SBB Re 460 2000 with lights, interior lighting, engine noise, and sound effects

731373 FLEISCHMANN | RE 460 | EL-LOK | ELEKTROLOKOMOTIVE | ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE | Photo: 0rvik

SSB CFF FFS RE 460 REIHE 2000 ELLOK

 
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Fleischmann has the produced a N-scale version of the classic Swiss Reihe locomotive Re 460 from SBB Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (also known as CFF – Chemins de fer fédéraux Suisses (French) and FFS – Ferrovie federali svizzere (Italian)) that is Switzerland’s national rail company. The electric locomotive has the model name Lok 2000 and was built by ABB Asea Brown Boveri and SLM Schweizerische Lokomotiv-und Maschinenfabrik (which today is part of Stadler Rail Group).

The locomotive was designed by the world famous designer Pininfarina from Torino in Italy, which, incidentally, is best known for its car design. The train is 18.5 meters long and 3 meters wide, has a weight of about 85 tons and has a maximum speed of 200 km / h. It was built in 119 copies, and operates daily the Swiss railway. There are also versions of the locomotive in Norway as NSB EL 18, at Finland’s VR-Yhtymä Oy Sr2, and KCRC TLN / TLS with KCR (Kowloon-Canton Railway) in HongKong.

The model is a true copy of the real SBB CFF FFS Reihe 460 108-4, and is beautifully finished with great details. Model train comes pre-installed with digital audio decoder to engine sound and other sound effects and lights at both ends, and interior lighting. It has great driving qualities on Minitrix rails, and are beautiful to watch in action. The plan is to repainted it to a Norwegian EL18-lok. But it will be when I have been steady on both the paint and decals in 1:160. Until then it is Switzerland that rules!

The model is 11.5 cm from buffer to buffer, and has a height of 28 mm and a width of 19mm. More info at Fleischmann here.
731373 FLEISCHMANN | RE 460 | EL-LOK | ELEKTROLOKOMOTIVE | ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE | Photo: 0rvik

731373 FLEISCHMANN N

 
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The N-scale’s size and detailing

N-SKALA DIMENSJON, STØRRELSESFORHOLD OG DETALJER | N-SCALE RATIO AND DETAILS | N-MAßTAB GRÖßENVERHÄLTNIS UND DETAILIERUNG | Photo: 0rvik

SIZE SET IN RELATION TO FINGERS / A HAND

  
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N-SKALA DIMENSJON, STØRRELSESFORHOLD OG DETALJER | N-SCALE RATIO AND DETAILS | N-MAßTAB GRÖßENVERHÄLTNIS UND DETAILIERUNG | Photo: 0rvik

IN RELATION TO THE CREDIT CARD SIZE OR A MATCH

  
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N-SKALA DIMENSJON, STØRRELSESFORHOLD OG DETALJER | N-SCALE RATIO AND DETAILS | N-MAßTAB GRÖßENVERHÄLTNIS UND DETAILIERUNG | Photo: 0rvik

DETAIL LEVEL ON THE N-SCALE IN COMPARISON WITH A MATCH HEAD

  
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Scale is important in model building. It indicates how big a model is compared to the actual size. This means that if a model car is in the the scale 1:2, it will then be ½ of the authentic vehicle. If the car is 5 meters long in real life, so the model will be 2.5 meters. And so we can continue. When the aspect ratio is 1:10 so the 5 meter long car are to be 50 cm, in other words half a meter. The most common model car scales are 1:43 and 1:18, a car 5 meters will be 11.6 cm and 27.7 cm in model. One parts with the ratio.

In model trains one has the scales: 1:24 (G), 1:32 (1) 1:48 (O), 1:64 (S), 1:76 (OO) 1:87 (HO), 1: 120 (TT), 1:160 (N), 1:220 (Z). Where 1:87 and 1:160 are the most common. These are the scales most manufacturers relate. Some also make products in between the scales to be adaptable to multiple scales, or to save on materials without size looks wrong. But the scale factors is difficult to imagine without having a model at hand. Therefore I wanted to take a picture and show how big (or small) N-scale is.

Here’s a locomotive and a wagon in 1:160 compared with my hand and fingers, as well as a smart card in credit card size and a match (which is the size of a lamp post). Not only can you see how small the ratio we’re talking about, but also how fascinating detailed the models are. One actually get room for 5-6 lines of text on the size of a match head. Therefore, N-scale is becoming more and more popular since the models are becoming more and more elaborate, and with better and better technical solutions.




      


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