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Hornby Hornby 75 Ton Breakdown Crane (weathered) Review



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 75 Ton Breakdown Crane (weathered) (R6204) Rating 6/10

 

Hornby R6204 BR 75t Operating Breakdown Crane (weathered)

 

Hornby R6204 BR 75t Operating Breakdown Crane (weathered) Hornby R6204 BR 75t Operating Breakdown Crane (weathered) Hornby R6204 BR 75t Operating Breakdown Crane (weathered)

 

The Hornby 75 ton breakdown crane is not just a model it’s also a fully functional crane. By means of two manually operated winches connected to brass coloured chains, you can raise and lower the cranes jib and raise and lower the cranes hook. You can also rotate the jib, but when doing so you will need to use the stabilising jacks as the weight of the jib will topple the crane. He 75 Ton Breakdown Crane comes complete with 4 stabilising jacks, two riding trucks and a matching truck to support the jib in transit.

 

To make this model functional Hornby have had to sacrifice true to life detail. Saying this I don’t think they would have sold any of these models unless it was functional. Its functionality makes it a great buy for little kids (and us big kids) to play out crash scenes. With crashing comes recovery and what better than having an excuse to use a breakdown crane to pick the train up and put it back on the rails, or to help rebuild the signal box that was destroyed in a storm and to clear the track of fallen trees.

 

The detailing on the crane wagon is poor. The two riding trucks are well detailed as well as the jib supporting truck. The brass coloured chain is a nice touch which gives it a more realistic look.

 

This model has not had much if any improvement over the years and is now looking a bit dated. I personally feel that Hornby could have improved the detailing and made this model more true to life. Improvements seem to have been made to the trucks, which come with the crane, but not to the crane its self. Overall I would say it is a good buy for someone that wants to play with the crane but this model is more akin to a toy than a model. I also feel the price of 35 RRP (30 online) is too high for such a poorly detailed model.

 

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