Bachmann’s excellent Mk. 1 coaches get new identities.
IF THERE WAS nominations for landmark model of the last decade, then Bachmann’s 4mm scale Mk. 1 coaches must be on the shortlist. The acclaimed products might be lacking the glamour of recent high-fidelity steam and diesel loco releases, but, finally, modellers had a quality representation of these ubiquitous vehicles. The fourth quarter of 2008 brings a selection of Mk. 1s from the company wearing new numbers in the popular liveries of blue/grey, maroon and crimson/cream.
Five body types are included in the new range, Brake Second Corridor (BSK), Corridor Composite (CK), Corridor First (FK), Corridor Second (SK) and Open Second (SO).
The BSK is produced in BR maroon as No. W34152 (Cat Ref. 39-076E), while the CK is also produced in the same colours (Cat Ref. 39-126D).
The SO gets BR blue/grey as No. M4243 (Cat Ref. 39-050D) and BR maroon (Cat Ref. 39-051F).
BR blue/grey is also applied to the FK as No. M13179 (Cat Ref. 39-150B) as well as BR maroon (Cat Ref. 39-151C).
Finally, the ever-useful SK is to be released in three colour schemes: BR blue/grey as No. M24032 (Cat Ref. 39-025D), BR maroon (Cat Ref. 39-026F) and original British Railways crimson/cream (Cat Ref. 39-027E).
A variety of bogies are fitted to the coaches, depending on type, including BR1, Commonwealth and B4.
Livery application is very good, although the blue/grey-painted vehicles lack any lettering on the ends other than electrification warning flash and C1 code.
As far as we can tell, there are no changes on these coaches over earlier runs other than the new numbers. This is a disappointment, as we understood that the ‘smooth’ roof applied to the Bachmann Mk. 1 RMB and Met-Camm Pullman coaches would be rolled out across the range.
The overscale roof ribs detract from what are otherwise superb coaches, and while we would have preferred ‘scale’ ribs – as per the fine roof lines applied to the Graham Farish Mk. 1s, for example – the smooth versions were an acceptable compromise.
Recommended retail price for the new vehicles is £22.45