It's been a fair bit of time since our last update and the emails are coming in thick and faster than we're able to respond so we think it's time for another update with where we are now....
We're still building them, hand building them, one by one...and whilst it's not the way we planned on releasing the World's smallest commercially available locomotive it's the hand we've unfortunately been dealt due to all that's happened the past few years, covid, price increases and brexit to name but a few.
We'll be honest we did consider refunding everyone and starting again, this time without the stress of a Preorder status but we're committed to the task and are working our way through them. It is a slow process, a lot slower than we envisaged, for which we continue to ask for patience.
So, we haven't abandoned the project, we haven't forgotten anyone, and they are slowly making their way into the World as you can probably see from the few that have made their way into the hands of collectors eager to share their excitement.
Can't say we're not disappointed that some people only want to discard the hand-painted and finely detailed body which takes hours to put together, only to make their own loco using just the tiny (also hand-built) chassis.
Given this information we're really quite reluctant to be putting in all the extra work to make the bodies perfect for them to be treated as expendable.
So in this respect we'd like to offer those that admit they'll be removing the body the chance to get their loco sooner by opting to receive an unpainted, standard 3d printed body shell which will help us to make our way through the list quicker and be able to get the beautifully finished little locos out to the patient collectors.
If you're interested in this option send an email to lorraine@PROTECTED with the subject line Class 08 Plain Body.
The same process still applies to everyone who's preordered... you will receive an email on the Friday before your Class 08 is ready to be shipped, once you confirm your address, we will ship your loco.
If you no longer wish to wait we are happy to provide a full refund.
For those who missed the first issue of the Class 08, it will be next year before they will be available again.