Saturday, 13 February 2016

Hornby Wimblebury and Revell Airbus A380 for sale

Two new items are listed for sale on our eBay page.

Firstly there is a Hornby Hunslet Austerity in the form of Wimblebury! I am selling this model to make way for a DJ Models Hunslet set to be released in June according to Hattons.

The model is in mint condition, it has a real coal load in the bunker, no damage or scratches, boxed and runs well in both directions.

Price is £50.00 Buy It Now

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Then we have a Revell model kit in the form of an Airbus A380-800 in Lufthansa paint scheme in the scale of 1:144.

This kit is brand new and although been opened to check all parts are there it is still an unused and unbuilt kit

Price is £20.00 Buy It Now

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Do please check the items out, money is going towards a Heljan Park Royal Railbus

Friday, 5 February 2016

Liveries announced for Hornby's Peckett W4 0-4-0ST

Today (as i write this) Hornby have announced the liveries for the Peckett 0-4-0ST W4's, as they are to make three models they have announced three liveries (appropriately) but what liveries are they?

Firstly there is Dodo in Leaf Green livery with Black lining, the leaf Green wheels certainly are eye catching and the Red side rods stand out a lot.
Then there is Manchester Ship Canal no.11 in the Manchester Ship Canal house colours which of course is Green (a darker shade) though due to me being colour blind i at first thought it to be Red i only knew it was Green later by being told it was Green from a family member, still the livery does look good and it looks like the smoke box door darts will be painted silver on this model as shown in the artists impression (of sorts) 

Then there is the Huntley & Palmers Peckett in a Blue livery with Black lining, this is my favorite of the liveries simply because Blue is my favorite colour and it does look good on the model and the loco, the Gold dome certainly does make it stand out more too. 

So those are the liveries of the Pecketts soon to be released from Hornby, still un sure if i'll get one as i will wait to see the pics of the finished model, though if i do get one at any rate i will be going for the Huntley & Palmers livery Peckett. I do look forward to the release of these models, small locos have been a major missing link on the market so its nice to see this being released, it will be interesting to see if other small locos make it to the 00 scale market as well at some point which i am sure they will.

Thoughts on: Oxford Rail 2016 Range Announcements

Enough with the blog posts of the latest videos or some older videos needing more views linked to the blog, time now to give my thoughts on Oxford Rail's 2016 announcements, a blog post that i have wanted to do for a while, either way lets get started.

Firstly we have the GWR Dean Goods which will be released in three liveries and was the only new loco model announced for their 2016 Range, one of which is shown in the photo.The Dean Goods has long been in need of a new retooled model, when Hornby first released theres it was just tooling from the MainLine Models Dean Goods so a retooled model is long overdue and i am pleased Oxford Rail have announced it, it will also fill a hole in the market too as the Dean Goods has been missing from the market in recent years as Hornby discontinued there model long ago. I therefor eagerly look forward to the release of this model.

Oxford Rail then announced some MK3 coaches, this particular announcement is intriguing since they haven't released or have yet to release their own HST Power Cars but its also interesting that they announced some which will have features such as NEM couplings, separate details,metal buffers etc i am hoping that they will be better than the Hornby models, don't get me wrong Hornby's are not terrible models especially since they have interior lighting which i doubt these will have as they haven't mentioned that on their web but the Hornby models weren't without flaws such as painted gangways, small wires which snapped off once the body was removed and in other cases as is with the buffet coaches they didn't fit interior lighting in them and also bizarrely used super glue to glue the body to the chassis. I strongly hope Oxford will avoid these notions, whether they will feature interior lighting or not they should look stunning with the Hornby HST Power Cars.

Oxford announced a couple of wagons, they announced 6 Plank and 4 Plank wagons which will go nicely with the 7 Plank Wagons they have made, in terms of detail they do look pretty good and may even get my hands on a few myself.

The choices of liveries are pretty good too not to mention the white wheel walls on the wagons which adds to detail and whilst they didn't need to be painted they have gone out the way to paint them, thats something that other manufacturers don't always do with their Wagon models.

As well as the Plank Wagons they also announced LNER Cattle Wagons, considering Hornby announced the Bulleid Cattle Wagons we only really needed the LNER Cattle Wagons to be made for the market and so now Oxford have announced them. Not sure if i'll get one but they look good.

I know i said the Dean Goods was the new loco model they announced but technically the Adam's Radials can't really be considered as that new as these are just liver alternatives that they are to release, whilst one livery (BR Lined Black) is one they have announced already they have also announced EKR and Southern Green liveries of the Radials especially since Hornby haven't announced these two liveries for their Adams Radial Tank models but it will be interesting to see if they do later on, regardless whilst this particular model isn't perfect and Hornby's looks to be better (in my opinion) its good to see they have announced more liveries, maybe they will also do this with the Dean Goods at a later date in the future? Who knows. 

So that wraps up this blog post on the Oxford Rail 2016 Range, there are plenty of exciting models to look forward too and i can't wait to see what else they have install in the future for the 00 scale market of model railways.

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