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  1. What does Hornby have against MN Series One? Where all the best known shipping lines are. Missed out in the Rebuilt series. The most attractive and distinctive air-smoothed tender in unrebuilt form. How many more Holland-Afrika (who?) Lines do we need?
  2. I just assumed they demoted the new Lode Star to Railroad. Haven't they? ......
  3. Hard to think of a Limited Edition which made money for collectors with a run of more than 1000. These days limited editions which attract collectors are down in the 500 to 750 range. The other cloud on the horizon is whether collectors actually buy "Collectors Editions" any more?
  4. From a Hornby survival point of view this looks like a serious gamble on the Collectors market, don't you think? Apart from the collectors items there's a lot of odd-ball stuff which some people are very excited about but may have a rather restricted market. It will probably sell OK provided they don't make too much of any one item. But there's not a huge amount of bread-and-butter items for the lowly occasional part-time hobby modeller like so many of us. Fair enough, you could say there is plenty already on the market, especially the nearly-new market to keep us going, This feels like Hornby is taking a risk here. If it works it could set them back on the road to financial success. But the collectors will need to bite seriously deeply this year for that to happen. Hope they are right. Fingers crossed for Hornby in 2020.
  5. This is Hornby's plan for the whole 2020s decade. Right?
  6. In this day and age how can they get the BR lining colour so wrong?
  7. So the list price rises ever further to £80 to cover the cost of selling them off later at ever-lower prices. (Brand new Birdcages currently available at £40 - Half the price). At what stage does this bubble burst, and they get next to zero sales at list price? It can't be far away now. What happens to our two largest producers and our two largest retailers when it does? Whatever happens, it can't go on like this.
  8. I'll pay good money for the sound chip alone. (That's a challenge I set you by the way, Rails!)
  9. I take issue with the assuption that because a class was numerous in service this would be echoed in model purchase numbers. I know of no one who buys locos and rolling stock in proportion to the numbers in actual service. We'd have cupbords full of wagons and minimal locos if we did. While we may smirk at the "impulse" buyers, we all to some extent bias our stock to the things we like the look of - be honest. I'm proud of my fleet of locos, all from those correctly shedded in my area and in condition as in the date I use as a datum, yet there is hardly a BR Standard to be seen, despite the fact they should be there in numbers at that date. I just don't like them. So by all means consider producing the most numerous missing classes - but don't just assume sales figures will be related. People like the occasional rarity. Isn't that why we have the Poll?
  10. I suspect there is an element of: "But it looks too much like the N class which we already produce". In which case why not go for the U1 which is a really interesting looking variation on the U with fewer of the variations people seemed concerned about.
  11. Quite so. The D1 does seem to be pulling clear of the other SE 4-4-0s this year. My impression in previous polls was a closer clustering (maybe you could confirm that - or otherwise). If so, we SE 4-4-0 fans need to get behind the D1 next year. All I'm saying is the demand for a useful BR SE 4-4-0 is stonger than the current split vote suggests and the D class possibly won't satisfy it, nice though a pretty SECR or a (scrapline? does that sound ungrateful? - sorry!) early BR version will be.
  12. The announcement mid-poll of the SECR D class has possibly scrambled the South Eastern 4-4-0 picture. Lovely though the D class addition will be, it didn't survive long enough into BR days to satisfy the needs of BR SR modellers who really need a 4-4-0 from the D1, E1, L, L1 range. The D1 is currently leader in this poll but perhaps we should get behind one or other next year as the vote is currently split between types. Another useful poll. Thanks to the Team.
  13. There's nothing difficult about selling on eBay! It takes a while to get set up if you've not used eBay before, but once you're up and running it takes no time at all to relist if the item doesn't sell first time, or list another item in the same format. You'll receive at least twice as much cash as selling to dealers and probably get enough to build your new layout and collection. I've sold many items on eBay at well above the price I paid (I do keep boxes and look after stuff). The collector buyers are nearly all easy to deal with (unlike some other categories on eBay) and you'll start getting free listing and reduced final value fees once you're seen by eBay as a reliable seller. Don't give stuff to a dealer and then watch him resell at several times the price he gave you.
  14. Delighted to hear your needs are now nearly all satisfied. For the rest of us there are huge areas almost untouched - Scotland, big gaps in the South East to name just two. This year's poll will be as hotly followed and contributed to as ever. We thank the Team and look forward to 14/10/2019 !
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