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Following on from Dapols 22,41 and Thumper DEMU we now have Heljan announcing a class 14 available through Hattons for 2009

I don't believe the page is up yet for pre ordering, but suspect that demand for this one may be high. If you want one get in quick. 1200 green ones don't seem too many to me.

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"We are pleased to announce that we have begun preparation work for production of a run of OO gauge Class 14 locos, in partnership with Heljan and their UK representatives, Howes of Oxford

Provisionally we intend to produce 3 variants

1400 - BR Green as per mainline use. Running number to be confirmed. Run of approximately 1200
1401 - BR Blue - as per use on Channel Tunnel project in 1990's (whilst privately owned). Running number to be confirmed. Run of approximately 600
1402 - NCB private-owner livery. Running number to be confirmed. Run of approximately 600
We plan to accept pre-orders on all of these items, once the details have been finalised with Heljan. Any further information will be added to this page, as and when it becomes available. Delivery date of the locos has been tentatively pencilled in for May 2009"
 

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Well it had to appear eventually, after all the number of diesel classes from the earlier years not yet produced is getting few and far between.

QUOTE (rb277170 @ 19 May 2008, 18:47) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>1401 - BR Blue - as per use on Channel Tunnel project in 1990's (whilst privately owned). Running number to be confirmed.

However, I am not sure about the preserved rail blue variant, which I believe carried a 14 xxx number as well. As far as I know all the 14's were withdrawn in green - we shall see.

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Thats correct Britho. They were withdrawn in green. The blue one was a hypothetical livery in preservation. I think I can remember one appearing in railfreight grey too.

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QUOTE (rb277170 @ 20 May 2008, 21:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thats correct Britho. They were withdrawn in green. The blue one was a hypothetical livery in preservation. I think I can remember one appearing in railfreight grey too.

I don't remember one in railfreight grey ever appearing, although I do remember seeing them in NCB black (and some of the preserved ones in various shades of rust!)

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brilliant news but is it going to be like deltic ? hard to get except on loads a money bay.it seems to me modellings gettingt out of reach for new blood to the hobby and more for the investor.
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QUOTE (61215 billy carver @ 21 May 2008, 09:23) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>is it going to be like deltic ? hard to get except on loads a money bay.

I was told that Hattons aren't taking orders yet (don't take my word for it - check for yourself) but I guess it will be like all the limited editions - you need to order as soon as possible to make sure you get what you want. Some retailers will take a deposit and some allow payment in stages so that by the time the model arrives you have paid for it - or put a pound or two to one side every week so you can pay in full when the model is ready. The point to stress is that you need to place a definite order - and by reading about it here and having internet access you are already ahead of many modellers who know nothing about this announcement yet.

Even if the retailer restricts supply to one per customer then there are those who will find a way around that by getting other family members or friends to place orders and these are the ones that will get onto Ebay

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It would seem that Heljan must be upping model production significantly.

Their class 17 has only just appeared on their website as a pre-production mock up which still needs tweaking.

Add to this the Class 15 and ' Kestrel' already mentioned for release in the not to distant future, it would be extreamly good going for them to have the class 14 out by May 2009 as has been 'tentatively' speculated by Hattons.

I've not even mentioned the cargowagon flat or their other models in the pipeline.

Maybe the class 14 is at an advanced stage like the Dapol 22 ( if what has already been stated about that model is correct).

Or maybe they are trying to ward off other manufactures with their intentions as the class 14 scored quiet highly in the recent mremag/model rail poll.

Anyway what evers going on, like most people, i would rather Heljan take their time and get the model 'right' the first time so we don't end up with a 33 & 52 (roof problems) or 47 (diet problems)

Come on Heljan a lot of people have been waiting a long long time for this model and a few more extra months spent getting it 'right' will not hurt now.

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[quote name='rb277170' date='19 May 2008, 18:47' post='53669']

Following on from Dapols 22,41 and Thumper DEMU we now have Heljan announcing a class 14 available through Hattons for 2009

Anyone have any theories why these limited edition models are becoming more popular? Are sales expected to be slow and low for the models concerned and limited editions guarantee a fast sell-out at a good price? Or are Kernow (Thumper) and Hattons (Class 14) just filling a gap?

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***More to the point if the Mfr can get a reasonable volume "in the bag" as an "exclusive limited edition" from one company, then they can make the tooling investment & commit to a first batch reasonably confidently as the costs are effectively underwrittten before they say go.

I'm dead certain that the model will, after a respectable time that'll be part of the contract, be released as a catalog item.

Doing it the way they are the Mfr is comfortable and will commit to it, and the initial sales point is guaranteed a margin on the batch ordered - just sensible business.

Now all I need is someone to commit the same way to an 0-6-0 Kirtley :)

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 22 May 2008, 08:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Now all I need is someone to commit the same way to an 0-6-0 Kirtley

Richard - surely a man of your means could persuade someone to produce a couple of thousand!

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 22 May 2008, 20:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Richard - surely a man of your means could persuade someone to produce a couple of thousand!

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*** I wish
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I may be in the business but Donald Trump I'm not unfortunately - basically I'm just a modeller on a budget like most others when it comes to my own specific preferences & modelling wants and needs unfortunately

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 22 May 2008, 08:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>***More to the point if the Mfr can get a reasonable volume "in the bag" as an "exclusive limited edition" from one company, then they can make the tooling investment & commit to a first batch reasonably confidently as the costs are effectively underwrittten before they say go.

I'm dead certain that the model will, after a respectable time that'll be part of the contract, be released as a catalog item.

Doing it the way they are the Mfr is comfortable and will commit to it, and the initial sales point is guaranteed a margin on the batch ordered - just sensible business.

Now all I need is someone to commit the same way to an 0-6-0 Kirtley :)

Richard

Or if you could get a group of 500 together you could organise your own 0-6-0 Kirtley limited edition, Richard, with each one putting a few £ upfront. Just what t'internet was invented for.
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