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truffy

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  1. @jay*bobble, banging your head against the keyboard is not an effective method of communication. Your posts are borderline unintelligible at times, which makes them difficult to read, so most people won't bother. Andy has given you some useful advice to address this limitation. The rest is up to you.
  2. truffy

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    No, you think that you know. But the only ones that do know are H&H. What you have is supposition. I wondered how long it would take for the self-appointed thread police to drop in. Nobody, and I quite literally mean absolutely nobody, is forcing you to read this. You can quite simply put this thread on ignore, it’s really not that difficult, is it?
  3. truffy

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    How so? If Hornby can shift the units now, and have done in the past, they'll be able to shift them in the future. When/if things normalise, people who (feel that they) have been let down by Hattons will either return to them or continue buying from their new reseller(s) of choice. As has been noted above, there are plenty of resellers that don't appear to have been afflicted in the same way that Hattons has.
  4. Aaaaand the problem with renumbering is.....? (point being that this is a release of a pretty esoteric one-off, and you want KRM to provide an even more esoteric never-happened)
  5. I guess it depends on whether there’s a batch 4+, and that will depend on how the first three batches sell. Only Hattons will be able to tell, and even they only at some point in the future. You could try asking them directly, of course! This suggests that you’re not afraid of rolling your sleeves up. So why not by the closest offering and relivery it?
  6. TBH, H-66 didn't so much have "many reported issues" or a "range of faults" so much as a few repeated incessantly (and some of those, such as big light and EWS font, didn't pertain to all models). Given the wide range of variants produced, it's not surprising that there were some problems. IIRC only the axles and wobbly bottom (ooer matron!) were consistently reported across variants, and even then it seems to not have affected all. Glass half full, or half empty?
  7. Hi there. In another thread, @Jack P stated that he was using Roxey Mouldings' screw links on Bachmann birdcage carriages. That might be these ones, although the Terrier photo suggests brass.
  8. truffy

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    As I've mentioned on here before, I had a longstanding order with Hattons for the Bachmann H2 from the time that it was announced. It was only when members posted here later (much later! ) that they'd received theirs, from other retailers, that I found out that that Hattons had had a falling out with Bachmann, and that my order was as viable as John Cleese's parrot. Did Hattons communicate proactively, or at all? That's why Hattons have goe from my favoured retailer to one of last resort. If it weren't for their originals, I wouldn't bother at all.
  9. That's what rule #1 is all about! That way I can justify not only this but the GT3!
  10. IME tax and duty are levied on the total value of the goods. Meaning that not only do shipping costs incur tax, but they are also included when determining whether a shipment breaches any given threshold or limit for incurring these levies. Fun fun fun!
  11. truffy

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    Perhaps thay're concerned that some b*****d's likely to swoop in and gazump them. Oh, hang on, that's their MO.
  12. @Jack P, did you use the Bachmann-supplied (cosmetic?) screw links, or sprung links such as Smiths'? For anyone searching for these solutions in the future, and with apologies for the lousy 'phone photo, this is my attempt. I used a burring tool on a Proxxon Micromot (Dremel-alike). With a little fiddling, and a fair deal of swearing, I was able to get the keeper nuts installed with a pair of needle-nosed tweezers. If I had a Markits screwdriver, though, I'd probably give that a whirl in the first instance.
  13. Ahhh, those halcyon days before the TQI+ABC123 brigade insisted on separate recognition! Simpler times. IGMC
  14. truffy

    Preorder email

    I've preordered several items, paid, and then immediately been refunded. TBH I'm not sure why they do that, I'd rather they just kept the money or not take it in the first place, it'd be easier. +1 (although the website could do with an overhaul)
  15. truffy

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    Yes...and no. From their FAQ:
  16. truffy

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    Unless you’re preordering from a hundred retailers or so, I suspect that your tiddy extra orders make square root of buggerall difference to Hornby’s planning. All it will achieve is some degree of inconvenience to those poor saps in the middle.
  17. If you’re referring to this one, then I beg to differ.
  18. The 9F hasn’t been mentioned, but there’s a whole lot of other Hattons/Hornby woe in the other thread:
  19. There’s also R2 and R5, in case anyone’s wondering, but I’m not familiar enough with them to generalise.
  20. You never know, they might even fix the internal redirects when you type Hornby.com into your browser:
  21. truffy

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    There has been speculation here on RMWeb that Hattons might oversell their preorders, or otherwise not get the allocation that they were expecting. I second the suggestion of Derails, and would also add KMRC to that.
  22. Already in use. I have a stack of R4*** carriages.
  23. The point here is that the end customer is the victim of (a) B announcing a product early at a given price-point, (b) timelines that cannot be met due to internal (and other?) constraints, and (c) spiralling costs in the intervening period, even irrespective of inflation. It's up to the end customer as to whether or not that's acceptable and they suck it up. Personally, the only thing that B have of interest for me is the Bulleid carriages, and I have a sneaking suspicion that the cost is likely to put them into the 'no thanks, I can do without' category. Hey, and indeed, ho.
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