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Black 5 Bear

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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.
  16. I don't know how I've done it, but it appears I've cut and paste the number of posts Mike has posted rather than the date of the posting relating to Princess class nameplates. Apologies to all concerned and for any confusion caused.
  17. Take a look at posting 1060 on this thread from Mikeparkin65. I think Mike stated that printed nameplates on the model are over scale. This could cause a potential problem sourcing an aftermarket replacement. Modelmaster Jackson Evans would be good first port of call. Hope this assists.... https://modelmaster.uk/4mm-46200-46212-princess-royal-4-6-2/4410-46207-princess-arthur-of-connaught.html
  18. http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/images/product/201022 Bachmann 31-678A_1.jpg Here's the link to Kernowmodelcentre which I think may assist.
  19. Hornby state Winter 2020/21 on their website. Dec/Jan seems to be the general consensus for a release date from UK outlets.
  20. I'm not aware that any of the OR N7 models come with LED glowing fireboxes. The only current/forthcoming production models that do come with this feature are the Rails/Dapol Terrier, Dapol Dock tank, Bachmann J72, Hornby Princess Royal class, 94XX Pannier and possibly the Midland 0 4 4 tank. I'm still new to DCC and chipping, but this facility on the chip could be for an aftermarket firebox glow fitment.
  21. Agree with your comment about the Rebuilt M/N. However, it's very doubtful that Accurascale would seek to duplicate/ produce an airsmooth version, especially when Hornby have recently provided an excellent rendition of this locomotive. We're still awaiting 4 new versions from H which are due out in the coming months.
  22. Robert, Did you call them or look online as some are still shown as pre-orders and not sold out ?
  23. Give Derails, Colletts of Exmouth or the Bure Valley model shop a call. These outlets recently (this week) had some for pre-order at the normal -10% Hornby price reduction of £134.99 rather than the ridiculously inflated prices we've seen of late. They are all small businesses who punch well above their weight and provide excellent customer service.
  24. Danny, The 37s are delayed and according to Accurascale, should be available in the 2nd quarter of 2021. Definitely worth the wait as the photo samples posted so far look superb.
  25. It maybe the lighting again used in these photographs, but the BR green livery on W1 60700 looks far lighter in colour than the recently released Princess Queen Maud. The finish is more akin to the BR/GWR King class. Hopefully, this is a pre-production paint sample which will be rectified.
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