Hornby Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -
Class 121 ("Bubble car")
The Hornby class 121 is yet
another model produced from ex-Lima tooling.
The Hornby Class 121 is fitted with Hornby's 5 pole, skew wound
motor, powering all 4 wheels on one bogie. It is not fitted with
traction tire and in my opinion has no need to be. The model has
pickups on all wheels. Tested using a DC controller it had good
slow speed control, and a very respectable top speed. Its
acceleration and deceleration of this model was also noticeably
smooth. The loco managed tight corners and standard points with
no problem even at speed. I have not yet tested it on DCC
operation but I would expect it to be very similar to DC
operation. This model does not come with any lighting.
This model has a good level of detail considering the lack of
detail able parts on the actual train. The detailing of this
model matches up against a picture of a real class 121. The
bogies and undercarriage where the engine and various other
systems a mounted are details well.
The interior is completely unpainted and consists
of passenger setting and at one end a cab with controls. It
appears that at the other end their was not enough room for the
cab because of the motor. The loco comes fitted with standard
couplings which are not removable and no detailing pack. This
model also does not have sprung buffers.
Detailing features on this model include glazing
flush with the body work, window wipers, destination box
(Brindport), door and load markings as well as no smoking signs.
Probably the most striking detail of this model is the twin
exhausts which were fitted to the front of the class 121.
5 pole screw wound
Wheel drive (single bogie)
All wheel pickup
Overall: This is a slightly above average
model which lacks most of the extras modellers have come to desire (lights, NEM
couplings, sprung buffers). I think that for the price (£50-60 online) the level
of detailing is about right. This model has a lot of potential for someone that
likes to modify their models. I believe that detailing the interior and adding
lighting would not be very difficult as well as removing and replacing the
standard couplings (although this would be semi-permanent).
R2509 - Class 121 driving motor brake - BR Green
R2508 - Class 121 driving motor brake - Network
Southeast NSE - 55025
R2668 BR Class 121 driving motor brake - Br Blue
R2644 - Hornby Class 121 driving motor brake -
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