Sunday, 2 March 2014

Thoughts on: Heljans Retooled class 33

A the end of last month Heljan retooled the class 33 models releasing two of which. One in Civil Engineers and another in trainload Grey. But are the models up to standard?

Warning: The opinions in this blog are my own and don't affect Heljan or anyone else in the community!


The packaging is the new Heljan packaging (plastic) replacing the foam packaging they used once upon a time.


Well its safe to say these models ARE up to standard especially since the previous 33s they bought out weren't very good so a much better job has been done this time. Atleast this model LOOKS like a Crompton.

This version being Sea King (one of the preserved ones) is absolutely stunning! The livery is accurately applied to the model. All the bufferbeam detail has been pre fitted already this time. Also the detail above the buffers (not sure what they are) has been seperately detailed and adds to the realsim of the model.

The handrails are seperately fitted too and the wipers on the windows (yhough they were on the previous 33 models released) also i think there is working lights too on some of the 33s they didn't have working lights.

The bogie detail is fab with footsteps axle boxes, springs etc. The fuel tank (not much to say really) is nicely detailed along with a dial too! Also the model carries a symbol showing a picture of a Spitfire which is the shed plate for Eastleigh meaning its an Eastleigh based loco or atleast it WAS in the heyday.

And lastly the roof and in my opinion it looks better than the previous 33 model complete with a roof fan and exhaust and white plate on the roof which makes the roof stand out which is good.

OVERALL: A fantastic model and i can't wait to own one myself  =D

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