Dimboola station. This great photo was taken by my son Craig

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Powerline's VHGF

Powerline released recently a second run of the third series VHGF grain hoppers. The following numbers are available.

PD-100A-222 GJF-222 VR
PD-101A-303 VHGY-303 VR
PD-102A-316 VHGY-316 VG
PD-103A-332 VHGF-332X VG
PD-106A-302 VHGF-302H VF
PD-107A-323 VHGF-323J VF-ABB
PD-108A-259 VHGF-259 VF-CUB

I added both the Australian Barley Board and the Malting Barley for Carlton & United livery units to my collection. Below; not being politically correct; here are the sides hidden from view in the shops because of their association with the alcohol industry.
The standard of these models is the same as the previous run. The printing is sharp and the orange band is correct, as it was not V/Line orange. The only problem is the quality of the wheels which area bit chunky.
The other problem, is that the metal walkways seem to have had some rough handling on assembly, with sections been pushed down. These can be straightened by carefully pushing from beneath with a thin flat object. I had a privilege to select my two units, obtaining two with minimal damage to the walkways.

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