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A page comparing some of the older 1950’s / 1960’s models with those that followed a lot later and of course are better. Although, when you read the reviews of the older locos when they were introduced they were raved over.
Tri-ang 3F and the 21st century Bachmann model.
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Hornby-Dublo Class 28 Co-Bo and the recent Haljan one. The HD model was a little over scale and didn’t sell. I picked it up cheap in the early1970’s when Hornby-Dublo went bust from Hattons..
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A Wrenn Class 20 and a Lima Class 20. I haven’t purchased the lastest Bachmann version to compare.
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The Tri-ang 08 (late 1950’s) on a Jinty chassis. Tens of thousands of these were produced over many years. The Honby-Dublo 08 did have flying cranks as did the Lima one but the 08’s recently issued by Bachmann and Hornby are like the real thing. I used Glue n Glaze to fill in the windows of the Tri-ang 08.
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Nearest is the Mainline Cl 45. I was very impressed with this when it came out; ran well too. The other two are recent Bachmann models of a Class 44 D1 and a split head code Cl 45. Bachmann also issued a BR Blue Cl 46 weathered – very nice model.
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K1. Two Jaycraft bodies on a Tri-ang Jinty chassis and the brand new (Jan 2015), Hornby K1.
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The green 08 is Wrenn and the Blue is Hornby.
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The black one is a chassis kit with an Airfix (Dapol) body. The green one is Mainline which is pretty old but still goes well..
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The A4 in the foreground is a 1950's Hornby-Dublo converted to two rail and has a single chimney. The other A4 is a Wrenn with double chimney, but other wise identical. They both have Hornby A4 plastic tenders.
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Scottishtank engines. J88. An old version on a Jinty chassis. A newer version on a newer chassis - Hornby.
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Tri-ang Jinties. Black and LMS red. Most recent Hornby offering in Somerset and Dorset colours. Bachmann has the most accurate model. I haven’t any as they would show my Tri-ang and Hornby versions up!
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Standard 4MT tanks. A Wrenn ex Hornby-Dublo version and a Bachmann which has more ‘delicate ’valve gear.
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BlackFives. The early Hornby version had simplified valve gear. The next upgrade had quite bulky valve gear which you can see here in a Special Edition version. The rear loco is the most up to date Black 5. Mine runs like a dog. Couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding. Wheels spin like crazy. Have added weight but still not good. Could be off to the Rail Doc later in the year for a works overhaul..
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J72.The LNER one is Mainline and it still waddles along making a lot of noise! The black one that is derailed is Bachmann and is noisy. Same body, different chassis.
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N2. The far one is a Wren version. It was in LNER green and I painted it into BR black. The other one is an Airfix N2 with a poor chassis. It still works..
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Tri-ang Standard 82XXX class. The black is the original version with early valve gear and the green is one of the later versions.
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The LMS Crab. The Lima version was not very accurate as the tender should be narrower than the loco and the driving wheels are a bit small. The other is the recent Bachmann version..
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Class 40.A Jouef one and the far more recent Bachmann version.
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The original Deltic DP1. The Kitmaster/DAPOL plastic kit on a Lima Deltic chassis.And the excellent Bachmann version that was CAD scanned and really looks the part.
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Hornby Class 25 converted to Class 24. A recent Bachmann limited edition Class 24 from Model Zone..
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The Haljan DP2 in Deltic colours is a superb model. The Lima Deltic with a DP2 kit superimposed was as good as you could get until very recently.
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DP2 was sadly damaged in an accident but lives on as the BR Class 50’s. The Class 50 is a Lima.
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Hornby D16 Claude. Brand new October 2015. The other is a 1970’s Jaycraft body on a Tri-ang 4-4-0 chassis. It was good at the time and the only option unless you were into kit building which I wasn’t. Didn’t have the skill or the time!
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