Hornby - Arnold Köf II model HN9002

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Ok, the first thing about this loc is, it is absolutely tiny!!!! In fact it's down right adorable.
Comes in a clear plastic box.
No lighting.
Two axles driven, two axle electrical pickup, no traction tires.
Given smallness / lightness of this model there is no real traction to speak of. So, you will only be able to pull several small wagons for shunting. That however, is not a terrible thing since it would be true to the prototype.
Comes with Tillig type couplers.
Very good detail and very good paint. The fact that the cab is "empty" (no motor to be seen) is phenomenal given the size of this model.
Mechanically very good which is surprising given that there is no flywheel. It's very smooth and quiet.
The only issue with this model will actually be your tracks. Due to the tiny foot print, it will have problems with electrical pickup especially on switches. You can use it as a gauge for the quality of your electrical work :mrgreen:
The manual is one page in German mainly showing the parts and assembly with very little text.
As for DCC, you COULD fit a chip. But, it would have to go in the currently empty cab and will be easily visible. You would also have to do all required wiring.
To really appreciate the size of this model, I've included pictures next to a V36 (which is already very small).
Arnold_Kof_II_box.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_side.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_front.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_rear.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_top.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_detail.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_manual.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_front_V36.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_side_V36.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_rear_V36.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_top_V36.jpg
Arnold_Kof_II_detail_V36.jpg
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Yup - in whole bunch of different paint variants.
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ConducTTor wrote:Ok, the first thing about this loc is, it is absolutely tiny!!!!
If you are enthusiastic about the size of this loco, you should know that Arnold launched the N (!!!) version of this locomotive some decades before (!!!) the tt modell.
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^^^ :shock:
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When I saw the N scale modell for the first time (on a layout on an exhibition in the late 1980ies), I had to ask if it really runs. The exhibitor didn't answer; he showed it.

Now I'm a member of the modell railway club which the exhibitor was the chairman of that time.
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I simply wanted to show that the size of the locomotive was not surprising when it was launched—especially concerning the manufacturer.
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What do you call expensive?

In my eyes every prototypical locomotive (except for dummies) for less than 100€ is cheap...
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