Who we are?
County Rolling Stock is a specialist N gauge railway company trading on the internet as N’Tastic Shop. Over the last three years, I have been producing my own kits alongside specialist items from other small suppliers. The kits have been mainly items that are not produced by the big manufacturers but are still wanted by the modeller, and are easier to produce on a small scale.
The kits have gone from small – Hay rack to large – GWR Coaling Stage.
What are we trying to do?
With your help, we are hoping to increase our wagon kit range not by 1 but by 4 or even 12, in a shorter period of time than it usually takes. The aim of the campaign is to get the kits through their test stage and in to their final form a lot quicker.
As a small company, this process can take a long time due to cash flow. Money has to be there before the next stage can go ahead. The target is to have the funds in place so there is no waiting time between the test runs and the final production run. As 3D printing is still a relatively new production method, there needs to be a slush fund available to head off any problems before they become too big to handle.
What is the plan?
The 3D printing may be used to produce masters for resin and / or white metal castings or used directly for the model. The kits will also have additional parts in them like wheels, buffers, couplings, transfers and etched metal details.
The 4 wagons we have chosen are GWR Tool Van (CC7), GWR Sleeper Bogie Wagon (T12), BR Spoil Ballast Hopper (ZTV – Tope) and LMS Ballast Hopper (BR Gannet) (LMS D1804).
GWR Tool Van (GWR Diagram CC7)
ERA 1920 too Present (Heritage)
The Great Western (GWR) built these vans for use by Signalling and Engineering Departments and they were fitted out with work benches and lockers. These were built in 1913 and 1920’s, with the later ones containing an 10cwt jib crane inside the door. These were also the last rounded corner vans built by GWR. These vans lasted a long time on the network with many passing on to heritage railways for preservation.
GWR Sleeper Wagon (GWR Diagram T12)(Taunton Concrete)
ERA 1938 too Present (Heritage)
The Great Western (GWR) built these wagons for carrying chaired sleepers for track repairs and renewals. They date back to 1894 with 101 being built by 1900, a later batch of six were built between 1942 & 1944, with an independent brake lever. These also lasted a long time and were transferred over to British Railways and eventually had sides added and coded Taunton Concrete. At least one of these is still main line registered and used by a heritage railway to bring in supplies.
This will include the sides for the later version.
BR Spoil Ballast Hopper (BR Tops code ZTV code name Tope)
ERA 1988 too 1999 (at least)
British Rail built these in the early 1990’s by converting redundant HTV hoppers. These wagons were used to carry spoil or ballast, as departmental wagons were code ZTV and named Tope.
LMS Ballast Hopper (BR Gannet) (LMS D1804)
ERA 1932 too 1975 (at least)
LMS had these ballast hoppers built by Metropolitan Cammell in 1932. A further batch was ordered by BR in 1940's, and these wagons lasted well into the BR era, although some were modified. Under the BR code name system these ballast hoppers were coded Gannet.
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Why Should I help.
Backers can be proud that they contributed to the making of the kits. Every little helps and it will get the wagons produced and on sale much quicker than if I had to personally fund it. Also all the backers will receive their wagons before any go on sale to the general public.
Design your own kit pledge.
We will design a 4 wheel wagon of your choice to 1:148 scale. The design will include chassis, body (van, open, tank or flat) and where possible transfers. Although the theme of this Kickstarter campaign is engineering stock your wagon choice does not need to fit into this category. The choice of 10 wagon kits can include your design, although they will be delivered seperately. We will aim to produce your wagon kit in the first half of 2014. Your assistance with the research of this project will be required and you will receive test models and artwork for your approval. Your name will go in the instructions of the kit as title sponsor.
We reserve the right to reject your chosen model if it is a very complicated design or is already available in kit or RTR form. All rights to this kit belong to County Rolling Stock. If you have any concerns about your choice of wagon please send us an email before you pledge and we will be able to advise you.
If the target is surpassed, I would be able to unlock the remaining 8 wagons in the collection in stages, although the production would have to be staggered as that much CAD work could upset my CAD Designer.
Risks and challenges
Due to the nature of the production of these kits the biggest risk will be delays in signing off the drawings at 3D printing stage. We have had issues in the past with the 3D printers changing material specification after test prints have been done. This could mean we may miss our projected delivery date on some or all of the kits. The delay will only be temporary and likely to be a month or two at the most. Backers would be kept updated at all stages. The other risk is not getting funding. If we do not reach our goal, these kits will be produced but over the next couple of years as funds become available.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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