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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


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