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Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:59:37 PM »
I have 50 to spend as a Christmas Present.
Kernow MRC have a green GF Class 25 at less than 50 in two tone green.
Not typical in any way of my Cornish branch line but they do look good.
Should I buy it ?
Of course.........Rule One applies !
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 09:05:38 PM »
Just bought a Class 47 in InterCity livery at Kernow for 49.99. It's a beauty, and at least as a model train, much better than the Farish Class 25. To my eyes at least, the Farish 25 looks a bit clunky, particularly around the all-important "face".

Of course not the sort of thing you'd see on a branch line much... or would you? Perhaps hauling a nuclear flask train or some china clay wagons...?

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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2013, 09:18:16 PM »
what era is your branch line set in?

maybe get a class 24, 35 or a class 22 even?  if you look around the online shops or on ebay you might find one cheap...

might as well wait for the new version of the class 25 to be released which will look much better that the old one (hopefully)


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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2013, 09:23:33 PM »
hattons have the blue 25 at 45, if more suited to your time scale
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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2013, 09:31:31 PM »
It's WR 59-66 so not really the right era.
Green would be my choice - not blue !
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2013, 09:37:11 PM »
Since Hymeks weren't common west of Exeter, a 22 would be more appropriate. The 25s were, I believe, drafted in to replace withdrawn 22s, so might not be appropriate for your time frame. So with that said, you might want to invoke rule 1 and just buy whatever loco appeals to your tastes and budget.

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It's WR 59-66 so not really the right era.
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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2013, 09:38:53 PM »
I already have a class 22 and a hymek so I might just invoke Rule 1 as you say !
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2013, 09:39:52 PM »
I bought one of Hattons class 25's at 45= and found once run in its a very good slow runner and am very happy with it.

The lack of flush glazing is something I'll live with for now, but would be interested to know if there is a kit available to fix it.

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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2013, 11:47:01 PM »
hattons have the blue 25 at 45, if more suited to your time scale

And BR two tone green at 45 too.

I have just had the blue one. It's a lot of loco for 45 despite the purists comments.

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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2013, 11:51:27 PM »
Much has been said of the detail faults of the current class 25, but I have 3 green ones and they are super runners. I'm not knowledgeable enough to pick out the faults and if it looks like a class 25 it is a class 25 in my mind.
Better a basic model that runs superbly than a superb model that doesn't :hmmm:

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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2013, 12:01:07 AM »
Much has been said of the detail faults of the current class 25, but I have 3 green ones and they are super runners. I'm not knowledgeable enough to pick out the faults and if it looks like a class 25 it is a class 25 in my mind.
Better a basic model that runs superbly than a superb model that doesn't :hmmm:

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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2013, 09:15:57 AM »
I had a blue 25 and it did run v well it was super smooth.

What other diesels ran in Cornwall in this era?

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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2013, 09:18:26 AM »

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I have just had the blue one. It's a lot of loco for 45 despite the purists comments

I honestly don't think it takes a purist to see that the current 25 is just simply dreadful.

 
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if it looks like a class 25 it is a class 25 in my mind.

maybe if I squinted and stood on my head, then it just might look like something that resembles a 25:)

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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2013, 09:22:40 AM »

I'm not knowledgeable enough to pick out the faults and if it looks like a class 25 it is a class 25 in my mind.


Simply compare the model to a photo of the real thing - you'll soon easily spot the differences and errors - and then it won't be a class 25 in your mind.

IMO the old Farish model is very dated and no longer worth buying. Far better to wait for the new Bachmann version (now already produced as an EP model) which will have finer details, hopefully be more accurate and be made to modern standards with modern features like working lights, DCC ready, NEM coupler sockets, etc.

H.

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Re: Should I buy a Class 25 ?
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2013, 11:10:08 AM »
Laira did have a few class 25s but they were I believe all class 25/1 and came in with the demise of the class 22 locos. They were needed to work some of the branches, particularly into the 37s arrived.

1966 wouldn't I think have seen any 25s in Cornwall.  In fact you may even need to check the modelled ones even were in service in 1966 as they are quite late numbers and the last entered service in 1967.

If you really want a Cornish 25 it might be worth waiting for the new Farish 25. That's going to be easier than all the conversions.

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