The latest products from the Margate-based firm.
ANOTHER BATCH OF reliveries of 4mm scale/’OO’ items have arrived from Hornby, including models based on the former Lima Class 67 and Class 101 DMU.
The two-car Met-Cam Class 101 represents Strathclyde PTE/ScotRail’s unique blue liveried No. 101692 (Cat Ref. R2696, RRP £84.75). The predominately blue livery, with red/yellow/black stripes is well applied, correctly featuring a slight different shade of blue on the cab sides.
The complex colour scheme on the real thing can be found here. The SPT logo is well reproduced on the cab fronts as well. In fact, the only thing letting the model down is the rather basic ex-Lima tooling, which could really do with a revamp into the 21st Century. NEM coupler pockets have been fitted to the power car, but strangely not to the trailer vehicle.
Strangely, Hornby has chosen not to apply destinations to either of the blinds, leaving them unpainted, but at least this saves any embarassment by using the wrong one. This 101 ironically probably spent more time working in the North West after transferring south, so Manchester/North Wales area destinations are just as prototypical as Strathclyde region locations.
The only other ommission is the NRN roof pods at either end. Lima did produce this tooling so it is something of a surprise that this was not used.
The Class 67 makes a return in EWS maroon/gold as No. 67018 Rapid (Cat Ref. R2764, RRP £74.50).
Compared to the first release of the model a couple of years ago, the EWS Bo-Bo sports new NEM coupler pockets, while Hornby has also correctly printed the horn grille detail on the cab front. It is a shame that this detail, at least, could not have been tooled onto the model.
Two new D&E era wagons are also added to the stable, both acquired as part of the Dapol tooling purchase in the mid-1990s. The HEA is a copy of the original Replica product, which found its way into the Bachmann range. This has subsequently been upgraded by the Barwell firm making the Hornby copy very much the poor relation. The domestic coal hopper is produced in weathered Mainline Freight blue livery (Cat Ref. R6384, RRP £7.70). The 363643 number is incorrect, it should be numbered in the 361xxx series, while the ladder should be painted white.
The other release is the PCA presflo in Alcan grey paint (Cat Ref. R6389, RRP £9.00). Ironically, Hornby have two versions of this vehicle in its toolbank, both former Lima and Dapol products! This was an excellent wagon when produced and it looks good in its ‘unrefurbished’ (small logo) Alcan colour scheme as No. ALCN 11206. The only real query is the lack of TOPS code on the data panel.