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  1. Yeah, it is the C-Rail container. The other obvious potential livery I missed as well would be DB with large DB branding only. Al
  2. I finally picked up the pink one myself. I wasn't convinced by the shade of pink when I saw the pre-production model on display at Warley - as it immediately struck me as being far too gaudy (which I did express to @Hattons Dave ) - and I was even less convinced when I received the model 'in the flesh'. Okay, you can search Flickr for reference and to be fair be forgiven in that there are numerous photos that could argue either to be closer, but from seeing the livery 1-on-1 my mind's eye tells me that the container is much closer in terms of accuracy. I'm happy to be proven wrong, but to me the 66 simply doesn't look right: Other liveries - Yes, it will indeed be interesting to see what new versions are selected. Plenty of celebrity liveries for sure, and to be fair, plenty of the more run-of-the-mill variants, such as: Standard EWS - with correct logos this time; and please, if you opt for any oddities such as odd-fitted/coloured doors etc then at least get those right, otherwise what's the point. The devil is in the detail.. Freightliner - original livery with later cabside logos and updated headlight clusters (as currently running on the network). Freightliner - current livery, correct shade of orange. DB - large DB logo only livery GBRf - numerous Euro 66 versions (opportunity for minor tooling variants as well there), plus we've only had one version of the 5-door variant. I'm sure many of us would like more of those... GBRf - current livery (minus Europort branding etc) - an army of those to gnaw at. GBRf - 'Evening Star' - okay, a celebrity, but worthy of a mention by itself. Yes, we know that Bachmann do a version, but they failed to update their model to the last build variant and for one it has the wrong sandboxes fitted - and is a dated model overall. DRS - original livery on 5-door variant w/ bug eye headlights. Fastline - not current, but an interesting one nonetheless. Essentially, there are lots of variations over the standard liveries with different headlights over different builds and also standard and low-emission bodied. The other factor to consider is that renumbering the ribbed bodysides (EWS, GBRf etc) is rather more tricky than renumbering a standard loco, so I'd guess that many might be reluctant to do so and instead be open to buy readily numbered versions - again, more opportunity for more releases. We could rant all day... Al
  3. So Hattons are going to sit around indefinitely for the Dapol 59 to emerge before even beginning work on correcting their 66? And then blatantly 'copy' whatever method Dapol have utilised? What self-assured manufacturer would do that? Seems highly unlikely. More probable they'd want to get on with the job, resolve any issues and display confidence in one's own product and perhaps even have a second batch on the production line, I might have guessed...? Al
  4. YesTor

    Class 59 in 00

    The trouble with this approach is that Dapol would not then have received relevant feedback regarding the several inaccuracies that appeared on the earlier pre-production examples...
  5. It has always amazed me how the 92s have managed to retain their depot plaques for so long.
  6. Fair comment, I hadn't paid so much attention to this aspect, and agree that that is perhaps a different debate altogether. My point really revolved around the perceived issues surrounding eBay being directly linked to the seller's bank account: For sure, I did "seemingly receive [eBay's protection]" in this instance, however eBay's support was not received without a fight. Sure, if a buyer claims non-receipt of goods, or receipt of defective goods etc and the seller can prove the case in his favour, then all well and good. However, it was pretty clear that this particular buyer had deliberately set out to deceive and obtain goods fraudulently. He knew that raising a dispute via eBay or PayPal would likely prove fruitless, so instead opted to bypass 'the system' and raise a chargeback directly with his credit card company. Reversal of charges due to "unauthorized activity" on an account is not so clear-cut in terms of protection and nine times out of ten it will be the seller that is left exposed in such an event. Having also worked with mail order for over fifteen years, and having witnessed all manner of elaborate attempts at deception, I am evermore cautious, as perhaps @ruggedpeak sums up pretty well: Anyway, to round off... there are no right or wrong ways of doing things here, and as you correctly implied earlier @hayfield, there is indeed risk in everything that we do, and it basically boils down to how much risk we (as individuals) are prepared to absorb. In this scenario, my feelings are that if as a seller you are using eBay for substantial sales and/or the linked bank account is also used for essential day-to-day expenses, then it feels to be wise practise to implement what is in fact the most basic of safeguards, ie. a parallel/independent bank account for handling those funds. Okay, this step alone will not remove any ultimate liability that may land at the seller's door, but what it will do is protect your immediate funds in the short-term and in essence buy some time while you resolve any issues with eBay, PayPal, the credit card provider, or whoever... Of course, there will be many that choose to work on having blind faith in 'the system' - and that may indeed work just fine for the majority of the time - and genuinely, good luck to those people. On the other hand, some of us prefer to "dot the i's and cross the t's", so to speak. Some might label this scaremongering. I'd say simply, common sense. Best Al
