I wondered whether the cab windows may be fractionally too tall, and the yellow area above them too narrow, but this may be an optical illusion caused by the finely printed black rubber window surrounds. A nice touch is that the driver’s side window at each end has been modelled half-open. The paint finish is an improvement on some of Dapol’s previous efforts at BR Blue, which were, to my mind, a little too green. This one is a decent match to the blue used by Bachmann on its Graham Farish Mk 1s. All the colours have a pleasing satin sheen and good intensity, with crisp borders between the yellow of the cab front and the main body colour. The clips that (on the prototype) hold the engine roof panel in place have been neatly picked out in black and, while the underframe parts have been moulded in black, no attempt has been made to pick out the fuel gauge, axlebox heads or other details. 33102 ran smoothly and quietly straight from the box, with no wobble or surging. It coped easily with Scale-length bogies a dozen bogie coaches on level track and handled three bogie coaches over the 1-in-30 and 1-in-60 gradients on the MR test track, so should have no difficulty hauling prototypical trains. On the track, largely perhaps due to its scale-length bogies, the model has undeniable presence and is a clear improvement on its predecessor. It also has working tail 104.9mm Switchable tail lights Manufacturer Ref. No. Unit No. Scale/gauge Body Chassis Weight Min. curve radius Electrical system Motor type Lights? DCC ready? Drive system Flywheel(s) Traction tyres How to dismantle Where to oil Length over buffers Height Width Bogie wheelbase Wheel diameter Wheel back-to-backs Etched side grilles Moulded roof grille White headcode lights, red tail lights Power to both bogies via cardan shafts Unclip body and lift carefully away Bogies can be unclipped too 50ft 9in 12ft 8in 8ft 10in 10ft 0in 4ft 3in 7.3mm 1:148 scale, 9mm gauge ‘N’ Alloy with plastic parts 12V DC two-rail 104.5mm 26.0mm 17.8mm 20.5mm 7.4mm 2D-001-020 R1 (263.5mm) Five-pole Six-pin socket On gears 104.9mm 26.4mm 18.2mm 20.5mm 7.4mm
lights and an illuminated centre headcode panel, and a small switch on the underside allows the tail lights to be switched off when the model is pulling a train. The model is supplied with Rapido couplers in NEM pockets, but Dapol Easi-shunt couplers are included and can be swapped out. The coupler pockets are very close to the end of the model, and a little prominent, but this is largely down to the design of the prototype loco, with its very long bogie wheelbase, and in my view there is little Dapol could have done to avoid this. Contained within the bag of bits that comes supplied with the model are painted yellow snowploughs that clip into the NEM socket mounts, as well as various pipes and air hoses and a plastic gangway buffing plate which was added when the locomotives were fitted with buckeye couplers for push-pull working. Also included is a moulded yellow representation of the small bell that was fitted above the bufferbeam of locos used on the Weymouth tramway. This would have benefitted from being picked out in gold or brass. The Class 33s have proved a long-lived and successful class, with some still in operation today and many more preserved. It’s been a long wait for a new generation model that accurately represents the class; now, at last, it’s here. New generation standard model of widespread and long-lived class.
Little of note. Dapol 33102 Plastic 78g Yes No
OVERVIEW ELECTRICS MECHANISM SERVICING DIMENSIONS PROTOTYPE 1:48 SCALE MODEL