…MAY NOT COME DOWN!
The facility to operate the pantograph via DCC certainly adds an extra element of ‘playability’ to an already superb model. Understandably, non-digital users may feel like they’re being forced to pay for a feature that they’re unable to enjoy. However, in the modern world of manufacturing, altering production to omit certain features from different batches does not always offer much in the way of cost savings. Besides, ‘future-proofing’ a model does at least allow users to upgrade their control systems at a later date.
You might expect to pay the thick end of £250 for a model like this. But an RRP of just under £180 is good value in today’s market for a model of this specification.
This is a beautiful model of an prototype, boasting impressive detail and superb finish and performance. The Class 90 was one of British Rail’s last great designs which has given over 30 years of sterling service.
Now that viable catenary systems are available, will this model be the catalyst for a boom in modelling AC traction? It’s certainly the jewel in an already impressive crown,when you consider it alongside Bachmann’s Class 85, Heljan’s ‘86’ and Hornby’s ‘87’. Factor in impressive-looking models on the way from Accurascale and Cavalex and there’s never been a better time to delve into the world of overhead electrics. The ‘90’ has certainly added to my desire to model the late 1980s WCML scene of my youth.
Now, how about an ‘81’ or an ‘83’ next?! (GD)
Left: Freightliner’s 90047, still in faded Railfreight grey, arrives at Wembley depot on April 9 2017. The revised position of the TDM connection is visible. 90047 also lacks the gangway rubbing plate and has later-pattern buffers.
Above: Class 90s are still in front line passenger service after 31 years. Greater Anglia employs the greatest number – 15 – whereas DB hires three to LNER to work East Coast Main Line services. GA’S 90010 speeds through Shenfield with a Norwich-london service on August 1 2018.
Above: 90028 carries immaculate ‘Mainline’ livery in April 1989. It sports original buffers and the TDM connections clip into the recess under the horn grille.