  7. With all due respect, it is anything but "silly". It only sounds "silly" because it likely hasn't happened to you? Of course, there has to be an accepted risk in accepting online payments and naturally these bad experiences aren't the norm, but does that mean that we should take no measures whatsoever to protect ourselves against them should they occur? To illustrate, I sold £300 worth of goods to an overseas buyer: despatched, delivered and signed-for by the name on the delivery address. All fine, or so I thought. Several months later the 'buyer' decided to contact his credit card company stating that the purchase was an "unauthorized transaction", and that he supposedly had no idea how it had occurred. So, forget eBay rules, forget PayPal rules, if a buyer has funded a purchase via his/her credit card, then all that buyer has to do is report a transaction as "unauthorized" and bingo, credit card protection will step in and refund his/her funds. In the meantime, PayPal kindly informed me that the transaction had been reversed and that the funds would be refunded to the buyer. Suffice to say that I had sufficient evidence to back up the shipment and delivery of the goods, however, even despite this the buyer still received his refund, because that is how credit card protection works in the instance of a so-called "unauthorized transaction". I then had to pursue PayPal and fight it out in order to state my case. Despite having evidence of shipment and delivery, PayPal informed me that if the transaction is reported by the card owner as "unauthorized", then all proof of delivery means very little if the so-called 'buyer' supposedly did not 'authorize' the payment. Fortunately, PayPal concluded that I was not in error and I wasn't stung for the reimbursement - however, it was not clear-cut by any means and was also an incredibly time-consuming and stressful affair to deal with. I think the point that @adb968008 is stating is that for example, if that £300 in the above case were to be deducted from one's main bank account when one least expects it - as is the case with most chargebacks - then to my ear that doesn't sound quite such a "silly" potential occurrence to protect oneself against. Many of us run on a tight budget from one month to the next, and to have perhaps larger sums unexpectedly deducted from your main account - incredibly rare though that event may be - could be crippling if you happen to have a mortgage payment to settle that week. To my ear, if anything, it sounds rather more foolhardy to not want to protect oneself against such an event. Furthermore, without being alarmist about it all, it isn't as though it's difficult to set up a sub-bank account for such a purpose. If some feel that this is "silly", then so-be-it. More foolish to be caught unawares, I would argue. But then each to his own, I suppose... Al
  8. That's a fair point and one that had crossed my mind as well. A fraudulent buyer will likely ensure that their purchase is funded via their credit card and as such can raise a chargeback at virtually any point in the future. If that happens to be a large purchase, then the knowledge that eBay can essentially tap into your bank account at any point and draw funds to cover a chargeback, is somewhat unsettling. The only way around this really is to open a separate bank account to handle eBay funds alone, and leave only a small amount in that account at any one time, with the bulk of the funds transferred to your regular bank account that has no connection with eBay whatsoever.
  9. "On par with"? Exceeds by a nautical mile, surely?!! I'm already wishing that AS had done the 90, as very sadly, Bachmann's model left me feeling a little underwhelmed. This 92 however is clearly looking to be in a whole new league. I'm really looking forward to these. Al
  10. These look fantastic - roof, underframe, bogie detail - absolutely stunning! I'd agree with the above comment re cab side glazing. Also, not to pick fault - instead merely an observation, whilst appreciating these are approval samples - but the 'Victor Hugo' and 92001 text/numbers appear not-quite-horizontal on both sides. Also, and sincere apologies for asking what must have been covered some-place already, but if purchased DCC ready, is there/will there be an option for purchasing the sound-chip later on? edit: Actually I can see that this is the Legomanbifo project. So a related question, does the DC model come with a speaker pre-fitted? I'm guessing perhaps not? Lastly (for now), will the brass horns and rectangular buffers be available as separate items - I don't believe anyone offers rectangular buffers as a separate item anywhere, so could be useful...? Look forward to seeing these in the flesh. It's at times such as this I really miss the exhibitions... thanks Al
  11. Some of those "idiots" make a lot of money from doing comparatively little. That doesn't sound so daft to my ear...
  12. Agreed - it's surely in a similar zone as working sliding doors on passenger stock, ie. a nice thought, but just how practical is it realistically, and is the technology there to manufacture such features reliably and consistently over many production batches.
