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Dear Modelers: Soundtrack has launched a division of their company to make HOn3 Models. Here is some information on there new products and line.


Welcome!  Blackstone Models is a new kind of train company... dedicated to the creation of high quality models, blending old-world craftsmanship with today's state-of-the-art technology.

Unlike train companies of the past, we start with the newest technology in sound and electronics and design our models around them. Add to this an inherent fussiness to make the most authentic model practicable, and you've got the makings of some truly extraordinary products!

 


Coming Soon...

Blackstone Models is pleased to introduce a new line of affordable yet technologically advanced HOn3 locomotives and rolling stock.

Our first offering is the classic D&RGW K-27 "Mudhen", a 2-8-2 Mikado. Other narrow gauge engines will soon follow, each with die cast construction, intricate detailing and optionally offered with high quality digital sound.

You?ll need more than locomotives to build your narrow gauge empire. Blackstone Models can supply all your rolling stock needs, beginning with our 3000 Series box cars and 5500 Series stock cars.


Blackstone Models Announces Affordable Narrow Gauge 

Blackstone Models looks to introduce a whole new generation to the world of narrow gauge by producing high quality models at truly affordable prices.

The Blackstone Models HOn3 K-27 will start as low as $250.00 MSRP fpr outside cylinder versions of this classic narrow gauge engine. Purchase these models with our Tsunami sound system for $330.00 MSRP and have the best in digital sound technology right out of the box!  Inside cylinder versions list at $260.00, with sound-equipped versions priced at $340.00. For a complete list of road numbers and versions, see the Blackstone Models current price list.

In keeping with this pricing philosophy, Blackstone Models has also announced low pricing on its upcoming releases of ready-to-run rolling stock. Both our 3000 Series Box Cars and 5500 Series Stock Cars will list with a tiny price tag of $29.95 complete with trucks and couplers. 


 

Blackstone Models K-27
Test Shots Arrive


Parts is parts! Our test shots are finally here!

Following almost 14 months of hard work, the design team at Blackstone Models is able to finally show off the early fruits of their labors as the very first test shots begin to arrive from the builder. Here are a few photos of some of the parts that we hope will give you an idea of the level of quality and detail you will find in our model.




Blackstone Models K-27
Engineering Samples Arrive in Durango
11/04/05

Whoo hoo! K-27 Engineering Models are here!
It?s Christmas in Durango ? 50 days ahead of schedule. Well, at least it is here at Blackstone Models. Because today, we just received a real  running sample of our upcoming K-27 locomotive. Sure it?s missing all the paint and nickel plating that will eventually find its way onto the finished product and some of the parts are still a bit rough but Duh! This is an engineering prototype and its purpose is to prove that the parts all fit together and the model will actually run. And run she does!  With Project Manager Jeff Johnson at the throttle of a, well, laboratory DC power supply, the model ran smoothly starting off at about 3 volts. After switching control over to our Tsunami Sound Decoder, the model ran at an astonishingly slow 1/4 scale mph on speed step one! Even with an MRC Model 2400 power pack we observed sub one mph performance. The all-wheel electrical pickup worked fantastically as the model continued to crawl without a hitch over turnouts and track that hadn?t been cleaned for months. At twelve volts, top speed was about 45 scale mph... well within the prototype?s capabilities according to the old-timers (though they were seldom run at those speeds except perhaps on the straightest of track and when no one was looking!).

Here is a sneak preview!

Here?s #452 in all her unpainted, naked glory! Note the extensive use of die-cast metal components. Yeah, we know, the bell stinks! But not to worry- a problem with the mold prevented the gong from forming correctly and is being fixed.


 

If you are trying to determine which version of the K-27 you want here is a brief explanation of the different types being offered:

This matrix is designed to identify some of the key differences between the many models available. Please note the following:
  • This matrix contains some key differences between road numbers and versions. There are additional details not listed here.
  • When ordering, make sure to add the '-S' for Sound-Equipped models!
  • All models come painted in black/graphite unless otherwise mentioned.
NEW! For a preview of the decorated model, place your cursor over the desired road number and click. The colors contained in this artwork does not provide an exact match to the end product.  Locomotives are painted a semi-gloss black, with graphite smokebox and silver/aluminum trim.  The 455 Post Wreck has a darker smokebox and trim finish to better replicate the weathered condition of the prototype. These drawings have been provided as a tool  to further help you in your selection process. 

