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Hornby SR M7
 

Username
Paul Johnson.
 
Version
Hornby M7 0-4-4T no 30031 BR black late crest R2305
 
Appearance
Knockout. Dead right on dimensions, looks right, beautifully finished. Add a crew, a little workaday dirt, and it comes alive.
 
Detail
Looks very fine indeed, pleasing features like the tank that can cover the NEM pocket locator if no front coupling is fitted, shows the care taken in making this model look so good. Other thoughtful touches abound, worth looking over the model very closely, some neat ‘surprises’. The whistle looks a bit vulnerable to a knock, but nothing has fallen off.
 
Performance
Runs very well and has all wheel pick up. Smooth and quiet from dead slow up to a more than high enough maximum speed. Was the loco powerful enough to pull a prototypical load? This iced the cake on an already impressive model. It will start realistically on level track 12 of Bachmann’s mk1 coaches, a nice little half turn or two of wheelslip on starting and then away, and will trundle them along at a sensible scale 10 to 15mph typical of ECS movements. Very impressive for an 0-4-4T design as these are notoriously difficult to balance as models.
 
Maintenance
I will use grease when required, adequate lubricant was present on receipt, no spillage. If a decoder is to be fitted, the feature of a removable side tank weight is a useful option. No doubt some of the smallest direct 8 pin decoders will go straight into the socket, so no need to remove any weight.
 
Comments
This was a private second hand purchase at a very good price, bought with thoughts of conversion to something that better suits my modelling interest. Haven’t mustered the courage to pull it apart yet, such a good all around model. This is what a RTR model should be in all respects.
 
Overall ranking
10.

 
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Username 
Bocaj 
 
Version 
I am reviewing a Hornby Southern M7. It was made in China. As it is a tank engine it is locomotive drive. I am unsure of the product code but the model is basically the same as one of the other Hornby M7s just with a different number. My locomotive's number is '357'
 
Appearance 
Its paintwork is perfect, the Southern lettering and number on the water tanks are great as well!
 
Detail 
There was definitely enough detail, it has sprung buffers, painted cab detail, a good bunker with realistic coal inside. The handrails came pre-fitted and look good. It did come with a few extra details, I'm not sure which though. You have to fit the couplings separately but they are very easy to fit  as they are the NEM type and can Be removed if you want.
 
Performance 
It has enough pick-ups I think. It stutters a little bit because of its size but that's the only problem with the locomotive's performance.
 
Maintenance
Keep it well lubricated and keep the contacts clean otherwise the locomotive will not be able to get over points. The decoder was very hard to fit and I had to take it to a model shop to get it fitted, they had to remove a weight to get it in!
 
Comments
Be careful with the back bogie, the wires to the contacts easly snap and make the bogie come completely off, my M7 is at a model shop getting it fixed at the moment. Otherwise, a good model!
 
Overall ranking
9/10
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