Farish’s ‘N’ gauge Class 108 is due to hit shops soon!
IT HAS ALREADY been a great year for ‘N’ gauge modellers, with numerous top quality new releases having already been produced this year. That trend continues into October with the release of the BR Derby-built Class 108 DMU in two-car power-trailer configuration from Graham Farish.
With its ‘OO’ gauge Bachmann multiple unit cousin described in the pages of RAIL EXPRESS Modeller as a ‘lightweight’ champion (REM33), it won’t come as much of a surprise to find that the smaller scale Class 108 is of a similarly high standard.
In fact, the blue/grey example pictured here (Cat Ref. 371-877, RRP £89.20) is almost identical in specification and vehicle choice to the 4mm version (Kingmoor-based DMBS 53959 – pictures 2 & 3 and DTSL 54243 – pictures 4 & 5). The only thing that gives the game away are those massive ‘Rapido’ couplers!
The model utilises the same less-than-satisfactory metal motor enclosure design as the 4mm scale DMU, with the large weight intruding quite a way into the passenger section of the DMBS. Obviously, this is much more acceptable in ‘N’ in order to provide adequate room for the proportionately much larger motor. The similarities also include the slight errors of the ‘OO’ release (see review in the issue mentioned above), but the manufacturer has moved the numbers to their correct positions.
This example will be joined by a pair of similar two-car releases in plain BR blue Cat Ref. 371-876) and BR green with speed whiskers (Cat Ref. 371-875). All are listed for a December 2008 or January 2009 release.
An excellent new model that, like the ‘OO’ gauge multiple unit on which it is based, goes straight to the No. 1 spot as the best ‘N’ first generation DMU around…