Our fully assembled, plug-and-play Flangeway Independent snowplough weight upgrade kit.
The kit comprises:
- Replacement main internal weight
- New nose weight
- Lead ballast (glued in place)
The two weights combined weigh in the region of 70g.
As many of us who own one or more of Flangeway’s OO gauge independent snowploughs will know, whilst they are in most respects a wonderful representation of these icons of British railway history, they are not without their flaws.
Possibly the most problematic issue, and one that may still occur even with the extra brass weight in Flangeway’s newest release, is that they are too light and can be prone to derailing (particularly when pushed).
This upgrade sorts that in minutes.
Included in the kit are two carefully-designed 3D-printed weights filled with fine lead ballast, together weighing approximately 70g. This represents a significant improvement on the ~22g moulded plastic weight in the original release or its upgraded ~34g cousin in the more recent release.
The main weight is a simple replacement for the existing plastic moulded weight, while the other is a new, custom-made part that sits forward of the leading wheelset. No glue is required to hold the weights in place and no alterations to the models are needed. This upgrade is fully reversible.
We have tested this kit with both the original batch of Flangeway’s snowploughs and their new release in 2020. The moulding is the same, so the kit is compatible with all current models.
We can accept no liability or responsibility for any damage or injury occurring from the installation and use of our upgrade kits. Installation may require disassembly, modifications and the use of tools, some or all of which has the potential to damage you and/or you models, as well as other components and equipment. Users must not commence work unless they are confident that they have the skills and experience necessary to complete it successfully, and install these kits and undertake work to their models at their own risk. Any images included with this listing of Flangeway snowplough models are provided for information only: this kit does not include a snowplough model. These kits are assembled by hand and whilst we aim for 70g in total across both weights, the total weight may be a few grams higher or lower. This can be down to the amount of glue used to secure the ballast as well as minor variations in the precise amount of ballast used.