Dapol state that as part of their ongoing improvement program, they are delighted to announce that the Class 56 in being retooled with an all-new bodyshell.
The new tooling will allow for accurate representation of the original Romanian and later UK-built locomotives and feature etched brass grilles.
Due to the changes to the body tooling, release of the previously announced Class 56 models has been pushed into Q3/Q4 2024
The new model will feature the following specifications:
Retooled body with improvements to the body shape. cab roof and windows
Tooling options to accurately reproduce both Romanian and Doncaster bodyshell types
Etched side and roof grilles in two styles
RP25.72 darkened wheels with pin point bearings
5 pole Super creep motor with controlled pulling power and incredible slow running speed
All wheel drive and pick up
Dapols low friction mechanism for efficient quiet running
Heavy split frame chassis for excellent running and haulage qualities
DCC Ready with a NEXT-18 decoder socket
Dapol advise that the CAD has now been signed off and the project is moving along to the tooling room. They expect to see the revised Class 56 in shops Q3-Q4 2024. The RRP for the DCC ready versions is £156.60, and for DCC fitted versions £188.99
For more information visit the Dapol website.