Thursday, 16 July 2015

One item sells & item revisions

Firstly the eBay class 56 listing has been bought down by £10 and is now for sale at £70 however as well as a 56 you will also receive a brake coach made by Triang in good condition with a few marks and the rear coupling missing. Money is to go to a Bachmann WWI Ambulance pack so please please please take a look and give it some thought and consideration should you wish besides its a bargain!


Also my Airfix 4F has been sold and the price was lowered from £30 to £20, something i would have mentioned on a separate blog but didn't although that was mentioned on Twitter

Nothing special here really its just another advertisement blog to have an excuse to advertise the class 56 which now has a coach in order to sell the item and off load it to a lucky buyer

Monday, 13 July 2015

Airfix Fowler 4F goes for sale!

As well as the class 56 with the Triang brake coach thats for sale i also have an old Airfix 4F for grabs too. This model isn't needed now that i have a Bachmann Midland 4F. Item is in good condition with a few marks but runs well in both directions.


This item is a Buy It Now with a price of £30, please do consider it and check it out. Money is going towards a Bachmann WW1 Ambulance pack hence why this and the Grid with that coach are also for sale to fund for said item.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Hornby Railfreight Grey class 56 Oystermouth goes for sale along with a Triang brake coach


As shown in the link above my Hornby class 56 in Railfreight Grey no.56040 Oystermouth has gone up for sale on eBay. Reason because firstly i plan on getting a different second class 56 in a different scheme as i am not a huge fan of the Railfreight Grey livery, at least not on this class of loco anyways. Also the money is to fund for a Bachmann GWR City Class or Heljan Park Royal Rail bus (haven't made my mind up yet :P)

Buffers have been painted white, some bufferbeam detail has been added. The model is boxed, item runs well in both directions and has working lights. The cab doors open and the model also has spinning roof fans!

The model is DCC Ready, the model is in mint condition with no scratches or marks or any sort of damage to the locomotive. 

Item is being sold for Buy It Now at a price of £80, its a bargain, grab it whilst you can!

Also you will get a Triang brake coach with this model, the coach has the rear coupling missing and a few marks but otherwise is in good condition

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Dapol announce Scot Rail livery for their class 68 model

Last Month Dapol announced that their class 68 model thats now in the tooling stage would be produced in the Scot Rail livery. What are my thoughts on this announcement? Well lets dive right in there shall we, i will leave the warning out of this blog given people should automatically know this blog is opinion based.


Why did they choose the Scot Rail livery? Of all liveries why specifically the Scot Rail scheme for their new upcoming class 68 model? The Scot Rail livery is a poor choice of livery for the model but thats not because i hate the livery, i don't i think it looks rather smart and its not because i hate the company either, again i don't
its because there is nothing on the market for the class 68 to pull at least in terms of Scot Rail anyway.

The class 68's in Scot Rail livery haul Scot Rail services formed of MK2 coaches,  nobody has produced any coaches let alone a MK2 in this livery for the market so anybody who buys this model will have a model that will have nothing suitable for it to pull! One could argue that there have been a few units on the market in Scot Rail scheme but hauling units is not something the Scot Rail class 68's do and for granted it would be hard to couple up a class 68 model to a model unit anyway.

Anything in Scot Rail livery looks much better with matching stock because otherwise if its paired with anything else it just doesn't look right. At the same time they could have announced a set of Scot Rail MK2s to go with the 68.

I know some might think ''Well Hornby could release some in the future'' but that will be a matter of if rather than a when because it could be years down the line before we even see any Scot Rail MK2s released for the market and although these are my opinions just how highly sourced after would a set of MK2s in Scot Rail livery be? The answer varies some might say ''yes we need Scot Rail MK2s for the 68'' some however may disagree and use other stock to run with the 68.

I guess you could couple it onto a freight train but the 68's in Scot Rail livery are at present allocated to work on passenger trains until Scot Rail gets new trains delivered to them (yes the 68's don't belong to them, they are on loan to them) and they wouldn't be seen on freight workings at least not in Scot Rail livery anyways, DRS livery they have been seen on freight.

Lets talk about the DRS and Chiltern Railways liveries for a moment!

Firstly with DRS there are plenty of modern era wagons for a DRS class 68 to pull, picture it with Railtrack Auto Ballasters, JNAs or Network Rail Yellow Boxes there are plenty of wagons of your choice. You could even have it pulling the Bachmann FNA Flask wagons, yes i know 68's don't haul FNA wagons but this is where you could allow your own imagination to flow and do something creative with the model, the possibilities are indeed endless.

You could also have it running with various railtours round your layout and also how would a DRS 68 look with BR Blue/Grey coaching stock? The answer to that is stunning!

Then there is the Chiltern Railways, well we have the DVT and MK3s on the market already so you can easily recreate the 68 hauled Chiltern services to London Marylebone and back and it would look fantastic running round the layout and they have worked on freight duties too in Chiltern livery so you could do that too.

