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Black 5 Bear

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    Primarily 1960s BR Steam,Diesel LMR/SC and SR regions. Large, expensive motorcycles.

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  1. The Blue M/N East Asiatic Line was last month shown on the Hornby website as Winter 2020/21 so this is quite possibly a clerical error on Hornby's part. Fingers crossed, I'm sure it'll be worth the wait.
  2. They are by all accounts available about at some smaller outlets. I'll be giving Little Dan at Derails a call to see if my pre-order is imminent.
  3. That along with the new A2(2) Cock of the North have featured on the Hornby website "Coming Soon" section since mid December. Still within Hornby's predicated availability period of Winter 2020-2021 though.
  4. Maybe a future release for 2022 as I think most agree this would be a good seller.
  5. What I find incredible with Hornby is the difference in pricing between the airsmooth WC/BOB class, compared to the far superior (2017) tooled airsmooth Merchant Navy. An RRP of £219.95 for Sir Winston Churchill (Early 2000s tooling) against £189.99 for the latest release Belgian Marine just doesn't make sense. Imminent delayed releases of this class are even more reasonable at £179.95. I'm not complaining, but it does seem rather strange.
  6. Can anyone assist with the above please? Plastic tray and sleeve required only. Thanks in anticipation.
  7. Does anyone know whether or not the two new HD Merchant Navies feature the same newly tooled tenders as fitted to Ellerman Lines and Belgian Marine ?
  8. I know where you're coming from. I've been waiting 3yrs come January 21 for the Hornby Early BR Blue livery, Airsmooth, Merchant Navy to appear. Patience is a virtue !
  9. I've got to ask, is that the non-sound fitted version? A nice, unexpected, Pre-Christmas surprise.
  10. Except if you read the catalogue page on the website it relates to the 8F 48035 which is the late BR version, yet shows a diagram of the LMS 8F shown as era3. Confusing? FYI, it's shown as out of stock and has been for some time at Hornby.
  11. FYI Jools, the 8F hasn't been in the catalogue for the last couple of years, although still see the odd one being advertised for sale. Kernow recently had the LMS version advertised in their bargain section.
  12. Sorry Johnster, but why on earth would Hornby want to revamp the N15 which is a superb model, albeit one that tends to languish on the shelves? Better prospects for making money would be a Rebuilt M/N and the Stanier 8F, both of which would sell well IMHO.
  13. In the case of the 8f you can still see the mechanism poking out from under the boiler. For the Black 5, the non prototypical ledge on the tender unit where it meets the chassis. Both locos could do with a more realistic front bogie and losing the moulding top seam on the boiler section. Wasn't it Hornby a few years back, who said they were going to revamp the current loco range year on year fuelling customer expectation? TBH, I agree with you that neither loco is particularly bad. To my mind, they still have the look of the real thing.
  14. Morley DC Controllers are designed to be used with locos with coreless motors should anyone be thinking of updating. An excellent product at an affordable price. Looking forward to my pre-order, late crest BR 94xx, hopefully in time for Christmas...
  15. I like the idea of a newly tooled 9F, but would predict a newly tooled Stanier 8F 2 8 0. A super detailed rebuilt Crosti would also be most welcome.
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