Kernow 4TCs Preview

(above) 32-642Z unit 8022 in BR blue & grey with Network South East branding.

The SEG Modelling Officer has been very fortunate in receiving some of his advance order of the Kernow MRC 4TC models from the production stock air-freighted for the purposes of displays and reviews in advance of the bulk of the batch arriving by sea.  These models are due to go on general sale towards the end of September and/or October.  A full appraisal will appear in our modelling section as soon as possible but pro-tem herewith my first impressions.

To quote Craig Revel-Horwood – they are “fab-u-lous”!  Are they worth the wait? Absolutely.  Are they perfect? -No, but nothing ever is, however these are extremely good indeed.  Impressive fine detail and features, well applied and credible liveries. Are they convincing as 4TCs? Absolutely!  Are they worth the price?  Ultimately this is a personal decision, it depends upon your personal financial circumstances, and there is no doubting that the cost of model railways has inflated greatly over the past few years, however this pensioner would be punishing himself severely if he had not bought them.  No regrets about buying them at all.

(above) 32-644Z unit 410, Premier Charter Unit train in BR blue with half height warning yellow front and high intensity headlight.  This photograph was taken prior to addition of the supplied etched BR arrows.

(above) Just look at the detail on the TBSK, not only under the floor but also the interior – note curtains and the mail cage…

(above) Hornby got the dimensions and  proportions of the cab front of their 4Vep model badly wrong. Is this cab front right?  It looks good to me and measures up well, so I think it is correct. However, this picture shows one of the model’s poorer points (and as a poorer point this demonstrates just how good this model is) the slightly clunky windscreen wipes. No doubt a concession to mass production and strength.  Alternative headcodes – actually as alternative corridor connection doors – are supplied. 91, seen on both models here is the legendary Waterloo – Weymouth (fast).  The alternatives are 62, in this application predominantly for Waterloo – Salisbury (semi-fast) workings, and  a double white blank.