321… Go! Design work begins on next model

 

Design work is now underway on our next powered model, the Class 320/321 electric multiple units.

We have received numerous drawings and we will shortly be undertaking a research trip to measure and photograph the prototype  thanks to owners Eversholt.

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These are just a small portion of the drawings we’ve received, and as with our other models Rapido’s designers will combine them with other data to produce a 3D CAD model that will be used to cut the tooling.

The CAD drawings will be carefully scrutinised and will be shown on our website here so our customers and supporters can give feedback.  We are convinced this will enable us to produce a great model.

So far three versions of the Class 321 are confirmed:  London Midland, First and Network South East, and one version of the Class 320:  Scotrail Saltire.

Livery 321 LM 150

London Midland 321413, 321416, 321417 (this unit has been used on the GE mainline)

Livery 321 First 150

First Capital Connect:  321402, 321408

Livery 321 NSE 150

Network South East:  321401, 321423

Class 320 3-car units in use in Scotland:

Livery 320 Saltire 150

320315 (this unit was the first to be painted, so covers the maximum time period) , 320318.

We are also considering offering a 3-car 320 unit in unbranded London Midland livery, as some (such as 320411) are now in operation with Scotrail but still carrying the attractive LM colours.

There will be a special early bird discount for those ordering these models early, as this helps us move the project along more quickly.

And as we progress with development we are confident other liveries will reach the minimum threshold required for production, so please support any favourites you may have.

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