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Hornby Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -  Class 66



Worth Buying - This is an average model. The model has limitations and does not have a full range of mechanical or detailing features. For a railway model to be rated as "Worth Buying" a model must score between 4 and 7. Hornby Class 66 (Blue Lightning 66702) R2652 Rating  6/10

The Hornby class 66 is built using the former Lima tooling. Form a glance the models moulding seem to be almost identical. The main differences are that the Hornby model has more and better painted detailing.

Hornby Model Railway Review - Class 66 GBRf - R2652

 

Function: The Hornby Class 66 comes with 4 wheel drive, powered by a 5 pole skew wound motor. This model is DCC Ready and comes with the usual DCC chip sleeve. The model is fitted with 2 traction tires on one side and and has pickups on all wheels. Tested on DC operation it had average slow speed control, but has a very high top speed. The loco managed tight corners and standard points with no problem and seems to have more than enough power and weight to pull a descent sized train tanks to its traction  tires. I have not yet tested it on DCC operation but I would expect it to be very similar to DC operation.

 

This model has no directional lights.

 

Detail: The detailing on this model has not really improved from the Lima model that it is based on. The painted detailing is the only improvement I can see. Some of the extra detailing pieces that cam unfitted on the former lima model are pre-fitted to this model and painted appropriately. This model does come with the now standard detailing coupling pack which you can fit as a replacement for the functional standard coupling. I usually fit the detailing parts to the front end of the loco so it looks more accurate when running.

 

This model only comes with standard tension lock couplings. Detailing features on this model include glazing flush with the body work, window wipers, detailing pack (includes break hoses, couplings), moulded exhaust manifold, and detailed bogie. This model does not have sprung loaded buffers.

 

The internal cab of this model is not detailed although there is room for you to do this yourself.

 

Hornby 66 Features:

DCC Ready.

5 pole screw wound motor

4 Wheel drive

All wheel pickup

Detailing parts

Standard couplings

 

 

 Hornby Model Railway Reviews - Class 66 GBRf - R2652

 

Overall:  This model is always going to be compared to the far superior Bachmann Class 66 model. Yes the Bachmann model is a better detailed and functional model but its also about 10 more expensive. In my opinion the 10 is worth spending for the sprung buffers, directional lighting, all wheel drive and detailed cap. I guess the main reason I would buy The Hornby Class 66 is if price mattered, or if this model is going to be used mainly as a static feature in a loco siding. This model really needs to be about another 5-10 cheaper or the model retooled as a super detailed model to fully rival Bachmann's offering. Personally I hope Hornby leave this model un-detailed for now and reduce the price. Maybe add it to the Railroad range for the modellers on a budget. There is nothing really wrong with this model it is just lacking features for the price.

 

Class 66 Pictures:

 

66705 66128 66554 66220
66132 66512 at syston station 66 502 Class 66 EWS pulling Rugby Cement Tankers
 

Available liveries:

 

R2650 - Medite GB Railfreight - 66709

 

R2651 - EWS - 66042

 

R2652 - GBRf - 66702

 

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