Charming Model Studios

HXD2

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Rating
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1:87 Scale

HXD2 Class Bo-Bo+Bo-Bo

Prototype Information

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Model Review

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General Information

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Packaging

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Details

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Electronics

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Performance

The models are very smooth in all directions and throughout the speed range. The powerful Canon can motor emits next to no noise. A contact of mine experienced a failure with the mechanism rendering it undriveable, however Charming were very prompt in providing the necessary parts to fix it. All my units run well and can navigate the tighter #4 Peco code 83 points, however it should be noted that I am running my models with the provided drawbars which gives more clearance between the two units than using the couplers.

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Coupler Conversion

The model comes with genuine scale head KD couplers #158 standard shank whisker couplers front and rear. As these are my couplers of choice I haven't needed to test any others. I use the supplied draw bar between units as it provides slightly more clearance. If i revert to couplers (as it looks much better) I will have to swap out the 158 couplers for long shank #156's at least as they don't quite meet up. I will provide test results here when I get around to it. The draw bars are a bit fiddly to connect, but you will develop a technique for it to connect pretty quickly. My advice is to install the draw bar into the housing on one unit, then while keeping both units on a very flat surface, mate the two units together at a slight angle and apply firm (but very careful) pressure, making sure the lugs at the end of the exposed end of the draw bar is pushed up against the housing.