So typical of the Scottish region, the Class 27 was a most welcome addition to the Dapol N gauge range, sitting well with its Class 26 release.
Preserved No. 27 107 is resident on the Strathspey railway. Comparing the model with photographs of this loco and published data shows that Dapol has captured the unique shape of these machines well which bodes well for the forthcoming Class 33.
Body shell tooling shows subtlety, esecially int he area od the shoulder grilles and cab front detail. Well cut-in but not overdone as to look like a mad trencher has been at work with the cab doors!
Smaller locomotives such as the Class 26 and 27 make some of the most attractive models in N gauge. Don’t be fooled – the performance and haulage capability is excellent.
Sub-class-specific detail is worked into the various versions released so far, including specific roof and grille detail, together with variations in the cab front detail. The green version of the model has the door way detail included as you would expect with an early version of the class. The BR blue model represents a later 1970s-1980s version with domino head code dots and sealed end doors.
Features of the model include flush glazing which looks pretty clear, separate details including windscreen wipers and finely tooled bogies and under frame details.
A five-pole motor capable of very low speed operation together with split-axle pick-up is standard on this model. Electronics include a 6-pin DCC socket and working head code box illumination and tail lights. Traction is thanks to the heavy die cast chassis to which finely tooled under frame details are clipped.
If I have one criticism, it is the use of an etched grille for the main radiator bank. Whilst I understand why it has been attempted, unless it is executed with very fine etched stainless steel or brass, the effect will look coarse as it does on the model. Better to take advantage of the very fine tooling technology and tool it in plastic instead, in keeping with the rest of the models which includes attention to the variations in the cab front door way detail.
The model is a lovely runner – smooth control making its use as a shunting loco on a compact N gauge layout possible, something British outline N gauge modellers have struggled with in the past. With its good proportions and character, the Dapol Class 27 has proven to be popular.