British Railway Modelling (BRM)



In what is said to be a “major investment in new equipment”, Dapol has revealed new buildings to be manufactur­ed at its site in Chirk for 7mm:1ft scale.

The initial new ranges include Midland, Great Western and Lynton & Barnstaple buildings and structures to complement existing products available in 7mm:1ft scale, in O and O-16.5 gauges.

Its first Midland range of buildings and platform building kits are said to be entering production soon, and the manufactur­er anticipate­s that kits will arrive in shops between late summer and early autumn, 2023.

Dapol has a long-standing tradition of manufactur­ing self-assembly kits in the UK, and some of its Kitmaster tooling dates back to the late-1950s.

The manufactur­er commented, "As part of [our] commitment to continue manufactur­ing as many products in the UK as possible, we are launching a new series of laser-cut card kits. This represents a major investment in new equipment to be used here in Chirk where the kits are designed and manufactur­ed in-house."

The new range of models will be marketed under the brand name Kitmaster Genesis to pay homage to the old range of kits. The new items will be laser-cut from self-coloured card and will include all the necessary injection moulded or 3D-printed accessory parts, including glazing, to complete the model.

Where appropriat­e, models are to be supplied with printed interior decoration­s, requiring glue to complete. Kits are based on real world prototypes, but are said to be "easily customisab­le, lending themselves to 'kit bashing' should the modeller wish to have something truly bespoke on their layout." Each kit will have a set of detailed assembly instructio­ns included.

Dapol is also preparing a selection of other buildings for modellers to enjoy constructi­ng, which are said to be at the design phase. More informatio­n will be released as each project progresses.

To see the complete list of new announceme­nts, visit the Dapol website, or see your local stockist.

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