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Note that 'Rio Grande' and 'Denver and Rio Grande Western' are trademarks of the Union Pacific Railroad Company and are used with permission.
Inboard Piston Valve
Road Number Part Number Herald Additional Details
454 B310121 Flying Grande Switcher Pilot/Tender Steps, Backup Light
456 B310122 Moffat Tunnel* Switcher Pilot/Tender Steps, Backup Light
458 B310123 Moffat Tunnel Road Pilot
461 B310124 Flying Grande Road Pilot
461 B310125 RGS Sunrise Road Pilot
Painted, Unlettered B310120 Switcher Pilot/Tender Steps, Backup Light
Outboard Piston Valve
Road Number Part Number Herald Additional Details
452 B310101 Flying Grande Road Pilot, Backup Light
453 B310102 Flying Grande Switcher Pilot/Tender Steps, Backup Light, Square-corner Tender, Doghouse
455 B310103 Royal Gorge** Road Pilot, Green Boiler Jacket
459 B310104 Moffat Tunnel Road Pilot, Backup Light
462 B310105 Moffat Tunnel Road Pilot
463 B310106 Flying Grande Road Pilot, Backup Light
464 B310107 Flying Grande Snowplow, Backup Light, Square-corner Tender
Painted, Unlettered B310100 Road Pilot, Backup Light
Post Wreck
Road Number Part Number Herald Additional Details
455 Post Wreck B310131 RGS Sunrise Snowplow, Post Wreck Tender, details unique to the Post Wreck

*Moffat Tunnel Herald - late 1930's

**Royal Gorge Herald - Pre-1936


K-27, Outside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald,#453, with Doghouse and Sound $330.00

B310103

K-27, Outside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, Pre-1940, Green Boiler, #455 $250.00
B310103-S K-27, Outside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, Pre-1940, Green Boiler, #455, with Sound $330.00
B310104 K-27, Outside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, Pre-1940, #459 $250.00
B310104-S K-27, Outside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, Pre-1940, #459, with Sound $330.00
B310105 K-27, Outside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, Pre-1940, #462 $250.00
B310105-S K-27, Outside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, Pre-1940, #462, with Sound $330.00
B310106 K-27, Outside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald, #463 $250.00
B310106-S K-27, Outside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald, #463, with Sound $330.00
B310107 K-27, Outside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald, #464 $250.00
B310107-S K-27, Outside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald, #464, with Sound $330.00
B310120 K-27, Inside Cylinder, Painted, Unlettered $260.00
B310120-S K-27, Inside Cylinder, Painted, Unlettered, with Sound $340.00
B310121 K-27, Inside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald, #454 $260.00
B310121-S K-27, Inside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald, #454, with Sound $340.00
B310122 K-27, Inside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, #456 $260.00
B310122-S K-27, Inside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, #456, with Sound $340.00
B310123 K-27, Inside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, Pre-1940, #458 $260.00
B310123-S K-27, Inside Cylinder, 'Button' Herald, Pre-1940, #458, with Sound $340.00
B310124 K-27, Inside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald, #461 $260.00
B310124-S K-27, Inside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald, #461, with Sound $340.00
B310125 K-27, Inside Cylinder, RGS Sunrise Herald, #461 $260.00
B310125-S K-27, Inside Cylinder, RGS Sunrise Herald, #461, with Sound $340.00
B310131 K-27, Post-Wreck Version, RGS Sunrise Herald, #455 $280.00
B310131-S K-27, Post-Wreck Version, RGS Sunrise Herald, #455, with Sound $360.00

3000 Series Box Cars

Scale
HOn3

Construction
High Quality Die Cast and Injection Molded Plastic
Ready-to-run, Including Trucks and Kadee? Couplers

Features
Prototypically Accurate
Painted and Lettered for Multiple Road Numbers
Painted, Unlettered Versions Available
Individual Wire Grab Irons

Brake Rigging and Underbody Detail

 

K-27, Outside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald,#453, with Doghouse $250.00

B310102-S

D&RGW 3194, Royal Gorge Herald $29.95

D&RGW 3298, Royal Gorge Herald $29.95

B340105

5500 Series Stock Cars

Scale
HOn3

Construction
High Quality Die Cast and Injection Molded Plastic
Ready-to-run, Including Trucks and Kadee? Couplers

Features
Prototypically Accurate
Painted and Lettered for Multiple Road Numbers
Painted, Unlettered Versions Available
Individual Wire Grab Irons

Brake Rigging and Underbody Detail


HOn3 Stock Cars

P.N. Description List Price
B340200 D&RGW 5500 $29.95
B340201 D&RGW 5508 $29.95
B340202 D&RGW 5536 $29.95
B340203 D&RGW 5561 $29.95
B340204 D&RGW 5575 $29.95
B340205 D&RGW 5586 $29.95

D&RGW 3066, Royal Gorge Herald $29.95

B340104


HOn3 Box Cars

P.N. Description List Price
B340100 D&RGW 3000, Flying Grand Herald $29.95
B340101 D&RGW 3028, Flying Grand Herald $29.95
B340102 D&RGW 3044, Flying Grand Herald $29.95

B340103

K-27, Outside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald,#452, with Sound $330.00

B310102

Locomotive Price List 


HOn3 Locomotives

P.N. Description List Price
B310100 K-27, Outside Cylinder, Painted, Unlettered $250.00
B310100-S K-27, Outside Cylinder, Painted, Unlettered, with Sound $330.00
B310101 K-27, Outside Cylinder, Flying Grande Herald,#452 $250.00

B310101-S