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#1 Hatton's Dave

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:06

Morning all!

 

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Today we're excited to unveil our latest project, the Class 66 in OO Gauge.

 

The model represents our biggest project to date, engineered from the ground-up using the very latest design and production techniques - with an all-new tooling, comprehensive detailing and a myriad of features at an affordable price. We want to produce the definitive modern era OO gauge loco and with the Class 66 now entering its third decade - we think there is no better time to do so.
 
In the first delivery, there will be a total of thirty variations to choose from, showcasing usage of the locomotives by EWS, DB Schenker, Euro Cargo Rail, Freightliner, Direct Rail Services, GBRf and Colas Rail. This means that the lifespan of the 66 will be thoroughly covered in the first release, with a variety of tooling variations and loco-specific modifications on show.
 
Variations Include:
  • Standard and low emissions versions
  • 3 headlight configurations
  • 2 different cabside windows
  • 2 different fuel tank sizes
  • With and without mirrors
  • With and without Auto coupling
  • Early and late sandboxes
  • Cab seam behind front handrail (where applicable)
  • Cab vents
Below you can find a detail matrix highlighting which tooling variations are present on each model:
 
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Model Specification:
  • Cab front with ‘invisible’ seam
  • Rotating axleboxes
  • Clip off bodyshell for easy access to DCC socket and speaker recess
  • 2 types of air dam included, 1 with coupling holes, the other without
  • Space for new ‘Passive Radiator’ speaker with ultimate dynamic sound range
  • ‘Sound Ready’ with socket for speaker to plug into, no soldering needed
  • Underframe features full detail with cable runs and separately fitted pipes
  • 21-pin DCC ready
  • 3 digital functions allowing independent control of headlights, tail lights and cab lights
  • 3 Switches on bottom of loco allowing lights to be selected on or off on analogue
  • Etched horn grilles
  • Etched radiator grilles
  • Etched side grilles - fully folded to replicate concertina style on real locomotives
  • Representation of equipment behind side grilles
  • Fully detailed cab
  • Fully detailed bogies including all pipework and separately fitted handbrake linkages
  • Sand pipes and body to bogie chains modelled
  • Heavy diecast chassis
  • 5 pole motor with 2 flywheels
  • All wheel drive
  • RP25 wheels
  • Sprung buffers
  • High quality livery printing
  • Details for individual locos such as windscreen wipers and snow ploughs
 
 
Here are a selection of CAD images showcasing the variations that will be available as well as the level of detail to be included in each model:
 
Standard Body
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Low-Emission Body
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Front Coupling
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Bogie Detail
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Bodyside Etched Grilles
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Variations Available to Order:
 
As mentioned, there are 30 models available in the first batch which cover the life span of the class so far in a number of liveries, each can be seen below:
 
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For the first time we will be offering Digital Fitted and Sound Fitted options from the factory.
 
Pricing:
 
Digital Ready:  £150
Digital Fitted:   £165
Sound Fitted:   £265 
 
All versions can be viewed and pre-ordered on our website at: www.hattons.co.uk/66
 
The models are currently in tooling and delivery is expected to be in March 2019.

I will make sure to keep you up to date with the progress in development.
 
 
Cheers,
 
Dave
 
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#2 Gilbert

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:15

Nicely timed....


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#3 Scottish-Exile

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:21

30 in the first release !!!

 

Updating my fleet is going to be expensive ...

 

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:23

What can I say; this is a game-changer! 

 

A few unusual wagons, a couple of pretty tank engines, could (probably unfairly) be seen as marginal, but the class 66, in all its varieties and flavours really shows that Hattons mean business. It was an open goal, really. THE bread-and-butter modern loco, still with lots of potential as the real things are only at mid-life, and yet Bachmann and Hornby have dropped the ball. The standard liveries can have a permanent place in the catalogue, and the specials can be done as and when. It's basically printing bank notes!

 

And on the day Hornby made their "big" [non] announcement....


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:24

That's certainly a bold statement of intent - going in with 30 variants! That really is worthy of an announcement, unlike some others who preceded you today!

 

If you fancy halving it in size (roughly!) I'd have a load!


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:27

That's going to be big seller at that price!
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:30

What excellent news! I have always loved the 66s, and while I still like the Bachmann model it was in dire need of an update. Well done Hattons, you are onto a real winner with this one! :)

I definitely need to get a couple of these.

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#8 James Makin

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:37

Just superb - and all for £150, that’s a steal - makes you question the value for money with the existing offerings of today!

