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Hi,

Im looking at buying a Big Boy and know that Athearn have just brought out a new model of it which is supposed to be excellent, but am tempted to try and get a 2nd hand Rivarossi one, Is this a good idea? I have read that their build quality isnt always so hot!

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 25 Jun 2008, 20:23) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Have you considered the Trix one ?

Theres a Mini-Trix one? is it any good detail-wise?

I'm only just getting back into the modelling after a few years hiatus and due to still being a poor student don't really have the money to spend on a cutting edge DCC model. But have always wanted a big-boy and now seemed as good a time as any to get one!
 

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QUOTE (Madman_Legion @ 26 Jun 2008, 02:58) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi,

Im looking at buying a Big Boy and know that Athearn have just brought out a new model of it which is supposed to be excellent, but am tempted to try and get a 2nd hand Rivarossi one, Is this a good idea? I have read that their build quality isnt always so hot!

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***The newly released BLI (Broadway limited) Big boy is way superior in detail quality to the athaern, trix and rivarossi - its also a very reasonable price. It has a really good sound decoder onboard and has a pressure diecast boiler and tender with lovely detail - it will pull the trix one backwards no problem!! (its also a better price than the Athaern or Trix)

The Athaern looks nice for sure but has an appallingly bad sound chip in it. The Triz is nice but has some weakness in the detailing, The current rivarossi is quite OK, but not fantastic (older rivarossi is not very good at all)

Richard
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I Can't find any information on either a Trix or a BLI N-Gauge big boy, though have found info on HO gauge big boys for both
 

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QUOTE (Madman_Legion @ 26 Jun 2008, 15:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I Can't find any information on either a Trix or a BLI N-Gauge big boy, though have found info on HO gauge big boys for both

***Sorry - I should have looked at the forum not just the post title - of course they are HO! Sorry, I have no valid input on the N sclae big boy

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 26 Jun 2008, 09:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>***Sorry - I should have looked at the forum not just the post title - of course they are HO! Sorry, I have no valid input on the N sclae big boy

Richard
Same mistake as me ! - that's a housepoint lost then.
 

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Heh, thanks for the advice none-the-less. when i finally have a OO gauge layout again I will acquire a HO big boy, but that day is some time off!
 

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Hi,

I have just imported two Athearn N Big Boys (not rich, save hard for mine when I heard they were coming out and the other is a present for my father - looks like I finally managed to plan Christmas early, at least for him
). The reviews that you may be able to find on-line are correct in my opinion. These are fantastic pieces of engineering, run very smooth straight out of the the box and the sound (for N) I think is very impressive. Hate to say it but it does show how much catching up some of the British outline has to do to reach this standard.

I am no expert, but I'd be happy to answer any questions if I can about the Big Boys.

Regards

M
 
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