In the case of the Scot Rail livery what have we got that is decent to go behind the 68? Nothing! One could argue ''well can't you couple it onto wagons or coaches'' well in short yes you can, i am not stopping anyone doing that but for my own personal bias i would want to have the MK2s to go with the locomotive the MK2s would be more suited to go with it.

With the DRS and Chiltern livery 68's they have been seen on a variety of trains both passenger and freight but since the Scot Rail ones were allocated to Scot Rail services and painted in Scot Rail livery they have only been seen on the Scot Rail services they were allocated to do and they haven't been seen on anything else no freight workings or any other passenger trains.

Just out of curiosity how many of you would want to own a 68 in Scot Rail livery? what is the Scot Rail 68 without its MK2s? Its like a rail enthusiast without the railway, its nothing. I am not having a go or bashing at Dapol i was just hoping for a different livery as despite what i said about Scot Rail it isn't really truth be told my cup of tea, if they decide on a second livery for the 68 it will be great, that said they may not do so.

However despite me giving my own opinions i think the Scot Rail class 68 could still sell well but its fair to say it isn't going to be everyone's choice for livery. Thats about all i will say.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Thoughts On: Bachmann's 2015 Range

So a few months back Bachmann announced their 2015 Range and today May 30th they announced another product for their range. What do i think of what is going to be released for the market. Well let's find out

In this blog i will only give my thoughts on the locomotives as this will save time, if i decide to give my thoughts on the rolling stock and other things too than that will be a separate blog.

Warning: The opinions in this blog are solely that of my own

 Firstly Bachmann announced two Robinson O4 ROD'S one in LNER Black (above) and the other in BR Black Early Emblem with weathering (below) i own a Bachmann Robinson O4 in LNER Black and it is a stunning model so if you don't own one of these models you must ask yourself why.

 Next it is the reintroduction of the J72 here it will be available in three different liveries as shown in the photos (LNER Green, BR Black Early Emblem and BR Black Late Crest) as they are going to reintroduce them to the range i hope they will upgrade the chassis because the split chassis the older models have is outdated compared to what we have now and the split chassis on some models is quite poor the Bachmann 04 being a shinning example. I also hope the body shell will be upgraded to with details like separately fitted door darts on the smokebox.

 Bachmann  have announced that they will upgrade the Royal Scot models, yes they look like Patriots here but to start with Royal Scots did look like Patriots so these what you are seeing are Royal Scots. They will be in two liveries LMS Maroon and BR Brunswick Green. I don't plan on getting on myself in case anyone asks.

Bachmann have also announced more Midland 1Fs despite the fact they were first released last year, they will be in three liveries. LMS Black without cab, BR 1948 Black without cab and BR Black Early Emblem with cab. I still don't plan on getting one of these as they are not by all means my cup of tea, i don't hate the class or dislike it i am just not wild on it.

 Bachmann also announced two C Class locos both in black being BR Black with Early Emblem and Southern Black, i still have yet to get one but i am hoping for a Green one not a Black one but should i change my mind then of these can be considered should i change my mind that is.

 Next we have the Bachmann class G2A's better known to you and me as the Super D's LMS Black and BR Late Crest with weathering will be released. I have still yet to get one of these but whether i will wait fore either of these two is another mater but what i do know is that they are stunning models.

Its not just the Royal Scots that Bachmann will upgrade, Bachmann have also announced upgrades for their V2 models, they will be available in BR Brunswick Green and LNER Black but more are not unlikely to be released at a later date.

They will not only have the new upgraded chassis fitted to them last time they were released but they will have a brand new retooled body shell, Bachmann's older tooling isn't without its flaws and is far from perfect but this time hopefully we will get the long waited improved and better model of this locomotive. Yes i shall be getting one of these to replace my older tooling of the V2 model i have.

 Bachmann's V2 has without a doubt changed every time it has been released and the previously while we have had a better chassis still hadn't have a better bodyshell but that is about to change.

 Bachmann have announced two class 70's in addition one will be in the FreightLiner PowerHaul livery and the other will be in Colas Rail livery. Colas Rail wasn't a livery that was unexpected for Bachmann to have applied on their class 70 model as it was a matter of when they would do it, it will please all the modern image modellers out there i dare say.

Bachmann will also bring out two Johnson 3F's. Not gonna say the liveries this time and won't keep saying them here,have no plans to get a Johnson 3F but from what i here they are said to be stunning models.

Bachmann have also announced two of their class 47 models a class of loco that as you all know i love, i own four class 47 models (though none made by Bachmann) and would like to own more. Personally i would like to own the BR Blue Large Logo variant as it would look stunning on the BR Blue/Grey coach rake currently four coaches long and will soon be seven coaches long.

One of Bachmann's stunning City class locos were announced, i don't own one but i want one! This one is in GWR Green, i may wait for this one to be released but that said i may not and get one of the others that have been released already i don't know yet.

