Locoyard’s 00 scale model reviews section (click here to read) nearly has all ready to run BR Standard class models reviewed. Hornby’s version of the 4MT (75xx) 4-6-0 model is regarded as one of the best out there and has a direct competitor from Bachmann (click here to read the review). Today we look at the Hornby version to see if it really is as good as many say it is and compare it with Bachmann’s model.
Class: BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0
Use: Mixed Traffic
75014 – Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
75027 – Bluebell Railway
75029 – North Yorkshire Moors Railway
75069 – Severn Valley Railway
75078 – Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
75079 – Watercress/Mid-Hants Railway
Model Reviewed: Hornby R2716X R3191 BR 4-6-0 Standard Class 4MT
Motor: 5 pole Loco-drive
DCC options: 8 pin dcc ready/fitted
This model is as well detailed as Hornby’s 7MT model. The cab details with opening roof, sprung buffers, pipework, fine handrails, rivets, separately fitted smokebox door dart, fine running gear and tender with removable coal load all contribute to this very high quality, if very delicate model. It has to receive top marks in this section, but the level of detailing does also bring in some criticism when looking at the finish of the model. Note also that the reviewed model is second-hand and is missing one or two items.
The details are all attached to an excellent body and chassis that portray an accurate likeness of a BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0. The squat look is very well captured and it does not suffer from a relatively poor chimney shape as it’s Bachmann competitor.
Most versions of this model that have been produced have been in pristine condition. This (R2716x) is the only weathered version produced to-date. The good news is that the lining is fantastic, the BR black finish expertly applied and there are no major moulding seams to worry about. The bad news is that this weathered version does not look like a well-used locomotive. The extremely elaborate detailing should be particularly grimy, but it is not at all – it is very shiny indeed. It is quite a poor weathering job, simply because a weathered locomotive is supposed to look like a used locomotive – I have never seen an image of a 4MT looking like this! Pristine models on the other-hand are far better, but equally the finish is nevertheless a little over the top.
This for me is the area that Hornby’s model really shines – it is a very smooth, reliable and quiet model. It has excellent pick-ups and has the edge over Bachmann’s model in this department. However, it is also very fragile and has to be handled with very great care.
If the Hornby model has a slight edge in terms of running qualities over Bachmann’s model, it has a real edge in the power department. It is a very capable 4-6-0 and will haul more weight than a 4MT class needs to.
This is a high-spec model built with the most exquisite separately fitted details. It is DCC friendly (albeit without a DCC sound version yet), has NEM sockets, sprung buffers, five pole motor, tender pick-ups – pretty much anything you’ll ever need except sound and/or lights.
It is fair to expect a high price tag for a model of such a specification and detailing, but that said it is much more expensive than Bachmann’s 4MT 4-6-0. It is interesting to compare this with Hornby’s 8P Duke of Gloucester model, that is much bigger, cheaper, less fragile but lacks details and consider whether it is worth having such detailing on a workhorse like the BR standard 4MT 4-6-0. Personally, I’d prefer something a little cheaper, but solid, although not at the expense of performance.
This is an excellent model and it is thoroughly recommended. It is better in almost every respect (except it’s finish and value) to Bachmann’s 4MT 4-6-0. It is powerful, runs sweetly and has incredible looks. The model’s high detailing level is a strength and weakness. The detailing also makes it very fragile and expensive to buy. The detailing has not been weathered properly on this example (let’s face it, when have you ever seen a BR standard 4MT looking like this?) Despite this, I suspect a professionally weathered Hornby 4MT (done to the standards of the like’s of Alba weathering) would look perfect. In short, given a choice between a Bachmann 4MT 4-6-0 and a Hornby version, I would opt for the Hornby one. It has a great mechanism, excellent haulage capabilities and looks right – it is worthy of five locoyard stars!
Detailometer 5, Outlineometer 5, Finishometer 4, Motorometer 5, Powerometer 5, Specometer 4.5, Valueometer 3.55, Locoyardometer 4.6
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