RKKY Project – Factory Engineering Samples

The factory has advised that the finishing touches are being made to the samples. Below are some images of the test shots that they have sent us. We are absolutely delighted by how they look! (Clicking on each image will enlarge it).

Diecast chassis test shot at right, with the main etch deck components in place. (Obviously brake gear has not been added to the sample in this view!)

As per the shot above, the RKKY chassis is diecast, for strength and weight. However, while the chassis mould was being completed, the factory quickly ran off a 3D-printed chassis in order to have something to attach the brake gear test shots to. The image at right shows brake gear fitted to this 3D printed chassis mockup -the extent of the brake detail is self evident! (NB: Not every piece of brake gear is fitted in this shot).

Another shot of bogies, complete with springs in situ on the bogie on the left.

RKKY Headstock details

The headstock assembly¬†of the RKKYs have quite an intricate arrangement of horizontal steel rods held in place vertical columns, each of which feature six characteristic circular flanges or ‘rail stiffeners’ (see image below).

Below is an image of the vertical columns in model form. See how the components here have been double etched to capture the flanged appearance of the prototype as accurately as possible? The cost of double etching these components is (to be quite frank), eye watering, but we felt that it was absolutely essential.

This reflects the approach we have taken with these wagons – going to the extreme to get the very best model it is possible to make.