  13. I'm no overseas modeller by any means, but that boxed silver A1 does indeed look fantastic! And this to me looks like how rotating axleboxes should be done... (if anyone else is looking...) *cough* Awesome stuff! Best Al
  14. Right, but even though the result may not be as great as you might wish for, you will undoubtedly have learned something toward acquiring and perfecting the relevant techniques along the way. And you may very likely gain more pleasure over time from observing your perhaps less-than-perfect repaint than from simply plonking that flawless RTR example out-of-the-box on the track. There's a lot of satisfaction to be gained from learning along the way. All of which may inspire you to work on a second model later on, and so forth... All part of the fun/learning curve... Al
  15. The belly section of the underframe looks too broad in relation to the fuel tanks - whereby the fuel tanks are also not deep enough, as they should finish just slightly lower than the adjacent battery box: If anything, the fuel tanks should be proportionally deeper than the section of underframe from which they are mounted: Best Al
  16. Or is this perhaps due to reflection - the loco sides always being slab-sided whilst the coaches having an overall curvature? Several (in fact most) images online may indeed suggest slightly differing shades, however there is almost always reflection involved. The only photograph I could find that appears to show similar light reflection on both loco and stock appears to demonstrate both to be of the same hue?: Agree though on all other comments re underframe, axleboxes, dampers etc. Best Al
  17. I'm interested in the Caledonian Sleeper coaches but at the moment it really depends on if the 73/9 is going to be produced. I wonder how many feel similar? An educated guess says that it would be in Accurascale's interests to produce the 73/9, one way or another...
  18. Sorry, perhaps my use of words was slightly misleading, ie. in that when I refer to 'customs' charges I'm generally referring to import charges as a whole (ie. VAT, processing fees etc), and I'd guess that's what @MGR Hooper! is likely referring to as well (feel free to correct if I am mistaken)? The real point being, that goods being replaced will be subject to customs relief (which means VAT too), and should be received with no charges, otherwise VAT and other fees would be charged twice on what is effectively one single purchase. Similar rules for returning goods, ie. always ask your customer to label goods as being returned, so that the retailer isn't subject to 'import charges' on their arrival. Best Al
  19. 'Replacement goods' are eligible for customs relief, ie. immune from any customs charges. Best Al
  20. Then you are very lucky. Was your closest mailing centre a six-mile round trip, by chance? And if so, would you have managed this on a daily basis to perhaps mail one item by itself? The cost of petrol alone would likely extinguish any profit from said sale... And how do daily six-mile trips fit in with today's trend toward reducing everyone's 'carbon footprint'? I'm not sure about "being organised", but the above sounds remarkably inefficient to my ear. I'm self-employed, so "being organised" is absolutely essential to my daily functioning, and this often means I work 10 to 12 hours per day at busy times, with barely time to stop for lunch, let alone a daily trip to the post office. For myself, a trip to the post office is viable only once per week, and as such my listings display "Ships within 5 working days", however that doesn't seem to prevent buyers becoming aggravated after 48 hours because the postman hasn't knocked at the door. I'm totally with 'showing respect for the buyer', however that same respect cuts both ways.
  21. What many buyers seem to forget is that not every individual is operating an automated warehouse system. For a private seller who let's say - for the sake of argument - might sell five items in one week, but all on different days - what are you saying, that said seller should make five individual trips to the post office that week, just to keep up with eBay's algorithms? Many people work long hours and have families and this kind of practise isn't always viable, even for some businesses, let alone an individual. Often I feel that many buyers are under the impression that every seller across the nation has little else to do but sit poised by their screens just waiting for the next eBay sale, followed by a mad dash to the post office each day clutching just one parcel. Bonkers!
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