Old Ned wrote:
I still reckon those Hornby diecast bodies are very good dimensionally.
The HD bodyshells - plastic and metal - certainly looked the part, although very, very occasionally things like under-sized wheels (A4, Duchess Pacifics) or the wrong bogies (AL1 electric loco*) let them down.
Whilst its Ringfield motor could pull the side off a house, the Deltic was a bit of a joker in the pack in that regard as it was way too short and lacked the bodyside profile of the real thing. Shame as the chassis was first rate (for years I've been racking my brains wondering if the HD Deltic chassis unit could be used in a Triang EE Type 3 - Class 37 if you prefer - which used the completely wrong Brush Type 2 (Class 31) running gear with an inferior motor
*To be fair, the AL1 was done "on the cheap" as HD was in severe financial trouble by the time the model came out.
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