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29 minutes ago, Forester said:

It is normal for the Hornby Rebuilt Merchant Navy - if at the wide end of the normal range.

 

(I have most of them although the majority are body only for identity changes)

 

 

Thanks, is there any fix?

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Ask for some more photos of it out of the box so you can judge better. 

I once was looking to buy a Heljan 47 on ebay. Pictures of the loco tucked up in its box, but no pictures of it out. I asked for pictures of it out the box, but he wouldn't because it had never been out the box and he advertised it as mint boxed. 

I didn't buy it because the cynical part of me suspected that it had mazac rot and he was hoping to get shot. So I would ask for pictures of it from above and judge for yourself. I know the front bogie on them suffered from mazac rot on some early ones. But you need to also check the whistle isn't snapped off. I have seen plenty like that 

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1 hour ago, mikesndbs said:

 

 

Thanks, is there any fix?

 

It's the way the MN body is assembled and glued together so not unless you can unglue it and make a better fit. Never tried and think it unlikely without further damage.

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Might I suggest you buy a Wrenn Merchant Navy engine. Ok not as detailed as the Hornby one, Buy boy does it have more presence on the layout. Plus it pulls like the proverbial steam train. I have 3 of them and decided not to buy the Hornby one because of this.

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3 hours ago, cypherman said:

Might I suggest you buy a Wrenn Merchant Navy engine. Ok not as detailed as the Hornby one, Buy boy does it have more presence on the layout. Plus it pulls like the proverbial steam train. I have 3 of them and decided not to buy the Hornby one because of this.

 

The Wrenn is not a Merchant Navy but a West Country - and the motor sticks out of the back of the cab!

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1 hour ago, Forester said:

 

The Wrenn is not a Merchant Navy but a West Country - and the motor sticks out of the back of the cab!

Indeed - Whilst quite a lovely product for its time, I have a mint, run in only Wrenn "Sir Keith Park - Golden Arrow", it's past its prime when compared to the latest Hornby offerings and is still in its box!

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