First up is a reissue of the Hornby Britannia, this time reproduced as 70034 Thomas Hardy with an early crest on the tender. As ever with the 'full fat' Hornby range it looks the business, the lining, numbering and lettering is all crisply applied and as an added bonus it performs well too. RRP is £159.99, our price £145.00
Also reissued by Hornby is the Crosti 9F this time with a light weathering applied, for me this model sits rather uncomfortably between the full range and the railroad range as it features a very well advanced, well detailed body but still sits on the older chassis which is the only reason I believe it still to be badged as a Railroad product. It has also received a standard Hornby weathering job, which while toning the model down is a little basic for most modellers taste. RRP is £119.99, our price 110.00
Meanwhile, as predicted last week, Bachmann have continued on with their NSE30 range by releasing 47576 Kings Lynn in the popular 'toothpaste' livery. A striking livery beautifully applied and as an added bonus it comes with the etched brass nameplates, however there is no plate for the crest directly above the name, was this a separate plate or was it just painted on? (I'm not sure perhaps one our diesel followers can confirm?) Lovely smooth running model as always and a great addition to the range. RRP £134.95, our price £115.00
Also, just in (literally) from Bachmann are reissue K3s in LNER black & BR early crest livery. They both retail at £139.95 and our price is £118.95. More information available if required.
Finally, to prove it literally is like buses down here today, we have the latest release from Oxford Diecast as part of their Omnibus range. A Leyland Titan in Midland Red livery. I felt it necessary to bring in some form of bus suitable to the local area and the Oxford models are superbly detailed as well as being great value for money. In the strange coincidence of this particular model is the Loughborough destination blind, which as many of you will know is home to the Great Central Railway where I am a fireman! :)
That's all for this update, but look out for a special blog with updates of another new release later this week! Stay in touch and keep enjoying your modelling. Tony :)