Two of Bachmann's LNER J39's will make a return to Bachmann's range after some years of absence from the catalogue.Here are BR Black Early Emblem and LNER Black versions. I won't get either as i already own one though one of the older models in LNER Black but regardless tooling ain't much different only none NEM couplings and no sprung buffers on the older model as well as no drawbar tender connector. Regardless they are both good models (in my opinion)

Bachmann will bring out two of their excellent 4F models, one in LMS Black and another in BR Black with weathering. I own an LMS Black model and it is stunning if you ain't got one you are missing out!

It isn't just the J39's that have been absent in the catalogue for a while as the LMS Crabs here haven't been in a range for a few years now. I own an LMS Crab in the beautiful LMS Maroon as you know and i think that livery is better than both here but if you haven't got one than you won't be disappointed. 

The LNER K3's have also been absent from the catalogue for a few years and will return in 2015/16 in both LNER Black and BR Black. I own a Doncaster Green variant and its a brilliant model so i will not be needing to get another K3. They will go great on any layout.

Bachmann's Standard 4MT Tanks will be returning to the range. I plan to purchase one in the BR Brunswick Green livery for this will go great and look stunning with the Standard 3MT Tank in the same livery i have.

I have still yet to get a Bachmann class 40 these being the new retooled ones bought out last year and i do plan to get one of these, my eyes are set on the BR Green one with Split Headcode Boxes. There will also be a BR Blue Domino Headbaord and BR Blue Headcode Discs with weathering ones too. They are much better than the older tooling previously released.

Two Bachmann Deltic's have made it into the range too. There is the BR Blue version with weathering and White cab roofs and is to be produced as PINZA. The BR Green version with White cab roofs is produced as St Paddy released once upon a time in the BR Blue livery and is now available in this livery. They are great models and compared to the old Lima models they come out on top.

Next we have two Bachmann A1's being the original ones of course. Their is 60122 Curlew in BR Express Blue and 60117 in Apple Green. Bachmann it seems have decided to release 60117 without the nameplates on the smoke deflectors. 60117 was named Bois Roussel and so it confuses me why it is being released without the name because otherwise those wishing to own it will need to buy some nameplates for it elsewhere however changes are not unlikely as Bachmann have announced a Deltic as pristine before and when released it was weathered and some models have had different running numbers than what they were originally announced as. They may not change this but still.

Bachmann will also re release Two Ivatt class 4 Flying Pigs i own one in the LMS Black livery as shown above and ironically is numbered 3001 being one number off the one numbered as 3000 as shown above. One thing to point out the close tender connection does cause some issue going round bends due to the tender back cab however they are still great models.

One of Bachmann's 9F's will be released in BR Black with weathering, if you don't own one then you need to own one, their haulage capability is truly mind blowing.

I am not a big fan on the class 66's but Bachmann are to release two new class 66 models. One above in the FreightLiner PowerHaul liver and the bottom one in DRS Blue in a different style though. They will both not only please fans of the Sheds (their nickname) but those modelling the modern era.

Now we move onto new tooling models which Bachmann have announced three new models to the rnage and catalogue.

Firstly we have the GWR 9400 Pannier Tank. Three versions will be made available one in GWR Green and the latter two in BR Black. It wasn't surprising to see Bachmann announce them as they have made the 5700,8750 and 6400 Panniers so it was only a matter of time before they would make these. They have been on the market previously when Lima produced some but they weren't brilliant models to say the least so these will be better and will fill a gap in the market in terms of Pannier Tanks.

I shall get one, possibly in GWR Green or BR Black i don't know yet i will wait for however long it takes to release them before deciding though i do have eyes set on the GWR Green version.

Then their is the LNWR Coal Webb Tank. Three versions will be done. LNWR Plain Black, LMS Black and BR Black Early Emblem. I have no plans to get one of these as i am not a big fan on this class but it looks very grand considering its an old fashioned style locomotive. It has however been able to fill a hole in the market as locos like this are a missing link in it.

Then there was a third announcement which took me and i dare say others by a hell of a surprise

Exclusively for the LT museum shop Bachmann have announced they will produce the Underground S stock! This was something i never thought Bachmann would ever announce let alone produce.

The S stock will be released as a four car EMU unit though extra carriages would be sold separately so you can extend it should you want to. I am glad though they are making this it will not only please those modelling the Underground especially those modelling the Modern era of the said line but it is high time we saw some ready to run Underground stuff made for the market as it has been a missing link. Until now we only had EFE Tube stock which had to be motorized which you had to do yourself which would be expensive as the EFE models are expensive enough as they are and so would the motors sold separately. I do hope Bachmann will make more ready to run Underground stock now for the market as it is high time it was done so i praise Bachmann for doing this so its good to see Bachmann have realized these should be made and have decided to do it.

Plus if you ain't modelling the Underground others can easily replicate the 7X09 Tube stock drags with the class 20s using these units and Bachmann's class 20 models. That would look bloody brilliant on a layout. The possibilities these models have will be endless.

So that is all for now. I'll see you in the next blog