The DJM Austerity has never been a true friend of this blog. It was always what OTCM needed, a true highly detailed Austerity. It was our bread and butter, our raison d’être.
Unfortunately the model in reality was a bit crap, especially in comparison to the latest mass produced gold from Bachmann and Hornby. You can sort of forgive the chunky bits, sort of, but what you cannot forgive is the fact you’ve known cars from British Leyland built better and be more reliable.
The last DJM Austerity came the closest to being involved in any kind of model train domestic abuse incident. It was like a girlfriend who promised everything only to turn out to be a raving bunny boiler. It’s still banished to Chris’.
So why on earth did I buy another one? The answers quite simple, I am as tight as a duck’s arse. Hornby’s current version of the Dapol model, is well the Dapol model, with all its fables and compromises. And it’s expensive.
The eBay mentalists have seen prices of even second hand ones rocket to levels just shy of brand new items. eBay continually surprises both Chris and I with insane prices paid for absolute shite, to understand why people pay what they do on eBay is to understand the very fabric of time. It’s just impossible.
So I am Warley and DJM is flogging Austerities fresh in box (as if that’s a guarantee of quality) for £60.
Sixty raving quid! One thing is immediately obviously, we’ve been ripped off previously. This model detail wise is spot on for £60. The RT bits cost a tenner. So for £70 you are on the home straight. What about it running like a two legged dog? Well if you run it in, and I mean leave it all night running in, and then chip it with a capacitor and turn the back EMF off you can get it running like a three legged dog. Which is just slightly above enough. Hopefully with time and not a single lump or bump or incline it might one day to get to a full proper four legged dog.
The RT etch and injectors gives you everything you need, and it’s quite a fun job for a novice who fancies detailing something. It’s probably worth replacing the smoke box door dart as it looks a bit like you do when you go outside on a cold day in only a t-shirt. The etch consists of a few fold up steps, which can all be done with glue if you are not into molten metal and with the other bits you’ll end taking the chunkiness out and bringing out the finer points of a good looking engine.
So you’ll need:
RT Models Austerity Steam Injectors
RT Models DJ Models detailing Etch
RT Models smoke box door dart.
Smith’s Three Links
And crew, but even I don’t have them yet.
That’s just a reminder to always clean you windows, I cannot handle sprayed filthy windows.
Thanks folks and happy modelling,