NRM Review - Hornby Class 31 Review

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NRM Review - Hornby Class 31 Review

Postby peak » Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:41 pm

Class 31 review
Hornby Class 31
No 31-111
Br blue
Weathered
Cost £55 from my local model railway shop.

First impressions.
The model comes in a well-packed box, which protects the model from damage.
The packaging is easerly removed without damage to the model.
Included in the box were,
1. Instruction sheet.
2. Additional parts. Couplings, pipes and discs.

A quick look over the model proves it is very finely detailed with handrails and grab handles standing proud, especially on the roof (care must be taken not to damage these.)
Bogies are also finely detailed.
The model looks very much like a 31 although I have not measured it.
The doors open and there is a working fan.
There are also working directional lights.
The model is finished in weathered rail blue with labels clearly printed, as are the numbers, the blue star codes are also clear on the face of the loco.
The weathering is light but not so good on the bogies.
A nice touch is that you can see the path of the window wipers as they have cleaned away the dirt!


The loco has drive to all wheels and also pickups to all wheels.

I have fitted a Bachmann 3 function decoder to this loco which required the removal of the body. There are 4 screws to remove and you have to turn the bogies to get access to these, however I found that removal of theses screws was not possible, as the bogies do not turn enough!
I had to remove the chassis from an upside down body leaving the loose screws in the chassis.
There is an 8-pin DCC socket provided and plenty of room for the decoder underneath the circuit board.

The loco’s performance is smooth and quite with excellent slow speed response.
The loco easily coped with nine Bachmann Mrk 1s even up my gradients.

I have fitted the pipes etc to one end of the loco (This is quite a fidderly task but well worth the effort) and the small Hornby coupling to the other.

Over all I would give this model 9 out of 10 with it only being let down by the bogie weathering.
Hornby must be praised for there efforts with this loco, I would recommend it.

Pictures of the loco will be found on the “personnel layouts” section of this forum look for “Slighly”
2 trains, 2 railroad tracks, one going the other one coming back. Click Clack, Click Clack.
Regards
Andy

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Postby saslord » Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:13 pm

Nice well structured review.

Good job

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Postby peak » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:03 pm

pic of the class 31 reviewed above.

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2 trains, 2 railroad tracks, one going the other one coming back. Click Clack, Click Clack.

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Andy



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