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  1. I see people are comparing the cost of models. This cannot really be done - costs in China have gone up tremendously in recent years, so comparing the P class (2018 I think) and the H (Maybe 2017?) with the D is not a fair comparison. It has not been a linear cost increase either so its not even possible to easily work out what the D may have cost to produce in say 2017. Likewise there are so many other variables in model making it is not easy to directly compare any two given models, especially from different manufacturers who may require different margins, spec, volume, timescale
  2. Oh there is a lot of wooden bits on engines in the National Collection if you know where to look ;-)
  3. I am disappointed the tender tank innards do not have wood grain like the real 737 ;-) It was never an "official" to do - but in my time there I did get agreement to put it right subject to time and other projects. I think it was about two years between that agreement and me leaving and we never found time! Oh it will run under Rule 1. I loved 737 to much to not have a model I have even cabbed it in motion :-)
  4. My model of 737 has just arrived and has made for a very happy Andy... It even has the historically prototypically incorrect but correct for the museum painted loco boiler band under the safety valves - we always meant to correct that when I was at the museum but we never found time to do so.... Nice one Rails!
  5. Afternoon, I have responded to your email :-). Simply we sell our products at the RRP we set. It is up to other retailers to decide what they want to do. We cannot tell them what price to sell it at. Likewise if we sold it at the lowest price we wouldn't have any retailers. Andy
  6. I have just updated the artwork images on the original post. The SR versions now feature the correct brown solebars and headstocks along with tare weights. Two of the 7 planks have also been edited to have the correct post-36 lettering style as described (rather than the pre-36 lettering). Happy modelling!
  7. Hit the nail on the head there. The subfloor, solebars, headstocks, W irons, axleboxes, springs, V hangers and all that underframe detail is on one part. The brakes, linkages and blocks another part, rake handles on either side are separate and made in such a way that they cannot be fitted the wrong way round :-) For whoever asked the coupling hooks are a separate part that are fitted into a slot. Andy
  8. Morning everyone, Thanks for all the positive responses- it is great to know people are as excited for these as we are. Picking up on a few comments: The interior vertical lines are there for both the main door and the top door. The lighting in the photos don't help and the plain plastic colour again makes it difficult to see. We have not made them huge great seams as frankly that is not prototypical. The wagons had no internal ironwork, the only details that are missing are the very flat-domed coach bolt heads that were sunk nearly flush into the woodwork.
  9. Rapido Trains is pleased to announce the introduction of two completely new wagon models. The most numerous wagon built by the South Eastern & Chatham Railway was a rugged design of 7 plank open wagons built on a standardised steel underframe. Over 2000 wagons of this design were built between 1915 and 1927 with large numbers surviving into British Railways service. During this time, the only design change was the addition of a sheet rail to the Southern Railway built wagons at the time of construction. This all-new model will feature a separately fitted sheet rail to allow both SECR and S
  10. Order books have opened for a number of new products - don't forget you can now order these directly from the UK arm of the operation. Happy modelling!
  11. We have done quite a lot of digging on the subject and couldn't find definitive information. Some sources say the later Lots of AA20 were built with the lower footstep from new, whilst the first Lots (with 114 range of numbers) had the higher steps from new. Some sources say they were lowered. I have some friends digging through drawing registers to see if we can get a definitive answer - however we base our number / livery selection on photos so we can be sure what height step they had!
  12. Some of you may have seen our latest newsletter and the short piece about the Titfield Toads. Lots of you have asked why we are including two identical toads in each of the train packs - well the answer is - we're not! During the filming two toads were used W68740 which appears in all the close ups and a lot of the film. This is the type with the lower bottom footstep. A second toad, W114814 was also used, this being the same AA20 diagram bit with the bottom footstep at a different height half way up the axleboxes. W114814 was renumbered W68740 on the body side (but kept its soleba
  13. The order books will close on the 1st July and it will go into production. No firm date but we are hopeful pre-Christmas.
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