We are air-frighting a small quantity of 34 x 2300 class models in 16.5mm gauge especially for the convention. Sorry, all the 12mm gauge are sold out. You can have them with or without sound. You will need to be there to purchase and they will be at a special price for those attending the convention.
In our recent posts were were able to show you photos of the 1550/2400QR Blue & Bicentenary liveries models.
This is our sample model that we presented for your comment at Pine Rivers Exhibition
Below is a JPG of the orginal artwork
We don’t have the new samples as yet but here is the jpg’s of the revised artwork.We think you will like them.
Over the years there have been 5 different shades of the QR Blue livery. It is a matter of choosing the right colour for the era. We have confirmed our colour choice from QR paint drawings. We then confirmed these colours with Dulux to obtain the relevant contemporary colours. Dulux colour pots were then obtained and, bearing in mind the changes in the manufacture of paints over the years, such as no lead content, and using our best judgement, we compared these with our PMS & RAL colour charts to get the colour for our samples. The final process was having your feedback and that is producing a great model true to the prototype. Watch this space for the new samples.
In regard to the Bi-Centenary locomotives, again we listened to your comments and made a slight variation to the green & yellow. There are no official listings/information of colours used anywhere in the QR archives so the colour selection has to be from photos and memory. What was interesting was every ones comments that the Bicentennial colours on the loco were emphatically wrong despite the posting of official Queensland Rail photos clearly showing the locos with a blue/yellow logo rather than the green/yellow everyone said was correct.
We were intrigued by this outcome and decided to dig a bit deeper first contacting the Australia Flag Association, who advised the the Department of The Prime Minister was the responsible organisation. On contacting the department they were able to advise us where to look for the the official colours.
Both the AFA & the DPM advised and confirmed that, prior to the Bicentenary, Australia’s official colours were blue & gold, as illustrated in the Australian Coat of Arms. These were to be applied to the Bicentenary Logo. The Prime Minister at the time was Bob Hawke, who wanted to change the Australian flag, the National Anthem and Australias official colours to green & gold. Mr Hawke was advised that it would be political suicide to change the anthem & the flag but he insisted that the Bicentenary colours be changed and he got his way. The only difference being that yellow was selected instead of gold. Thus the colours painted on the two Queensland locos – 2401 – as we made the logo in blue & yellow is correct.
At some time, either immediately after the QR photo shoot or some later time, both locos had the green & yellow decal applied.
So what do we do now?
Our new sample will feature the green & yellow logo.
THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE ORIGINAL MODEL
This is the original artwork with blue & yellow logo
These are the revised artwork – hi & low nose / green & yellow logo
We will make both the high nose & low nose with the green logo.
HOWEVER, IF YOU WOULD LIKE A HIGH NOSE MODEL WITH THE ORIGINAL BLUE & YELLOW NOSE, PLEASE LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY. IF WE GET CLOSE TO 50 ORDERS WE WILL MAKE A CERTIFIED LIMITED EDITION OF 50 ONLY.