Posted today on uk.rec.models.rail
from John Turner of 53A Models, Hull.
"We've just had the first delivery of these new Italian ViTrains class 37/4
diesel loco models from the UK distributors, and every single loco received
has damaged horns. The problem must be widespread as the distributors were
already aware of this problem and claim that replacement horns are on their
way from Italy. Other locos also had additional faults, one had a sprung
buffer missing, and another had one bonnet end insecurely fitted.
Apart from those niggling aspects, the locos run quite well especially at
low speed, but it's such a shame that ViTrains felt the need to add traction
tyres to what is a heavy model.
The quality of finish is quite good - apart from the pre-coloured plastic
finish yellow ends. The latter, unfortunately, very much gives them an
'upgraded' Lima look. I'm also not quite convinced that the cab front
windows are quite right, but I can't put my finger on what is wrong.
Not the most auspicious start from a company wishing to make an impact on
the UK market, and the recommendation must be to check each model carefully
So there we have it (so far)!
Body coloured plastic ends (a'la Lima), poor build quality, bits missing or broken and traction tyres.
No doubt there will be further comment about the look of the cab windscreen, over sharp tumblehome and the body riding too high on the bogies?
Any good news?