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N27 HXD3/DJ3/SL1

Prototype Information

The HXD3 was another of the Harmony series of electric locomotives built to replace the aging China Rail fleet of ShaoShan locomotives. These are domestically built at Dalian, Datong, Toshiba & Beijing 27th locomotive works with techincal wizadry from Toshiba. Compared to most of the other HXd series, these ones sport a more streamlined body, similar to the SS7E or SS9G, and while designed to pull 5000 ton freight trains, are commonly seen on passenger services. They are fairly widespread throughout China with high concentrations in Beijing, Xian & Lanzhou.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road #s Bureau Livery Builder
September 2012 T201201 1st HO (1:87) 0559 Beijing Dark Blue/Grey Beijing 27th
" " T201202 " " " " 0901 " " " " Toshiba
" " T201203 " " " " 0061 Shanghai " " Beijing 27th
" " T201204 " " " " 0203 " " " " " "
" " T201205 " " " " 0567 Xian " " " "
" " T201206 " " " " 0911 Luoyang " " " "
" " T201207 " " " " 912 " " " " " "
" " T201208 " " " " 608 Nanning " " " "
" " T201209 " " " " 521 " " " " " "
" " T201210 " " " " 696 Guangzhou " " Dalian
" " T201211 " " " " 765 Lanzhou " " " "
" " T201212 " " " " 677 Shenyang " " " "
" " T201213 " " " " 0018 Wuhan " " " "
" " T201214 " " " " 8001 Jinan " " Datong
" " T201215 " " " " 8068 Zhengzhou " " " "
December 2012 T201302 2nd " " SL1 0017 n/a Blue Dalian
July 2013 T201304 3rd " " DJ3 0001 (red logo) Zhengzhou Green/Grey " "
" " T201305 " " " " DJ3 0001 (black logo) " " " " " "

Model Review

General
N27 have done a fairly nice job on these models and are becoming good competition for the other manufacturers. Various color schemes exist - the standard blue/grey and prototype color schemes in solid blue and green/grey.

Details
The models have lots of details. Bogies are very nice with fantastic looking disc brakes and the roof electrical componentry is also very nicely done. Pantographs look good and work well. Sadly, many of the smaller details aren't particularly well applied - one of my samples arrived with many of these details separated from the model and an apparent botched repair job (most likely from the factory) of the sanding pipes. A number of the parts have a lot of flash (the excess plastic from the casting process).

The paint work, while nicely applied, appears to be slightly incorrect with the large grey side walls appearing to be more white rather than grey. Apparently a number of the solid blue type (SL1 0017) had unacceptably poor paint jobs resulting in a second run by the factory - rendering the limited edition production of 80 units somewhat erroneous! The same version was originally a limited edition with 80 produced, but since the second run - who knows. There appears to be no distinction between either version.

Performance
The HXD3's run very well. both of mine run very smoothly and quietly, with plenty of power to pull an 8 car passenger train. Time will tell whether the motors last over time.

Electronics
Power can be switched to run off the pantographs via a switch under the white roof panel. The headlights are a bit of a concern, enough to warrant a conversion job. DCC information not yet available, however I presume provision for a plug in decoder exists.

Coupler Conversion
The model comes with metal knuckle couplers which appear to be copies of #5 Kadee's. They can be substituted for scale heads (#58/158) or long shank scale heads for extra clearance (#56/156). A very pain-free exercise.

Other Notes
An affordable model which nicely represents one of China's increasingly important passenger locomotives. Despite a few quirks, they look good and perform well.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Good affordable model for modern layouts Some quality control issues on certain versions
Quiet and smooth performance Main grey paint borders on white
Nicely detailed Poor color headlights

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