'N' gauge fans will be pleased with the news of another new company in the small, but growing group producing UK outline models.
Ixion Models is the newest manufacturer of state of the art 'N' gauge 1:148 locomotives for the United Kingdom, and world markets.
Ixion Model Railways Ltd is an Anglo-Australian company, formed by three friends, Phil Badger and Lindsay Oââ‚¬â„¢Reilly from Australia and Chris Klein from the UK, with the sole purpose of producing the finest British-prototype 'N' scale 1:148 locomotives yet seen in the market.
Tooling for Ixion's first locomotive has commenced, and the first CAD 3D modelling images will appear on their website before Christmas. Ixion plan to release this model to coincide with the N Gauge Society exhibition in September, 2008.Phil Badger is Australia's pre-eminent N scale modeller, manufacturing his own range of etched brass and polyurethane cast kits in N scale (1:160). He also produces kits by himself, and in collaboration with others, in HO, 7mm and 1/4" scales for standard and narrow gauge prototypes. He also produces limited-run RTR N scale locomotives of NSW and Victorian prototypes.
Chris Klein has been a railway modeller for more than 40 years, and is best known for the more than 25 articles he has written for the Railway Modeller. He has written about his BR(WR) 4mm scale Abersoch and Boduan Junction layouts, and, more recently, his explorations into 7mm modelling, especially his essays into locomotive kitbuilding.
Lindsay O'Reilly is an incurable scale-gauge schizophrenic, having built models of standard and narrow gauge prototypes in N, HO, and O scales, and even Gauge 3 (1:22.5 standard gauge). He has written for a number of Australian modelling magazines, generated the instructions for a range of NSW 7mm kits, and is well known for his layout designs and presentations on Building Small Layouts in 7mm scale."
We'll keep you posted as news comes in.Lindsay O'Reilly said: "As an aside, the logo was designed (by me) to refer to the classical Greek story of Ixion, and thus represents a feathered or winged wheel, which was a very commonly used late-19th century symbol for railways, especially in Germany (just a bit of trivia there). The seven-pointed star is called the Federation star in Australia, and appears on our national flag. It obviously has personal significance for Phil Badger and I, as Aussies, but it is also - I think - the nicest-looking star there is. There is no other deep significance beyond that, really.
The colours of the logo are the colours of the outback, but were also chosen to be distinctively different to the manufacturers already in the market.
The name Ixion was selected because it rolls off the tongue, doesn't sound like any existing manufacturer, and looks good in a logo. Again, there is nothing more complicated than that. It certainly has no connection to the loco of the same name, which I only learnt about recently."
Nothing much to see for now, but their website is at: www.ixionmodels.com