Review: PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36, DB III

Published: 30 May 2016


Introduction:

PIKO announced the German V 36 diesel locomotive in 2014. The V 36 is the bigger sister to the V 20 I reviewed earlier. You will a lot of similarities between both locomotives and my reviews.


Product Information:

  • Manufacturer: PIKO
  • Article Number: 37530
  • Product Description: Diesel Locomotive V 36, DB III
  • Year of Introduction: 2014
  • MSRP (2016): € 349,00

Also available:

  • 37531 Diesel Locomotive V 36, DR IV

Optional accessories:

  • 36122 Loco Decoder
  • 36224 Sound Kit for V 36 / V 20

Review:

The V 36 in this review comes in an Era III ‘Deutsche Bundesbahn’ livery. The locomotive is also available in a green ‘Deutsche Reichsbahn’ paint scheme under article number 37531.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Opening the box, we find the manual and spare parts list, and a set of narrow gauge buffers.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Four handrails are included, which you need to fit yourself. No glue needed, you can just push them into place.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

The loco is wrapped in plastic and protected by a sturdy, two-piece styrofoam box.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Here she is! Let’s take a look around…

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

As I wrote above, the buffer beam can be exchanged for a narrow gauge single buffer, therefore there is a clearly visible gap between the buffer beam and the chassis. Not very pretty, in my opinion. There’s not much detail as for example, brake hoses and screw couplers are missing. The characteristic handrails below the buffers are missing as well.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

The front and rear lights use LED’s, but they are made to look like old lightbulbs. Very nice.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

On the real thing, these sliding doors on the hood grant access to the motor. They look nice, and the cooling vents look good as well. The walkways on each side of the hood have a nice pattern on them.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Near the cab, we find a small horn and a bell.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Sharp lettering.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Inside the cab we find the well-known PIKO engineer figure.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

The handrails are separately moulded plastic.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

There are three lights on the rear of the locomotive as well. The LED’s on the rear seem to be a slightly warmer – almost yellow – color compared to those on the front.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Sharp lettering on the chassis and water tank.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

The V 36 uses the same chassis as PIKO’s V 60 diesel engine, which means it is not prototypical for the V 36. The front two wheels should be a bit closer to eachother, and they should be placed further forward. Also, each wheel is replicated with a brake shoe on each side, while the real V 36 only had one brake shoe per wheel (in front of the wheel).

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Below the cab, we find the brake cylinder.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

The locomotive comes with hook and loop couplers, which can swivel a bit to negotiate sharp curves.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Let’s take a look at the articulated chassis from underneath.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Tight radius curves should be no problem. A traction tyre is fitted to one of the rear wheels.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review

Power is picked up from the ball bearing axles, and from two sets of pick-up shoes. All three axles are geared, the wheels are chrome plated.

PIKO G 37530 Diesel Locomotive V 36 DB III Review


Conclusion:

PIKO’s V 36 is a nice addition to their standard gauge range, although it does come with some compromises. Using the V 60 chassis means the wheel arrangement isn’t entirely prototypical, and detail in the buffer area is limited.

I owned a V 60 locomotive for a few years, and it was the best running locomotive I ever had. The V 36 runs equally well, and handles tight curves without problems.


Dimensions & Measurements:

  • Scale: not specified by manufacturer
  • Length (over buffers): 370 mm
  • Height (top to rail): N.A.
  • Width (maximum): N.A.
  • Wheel diameter: N.A.
  • Weight: N.A.
  • Pulling power: not measured

Measurements are my own. I always try to measure as accurate as possible, but sometimes it’s quite difficult. Cannot guarantee 100% accurateness.


Technical Details:

  • Operation: Analogue
  • Minimum Radius: 600 mm
  • Wheels: Chrome plated
  • Axles: Ball bearing
  • Geared axles: 3
  • Gears: plastic
  • Traction tyres: 1
  • Motor: 5-pole, ball bearing, unknown brand
  • Power pick-up: 3 axles, 2 sets of pick-up shoes
  • Lights: Front, rear (bi-directional) & cab lighting, white
  • Smoke generator: No
  • Loudspeaker size: Visaton FRS7 or similar

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