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  1. Thanks Garry. Sadly too big for N Gauge then I suspect. Kind regards Paddy
  2. Hi Gary, Looking good. As a matter of interest, where did you get your CONDOR headboard? Many thanks Paddy
  3. Well, my N Gauge layout is called HOLLERTON JUNCTION! Kind regards Paddy
  4. Hi @Brian-1c It depends on your point of view. The finish of PECO's latest wagons is excellent and they do run/couple well. The issue is more around fidelity to the prototype each wagon is based upon. The PECO wagons tend to be made to a standard chassis (stretched/shrunk to fit). Also, the wagons tend to be an amalgamation of various real wagon types so should be thought of as "representative". Having said all this, in N Gauge the compromises are less visible from layout distances and the PECO wagons are lovely models. The plus side is that the PECO models are cheaper than similar models from Dapol, Graham Farish etc. Hope this helps. Kind regards Paddy
  5. Another current issue with British N Gauge is availability. I am fortunate, as I have been “collecting” N Gauge stock since 1996 so already have than I could ever justify! Back on the Poole Farish days we simply got a few new releases each year and that was your lot. However, unlike today most of their range was readily available to buy new. The models were in no way as fine but someone starting out could buy a lot of what they wanted (funds permitting). With batch manufacturing we are in a “snooze you lose” situation or even worse, a person was simply not modelling at the time it was released. This means you either have to hunt the pre-loved market or wait/hope the manufacturer will do another run. Personally I enjoy the “hunt” but I can also see how many people would find this frustrating and demotivating. We now seem to be in a position where the releases from the major players has almost reduced to Poole Farish levels but without the general range availability. Kind regards Paddy
  6. Hi @Ben A I am not arguing for anything really - just musing. I would agree with you in some cases the mechanical side of British N Gauge locos has not progressed as quickly as model detail. My point about prices is that irrespective of the reason, someone choosing a model will see that an N Gauge model costs the same as OO but is much smaller (can equate to poorer value, less for your money in the mind). I agree with all your points and despite the advances in British N Gauge since 2000 we have not achieved critical mass. May be in reality, British N Gauge models should be a lot more expensive than they are to allow the levels of running quality etc. that many seem to desire? There does seem to be a bit of rock and hard place with British N Gauge. Kind regards Paddy
  7. Hi @D9020 Nimbus My first 2-6-2T had the smaller bogie wheels and was awful. I now have one of the Chinese produced ones and it runs OK. Kind regards Paddy
  8. Hi Folks, I have always modelled in N Gauge because that it what my brother bought for my birthday back in the early 80s. It was a Minitrix Britannia and a couple of their MK1s. I seem to recall the Britannia running well so I bought a Farish 2-6-2T. I am sad to say that it was next to useless and eventually I moved on from model railways. When I returned in 1996, I was surprised to see how the range from Farish had increased but they were basically the same old models. One can argue that the models had a certain charm but there is no doubting they were decades behind Bachmann OO and Hornby's year 2000+ releases. For me personally, I bounce back and forth between amazement and concern at British N Gauge. The latest models from Farish, Dapol etc. are wonderful and in many photos one is hard pressed to tell the model from its OO counterpart (coupling aside). Whilst these models are exquisite in their detail (and I do appreciate that) when I place them on the track a lot of that finesse effectively disappears. Above things like alternate wagon numbers are mentioned but this is applicable to other detail as well. My concern (not sure if that is the right word) is that by demanding all this detail we have made N Gauge models fragile, expensive and possibly diminished one of its major benefits - more in the same or less space. Now I know this point of view is controversial but by looking at N Gauge through large scale glasses are we damaging the market? As Richard Lines once said about TT and OO... "The little one costs as much as the bigger one and I get more for my money so...". Rather than trying to make N Gauge into OO, it would better to embrace N Gauge for what it is and have models that have less detail, are more robust, lower cost? Despite saying the above, I know this will never happen as today's model railway market is all about detail and features. Just playing Devil's advocate... Kind regards Paddy
  9. Please ignore. Many thanks Paddy
  10. Hi Steven, @31466 I would suggest you look at Gaugemaster or Morley (both are excellent). I personally use Morley and they now do a Crawler version which provides similar slow speed running to Gaugemaster. Hope this helps. Kind regards Paddy
  11. It does look like the body is sitting a wee bit high on the chassis. It is an EP so it may just be an assembly issue at this stage. Also, not providing DCC support seems a strange choice given how popular it is. The idea of a removable section of weight that can be replaced with a decoder would seem a reasonable compromise. The wee loco seems to be running well in their video though. Kind regards Paddy
