Yup! You guessed it – the pantographs look quite different to previously released Dapol N gauge Class 86s and are a real improvement. The one on 86 261 is a nice representation of a Stone Faiveley pantograph, one of Dapol’s new pantograph models to replace the originally used Sommerfeld ones.
Also take a look at the Brecknel Willis pantograph applied to the Freightliner 86/6 (with its class-specific detail); a new tooling, delicate-looking but very effective.
Pantographs are very much a signature feature of AC locomotives and, when you consider that the roof is the first area that meets the eye when looking at a model, Dapol’s decision to tool its own models will be widely welcomed. In the meantime, the Class 86 model is the perfect match for Dapol’s catenary models in N gauge and both locomotives will have a home on the N gauge Dudley Heath layout along side the earlier Class 86 releases which will receive the new ‘pans’ which will be available separately – price and pack format to be confirmed.