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  1. In a word, yes. Add a 'shadow ban' as well so that those afronted don't know that their criticisms are only viewable by themselves. He's a youtuber. He has to generate views to keep going. More likes, more views, more income. If you don't like him, just block him and block any google news feeds. I doubt it'll have much effect - the interest in him here suggests his income is likely to remain strong. And fwiw, i'm not a fan of his.
  2. Regards new wheels, there is another thread about this, especially given the price. Of the top of my head, i think some have been fitting Hornby wheels onto them
  3. Early Heljan 33's have brass wheels that attract dirt like anything. If its one of these, its better to change the wheels.
  4. Do the square holes trap air and ruin the underwater running ability?
  5. On this very morning - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Unbuilt-AI-Models-4mm-scale-brass-kit-BR-experimental-Fell-4-8-4-diesel-loco-/164949527894?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  6. Buy it and plant it on your layout. If you really want a kit, plenty turn up at swapmeets and ebay, graciously left behind by people who ran out of life to build them.
  7. https://www.amazon.co.uk/KEAN-Wireless-Smallest-Activated-Surveillance/dp/B08DHQVFXD/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2CBNUICTPOGM1&dchild=1&keywords=q15+mini+camera&qid=1625595153&sprefix=q15+%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-5
  8. I think a problem you may have is that self printing the image to the size you want is likely to lead to a loss of resolution. Obviously the quality of the printer will have some bearing too. Looking at the images you've kindly supplied above, i can read the text on only two of them. Looking at this page, there seem some which might be appropriate, but I'd guess not to the exact size you need. Could you not use editing software to resize them? https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/1970s-advertising.html
  9. I wrote a code for an Arduino uno and used hall sensors in the track. Magnet is in the loco. Sound would be easy to add if you wished https://youtu.be/LkfrgZQyoaE
  10. Although I never wanted a 91, i felt sorry for cavalex after the Class 91 and then there was the HAA. Doubtless Hornby are already blowing the dust off their railroad 56's. But i do really like the large logo 56's and my order is ready to be placed. Good luck guys
  11. Rumour has it that Dapol are also 'cashing in' with a re-release of their track cleaning wagon. Non functioning this time, it'll have an anti-vax message.
  12. And to this, add second-hand items I was thinking over the "competing products" criteria that Hornby have imposed and the connection with Hatton's. Whilst the class 66 was produced by Hornby and subsequently by Hattons, I find it a very difficult pill to swallow that Hornby sincerely believe that the Hatton's 66 affected the sales of their own model. Moreover, if my memory serves me correctly, as fast as Hatton's announced a livery (Biffa, Belmond etc), Hornby announced a model in the same livery, clearly taking sales away from Hatton's. I was one of them, choosing to go for the cheap and cheerful Hornby model versus bells and whistles of the Hatton's model at double the price. So did Hornby really lose out from the Hatton's 66? I think the opposite could be argued, that sales of the Hornby 66 soared because of the interest in the Hatton's model. The argument that Hatton's operate little more than a trade counter is a little unfair. Certainly, it's not a traditional shop based where it is industrial estate, however it wouldn't be the first to exist in such premises and given the high cost of business rates in prime retail areas, the ability to hold more stock for less cost seems sensible. From my visits there, yes, products do sit on shelves behind glass display cabinets, but I don't see a problem with this and on my last visit there, I was fortunate to meet the guys from modelu and got myself scanned. They are a little bit more than "box shifters"
  13. It seems a strange thing that Hornby view a stores website as a big thing when Hornby's own Amazon store is poorly laid out and doesn't list many of the items that it actually sells. If running a website is so easy but such a deal breaker, time to get its own house in order first. I think back my previous and current local model shops. The former didn't have a website, the latter does. Both had/have an owner who was at the end of a phoneline and would move heaven and earth to get you what you asked for. Given the choice between an owner who says 'leave it with me and I'll see what i can do' versus a website that simply says 'out of stock', i know which i'd rate as Tier 1.
  14. I've found the Hornby web-store on Amazon to be a strange place. On the 'front page', there isn't really a huge amount there. Browsing through what the web-store has to offer won't take you long. But if you're looking for something specific, you'll likely find it and also find a link to Hornby's shop. Click on the link and you you're back to the rather bare shop. Its as if the store was rushed though and they have yet to properly populate it. Have a look at the Class 31 NR. Its easy to find, but not in the store.
  15. Would seem from the other thread that it depends on where your order lies. A bricks and mortar shop seems a good bet.
  16. Its been a rollercoaster ride of emotions on this thread hasn't it? I can't help have some sympathy for Hattons. Hats off to the members who cancelled their orders with Hornby. I wonder how much more from page 26 will come true?
  17. I fully agree, but its Hornby's products, Hornby's rules. People won't stop buying Hornby products out of solidarity with Hattons. Society doesn't work like that anymore. Its all about the ME now. Forget everyone and anything else, no matter who and what i have to trample over, I WILL get what I want.
  18. Fingers crossed for Warley, it'd be great to go. I have a couple of theatre trips in july and i guess if these can go ahead it'll be promising for later in the year.
  19. If you could, that'd be great. Thanks
  20. have you got a wiring diagram?
  21. you could always swap a house for an s-stock
  22. Short memory. Was it just 12 months ago that Amazon and the like were the means that people kept going? You know, when the shops were closed and online deliveries were your only option?
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