Friday, 13 May 2016

Latest Arrivals - The Eagle has landed

For the first time since starting this blog we have some new products to take a look at! Starting with the latest livery issue from Bachmann.

Bachmann 32-109 08631 'Eagle' NSE livery

To mark the 30th Anniversary of Network SouthEast Bachmann are releasing a selection of their range in the iconic livery. The first to arrive is 'Eagle' a class 08 diesel shunter, which happily is still with us on the Mid Norfolk Railway.

As usual the livery is applied superbly and the loco performs very nicely at slow speed in both directions. Also included are a pair of etched brass nameplates. Chipping these locos can be a bit of an issue but if using a direct plug in chip like the Gaugemaster DCC29 life becomes a lot easier.

This is the fourth livery variant of 08 currently available for Bachmann, along with BR early crest green, BR blue (faded, weathered) and DB Schenke.

The RRP for this model is £99.95, our price is £84.95

Also arriving for Bachmann this week are:

Bachmann 38-550A Midland 20T Brake Van (with duckets) BR livery RRP: £27.95
Our Price: £23.75

Graham Fairsh 374-641 Mk1 CCT BR Lined Maroon (weathered) RRP: £24.95
Our Price: £21.20

Also arriving this week from PECO are two more additions to their RTR OO9 range (a separate blog is planned to focus on the narrow minded modellers out there! Myself included)

Up first we have GR505 which is a representation of the Glyn Valley Tramway coach after it had buffers fitted by the Tallylyn Railway.

GR505 Tallylyn Railway (GVT) coach with buffers

 The other addition is GR535 Freelance 4 Brake Coach with buffers.

GR535 Freelance Brake Coach with buffers

As the description suggests unlike the passenger coach this vehicle never actually got buffers but still would make an excellent addition to a narrow gauge layout especially if you are not looking to produce a model of anywhere specific.

These vehicles are beautifully detailed products and (in my opinion) would make an excellent addition to either a freelance narrow gauge layout or a layout based around activities on certain North Wales systems. The only thing I feel lets down the PECO product down is the plastic wheels.

The RRP on these two is £24.95 (each), Our Price is £22 (each)

That's all for now, hopefully there will be some more tasty new products arriving, including another Network SouthEast livery loco.

Keep enjoying your modelling guys and stay in touch :) Tony.

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