Today we add yet another 00 scale model review to the Loco Model Reviews Page. This one is a very important addition – a type is of LMS origin, that could be found almost anywhere on the UK rail network doing almost anything asked of it! Without further ado, let’s look at Hornby’s super-detailed version of Stanier’s highly successful “Black 5”.
Class: Stanier Black 5 (5MT)
Use: Mixed Traffic
4767 (BR 44767) George Stephenson – North Yorkshire Moors Railway
4806 (BR 44806) Kenneth Aldcroft – Llangollen Railway
4871 (BR 44871) – East Lancashire Railway
4901 (BR 44901) – Vale of Glamorgan Railway
4932 (BR 44932) – West Coast Railway Company
5000 (BR 45000) – National Railway Museum
5025 (BR 45025) – Strathspey Railway
5110 (BR 45110) – Barrow Hill Engine Shed
5163 (BR 45163) – Colne Valley Railway
5212 (BR 45212) – Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
5231 (BR 45231) The Sherwood Forester – West Coast Railway Company
5293 (BR 45293) – Colne Valley Railway
5305 (BR 45305) Alderman A. E. Draper – Great Central Railway
5337 (BR 45337) – East Lancashire Railway
5379 (BR 45379) – Watercress (Mid-Hants) Railway
5407 (BR 45407) Lancashire Fusilier – East Lancashire Railway
5428 (BR 45428) Eric Treacy – North Yorkshire Moors Railway
5491 (BR 45491) – Great Central Railway
Motor: 5 pole Loco-drive
DCC options: 8 pin dcc ready/fitted/sound
Good cab details although surpassed by more recent releases (see above). Rivet details, lamp irons, boiler fittings, opening cab roof and good valve gear make this a nicely detailed model. On close inspection, it has much better detailing than Hornby’s Railroad version.
The shape and character of this popular prototype are well captured very well by Hornby. The type has a slightly austere appearance, if a little more elegant than the BR standard class 5MT which is conveyed well in Hornby’s model.
A model of a black 5 is never going to be produced in elaborate liveries, as it is by definition black! That said, black is not an easy colour to pull-off on a model and can often appear plastic-looking or grey. This reviewed version’s black was good however with very nice lining. The too-common moulding split line on the top of the boiler was visible, although no worse than most models (see below).
It is an excellent runner – quiet, smooth and unlike Bachmann’s BR standard 5MT it has pick-up’s on the tender making it much more reliable in operation.
Again, this is streets ahead of Bachmann’s BR standard 5MT and has no trouble with almost anything you ask of it. Like the prototype, it is go-anywhere do-anything model – well done Hornby!
Every option available you’d expect on a modern model – DCC ready/fitted/sound versions, sprung buffers, NEM couplings. Older models are not all DCC ready, so be careful if buying second-hand.
This is an excellent model, so you expect to pay a little more than average and Hornby’s super-detail Black 5 does cost more than most equivalent mixed traffic models. In fact, it is hard to find a Black 5 for the same or less money than Hornby’s newer and better detailed B1 or B17 classes! The cheap Railroad version means that the super-detail version’s hold their value; meaning that second-hand bargains are few and far between.
Overall Locoyardometer Score: 4.6
This is an older model that is looking quite expensive, but that aside it is nevertheless an excellent model that massively out-performs Bachmann’s BR standard 5MT. Although it’s not a Southern prototype, it is likely to be regular runner here at locoyard!
Detailometer 4.5, Outlineometer 5, Finishometer 4.5, Motorometer 5, Powerometer 5, Specometer 5, Valueometer 3.5, Locoyardometer 4.6