Warning: The opinions in this blog ARE my own and don't affect Heljan or anyone else in the community!
Now don't get me wrong as much of a beast this looks to some this locomotive really ISN'T my cup of tea, I've never really been a fan of the Garratt locomotive myself and so thus won't be buying this model. For there first Steam Loco though it isn't bad!
The box is the new packaging now used by Heljan and also Hornby and Bachmann, the plastic packaging rather than the foam packaging once used by Heljan.
The model itself looks very good! I like the addition of the lamps on both ends of the locomotive which adds to detail but also realism. All the valve gear, link motion and side rods are all in the right places and look professional and up to the standards by Bachmann and Hornby.
This top view shows all the detail on the top of the loco (of course) which looks pretty good
Another top view of the loco. I should point out im not sure how fragile the handrails are but they look identical to those on the Hornby P2 and Duke of Gloucester. They look alright but even though im unsure how fragile they are at the price of this loco im sure they are robust enough to be handled without braking.
The buffers look sprung so it will satisfy those that like them, the handrails on the front are like the others and are put on seperately and NOT moulded aswell as a few rivets and lamp irons and a chain link coupling on the hook.
Heres a large close up of the said chain link coupling. Looks good but may get in the way of adding a tension lock coupling. Still looks good though.
OVERALL: Not a bad start on steamers from Heljan and who knows maybe one of the others they release will be one i get ;) Overall they have a model that looks good even if i don't particually like this class of loco.