  12. Hi @Tony Wright Glad to see your A2 does not seem to have the assembly issues endured by others. May be the poor ones are down to specific individuals within the factory? If I was Hornby, I would do causal analysis to reduce the risk of this sort of thing happening again. As you indicate, Hornby's A2 represents incredible value when compared to the cost of the equivalent locomotive built and painted from a kit. However, this does not excuse Hornby from being accountable for poor assembly and dubious (to some people) livery choices. Whilst cheaper than a kit, the ~£190 RRP is still a lot of money to many people and it is not wrong for them to expect their model to be very good. If the reality is that Hornby need to increase prices to get to this standard consistently then that is another conversation. I wish Hornby every success and I truly feel for them as I am sure they did not set out to deliver models which have left some of their valued customers feeling disappointed. Kind regards Paddy
  13. Hi @Golden Fleece 30 Great work and the sides look really good. I have been working on a similar Night Ferry train but in N Gauge and considered printed sides at one point. To my knowledge, the CIWL cars used on the Night Ferry were all over blue and not blue/white (hope I am wrong though). In later years, there was a French railways Fourgon at the front (1 or 2) and a MK1 Blue/Grey brake at the rear. Hope this helps. Kind regards Paddy
  14. Hi Folks, Just had a wee look at Sam’s video which shows his replacement loco. Firstly, all credit to Simon Kohler for reaching out to Sam and sending him a replacement. However, even the replacement is not perfect - the mind boggles. If that was me, I would have gone over the example I was going to send to Sam with a fine tooth Combe before releasing it. An opportunity missed a wee bit on Hornby’s part to change the narrative. Kind regards Paddy
  15. Hi Pete Good news and I hope you get a good one. This reminds me of the time the CEO of Audi UK promised me that if they could not repair my new A4 they would replace it - and they did. I got the same promise from the CEO of VW UK and they replaced my wife’s Polo. All this was done in a mutually respectful manner and with no hard feelings on either side. Both cars had serious issues that the dealers could not put right after multiple attempts. Kind regards Paddy
  16. A good choice of colour is Humbrol Acrylic 15 Midnight Blue Gloss. Lovely deep, rich blue that matches the CIWL livery. Hope this helps. Kind regards Paddy
  17. Hi Folks, My heart goes out to all of you affected by these issues and also Hornby. To go to all that effort of designing a model which even @Tony Wright believes is one of the most accurate RTR models for it to be poorly assembled is heartbreaking. It also sounds like other Hornby models are suffering from manufacturing issues as well. In my humble opinion, Hornby need to get ahead of this in a proactive manner and should acknowledge the issues and offer reassurance to its loyal customers. They really do not want to get a reputation for poor workmanship as this could quickly undo all the hard work they have done as part of their recovery. It would great if one of the model railway magazines raised these issues with Hornby and helped them to manage communication etc. Kind regards Paddy
  18. Hi @LNER4479 I believe you are right but the major difference these days is that almost anyone can reach an audience of thousands with very little effort, comeback or sense of responsibility. Kind regards Paddy
  19. Blimey, even Mr Wright can be er... wrong on occasion! Kind regards Paddy
  20. Hi @Roger Sunderland And there you have one of the major problems with social media. The same issue now affects all facets of modern life and does not seem to show any signs of changing. I did read the other day that Apple has concerns about this and is considering doubling down on how these platforms operate if they want to exist on the Apple ecosystem. Kind regards Paddy
  21. Hi Tony, These were/are (?) a great series of videos and I purchased most of them on DVD at the time. I will never forget you trying to spray a loco (black if memory serves) as the can squirted paint all over you. Every time I think of that bit I have a chuckle. Kind regards Paddy
  22. Ah, great thing about YT is that you can just skip past the boring bits. Kind regards Paddy
  23. Very true @Northmoor. Unfortunately, that is not the world we seem to inhabit anymore. People like Sam have the ability to materially affect the market, companies for the good and not so good. Think about it, as many people watch Sam’s videos as buy the most popular model railway magazines... Kind regards Paddy
  24. Hi Folks, I believe Sam gets too hard a time. There is no doubting his enthusiasm and he seems to be reasonably capable when it comes to mechanics of model locomotives. What does surprise me, is that given this he does not have a proper test layout. Even if it was just a board with the most common track components on it, this would add credibility to his reviews. Sam has obviously chosen to lay his track on the carpet for a reason - I do not think it is something done from ignorance. Having watched some of Sam’s reviews, one cannot dismiss the poor assembly/finish issues his close up photos highlight. There is definitely improvements to be made by various manufacturers. Finally, I would say do not underestimate Sam’s influence. With close to 100K followers and high viewing figures he has the ability to impact the wider market. Kind regards Paddy
  25. Bit of a funny shade of green too... Shame Hornby cannot stamp out these wee construction issues. Kind regards Paddy
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