The latest arrivals from Margate.
ANOTHER BATCH OF new products by Hornby have hit the RAIL EXPRESS Modeller inbox, including a tranche of GNER-liveried Mk. 3s, a rather special Northern Class 156 and a useful contemporary London taxi.
With Hornby’s all-new HST power cars just around the corner, the demand for Mk. 3 trailers in the five liveries planned for the first run are sure to be popular. With this in mind, Hornby is now producing its Trailer First (TF), Trailer Second (TS) and Trailer Buffet First (TRFB) in GNER blue with the later ‘Mallard’ style red doors.
The TF is numbered 41098 (Cat Ref. R4322), while the TS represents 42191 (Cat Ref. R4323). The buffet is of the correct type and is numbered 40711 (Cat Ref. R4324).
The only let down with the paint application is that the colours lack the richness of the real thing (the images seen here show them in a good light). The red doors, especially, being applied directly over the dark blue are very unconvincing. Otherwise, the printed crest and other details are excellent. The RRP for all three vehicles is £21.00.
The former Lima Class 156 gains another privatisation era colour scheme with the application of the Northern Rail triple purple livery with Settle & Carlisle route promotional brandings, based on unit No. 156484, which was given the livery last year (Cat Ref. R2694, RRP £84.75).
The photo realistic advertising posters on the side are especially well done, one side showing Carlisle’s Citadel, Horton-on-Ribblesdale station and High Cross-Appleby, while the other illustrates the Ribblehead Viaduct. We would go as far as to say that the livery really deserves a better base model.
On the wagon front, the ex-Dapol (Lima copy) PCA cement tank is released as a three-pack in plain grey with a weathered finish (Cat Ref. R6388, RRP £20.65).
A fine addition to the Skale Autos range is this modern London taxi (London Taxis International type TX4). Launched in 2006, the real retro-look taxis are an increasingly common part of the streets and this is sure to be popular (Cat Ref. R7029, RRP £3.50).
All of these models are available now.