Please note, we have now moved over to our glass filled nylon wheels. Models showing images of metal wheels will now be supplied with our high quality glass filled nylon wheels
The anti-venom to our brass Victorian Steam Tram !!
16mm is a great scale to model in, with many prototypes modeled by many manufacturers. The danger is that it will become too serious and, maybe too expensive for the desperately needed younger generation. This is our attempt to put a good dollop of inexpensive FUN into 16mm !
Flash is a light hearted Art Deco locomotive, inspired by Flash Gordon of the 1930's. This may have been something that 'in the day,' could have been drawn up in fantasy for our railways. So in a way, it is 'in keeping' with our steam locomotives!
It is an ideal crowd pleaser on show layouts, for both the young and the young at heart !!
We will be shortly producing coaches for Flash. These coaches will be ultra light weight, vacuum formed items with a one piece body and chassis.
Flash is a fan driven locomotive and comes in our standard tough cast resin. The kit consists of very few parts and can be assembled in under one hour. The body, hoop and chassis are all one piece moldings that require little or no cleaning up.
With our recommended running gear, (listed below), Flash can attain speeds WAY beyond what is reasonable or practical for our railways; but on the flip side, it is also perfectly able to be driven slower than a geared Garrett with full control! With careful throttle set up, a very practical speed range can be programmed and would be an exciting and fun model to be left with the grandchildren on a Sunday afternoon.
An uneven railway also offers no barrier to Flash, as it is fan driven, wheel traction becomes a non-issue. Simply set the throttle to your railway so full throttle is enough to climb your steepest bank, then you have the joy of operating the brakes on the down hill.
The fun can last for hours at a time. Using the new Lithium battery technology, and brushless motor set-up, we have run for well over two hours with only 1/4 of the battery capacity having been used ! Care should be taken when using and charging Li-po cells, as they CANNOT be abused. Please make sure you understand how to use them and buy the correct charger.
We see Flash as a blank canvas and have deliberately left the body fairly plain. This gives you the opportunity to really go to town on customization! Go wild, Flash will lend itself to a huge range of styles, Space War, Art Deco, Captain Nemo, War Hammer etc. Because the shape is so non-descript, any sort of paint job can be applied, from a straight color to your favorite car on TV. Just imagine Flash in the orange General Lee Dukes of Hazard colors, or Knight Rider with a strobing light fitted, Maybe a dirty yellow Trotters van with ladders on the top! You could go for racing teams like Red Bull or Gulf, maybe cover it in fluffy material and turn it into a animal, the list is endless.
The cost of Flash is also something we have kept a close eye on. We have worked with BRC Hobbies to come up with a shopping list of inexpensive, small standard components, that will give a fantastic performance/duration combination.
This is our recommended list of the basic propulsion system needed for Flash.
We recommend you buy this list from BRC Hobbies, as they know the Flash project and have been fantastically helpful in helping choosing a system that works in Flash. They offer a very good and fast mail order service. The prices as listed below are subject to change.
brchobbies Tel. 0191 4887879
3.17mm prop adapter (400396) 2.45
2mm gold plated connectors (407356) 2.95
Pro10A speed controller (400211) 9.20
APC-E 4.1 x 4.1 prop (411303) 1.85
Hitec HS82MG servo (406495) 14.95
2200-3S 20C LiPo battery (405045) 9.90
LiPo battery charger PD403 (408341) 24.95
XT60 connectors - 3pr (407333) 2.50
LiPo checker/alarm (408068) 6.95
DYS 2225/15 brushless outrunner motor 1600KV (slightly faster) (409674) 9.95
DYS 2225/15 brushless outrunner motor 1400KV (Slightly slower) (409673) 9.95
Dimensions for the above motors: can size 22mm o/d, 24mm long, shaft diameter 3.1mm
Note, these are standard r/c aircraft motors available from many model shops.
Please see the instructions page for lots more technical information on Flash.
This is a real 16mm 'curve ball' !!
Hold on to your hats !!
X1 Glass filled nylon wheel set
X1 Fan hoop
X1 Lipo clip
X1 Chassis screw
X1 R clip
X1 Chassis packer
X1 HS82MG servo mount
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