Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

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Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby Stewart Gethin » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:36 pm

Hello there!

I'm thinking of buying a Class 47 diesel 47535 "University Of Leicester" from hattons with etched nameplates and working lights.

Does anyone know of any faults with this loco or anything i should know of before buying it?


Thanks, Stew.
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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby WhiteRoseRambler » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:10 am

Hi Stew,

I've just bought this very model, along with 3 other variants (47406, 47461 and 47573). All, IMHO, are excellent and well worth considering. Haven't fitted any decoders yet but had no problems with the previous Bachmann version when it came to that task.

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby K9-70 » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:38 am

I also have 47 535 plus three other Bachmann 47's and no faults to report.
Very smooth runners.

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby Stewart Gethin » Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:42 am

Hi guys, thanks for that,

You know it says "DCC Ready" does that mean they can still run under dc power?

or do you have to chip them and get dcc to run them?


(i'm very novice with all this dcc stuff)

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby Bigmet » Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:07 am

The 'DCC Ready' description means that it is equipped with a socket to take a decoder, but as supplied it is a regular DC loco.

I cannot comment on the accuracy of the livery, or external detail rendition but typically they get that right: for general appearance the Bachmann is the most convincing 4mm class 47 model available. The mechanism can be improved in two significant respects. The electrical connections onto the main board are clipped on. Not the best for long term reliability, working round the board soldering on each wire is a good move. Secondly, the 'ride height': Bachmann make the loco to scale in all significant respects, which leads to a problem relating to the need for the model to go round set track curves. These curves are so far underscale that the wheel tops inside the bodywork will foul inside the body (the real loco needs a minimum radius that scales to around 5 feet, compare that to the 18" or 440mm of second radius set track) and to overcome this the bogies are set a little low relative to the body. It is possible to correct this if you use larger radius curves on your layout and are willing for the model not to be able to go round set track curves.

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby Stewart Gethin » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:37 pm

ah that could be a problem, my layout is all hornby set track, except the crossover, which i think could be peco. i might be buying one of ark royal's old class 50's instead but i'm not sure atm.

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby mrr9 » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:45 pm

most of my track is Hornby set track with most curves 4th and 3rd

I have no problems running this very good locomotive

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby Bigmet » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:53 pm

Stewart Gethin wrote:ah that could be a problem, my layout is all hornby set track, except the crossover, which i think could be peco. i might be buying one of ark royal's old class 50's instead but i'm not sure atm...

As supplied, exactly as Mark posted, it will have no trouble on set track curves. What is nice about it, is that the design is easily modified so that if using a larger radius the small resulting discrepancy in appearance can be corrected by the owner for little more than a little work. Hornby fixed the same problem on the class 50 by a different method,using undersize wheels. That costs money to fix, and there are then other problems of ride height resulting. Naughty Hornby.

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby 50035 Ark Royal » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:24 am

Bigmet wrote:
Stewart Gethin wrote:ah that could be a problem, my layout is all hornby set track, except the crossover, which i think could be peco. i might be buying one of ark royal's old class 50's instead but i'm not sure atm...

As supplied, exactly as Mark posted, it will have no trouble on set track curves. What is nice about it, is that the design is easily modified so that if using a larger radius the small resulting discrepancy in appearance can be corrected by the owner for little more than a little work. Hornby fixed the same problem on the class 50 by a different method,using undersize wheels. That costs money to fix, and there are then other problems of ride height resulting. Naughty Hornby.

Totaly disagree the Hornby 50 is superb(pardon the pun) and i think the winner of the best diesel when it came out.It is certainly a more exciting and better prototype to run especially if you can fit sound. :D
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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby Stewart Gethin » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:19 am

fight fight fight :P
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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby Bigmet » Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:15 am

What's to fight about? Inaccurate is inaccurate. Undersize wheels compromise the appearance of a model, but that won't stop people liking it. Personally, I like the Bachmann 40 as a model, even though I can see the roof section in particular is wrong. But it still gets the looks and character of the big ugly lump...

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby 50035 Ark Royal » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:30 pm

Bigmet wrote:What's to fight about? Inaccurate is inaccurate. Undersize wheels compromise the appearance of a model, but that won't stop people liking it. Personally, I like the Bachmann 40 as a model, even though I can see the roof section in particular is wrong. But it still gets the looks and character of the big ugly lump...

Are you saying Class 40's are ugly? :shock:
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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby Bigmet » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:34 am

Oh yes. Like Tommy Cooper. So ugly you just have to love hm.

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby Mickelaar » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:23 am

Hi all,

First time poster, long time reader. I purchased a 47535 when they first came out. The only issue I had with it was a snapped cam shaft. Which hattons promptly replaced the entire loco... including postage (I am in Australia). Other than that, the unit runds 110% perfectly, very smooth, even at the slowest possible speed, it is completely smooth.

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Re: Class 47 diesel 47535 'University Of Leicester'

Postby kennyGWSR » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:26 am

Bigmet wrote:What's to fight about? Inaccurate is inaccurate. Undersize wheels compromise the appearance of a model, but that won't stop people liking it. Personally, I like the Bachmann 40 as a model, even though I can see the roof section in particular is wrong. But it still gets the looks and character of the big ugly lump...

even if it was inaccurate, i would still buy it. same with the bachmann mk1s in green, people are always picking at the livery, its green for gods sake, and its as close as it will damn well get!
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