Theres not a lot wrong with the previous Hornby offerings as the above four pics prove.
Side by side with my new Stanier there is minimum detailing required to bring these excellent models up to a high standard.
The above locos will run side by side with the latests ones on our layout and I bet few who view it will know the difference.
To the experienced eye the giveaway is the proper dished Stanier pattern drivers of course and the one thing for me that justifies the purchase however I would bet many will not even recognise these.
The almost obsessive way that these latest locos are sought and the high premiums being paid on top of the rrp might suggest that there was not until now a quality Duchess pacific on the market but as the pics prove this was never the case.
If I can arrange it I will photograph the new Sir William with the existing Hornby conversion by ScRSG.
Its quite likely there might be a few of the originals on e bay soon as modellers start offloading their old stock so a few bargains to be had.
Ironically for all my praise of the originals I am one off the guys likely to be offloading a 'Chester' new and in the box to be replaced by hopefully Salford when its available but things like the wheels do matter to me so I am prepared to dig deep.
Edited by vitalspark, 07 December 2017 - 02:10 .