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German Dampflokomotive BR86

Hobby Boss 1/72 German Dampflokomotive BR86 Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review July 2013 Manufacturer Hobby Boss
Subject German Dampflokomotive BR86 Scale 1/72
Kit Number 82914 Primary Media Styrene
Pros New tooling, great details Cons None
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $48.99

First Look

German Dampflokomotive BR86
German Dampflokomotive BR86
German Dampflokomotive BR86
German Dampflokomotive BR86
German Dampflokomotive BR86

The legendary steam locomotive BR86 was designed to a 1925 specification for a 15 ton axle loading for use on all branch lines, especially in hilly and mountainous countryside. These locomotives showed a remarkable uniformity in construction when compared to previous types, which had been manufactured to "regional" designs, leading to problems with maintenance and spare parts.

The first examples of the BR86 were produced by MGB Karlsruhe Locomotive Works in 1928 and the last machine was manufactured in 1943. The BR86 holds the record in Germany for the longest production run of any locomotive, with a total of 776 built. After World War II, the Czechoslovak State Railway operated these locomotives. They saw service until the 1960's.

The HobbyBoss kit of the German Dampflokomotive BR86 consists of over 221 parts molded in tan styrene including the cab and 8 parts molded in clear styrene. Markings are included for 2 locomotives.

All of the parts are very well molded and feature crisp details. There is no flash present. Some key features of the kit are:

  • Engineer's cab well detailed
  • Well detailed running gear and brake system
  • Front coupling assembly can be detached
  • Walkways have anti-skid surfaces
  • Smoke box and furnace doors well detailed
  • Connecting and side coupling rods well detailed
  • Accurately molded chassis
  • 100% new tooling
  • Railroad track stand included for display

This is another great and highly detailed kit from HobbyBoss of a new subject!

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!