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Austrian red, that is. I have picked up a class 1216 Taurus 3 at my lhs yesterday, and albeit I´m not a huge Taurus fan, this one is gorgeous.




The 1216 is the latest development in Taurus engines. The model reproduces the 1216 001, which is one of the engines designed to run in Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Italy. It is basically a DBAG class 189 inside the (modified) carbody of a Taurus. Top spped 230 kph in AT and D, 140 in I and SL.



Roco claims to have designed this model from scratch. There are ongoing discussions whether it is made in China or Slovakia, anyway, it is great imho.



And it FINALLY provides me with an excuse to go out and buy a couple of Railtop Eurocity coaches!




The only recent release that has not been completely ripped apart on Austrian forums (and as Gödel will confirm, they are very determined to show that Austrians are the true masters of the ancient art of flamewar...); the only issue apparently being that the front logo may (!) be printed a tad too high.





Hope you like!
 

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QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 30 Mar 2008, 20:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I certainly do - all I need now is an excuse to buy one.

I take it that the performance is up to the usual Roco standard ?

Yes, absolutely. The motor sounded a bit "rough" in the beinning, but after break-in, it is Roco as usual.

Here´s your excuses: when you install a DCC decoder, you can switch the main beam (the upper headlights) on and off by pressing the F1 key; the lower lights will stay on as well, only the upper headlights will shine a bit brighter. Now, who needs that, honestly?


The photos are of my oob, brand new engine, no superdetailing parts applied. Where´s all the fun, heck? Who´d buy that?


I paid a premium at my lhs; actually, I paid near rrp, which was EUR 173. The engine was fine, and apart from supporting my local hobby shop, I didn´t want to take any chances that if I ordered a cheaper one by mail, that model might have been a faulty sample (according to Murphy´s law, it would have been...
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[Darth Vader] Gödel, come join the dark side... remember the new Jägerndorfer class 1063/1163 diesel engines... Railtop coaches... class 4030 railcar sets... join the dark side of HO modelling... [/Darth Vader]
 
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