Looking forward to this :)

Cheers,
James
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:38

Didn't see that one coming.....

 

Cue a huge surge on ebay and a drop in second hand prices for Bachmann 66s

 

Cheers,

Mick


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:44

Have to say that it was going to be obvious that class 66 would be chosen as the next model for the big DCC upgrade by someone. I can't help but feel that Hattons have had this project going for sometime, but then have kept an eye on the thread that Realtrack have been going for, about the standard of what should be done next.

 

The spec really is looking good. No gimmicks such as DCC smoke, but has the detail such as the turning axel boxes and the control of light functions, which should have been standard on DCC years ago.

 

On a personal note, I love the mass release of some models and wonder how many will be made of each one. If there are about 500 of each, it essencially makes them all limited editions from the outset. On the other hand the mass release gives scope for who wants what. Theres many on that list that I have renumbered too from Bachmann examples and now the expensive process of selling and building up a war chest for mass 66 replacement, gets underway.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:45

Indeed you sell them now while they are still at good prices and with the money p reorder a shed load of the new ones
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:55

Now that is how one makes an announcement!

 

Could someone please direct it to the attention of the folk at Margate?

 

Also - 30 variants - one more than 29!  (this announcement is officially one louder?)


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:55

Fantastic news. The Bachmann Model is long overdue an upgrade.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:55

Comparable on price for a current day model but with all the bells and whistles (horns), absolutely spot on - well done Hattons! Cant wait to get my hands on some - think my wallet can though! :) 


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:06

Wow. Huge news.

Are we witnessing the start of the slow death of the Big Two traditional manufacturers (taking local model shops with them) as Hattons and Rails gain new confidence and grab, per model, vastly higher margins than Hornby or Bachman could ever hope for with their business model of trading through bricks and mortar shops (each of which needs a share of profit)?

With crowdfunding on one side, and this on the other, I wouldn’t want to be a traditional manufacturer (or a local model shop owner).

Equally, no-one else has come close to offering the sheer breadth of range of the Big Two, so I’d say it’s a pretty uncertain future for all of us.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:08

Just superb - and all for £150, that’s a steal - makes you question the value for money with the existing offerings of today!

Looking forward to this :)

Cheers,
James


There is no retailer margin built into this though. It would be like Bachmann, Hornby etc selling direct to the public at trade prices, therefore removing the retailer margin, and indeed the retailers.
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:08

Now THAT'S what I call an announcement!  Just the news I've been waiting for - I knew it would come from somewhere, someday...

 

Lots of questions to come...! 

 

...but for now, excellent news and the best of luck with the project!


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:13

Wow Hatton's this is a fantastic announcement and you'll have my business in 2019 and beyond...well done.

I've got 10 Bachmann Sheds which two are non-limited edition thus will be keeping my 8 limited editions and selling the other two but going by the list I'll probably purchase minimum 8 at this stage.

The only criticism is that you have a decent base price of £150 for the DCC Ready version, £165 for DCC Fitted but think your sound version price is high at £265 considering it is factory fitted and not done by a retailer, I think £245-£250 would have been a better price scale for sound.

 

Btw I would think Bachmann, especially Hornby or other retailers would now cease releasing any further Class 66's, can't imagine them selling well off the back of this announcement and I for one will now stop purchasing 66's or even look at another one until these new ones arrive from Hatton's.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:20

although out of my time frame, I will be setting my sights on 66740, as I always tell my wife it was named after her, so it'll sit nicely on the shelf.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:22

There is no retailer margin built into this though. It would be like Bachmann, Hornby etc selling direct to the public at trade prices, therefore removing the retailer margin, and indeed the retailers.

 

Any retailer who commissions models should be building in the equivalent of a retail margin into the price.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:23

Wow. For only £10 more than the Bachmann RRP. Good move Hattons, good move. Put me down for at least 2.

Edit: ROTATING AXLEBOXES!!?!?!

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:23

I like the selectable lighting as standard on dc & dcc and the coupling included in the skirt :)
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:29

:o 

 

Shall the Bachmann body fit onto the Hatton's chassis? I can get rid of most of my Bachmann 66s, but not my cherished limited editions from the London Transport Museum. 


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:30

Stunning surprise announcement! Well done Hattons, and i thought Christmas had already come with the RHTT announcement last year!
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:31

The Bachmann ones not that bad, just park the Hattons ones closest on shed and you'll never notice ;)
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