Published: 30 May 2016
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.
- Manufacturer: PIKO
- Article Number: 37530
- Product Description: Diesel Locomotive V 36, DB III
- Year of Introduction: 2014
- MSRP (2016): € 349,00
- 37531 Diesel Locomotive V 36, DR IV
- 36122 Loco Decoder
- 36224 Sound Kit for V 36 / V 20
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.
Opening the box, we find the manual and spare parts list, and a set of narrow gauge buffers.
Four handrails are included, which you need to fit yourself. No glue needed, you can just push them into place.
The loco is wrapped in plastic and protected by a sturdy, two-piece styrofoam box.
Here she is! Let’s take a look around…
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.
The front and rear lights use LED’s, but they are made to look like old lightbulbs. Very nice.
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.
Near the cab, we find a small horn and a bell.
Inside the cab we find the well-known PIKO engineer figure.
The handrails are separately moulded plastic.
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.
Sharp lettering on the chassis and water tank.
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).
Below the cab, we find the brake cylinder.
The locomotive comes with hook and loop couplers, which can swivel a bit to negotiate sharp curves.
Let’s take a look at the articulated chassis from underneath.
Tight radius curves should be no problem. A traction tyre is fitted to one of the rear wheels.
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’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.
- 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