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With show season over attention has returned to developing the range of figures which will soon include new steam era loco crew, a selection of signalman poses and some new Modern image figures.

New Website

The Modelu website has had a major overhaul to make it (hopefully!) easier to find the figures and place orders. Online orders can now be taken using Paypal, bank transfer or cheques. Later I’ll be adding some guides on preparing the figures, painting and how-to guides for fitting some of the new detailing components such as the Dukedog top feed and sandboxes.

New Loco Crew & Signalmen

Tom and Iain from Llangollen and Jamie from the SVR have been scanned again, extending the range of steam era figures to include new natural poses. The last of the new scans are being edited and the new figures will be on sale through the Modelu website and forthcoming exhibitions.

First steps in Modern Image

At the recent Hornby show I met Jim who works for Colas Rail. He’d arrived at the Modelu stand straight from a shift still in his high-vis to be scanned! Jim’s poses include from Left to Right: Shunt Driver (Class 08), Seated Driver (suitable for Class 60/66/70) and Line Possession/Ballast pose (feet up in the cab of a ’66!).

Jim kindly agreed for his scanned poses to be added to the Modelu range. These scans are my first venture into modern image figures and in the coming months will be expanded to include many other poses. These figures will be available in scales N-O in the next week or so. You can see how Jim got painting himself on RMWeb here.

Big Jim

Print to Order and Lead times

Though most OO gauge figures are kept in stock, in some cases they will need to be printed. This is also the case for all larger scales such as S and O Gauge, as a result turn around time for Print to Order items can be up to a week.
Exhibition Scan prints are still on a 4-6 week turn around due to back-to-back shows in September generating quite a long queue for scan prints.

Reordering Scan Prints

Reorders of scans are possible, if you are interested please drop me an email and I can give you a rough idea of lead times. You only pay for the price of the print and postage, the scan cost is a one off. Reprint pricing is the same as the standard figures costs – see the table here for more information.

Detailing Components

I’m slowly beginning to add some of the detailing component designs to the website. These currently include some GWR components such as whistles, top feeds and sandboxes. I’ve many more items in the pipeline such as chimneys and domes and of course the point rodding stools. These are in their final stage of development and will be available via the website next week.

Exhibition News

Next show is the South Hants MRC Show in Portsmouth on the 21st November. I’ll be there with stock of 4mm scale figures and the scanning kit. If I have time I should also have a stock of point rodding as well as the display pieces featured in this news letter.

  • South Hants MRC Show, Portsmouth – 21st November 2015
  • Bristol O Gauge Show – 31st January 2016
  • Lincoln MRC Show – 27th & 28th February
  • Nottingham East Midlands MRE – 12th March 2016
  • Railex 2016 – 28th & 29th May 2016

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Comments (10)

  • Tim Shackleton Reply

    These figures are just the best. They’re 100% naturalistic and utterly convincing – painting them is great fun too!

    November 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm
    • Ken Foley Reply

      Hi Tim,
      Just received my first delivery of figures from Modelu.
      How do you recommend the are painted? ie what type of paint is best suited to the material?
      Best Regards,

      January 19, 2016 at 11:45 am
      • Works Manager Reply

        Hi Ken,
        General guidelines are a dusting of primer, many use Halfords grey or white primer and then you can paint with either enamels or acrylics. The figures have been washed in cleaning alcohol and clean water so you won’t need to treat them prior to painting.

        If you need any other assistance please drop me an email or give me a call at the number on contact page.

        All the best


        January 19, 2016 at 12:19 pm
  • James Bowden Reply

    I’m lookin for some figures for my fleet of 1st generation Diesel locomotives in OO, specifically the Class 25 (Bachmann) and Class 33 (Heljan) and the Hornby 08 Shunter. Standing & sitting. Are there plans to look at these types as you move forward & if so what do you think will be the expected timescale ?
    I also model N gauge so will be looking at your range of Driver etc for my N gauge Steam fleet too.

    Kind regards

    James Bowden

    April 17, 2016 at 7:35 am
    • Works Manager Reply

      Hi James, I’ll be looking at diesel figures very soon and am in the process of designing a seated figure for the SLW Class 24 which will more than likely fit the Class 25 and 33. Updates will be on the website as things progress. If you have any other requirements please let me know,



      April 18, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    • Works Manager Reply

      I James, I have a new figure ready to go on sale and I’ll be adding him to the site tomorrow. He should be suitable for your Class 25 & 33 and will be available in both OO and N. Cheers


      April 27, 2016 at 11:42 pm
  • Roger Eaton Reply

    Your stools are all for wire. Have you thought of (I am sure you have)an open inverted piece of square brass with a fourth side being open. I have a picture and we can talk about that type at the coming Scaleforum. If you could supply me with a few current units, I would like to try to use the open square type.

    May 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm
  • Roger Eaton Reply

    I will try to use a few in Ottawa before I travel starting AUG 21. If you could send me (and I’ll pay) for a few for testing the slot approach.

    May 4, 2016 at 10:20 pm
  • Roger Eaton Reply

    see you at the show. PLease have some for examination and purchase.

    August 21, 2016 at 10:02 pm
  • martin philpott Reply

    I’m looking for american 1:48 scale railway workers figures, I might get by with 1:43. Please keep me in touch

    February 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm

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