HWS Comical ‘W-Class’ Melbourne Tram Model Kit with Base (HWS0048)
This resin model kit is a caricature of the iconic W-Class trams that are still driving around Melbourne today!
Affectionately referred to as ‘Plugger’, our take on Melbourne’s iconic tram has exaggerated proportions yet all the fine detail you’d expect from the latest in additive manufacturing technology used in it’s construction.
Designed and made right here in our Flinders Street store, our comical tram kit makes a totally unique gift for tram lovers, or souvenir of your stay in our magnificent city!
The W-class trams are a family of electric trams built by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB) between 1923 and 1956. Over the 33 years of production, 752 vehicles spanning 12 sub-classes were constructed, the majority at the MMTB's Preston Workshops.
A small fleet continue to operate on the tramway network of Melbourne, Australia, where they are used on the City Circle tourist route and the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant service. The W-Class tram is a cultural icon to Melbourne, those that remain in Melbourne are classified by the National Trust of Australia.
As well as Melbourne, W-Class trams operate on tourist and heritage systems across the world. A number of older variants have been withdrawn from service and later sent to cities such as Copenhagen, San Francisco, Savannah and Seattle, and by private enthusiasts. In 2018, 134 W-class trams were offered to the Australian public for new uses.
As of January 2021 - 9 W-Class trams remain in service in Melbourne, all of which being W8 trams operating on the City Circle tram.
DISCLAIMER - Parts are manufactured from a UV curing resin. Cyanoacrylate (CA) or “Super Glue” recommended for bonding to rigid PS/ABS or other resin parts. UV curing resins can be an irritant. Always use the appropriate safety gear when handing or modifying. Parts are supplied still attached to the supports/raft. Care must be taken when removing supports. 3D printing IS NOT injection molding! Slight imperfections and the visible appearance of 'layer lines' in places is perfectly normal and not a defect. ‘Tough’ grade resin parts can damage fine bladed side cutters - use at own risk. For advanced modellers only. Requires glue, paint and sanding blocks to complete.