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- Bachmann 2EPB
- Bachmann 4Cep
- Bachmann MLV
- Bachmann Class 450 Desiro
- Dapol Class 73
- D J Models Class 71
- EFE Isle of Wight Underground Stock
- Halling Croydon Tramlink Tram
- Heljan Class 07 Dock Shunter
- Heljan new Class 33/0s
- Hornby 2Bil
- Hornby 2Hal
- Hornby 4Vep
- Hornby Brighton Belle
- Hornby Class 71
- Hornby Class 395
- Hornby Refurbished Eurostar
- Kernow 2H
- Kernow 4TC
- Kernow Bulleid Diesel Locomotives
- Replica Motorised Chassis
D J Models HA
(above) BR green with small yellow warning panels and BR(S) green with red stripe versions
Railway Modellers working in 4mm scale will be aware that Hornby has gone into direct competition with “Southern” models from two new entrants to the model railway market. The first was with Oxford Rail over the Adams Radial tank locomotive. Here the common conclusion is that both versions have strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences, and they are both good models, but there is no runaway leader. The second competition is with DJ Models over the HA/BR Class 71 electric locomotive. In the case of the Radial Tank Oxford Rail were first out, but not by a long time, but with the HA Hornby were first to the market by ten months. DJ Models claim its model’s development was extended to produce an even better model than originally conceived and to produce what could be the best detailed UK model of an electric locomotive ever. Has Dave Jones succeeded?
(above) The DJM0071-002 E5004 BR(S) green with red stripe version
Once out of the packaging, it looks like an HA!
(above) B side details on the E5003 version, showing the quality of the moulding. Hornby’s HA has a working pantograph, a feature of limited value and use in my opinion. It results in their pantograph being over-scale. The DJM’s pantograph is cosmetic and finer. However, as a result it is not sprung to retain contact with an overhead wire nor does it self-level in position, so care is needed to avoid it looking asymmetrical, a.k.a. wonky, as seen above.
(above) The slim but dummy pantograph raised, the springs are more for show than effective operation
Generally the details in DJM mouldings are slightly more prominent but crisper than Hornby’s. The DJM model has separately fitted handrails and lamp brackets, whereas Hornby’s are moulded on. On the DJM model the windscreen wipers are finer, bogie mouldings better defined, footsteps on cab fronts and over buffers are less prominent than on Hornby’s, all a better match to pictures.
(above) Bogie and cab side detail on the DJM0071-005 E5010 BR green with full yellow end version
The pickup beams do tend to fall off so are best secured with a little bit of solvent, on the other hand the lifting lugs are a tight fit and so far have stayed put. The lifting lugs are in reality fitted to the body, not the bogies, but on the model they are fitted to the bogies to permit train set curve radius swing. In my opinion they look odd there and they stick out rather a lot so I might end up not having them.