Roco BR232 DB Cargo model 36202

Roco BR232 DB Cargo model 36202

Postby BTTB Fan » Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:40 pm

(Borrowing from ConducTTor's description of BR132) This is another version of classic Ludmila by Roco. Very nice model from the ground up.
Running number 232 208-9
Directional lighting - 3 forward - 2 back.
Electrical pickup and drive all wheels. 4 traction tires.
Distance between axles is 15mm and distance between bogie pivot points is 102mm.
NEM 651 plug for DCC chip.
This model came with BTTB style couplers but they are easily swapped for Tillig couplers.
The manual is an all German affair but there are plenty of pictures.
Very smooth solid ride and relatively quiet.
Good amount of detail and includes detail detail parts to be applied by owner.

* NOTE
Ludmilas can vary in outward appearance most notably by the exhaust fans and other detail on the roof.
Also, the drive may vary - this and other older models have 6 axle drive whereas newer versions drive only 4 axles - I'm not sure exactly when the change took place.
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Re: Roco BR232 DB Cargo model 36202

Postby Christtking » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:54 pm

This model is one of the first ones (first batch manufactured in 2000). Two models were released under the same article number 36202 (typical ROCO) but with different running numbers, 232 208 and 232 800. 232 800 happened to be the last one in real life to remain on German teritory belonging to DB CARGO at the time after re-haul & re-paint. Analog and digital versions, both nice models, but WRONG. The model (s) at that time were manufactured wrong. The buffers are supposed to be oblong or rectangular, not round and the 3 in a row exaust fans located on the roof towards cabin # 2, are supposed to be SIEMENS type that are raised, not leveled with the roof. The outer edges of the steps are outlined with white paint. The newer version of the mould indicates that the newer model (released in 2007-2008) article # 36221 of BR 241 comes with the correct buffers and correct exaust fans. BR 241 is also lacking the white lines on the outer edges of the steps. The models that come with 6 powered (geared) axles are manufactured in Austria, the other junky models that come with only 4 are manufactured in Hungary, Roumania, Croatia or elsewhere in Europe (if the model has a sticker on the box under the UPC bar code it says MADE IN EU. For article 36221, I had to order new sets of wheels with traction tires, item 31, 124334 spare part number on their spare part list.
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Re: Roco BR232 DB Cargo model 36202

Postby Christtking » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:39 pm

Update about the models manufactured (or partialy assembled) in some other countries incorporated in the E.U.rather than Austria. The ones with only 4 wheels powed (per bogie or truck) 1X gear is missing (in order to power the 3rd=inner axle), so total of 2X need to be ordered. In order to adapt the new gear, please proceed with caution since some major dissasembly is going to take place! I'll get back with more details about the part number, I need to investigate a little since part numbers are constanly changing especially since ROCO joined forces with FLEISCHMANN. I need to list the correct (latest) part number that is found in the spare parts list that comes with each model (released recently or at least 2 years old).
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Re: Roco BR232 DB Cargo model 36202

Postby krokodil » Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:24 am

According to my information these models were never assembled in Austria. The whole ROCOC TT production is in Slovakia or in Romania.
Are those new models with 4 driven axles already on sale?
There was announced a new, cheaper BR232 (99.-Euro) for later this year.
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Re: Roco BR232 DB Cargo model 36202

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:53 am

The 4 driven axle models have been around for some years (don't know how many). The new 99 euro model is a price response to Piko's cheaper Ludmila models.
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Re: Roco BR232 DB Cargo model 36202

Postby krokodil » Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:39 pm

ConducTTor wrote:The 4 driven axle models have been around for some years (don't know how many). The new 99 euro model is a price response to Piko's cheaper Ludmila models.



In this case it will be fun to get for 99 €-s the cheap version with 6 driven axles and for full price one will get the simplified 4 driven axle models!

Perfect!

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Re: Roco BR232 DB Cargo model 36202

Postby Rich B » Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:36 pm

I actually prefer an idle axle per truck on six axle locos, it's easier to spring if traction or roadholding isn't up to scratch.
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