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  1. I feel that Hornby could, if this range takes off, explore the crossover potential with their main range. I can see the colourful and elaborate liveries of the pre-Grouping era really appealing to the steampunk market.
  2. I've been playing for some time with the idea of a Volk's Electric Railway-style line. I have some kits for the trams, but I could definitely see that coach working as a trailer... Hmmm...
  3. Steampunk Willie has enjoyed some progress this evening. The cab interior, such as it is, and the tender are still to do. I'm a fan of Chris Walas' large scale modelling, and in particular the way he manages to create such wonderful models using basic household bits and pieces. To that end, the components of Steampunk Willie mostly came from the pound shop and junk I had lying around. Aside from the Hornby chassis and the styrene, the components were: Smokebox - the top of a glue stick Funnel - part of a mechanical pencil tube Chimney crown - birthday candle holder Pipes - paper clips Dome - one of those googly eyes Weight - washers from an assorted pack Safety valve cover - push pin, minus the pin Rivets - decorative jewel stickers There's still a lot more to add, of course. Steampunk Willie is very much supposed to be a thrown-together loco. The locomotive was built by CME and part-time plumber Dai Pritchard, whose engineering philosophy is that "it's mostly plumbing when you get down to it."
  4. Possible reasons given already on this thread: - To maintain the Bassett-Lowke trade mark - Because using the Hornby name might be seen as indicating the range is purely for railway modellers, and Hornby seeks new markets - Like Corgi, Airfix, Humbrol, Scalextric etc, it's not quite the same arena as Hornby's model railways, though there is crossover. - Because they fear diluting the Hornby name by attaching it to something not aimed at the traditional market I don't really know what else to say, and unless someone from Hornby comes forward and gives the actual reason, I don't know where we go from here with this question. I feel like you won't be satisfied with anything other than "You're right, there is no reason, it's stupid and Hornby should fire their marketing department forthwith."
  5. I thought it had possibilities for 009. I did try to buy one on eBay, but the seller started being dodgy, so I cancelled the order.
  6. I like it. To me, it has the look of an old Victorian brake van that's been much-modified over its lifetime, no doubt waiting for some railway historian to spot its pedigree...
  7. I thank you - Jago Hazzard is my secret identity on YouTube! I was thinking of doing a video going into the conversion in more detail, possibly looking into other improvements (e.g. brake coach conversion).
  8. Having been following the thread on Hornby’s steampunk range, I thought I’d dip my toe in the genre with a spare 0-4-0 chassis, some styrene and whatever I could find lying around. I call this engine Steampunk Willie. It's a long way from finished, but I was surprised by how easy it is to work with styrene sheet. In many ways, this is a test bed for future scratchbuilding. The basic shape is very simple, but it's going to be covered in various bits and pieces to make it look a little more interesting and Emett-esque.
  9. And there are plenty of games that aren't Games Workshop. Board and roleplaying games in general seem to have become more mainstream in recent years, so I think it's definitely a market worth exploring. Given the aforementioned tie-in with Warlord Games, it could be something they're planning to look into seriously.
  10. I agree with this. Consistency across the board gives a better result, IMO, than a layout that does one aspect really well and then falls down on another. It's like how an Impressionist painting feels real despite a lack of detail, but would look weird if one aspect was photorealistic. There are a lot of older layouts that really impress me, even though they are outclassed by more modern offerings, because I like the modeller's style.
  11. I'm only speculating here, but I can think of two possibilities. 1. This is not purely a model railway range, and is not aimed purely at railway modellers. To non-modellers, "Hornby" and "model railways" are synonymous - I've even heard "Hornby" used as a generic term for the hobby. Possibly Hornby feel that putting their brand front and centre will put off the wider public, who might automatically think "this isn't for me," because they see it as a train set. 2. Hornby don't want to dilute their main brand. The strength of their core brand is that it's considered, rightly or wrongly, to be a premium model railway range. This steampunk range includes figures, paints and other non-railway items, and in general it's more playful than their model railways, so it's not really a strong fit for the main range (much like Airfix, Humbrol and Corgi - all owned by Hornby, all having some level of compatibility with model railways, all marketed separately).
  12. I recall an O gauge layout many years ago named "Polo Works" (I think?), which was similarly a tiny circle of track with a diesel shunter. With that, the scenic treatment was a factory complex, with the circle passing in and out of buildings. It was quite effective.
  13. It is, although they did get a little bit steampunky in their fantasy range.
  14. Hi Corbs, I think they're the 5mm ones, but I'll check when I get home.
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