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Bachmann Class 42
 
 
 
Username
Graeme Watson

Version
Modelzone Exclusive Bachmann Class 42 Warship "Centaur" D808 (BC32-050Z)
Livery: GFYE (Green, Full Yellow Ends)
China, 2011. 5 pole motor.
DCC ready, 21-pin decoder (Supplied separately)

Appearance
The Western Region BR Class 42 is notorious with respect to the number of iterations available, and many RTR offerings frustrate detail-hungry modellers as a result. This particular livery was very short lived indeed, though welcome in this RTR form. In reality, the physical appearance of this model is more appropriate (ish) for D813-29 and D831. These limitations are by and large down to the fact the current Bachmann Warship is based on an "enhanced" mainline moulding, first available to lucky modellers in 1979. The paint finish of this model and the printed BR logo, are excellent. There is no paint bleed present in my example around the full yellow ends, a common pitfall in FYE RTR Diesel models. Some debate exists with regard to the accuracy of the shade of BR green. Variation in prototype is the order of the day for this class and the lack of colour reference photos don't help confirm or refute this. I myself, am happy with it.

Detail
This loco features a fitted cab driver in a single end, typical Bachmann fare, and more than does the job. Significant enhancements and embellishments are made to handrails, not present on the mainline originals. The detailing pack includes the usual buffer beam pipes, but also a flush finish for the skirting beneath the buffer should you wish to remove the couplings and place it on display. As it is based on an old tooling, there are no see-through roof grilles; a very minor issue for me, and no NEM
coupling pockets. This model also comes with DCC operable forward and reverse lights, headcode lights and independent cab lighting. On a DCC layout, this kind of lighting is superb. This model can easily be handled with care, without fear of breaking things!
 
Performance
The loco is very smooth; this model features a mechanism which drives all four axles, ably supported by two brass flywheels. I have no problems with points. I have found this ably accommodates five Hornby illuminated Pullman coaches, and has performed well on simple gradients with older Hornby coaches.
 
Maintenance
Wheel cleaning; it has yet to have put in a lifetime's worth of work. Maintenance and detailing instructions are included in the box.
 
Comments
If the Western Region BR Class 42 is your thing, take the opportunity to own one in BR green, it's original livery, but with full yellow ends. This gives it a characteristic appeal all of it's own! Only D808 "Centaur" (this model) and D810 "Cockade" were finished with full yellow ends in their
green incarnations. The extra £20 on the standard retail price of a Class 42 is in some ways justified by the very limited run of 512. This Modelzone exclusive comes in a regular, sleeved Bachmann box, with the usual exclusive sticker. It is stored in a clear plastic framework surround. This is sometimes fiddly to use, especially if you wish to store it this way, when not in use.

Overall ranking
9/10 Highly recommended, caveats aside. Get one of only 512 produced, before you wish you had! Falls short of a score of 10 only for the absence of roof grills. However, in these austere times, the production of a highly prototypical, and super detailed model is often limited by economics, and for a class with as many variations as the 42, I don't think Bachmann are due too much criticism with this model.
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Username
Tom Davidson
Version

D818 "Glory" BR Green 32-059

 

Appearance

Although I’m not a Western region modeller, the model looks very much like a Warship. Although many people have called for upgrades such as a DCC socket, the lack of noise regarding a retool suggests that the model fulfils the brief for this popular diesel-hydraulic engine. No lighting is included in the design.

 

Detail

No details were added to the loco other than the couplings. The bodywork was detailed and robust – exactly what you want for a workmanlike diesel loco.

 

Performance

The high-quality performance was the main reason I bought the loco, as it was intended to be cut up and used to remotor a Hornby Class 90. Although this didn’t come to fruition, the smooth running mechanism and heavy chassis would have been perfect for a freight loco – a low overall top speed makes it less suited to high-speed express trains.

 

Maintenance

None required other than a wheel clean – the mechanism is as reliable as it is smooth. No DCC socket means that hard wiring is necessary.

 

Comments

Similar to the Bachmann Class 40, this loco has a basic specification but excellent performance.

 

Overall ranking

7/10

 

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