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Announcing the launch of our 49 class kit, using a proper Co-Co chassis.
The 49 class kit released by the end of January which will be powered by the 48 class chassis. The kit will include correct bogie side frames (cast) and etched handrails, side window frames including mirrors out of nickle silver. There is no soldering involved, just gluing of the etches to the loco. There are 2 body styles, 4901 to 4912 had the wide valance and 4913 to 4918 had the narrow valance. Initially there will be decals for the Indian Red and Green schemes and if enough interest is shown Candy/Red Terror, Freight Rail and SSR decals will be made available. Any other scheme will also be considered. The kit including mech will be $220.
Initially there will be 100 offered
RTR N scale NSWGR 45 class locomotive, 3 liveries (Indian Red, Candy & Red Terror). DCC compatible with functioning lights. The 45 class was known as an honest working locomotive. They did their work in a reliable and unassuming manner, solid and dependable. They were extremely reliable at low speed with heavy loads. They had a workman like look and manner that exuded business compared to other mainline locos in the fleet. They were introduced in 1962 (total 40) and were still going strong more than 30 years later. They were used in South Australia as the 600 class (total 7), Spain, India and Peru. The 45 class was undeniably a 48 class on steroids. The 45 class worked over the whole state from Albury to Brisbane, via the north coast and Wallangarra, Broken Hill, Moree, Oberon and almost everywhere in between. When first introduced, it was not uncommon to find them working passenger trains and even some of the prestige trains such as the Spirit of Progress, Newcastle Flyer, Indian Pacific, Central West Express, Brisbane Ltd etc. Multiple unit working was not a problem with them running with 42, 421, 43, 44, 442, 45, 47, 48, 49 and 80 classes, particularly in the south of the state. From 1984, due to union bans, the 45 had to be used as the second unit in multiple workings. There were 6 units selected to be modified as lead units. For a very short period these were known as the 451 class, were soon changed to the 35 class. The numbers used the original last 2 numbers in this change. 4513 became 45113, then 3513. The six numbers were 3505, 3507, 3513, 3518, 3527 and 3532. After the removal from operations in 1994 BHP used 4537, renumbered 103 and had the nose lowered for better visibility
Preserved prototypes are 4501 (3801 Ltd) and 4520 (Rail Heritage)
ABOUT THE MODEL The N scale 45 class will be made to the same exacting standards as the Gopher Models 48 class. It will have the same gearing and motor that has proved so successful in the 48 class. It will also have the same motor and gearing as the Gopher Models 44 class that is being producing in parallel and will be released at the same time as the 45 class. * DCC ready with working headlights and lit marker lights * Dual flywheels * Pickup via all wheels and all wheel driven * IT WILL MATCH THE 48 CLASS DRIVE TRAIN, THEREFORE MAKING THEM SPEED COMPATIBLE * Body mounted Microtrains 1015 couplers * Decals provided for you to be able to select your own number, thereby not having the same number as everyone else * Colour schemes are Indian Red and Candy with the possibility of Red Terror and decals provided for the reverse scheme * Conversion components included for the South Australian 600 class including the larger grill for the dynamic brake for post mid 70s operation, corrected handrails for front and rear of the loco
* It is hoped that the buffer plates and mounts will be removable for both the NSWGR and South Australian locos (this happened in NSW from 1984 onwards)
The models shown in the pictures are working versions only, the final models will be the same detailed standard and production quality of the Gopher 48 class. Gopher Models are produced by BadgerBits and have an enviable track record of producing quality Australian N scale locomotives and rolling stock. The Gopher 48 class has been an outstanding success and is indicative of the quality of the 45 class. The 45 class has been in design stage for a long time and is now ready for production; all it requires is YOUR funding to make it happen. If the funding goal is reached, then the production process in China will commence and it is expected that the models will be delivered in 18-24 months after the funding goal is met.
About to BadgerBits.com.au
Welcome to the BadgerBits.com.au website, selling BadgerBits models as well as providing a number of other services.
Unless otherwise specified, all kits and models on this site are for N-Scale.
BadgerBits is a manufacturer of its own products but we can also supply on special order:
Micro Ace, Kato, Tomix, Green Max and HiPlanes models. These will be added to the site as time goes on, but until them please contact Phil the BigBadger to arrange your special order.
BadgerBits is the company that sells models by Phil Badger.
BadgerBits's speciality is in models in N Scale of Standard Gauge Australian outline models and O Scale Narrow Gauge.
Unless otherwise specified, all models on this website are in N-Scale.
Phil is a retired Air Force radio technician.
Phil's marvellous exhibition layout Richmond was featured in the August 1994 issue of AMRM (The Australian Model Railway Magazine). Other articles by Phil have appeared in the October 1996 issue and the April 1997 issue of the same magazine.
Phil manufactures models of all kinds, both for sale under the BadgerBits name and also as a subcontractor for other manufacturers. He is a so a principal of Ixion Model Railways, manufacturing models of British Outline models.