Thursday, 29 November 2012

AC 90

New detail kit for Class 90 in the testing queue

I've had a number of AC electric-themed projects on the go over the past year or two, albeit most of them only in my head or on paper. But, with a Bachmann 85 now in my collection and a Heljan 86 to finish titivating, another is about to begin with this amazing new detailing kit from PH Designs. Aimed at improving the Hornby Class 90, it contains new resin valances and bufferbeams, plus two sheets of etched brass providing improved cab front details and window frames, plus a host of other goodies.

The Hornby model is a bit old in the tooth in some respects, but in others it's not so bad. The pantograph needs replacing and the wheels are a bit coarse, but I'm certain that, once finished, the '90' should be looking far more realistic.

My only quandary is in the livery stakes. The Freightliner green donor model looks attractive, but I don't really have much F'liner stock, being more of an EWS man as far as privatised freight operators go. But I've plenty of time to think about the colour scheme..!


  1. Hey, has there been any progress on this kit? I've been looking forward to it.

  2. Hello,
    I made a very quick start on this project, but it soon became clear that it wasn't going to fit into the available space that I have for an upcoming issue of Model Rail. So, instead, the original article will cover the Class 85 & 86, while this Cl90 project will follow separately, hopefully later this year...