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  1. They really aren’t - have had first hand experience of shareholders who for the love of whatever it is they do, tried to make it into a business and lost what little money they had. Admittedly not one of the big four of UK model train manufacture, but even they really don’t have money they can afford to lose.
  2. For those entertaining a purchase, shapeways have a special offer on right now: CYBER MONDAY 10% OFF - Use promo code"CYBERMON" at checkout happy buying!
  3. I like the BR blue because it’s just a little bit different. But I’ll possibly also print for a BR Green loco too. And I’ll have to pick one up if they do the faux Cambrian livery that one of the locos was wearing a few years ago
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    Heljan at Warley

    Interesting from my point of view that they are announcing for OO, but that O gauge is explicitly O gauge. I’m always fond of more OO9 stuff coming out, and I’ll be keeping my eyes open for anything from Heljan - VoR tank locos are a persistent rumour that won’t go away
  5. Problem for me is that the GWR has such a long tenure that anything that says ‘the GWR was...’ will never really apply properly. Brunel was undoubtedly an innovator and famous maverick, his successors were less so, its standardisation programme was itself rather revolutionary at the time of its suggestion (in scope, certainly), and towards the end of its existence the gas turbine experiments were big steps forward. Not to mention, their development of things like AWS however, they rarely strayed from their established steam loco patterns and several were based on 19th century designed right to the end of steam. so there are arguments on both sides really
  6. In the facbook thread for the attached shot, KR twice states that the work done thus far on the model is entirely their own work and shares no DNA with the DJM King. An explanation for the similar colours was given statting that it looked like a similar programme had been used to draft both 3D files. In the absence of further information to the contrary, perhaps we can cut down a little bit on the hints of collusions between KR and the factory, illegal sales of assets by Dave Jones and the like, hmm? Same thread indicates that spec is up in the air and that DCC, sound and even DCC smoke are being considered
  7. From my end of things, I was always extremely interested in grabbing a live steam loco in 4mm, but the astronomical price when new mean that I literally did not have enough money to make the purchase. Having since seen them in operation on several occasions now, I’m afraid that I can’t see any real difference in operation to the electric locos, certainly not enough to justify the still very high cost from my side. The incompatibility with other power systems was also a serious issue for me. nice idea on paper, but in reality there is nothing really too impressive about them for me (this is my own view, please don’t throw bricks or anything else :) )
  8. Anyone got any word of the SR 009 Baldwin? I’m rather taken with it and would like to pick one up at Warley if at all possible
  9. I’ve got a Mehano kids set that I use to test locomotives which has sub r1 curves. Pleased to report that my NCB USA went round without the slightest difficulty- it has a very short wheelbase so there are no issues there.
  10. There was also talk on the KR Models Facebook page of a reveal at the exhibition today - anyone got any info for those of us who couldn’t make it?
  11. If you are going to have an end to end shunting layout, then the Inglenook pattern of layout is a good idea- lots of ‘play’ value, plenty of chance for good detail in the scenic while keeping overall space usage and cost down. Whats more, manufacturers the world over are paying slightly more attention to smaller industrial-type locos which suit layouts like this down to the ground
  12. If you are going to have an end to end shunting layout, then the Inglenook pattern of layout is a good idea- lots of ‘play’ value, plenty of chance for good detail in the scenic while keeping overall space usage and cost down. Whats more, manufacturers the world over are paying slightly more attention to smaller industrial-type locos which suit layouts like this down to the ground
  13. I grabbed a load of limited edition models (most of them have moved on to other buyers now anyway) because I wanted something a little bit different from the run of the mill. My bude with stanier tender will never leave me, because its weird, and I like weird. If you get a limited edition which is cheap then i see no issue with you modifying something you own. As regards to the value of numbers, I think only number 1 of a run is of real stand out value. Perhaps the highest number in a run or if the number does something like matching the loco number that could raise the price a teeny bit, but i dont see it making too much difference frankly.
  14. Thank you to eneryone who has got in touch about the 009 wagon loads and an extra big thank you to those who have made purchases - it is extremly gratifying that people are happy to part with hardearned cash for my products. In response to a few of you who got in touch asking about the PECO side of things, I'm delighted to announce that both varieties of L&B open wagons are now catered for on my store: L&B 4-wheel Wagon L&B Bogie Wagon As always, im delighted to hear about any further suggestions/requests/feedback that you have for any of my products, hopefully the winter months will provide more of a chance to catch up with my massive backlog of projects .
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