP1 sample will be on show at Glasgow - along with the Cemflo samples - on our new, bigger display stand!

See you there!

Cheers

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #78 on: February 08, 2020, 12:59:58 AM »
They work round very tight curves (like the real thing which is designed for dockyard curves) because all the bogies are articulated and each pair is on another pivoting bolster. So although they are very long the effective wheelbase is pretty short.

They’re being sold in pairs only - otherwise we’d have had to price them significantly higher for the singles.

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #79 on: February 08, 2020, 10:06:09 AM »
I don't know if the EP should actually represent the finished article or not. The handrails and catwalks dont look good and the etched brass bits are askew in places.

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #80 on: February 08, 2020, 10:17:50 AM »
I don't know if the EP should actually represent the finished article or not. The handrails and catwalks dont look good and the etched brass bits are askew in places.

Geoff

I would not worry the EP is a close representation but is rarely as sharp and accurate as the final production injection moulded parts.  After all it is usually a 3D printed resin or similar material, but it does give a good representation of size and how it goes together.

Its worth going back to previous model EPs and compare them to the final models to see how it improves.

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #81 on: February 08, 2020, 11:49:06 AM »

Hello Geoff,

Thanks for your comments. You will note the handrail issue is mentioned in the item on our website.

The EP is a first-hand assembled sample made from injection moulded parts, not resin or 3-D prints.

The purpose is to identify issues such as fit of  parts, running qualities, details and any tooling blemishes.

Because the EP is hand assembled sometimes the parts can be damaged – in production assembly is often carried out with a jig to ensure the delicate parts are not distorted, and of course the finished models will be shipped in protective blisters; these were sent in a box and just protected by bubble-wrap.

FWIW, we were also supplied with unassembled sprues and on these all the handrails are straight and true.

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #82 on: April 03, 2020, 06:55:39 PM »
Hello all,

For those that were not able to join our Facebook Live on Tuesday evening I have now managed to take a decent snap of the KUA pair.



The decorated samples are subject to a couple of very small amendments and we are now close to beginning production.

The earlybird price of £139.95 for the pair will be available until the end of May.   After that, the price will go up to the standard RRP of £159.95.

Cheers

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #83 on: April 03, 2020, 07:01:38 PM »
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The earlybird price of £139.95 for the pair will be available until the end of February.

where do I order the time machine  :smiley-laughing:

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #84 on: April 03, 2020, 07:09:19 PM »
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The earlybird price of £139.95 for the pair will be available until the end of February.

where do I order the time machine  :smiley-laughing:

D’oh!  End of May.  Now corrected in the original post.

But... can I suggest anyone interested doesn’t leave it until the last minute.  With every deadline we receive regretful emails from those who forgot, missed it due to work etc...

Just saying!

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #85 on: April 03, 2020, 10:46:41 PM »
they are looking really good, cant wait for mine to arrive.

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #86 on: May 01, 2020, 05:04:56 PM »
Greetings - I joined NGF today so this is the newbie’s very first question!
‘Boxed Anchor’ on KUAs
I have been intrigued by the ‘Boxed Anchor’ symbol on these carriers. My understanding is that the symbol originally meant acceptance on a train ferry, but the last cross channel ferry was Dover - Dunkirk which closed in 1995. The symbol now covers traversing the Channel Tunnel.
The KUAs were built in 1998 so have they ever travelled through the Channel Tunnel? If they have, does anyone have details? If they have not, could they actually do so, and in what scenario - where could they go in France or beyond?
I am researching for a continental layout and wonder whether I could justify the carriers based on a factual journey, not just ‘my layout; my trains’ - !

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #87 on: May 01, 2020, 06:15:25 PM »
Yes, the anchor displays that the wagon was designed for ferry use.  The KUAs replaced IQAs which were/are used across the continent (certainly France, Germany and Belgium) and I suspect that they were designed as direct replacements so provision was made to fit them ferry tie downs etc. In use the KUAs have been used almost exclusively for submarine nuclear fuel whereas the IQAs they replaced were used used for other nuclear materials IIRC.

I'm not aware that the KUAs have ever left the UK, though I think that at least one IQA has been through the tunnel.

In terms of where they could go to - France has a nuclear reprocessing facility at Cap de la Hague near Cherbourg and there used to be reasonably regular movements of material between Sellafield and Cap de la Hague.

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #88 on: May 09, 2020, 11:28:44 AM »
The KUAs were built in 1998 so have they ever travelled through the Channel Tunnel? If they have, does anyone have details? If they have not, could they actually do so, and in what scenario - where could they go in France or beyond?
I am researching for a continental layout and wonder whether I could justify the carriers based on a factual journey, not just ‘my layout; my trains’ - !

Hi well,

I may well have the answer to this one after a little research and contacts, so as @red_death says the provision for going on a boat is there and there is little doubt that they are gauge to allow for traffic through the channel tunnel and may have ran a test through the tunnel.

Again as Mike says the IQAs carried other material than sub fuels they could do as they were not MOD rail assets (IIRC BNFL registered), but the KUA wagons are MOD rail assets (Military nuclear transport) as such there comes a raft of other regulations, restrictions and considerations that have to be taken into account which pretty much rule them out from been used on a service onto the continent, well without a lot of red tape and fresh agreements been made especially with France.

But all that been said if you are after a unique nuclear flow why not get the KUAs they were a direct replacement for the IQAs which did wonder into France on occasion and ignore the real life red tape! ;)

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Re: Revolution Goes Radioactive!
« Reply #89 on: May 24, 2020, 12:50:53 PM »
Thank you Mike and Acko22 for your replies to my ‘boxed anchor’ queries - and while looking into this further, I am also now aware of the ‘boxed CT’ symbol. Would there have been any other destinations other than Cap de la Hague? Looking at a map, this is rather ‘round and up to the north west peninsula’ - l was wondering if there could be an ‘across Europe’ flow through France to Germany? I am researching a continental layout and trying to create a potential UK-Europe route to help me justify spending my limited budget!

 

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