Jump to content

Andy Y

Hornby 42xx& 72xx - first glimpses

Recommended Posts

Not a GWR man, at all - but - phwoar. Like the Thompson O1 and Thompson coaches, these tank engines look like they are going to be worth every single penny. It looks as if the 72xx has a "floating" rear axle to compensate for the long wheelbase.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That 7200 looks beautiful (there goes my money), and what a bunker!

 

Wonder if seeing a 2-8-2 is a hint for anything Apple Green...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, they certainly look the part on first glance but it's interesting to note that Hornby have modelled the little porthole windows on the cab front. I would be surprised if they were present on any 7200 tank and would guess they would have been plated over pretty early in the life of the 4200s.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That does look tasty, may have to get one of these - do I get just one or one of each?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These look very impressive - I can see £500 gone by the time I've got one of each converted to P4!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wasn't going to get one, but i'm nearly convinced!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I really don't do GWR in any shape or form as a rule, but they do look mighty impressive and very tempting....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think these shots have greatly reduced the chances of my K's kit ever being built, but I would be interested in The Stationmaster's verdict in due course.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great models - lots to look forward too. I hardly like to mention my reservation, which is the way the safety valves are so much higher than the bonnet. That is not typical of the real thing, and this is an aspect of the model that I hope gets sorted before production.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very, very nice.Now wheres Stationmaster when you need him. :no:

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Andy you are a bad bad man. First you tempt us with the Thompsons, now this! I had been hoping to get away with not needing a 72xx then I discovered 3 were based at Oxford for the era I'm modelling Chilterns. Now you put these pictures up and my wallet is groaning again......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No way do I need one for my BLT, but that's not going to stop me :)

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excellent, but I hope that they get rid of the mould parting line near the top of the smokebox.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Now, that looks good. Well done Hornby...

 

Someone's been busy with their rivet-counter

.

I'm not going near it, though. Too much Brass and Copper to polish.

You don't get that on Southern electrics

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will certainly be helping myself to a 42xx looking at this! But in which livery?!?

The first question is in which livery will they be offered?

 

But, what the heck, they look magnificent. I can't wait.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I might be straying slightly off topic here but, looking at these examples and taking into account the already mentioned minor niggles in what otherwise looks to be a fine model, wouldn't it be nice if Hornby were to offer these additionally in 'undecorated' form in the same way that the large US manufacturers do with their RTR diesel locomotives. Much easier job to change safety valve bonnets, remove mould parting lines, plate over the little round cab windows, get rid of the moulded on smokebox numberplate and actually produce something a little bit different to the version(s) that everyone else has. Additionally, as has already been mentioned elsewhere, these locomotives had a formidable wheelbase and it'll be interesting to see how Hornby are able to make them compatible with train set curves without compromising fidelity too much.

Edited by lonesome_whistle
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Undecorated models is a very very limited market in this country plus there will be stock that will be slowly moving from shops to make the idea non commercially suitable since shop needs a high turnover to stay in business in boom times and bad. A shop would stock one or two undec models expand that across the country you looking at under 5% of the total batch run from the factory. In USA where the market scales work more favorably to undec models since there is a larger market and greater need for such items.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Undecorated models is a very very limited market in this country

 

 

Interesting. But has the water ever been tested? If they're as good as they look then I'd buy one (or two, or three).

 

I have no idea about such things, but what is the minimum order a retailer has to place to get a limited edition run ordered? I suspect the logistics of getting several dozen off the production line before they visit the paintshop shouldn't be beyond the abilities of a 21st century manufacturing facility.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Retailer would be looking at 512 and above that is a lot of slow moving stock to store. The taking models of the production line before the paint shop can be quite complex depending on the manufacture processes and how the factory is setup. For example on most production lines any faults are found are left until the product has left the line at the last station so it can be dealt with,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ding ######! Time to stock up on Humbrol Dirty Black and extend the modelling period 'window' back a few more years!

 

Thanks for posting those Andy ;)

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.