Hornby ‘Merchant Navy’ ('OO')

 Hornby ‘Merchant Navy’ No. 21C3 Royal Mail. JACQUES PORTAL

Hornby ‘Merchant Navy’ No. 21C3 Royal Mail. JACQUES PORTAL

CHRIS LEIGH has waited 17 years for this particular ship to come in. And now that it’s here, what’s his verdict?

Seventeen years ago, in my review of the rebuilt ‘Merchant Navy’ 9 (MR22, August 2000, page 65) I first pitched the idea that Hornby could, with minimal effort, produce the unrebuilt original version of the class. It was, of course, a simplistic view. In fact, virtually every aspect of the model would need retooling. However, as the last big glamour ‘Pacific’ not covered in model form, and relevant to Hornby’s southern homeland, it was inevitable that the air-smoothed Bulleid ‘Pacific’ would appear - eventually. Well, now it has, and what a model it is! ...

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