Three new main line locomotives are released by Hornby.
NEW ARRIVALS FOR August in Hornby’s diesel and electric era locomotive range are examples of Classes 50, 56 and 60, all well-regarded models introduced over the last few years.
If the production runs of recent years are anything to go by, Hornby is quite enamoured by the classic large logo blue livery on the English Electric Type 4s. 2008 brings a further example in the form of No. 50011 Centurion (Cat Ref. R2748, RRP £100.75).
As the first of the Margate-based firm’s revitalised diesel locomotive releases, the Class 50 is still one of the best 4mm scale models out there. It has a number of little niggles that have not been addressed. The working radiator slats are still inset too deep, while the lifting rings are too small. The ‘orange’ paint used for the ETH and multiple working jumpers is also way too dull. Overall though this is another fine example of the type.
Fitted with possibly one of the longest of BR names, No. 56032 Sir De Morgannwg County of South Glamorgan is one of the second run of Hornby Class 56s now hitting the shops (Cat Ref. R2752, RRP £100.75).
Nos. 56031 & 56032 were unique among the type in being Doncaster-built but with Romanian-style full bufferbeam cowls. Sadly, the Hornby release inexplicably skips this trademark feature. A more minor issue is with the poor registration on the Railfreight Metals logo, while the sealed beam headlight should be painted with a black surround.
The final ‘big’ locomotive release is the excellent Class 60, which is produced in the revised version of EWS’ maroon/gold colours. Representing No. 60029 Clitheroe Castle (Cat Ref. R2746, RRP £100.75), this is the first of Hornby’s Brush Type 5s to be produced in this livery.
Like the Class 56 previously reviewed on this site, the EWS maroon is dull and lifeless, nothing like the rich, almost red shade of the real thing. Also, the side window frames should be painted black. Otherwise, the tampo printing is excellent. The nameplate is particularly nicely printed, although it would benefit from being replaced by an etched version.