5 things we like about Accurascale's new bogie hoppers

10 May 2022
Accurascale’s new HYA/IIA wagon arrivals will be a rolling stock mainstay for many post-2007 railway modellers. Here we highlight some of the great features we've spotted on these new models.

1. Working tail lamp

Pack 1 in each of the variants and liveries includes a working tail lamp – the end plate of the wagon can be prised out quite easily and an LR41 battery inserted into the holder on the circuit board and thereafter turned on and off with a magnetic wand.

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2. Excellent finish

The base colour of the original-length wagons is a dull metallic silver – a great representation of the wagons as delivered. Some metallic finishes can be too ‘grainy’ or sparkly, but this is excellent. The welded seam lines in a darker brown are less than uniform, which reflects the appearance on the real wagons.

3. Underside detail

Turning the wagons over, the hopper discharge doors and linkages are presented in full detail and the TF25 low track force bogies with brake blocks in line with wheels and separate brake-shoes and brake adjusters are a delight.

4. Internal bracing

Inside the body, the hopper sections have internal bracing for strength and the scalloped central load dividers. Have a look at the centre pages of the instruction leaflet and ask yourself if you could build that kit of parts and decorate it to this standard!

5. Value for money

Several versions are already sold out with Accurascale, but may be available from stockists, and, at £74.95 for a twin pack, they represent excellent value.

To read more about these excellent wagons, read our full review in the June 2022 issue of BRM, out in shops on May 20.

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