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GordonC

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  1. Just throwing this out there, but were Mk1 FKs used any later for dedicated motorail workings? I remember seeing some branded with Intercity Motorail in Intercity livery so would have been some time after 1985, but have no idea when they would have finished
  2. are the Oxford Rail Mk3As best viewed as a modern-day MTK kits ... a kit of parts that'll require some fettling to get a decent model of a Mk3A? ...
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    I'd guess the timings issue between HST power cars and coaches turning up separately might be if each are produced at different factories, which could complicate things if trying to release a 'train pack' of power cars and coaches. With the APT, they will all have been produced together at the same factory and things like the shared bogies mean the initial 'train pack' and additional coaches make more sense.
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    personally I'd have thought price and rubbish paint jobs would have been the two biggest issues
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    is that a tenner at the factory or in the model shop? because an extra tenner at the factory must make a much bigger difference in the price on the shelves by the time everyone in between gets their cut
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    Wasn't it Rapido that was going to partner with the NRM for the Prototype HST? If so, then if its them they may not be starting entirely from scratch. Personally I'd think Accurascale most likely and I would think it would be a good move for them, they could sow up the market of Mk3s and Mk3As to themselves with a definitive model and give Hornby serious competition over high-spec HST power cars. In terms of the Hornby HST, I think the power cars are decent models, but for me let themselves down in a few areas (1) Price - just too expensive for what they are (2) DCC - 8 pin DCC just isn't keeping up with lighting features (3) Livery Application - too many screw-ups with paint colours and details (4) Something just doesn't quite look right to me around the front lights area, not quite sure what. I'm not sure what direction the HST market will be heading now though, Hornby will have largely covered available liveries with its super-detailed models and quite a few of those have ended up in the bargain bin in varying quantities so it might be brave for another manufacturer to reproduce quite so many of them (thinking mainly post-privatisation franchises other than long-lived or large fleet ones) without a level of confidence from pre-orders. Whatever new tooling appears, it could be patchy which liveries beyond BR era become available in full.
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    I liked someones response when he said that as to 'whether it was the skilled end or not' ...
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    I'd be surprised if there isn't significantly bigger errors in there, the angle of the underframe looks visibly wrong, I dont think you'd pick that up if it was just 0.3% different
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    The Class 43 DVTs worked with Mk3 HST sets only and normally either a Class 91 or the 89 at the other end because the electric locos weren't compatible with the HST ETH supply so the HST DVT provided that. I dont think the Class 43 DVTs ever worked with Mk4s, were the Mk4 DVTs not available at the same time as the coaches? For some reason, Hornby included the Class 43 DVT with the Mk4 announcement, but other than being seen together around the same time, I'm not sure why.
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    I'd be wondering whether basing the model on that one at Crewe Heritage Centre is a good idea bearing in mind the stripped out shell state it arrived at Crewe not all that long ago. They've done well to restore the exterior so quickly, but I'd be concerned in case some of the filled in holes are not representative of the whole fleet. Surely it would have been better to use one of the ones retired in a running state and with preservation groups.
  11. I'm really surprised there haven't been multiple releases of these with different containers since the initial releases. I know specific containers are available elsewhere, but I would have thought Bachmann would have found some mileage in getting more sales with reliveried containers
  12. you'd think they'd have much more sales potential than 2 manufacturers squabbling over something like Class 71s or most of the prototypes or one-offs
  13. It looks more like a unit than a loco - is it a Gatwick Express GLV? looks like no corridor connection but having a headlight must be an unusual combination.
  14. The Class 47s is a very crowded market, while the vast majority of modellers will have at least one in their collection, there will be a lot of models already in circulation whether its Hornby, Lima (or Hornby ex-Lima), earlier Bachmann, earlier Heljan, Vitrains or now the new Bachmann and Heljan models. It would need to be a brave manufacturer to commit to tooling one up with all the detail variations thats now expected in the market and would really need to offer something that the others dont to pick up sales. Competing with pre-owned models that were sold for half the current price would be tough, but the Bachmann one is getting pretty expensive at the top end so if they could do comparable quality at a cheaper price there would be a gap there. As things stand, I'd suggest a Class 31 would be an open goal with a large number of livery variations, wide geographical spread, long lifespan and the current manufacturer of the high spec model seemingly disinterested in the gaps not yet produced.
  15. I thought there was a slightly bigger distinction between the two. I cant remember the measurements, I'm sure they were measured in inches on the real locos
  16. agreed, it looks like an 87 and is a good model, but I cant help feeling frustrated that it could and should be so much better in the DCC and lighting provision being a newly designed model. Another example of Hornby snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
  17. are the red and white stripes of the Intercity Executive one there the same width? The red should be wider than the white
  18. To be fair, I'd suggest the Cavalex guys are well up there too, the only difference between the two is the volume of new models being produced by Accurascale compared to Cavalex. If I had a sample model from both side by side I'd personally struggle to pick which is a 'better' model.
  19. It was the Belgian SNCB one being a 32-612K code that I thought odder when the other 32-612 ones were Freightliner green and powerhaul.
  20. do the collectors club models always have a suffix on the product codes? but then it'd probably be unlikely to get another Collectors Club Class 90 while the SNCB one is still available. On thinking about it, I wonder how they come up with the product codes, I thought the suffixes were generally repeat production runs of the same livery with different numbers 32-612 - Powerhaul 90042 32-612A - Freightliner 90041 32-612K - SNCB 90128 32-613 - Mainline 90026
  21. probably more likely to find another place to produce with cheaper wages than the UK
  22. Hornby have more of a track record of it that you start to question the 'co-incidence' and announce with a picture rather than something more advanced like an engineering prototype
  23. it might not be a lack of demand it might be getting production slots that could be a problem
  24. It would make sense if they did capitalise on the tooling they have, but Hornby dont tend to go through every livery combination quickly, e.g. how long did it take to get an Intercity Executive HST and even then the branding was silver rather than white and things like Class 31s have obvious gaps in what has been produced 20 years later.
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