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Coming Soon: Graham Farish Class 55 Deltic


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Just arrived from Bachmann is the superb new N gauge Class 55 Deltic from Graham Farish. Supplied for review is 371-286 BR green Class 55 Deltic D9002 'KOYLI' in mid-1960s BR green condition - look out for a full review in the June issue of BRM, on sale May 8th.

Even a quick look will reveal that it's a big step forward from the model it replaces. RRP is £99.95, which when compared to some other recent N gauge diesels looks like excellent value.

Also promised are D9007 Pinza in two-tone green without yellow ends and BR blue 55005 The Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire.

Detachable couplings are mounted in NEM pockets discreetly moulded into the front bogie framing. For those wishing to cut off the NEM pocket and fit the optional bufferbeam details, a spare bogie frame is supplied. Extra details include plastic vacuum, air and steam heating pipes and dummy couplings.

The Class 55 chassis is similar to the much-praised prototype Deltic. The low-profile chassis block houses a centrally-mounted five-pole motor and drives shafts/gears to all six axles. A six-pin DCC decoder socket is fitted, along with illuminated headcode panels and red tail lights.

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Good to see this in colour; I though the sample on display in the cabinet at Ally Pally held promise and there are a number of areas on this model that are better than the Bach OO version (and some more recent O gauge versions too)... as far as is possible to tell from these pictures... so the model holds promise, and it'll be nice to see a full review and maybe get a thorough assessment from a type-expert. The yellow panel on the model doesn't look quite right for KOYLI as it should have the large radius on the upper corners (there are 6 varieties of SYP on the Deltics) but there's promise. Shape looks reasonable... bonnet top not so sloped as the Bach one.... cab taper looks to be present (whereas it isn't on the current O gauge ones); there's also some room left for areas of refinement to be gained by some etched part manufacturers. Which is good.

Yes... looks nice. 

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Nice looking loco but I'm not at all sure about the day-glow green used for the lower body-side stripe.

 

Happy modelling.

 

Steven B

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