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  1. cs233

    Hornby APT 2020

    Not too concerned about the price of the APT, have two seven cars and one five car on order. Will keep one of each and perhaps sell the second seven car unit after a number of years of it being unused. The only concern I have is the join line when comparing to images of the prototype. Surprised more people have not raised it. When studying images of the prototype and the model it really detracts in respect of the appearance and in my opinion stops it from being the absolute knockout model it should be.
  2. See that 32-929 is in stock at least at Kernow and elsewhere very soon priced at £271.99. That is certainly some price for a tooling based on a 2009 release that has had some 'tweaks'. The model remains incorrect on the following counts: 1, Seats were not grey on the 150\1 build series they originally were an awful blue and red stripe mix, if they had the seats dark blue that would be more realistic. 2, Model represented with cutaway cowling, 150115 had original cowling whilst in Central green livery so it is a work of fiction that the unit had a revised cowling whilst in the original livery. They should have modelled 150137 then it would have been accurate. 3, Underframe based around the 150\2 series units especially around the radiator area. Each to the own though at least it is Class 150 a shame they do not seem to have used the coupler from the newly released Class 158 units, the working representation of the BSI.
  3. Thanks for the input, replaced the gears and the models are working well again. Will be putting them back in storage over the weekend so hopefully history will not be repeated!
  4. As a 00 gauge modeller and not using N gauge stock very often I wanted to ask if there was any advice as to how to store them in the future to minimise the risk of split gears on the Farish stock? Back in 2014 I stored the following items (all working perfectly before storage) and a number have split gears: Farish Class 150\1 Provincial - split gears Farish Class 150\2 Regional - split gears Farish Class 101 Regional - ok Farish Class 101 blue grey - ok Farish HST - split gears Farish Class 108 blue grey -split gears Farish Class 47 x4 - 1 has split gears Not a good failure rate although I appreciate they have been stored for 7 years although this is in a store cupboard in a warm house and not in a garage or loft etc. I should also mention that Dapol stock mainly consisting of DMU's are all ok. Will acquire the gears and do the repairs although as I plan to store them for a period of time again after repair looking for any assistance as to how this could potentially be mitigated moving forward?
  5. As mentioned in the post above from early 2020 the pending Provincial release is wrong. Livery sample shows modified cowling on the Bachmann site although 150115 never did run in Provincial livery in this condition. Evidence in the previous posted message shows the unit in Central livery still with as built cowling so the model is not accurate.
  6. cs233

    Hornby APT 2020

    Indeed I understand any opinion which lacks standardisation and is not following herd mentality could be seen as moaning. Having differing opinions could equally with an alternative mindset be seen as healthy. I recall back in the early 2000’s many ‘glowing’ reviews of the original Bachmann 37 with incorrect tumblehome and if you was brave enough to raise this issue in a forum you were sentenced to receive sharp and direct comments by the herd of the day. A definition of a forum and its purpose is detailed below: "meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.” It should be expected that views might not always be the same and perhaps in some circles that would be considered healthy....
  7. cs233

    Hornby APT 2020

    The sooner we get a sample with at least some attempted livery application the better. It may put the concerns with the gap and overall tolerances to bed and make it a non-issue? The gaps still are a major issue for me at least on the body and I remain disappointed with what has been shown. Please Hornby let's see some livery samples.
  8. Indeed this was the former Intercity Cross Country fleet that passed to Virgin. When they were in the original Express livery they had a different interior with purple seats in standard class and a first class section that was very comfortable in fact superior to most first class seats currently on the network. A release of one of these four units in the original Express livery would be interesting as they got far and wide. I even recall in the mid 90's one operating a service from Liverpool to Portsmouth.
  9. This seems to have been factored in as the GWR release has the deflector style fitted to Scottish units. Technically when the very early 158 units were built such as 158702 they did carry standard deflectors when leaving BREL Derby after construction although within months did receive the revised deflector.
  10. cs233

    Hornby APT 2020

    Absolutely not judging the final product. Merely saying that what has been shown so far has been below expectations and is a disappointment. Still have a set on order plus the additional coaches, for now at least.
  11. Capacity at Man Vic is the reason apparently why two services were joined up that resulted in a Leeds to Southport offering. Chester differs as that was a franchise commitment. Perhaps reducing the size of Man Vic in 1992 was not the smartest of decisions....
  12. cs233

    Hornby APT 2020

    Early days but personally I am disappointed by the join line and it really ditracts from the prototype and it's long and clean lines. Shame it could not have been tooled without it and a two part flexible interior used to workaround the challenges. Perhaps when the livery is applied it will hide it. Let's see.....
  13. During a rare trip from the South to Leeds back in 2019 did observe Class 156 units on a number of long runs out of Leeds. They were seen operating Leeds-Southport and Leeds-Chester. Both services routed via the long and slow Calder Valley.
  14. I know Charlie mentioned originally Colne to Victoria but I cannot ever see such a service running between 1986 and 1992. Have the BR all route timetables for these years and there are lots of Victoria to Blackburn as well as Rochdale to Blackburn via Victoria (long before the current Clitheroe service started) but cannot find a Colne service. Maybe it was a relief working? Having spent much time at Manchester Victoria in the late 80's I recall the destination blinds simply read on some if not all units of that era 'Man Vic'
  15. cs233

    Class 142

    Have bumped in to Charlie many times at various exhibitions over the years and has always been nice to speak to. However the experience in dealing with Realtrack Models in my opinion has been negative. Nothing to do with delays of the product e.g. Class 156 but when my debit card was replaced by the bank due to it having a fault and it did not work when Charlie attempted payment there was no communication simply the order was not delivered and until I contacted Charlie no action was taken. Even after full payment was made with the new card it was a four week delay before the item was even shipped. Still not the end of the world but there is more: The Class 156 when it finally arrived had a fault, this was due to the factory missing adding a component during assembly, sent it back to Charlie and it was returned with the part installed, when I asked for return of the postage costs for essentially making a warranty claim there was no reply. Despite significant time going past still no response from Realtrack Models. Despite all the research outcomes suggesting the seller should pay for postage when making a genuine warranty claim that they have admitted in writing is a factory production fault still messages are simply not answered and basically ignored. When the Class 142 comes out I may purchase but it would not be via Realtrack directly but would use one of the retailers such as Hattons, Rails or Kernow as dealing directly has proved to be a poor overall experience. Also the principal of not responding to messages that ask for return of postage costs due to the product being supplied with a very noticeable missing part are quite frankly unexpected from any professional organisation. Also the issue that Charlie has now deleted his comment regarding negative remarks for the Hornby 142 stating and I quote 'the model is crap and inaccurate' does raise some unfortunate issues.
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