Well as one of those souls who will gladly hold up his hands and say I was a
sceptic, I have to say that the arrival into stock of the brand new Hornby
class 08 (BR green post August 1968 version only so far) has immediately
made me eat my words.
The new Gronk model has without any doubt got the WOW factor! The finesse,
quantity and quality of detailing leaves the Bachmann version for dead,
whilst the finish is infinitely superior. Running qualities too are
absolutely mind blowing and on a par with the best of my fleet of USA
The only thing which immediately hits me as being slightly disappointing is
the thickness of the springs on the outside frames. I make no claims for
accuracy of the model - it's only a matter of five minutes or so since our
supplies arrived and were unpacked, but anyway there are others with more
prototype knowledge than me who can eulogise or criticise as appropriate.
53A Models, Hull, UK.
"Rob Kemp" wrote
They've not announced such a beast as yet, but they are to do a Collectors'
Centre Limited Edition version in BR green with a D3xxx number in the
Autumn. Other than that the only other versions so far announced are BR
blue and Civil Engineers (Dutch) grey/yellow.