FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s NBL prototype 10800

Prototype diesels have been a popular subject choice in ‘OO’ gauge over the past decade, but it was hard to imagine the short-lived Ivatt designed Bo-Bo being produced. Heljan’s all-new model is here and MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

THE INTEREST in prototype diesel locomotives never ceases to amaze. It’s not that many years ago that we were impressed by the likes of Brush prototypes Falcon and Kestrel being produced by Heljan. Then Dapol/Hattons as well as Bachmann released the LMS twins 10000/01, while more recently KR Models has carved itself a niche with the likes of English Electric's GT3 and the unique Fell 2-D-2 diesel.

Now the American-inspired lines of the Ivatt designed prototype Bo-Bo diesel for secondary and branch line duties has been recreated for ‘OO’ gauge by Heljan and the attractive results are on our review desk.

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