Dapol Class 86s = lots of colour!

N gauge Class 86 AC locomotives in BR Intercity, Virgin Trains and Freightliner colours will be in a model shop near you pretty soon! But be quick: like most Dapol products, they won’t last long.This is something of a sneaky preview thanks to David Jones at Dapol. My thanks to him for allowing me a chance to give them a look over and present some pictures here. The roof detail looks good and those pantographs are fully working with very gentle springing and an adjustment screw to prevent them from riding too high.A look at the face of Virgin Trains 86 229.

BR Intercity colours as 86 213 (with pantograph raised). Some good livery colours on this model!

Freightliner 86 621 with the correct yellow colour. Note the roof fire extinguisher bottles.The model is supplied with buffer beam details including air brake pipes. Note the locating holes ready to receive them. Alternative couplings are also supplied which will fit the NEM coupling pocket.All of the technical features that makes Dapol an award winning manufacturer are present on its Class 86s including working lights, super creep motor, 6-pin DCC interface and a superbly engineered chassis. It all adds up to a fine running model which further takes modelling British outline N gauge into a different dimension. Its a lovely product, once again!Now, all we need now is some decent Mk.2e/f coaches to go with the passenger versions…

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