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  1. I've decided to open up the other line into the scenic section to create more operational interest and to make yard operations a little more prototypical. I had realised that in order to access the lower lines, the loco would have to draw into the repair shed which was going to prove frustrating and not very realistic. I'm going to have to modify the bridge slightly to accommodate it all, but should be fine.
  2. I've enjoyed reading through this layout thread and really like the track plan and idea behind the layout
  3. Progress has been slow on the layout recently, blame the summer weather and other hobbies. I've made some time to add some ground cover towards the back of the depot before placing a crew room building later on in the week. A sky back scene printed on to 3mm foam board has also been added which I think looks a lot better than the plain blue I had before. Looking forward to adding the smaller details going forward.
  4. They are a business at the end of the day, this current stock needs to sell one way or another for maximum profitability.
  5. Every model has a fault - YES. Starting with the gauge and then each individual model has it's own specific faults. But is RTR too much of a demand? When you buy a Hattons Class 66, it's either an RTR model or a beautifully carved potato! Judging by the last 158 pages of this thread, I think you're right.. - It will be the ultimate one, when it actually works and when it's basic mechanics are fine. You got a perfect one? Congratulations! I bet you wouldn't be singing the same song if you got a dud. And I'd rather have the Bachmann or Hornby version than the Hattons one. I wouldn't say it's perfect, but it certainly runs well out of the box and there's no hidden faults or issues. Perhaps I wouldn't be on the same page if I had a dud, but I'm also aware that manufacturing RTR models is no easy task and so prefer to take the view that coming down hard on businesses like this isn't actually that helpful. Plus, if I had a dud model, I would probably have exchanged it for another - I'm sure they're not all faulty! - No one said it's the end of the world. The problem is the Hattons Class 66 is currently eye-candy. It's not really an RTR model unless we have the same luck as you? Whether Hattons reimburse you for postage or not is besides the point. We're in the middle of a global pandemic. With each nation handling it in different ways, some places are not doing as well as others. People like me haven't been able to send/receive parcels since March. Postage charges for me are much higher than the UK. I spend double the cost to send a model to the UK than the receive one from the UK. And when you work part time like me, every penny counts. I agree with your sentiments about postage and the charges associated with all of this. Perhaps in a year's time all the issues with the model itself will have been ironed out. - I'm sorry, if we all had to be cutting manufacturers some slack we won't be getting the kind of high-spec models we get today. I don't see why some people can never accept the fact that a model is flawed and it's well within people's rights to be disappointed and voice their concerns. The fact of the matter is that the Hattons Class 66 doesn't really do what it says on the box (in many cases). I can accept the model is flawed and that comments need to be made so that the problems can be put right, but the big picture is that ultimately we have got a good base for a solid model of a 66 - much further ahead than the Bachmann model in detail, lighting configurations etc and general body shape so let's be positive about that fact and hope that the issues that have been so widely discussed will be cleared up.
  6. Agree no model is perfect but you would at least expect it to run properly out of the box without wobbling like a drunk & AB bits falling off thus its a tooling issue that needs to be rectified, plus there is that lighting issue on the large round headlight variants that nobody can fix unless you're an electrical engineer. I agree with this entirely, no further comments to make. Why should we be grateful, its a Want not a need and it isn't yet the ultimate 66 but has the potential to be just that! I'm just thinking about the bigger picture here - the model is very well set up now to become the ultimate 66. Who says its the end of the world???...definitely not for me lol Now what you're missing here is the fact if you purchased DCC Fitted or DCC Sound then sending it back will not get you the same model back in exchange as they have all but sold out and Hattons will not retro fit a DCC chip or Sound chip unless you pay the extra cost on another model of the same type and then you are crossing your fingers again that it runs ok. I didn't realise this, so fully accept these comments. I'm personally waiting in the wings until the issues are fixed in hopefully the next batch, if they get fixed then'll buy loads (more than 1) as I have already stated so yeah I'm cutting them some slack. But no I will not buy these in their current state, I might be lucky or I might not and again as stated already I'm not playing the lottery with these expensive items. Hopefully the issues will be taken on board and further releases are better.
  7. I understand the frustration with the issues that the 66 has been having - but surely no model ever produced has been perfect, this goes with the manufacturer too. Maybe we should just be grateful that Hattons have gone ahead and produced the ultimate 66 which in my opinion is a fantastic model - at the end of the day we could still be stuck with the Bachmann offering! Yes there are issues with the model, but surely it's not the end of the world to have to send it back and exchange it for another one - it is free postage after all! My thoughts won't be welcome with some, but I just think we need to cut them a bit of slack and be thankful that we have a good solid base for a loco which is so prolific across the network. PS - I have one of these and so far it's been fine.
  8. I've had no issues with the model of 66789 that I received quite early on in the batch.
  9. If you enjoy video content, here's the May Layout Update.
  10. Great purchase with the Reggie Rail 37 - that'll look good with a rake of Mk1's.
  11. Yes there is a shed at March, used by GBRF and Electromotive to my understanding. It's the one in the background of this shot - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/43597391350 Maybe this thread might help too - https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/121688-gbrfs-march-east-depot/
  12. Adding in some yard lights...
  13. Chris56057

    Class 60 EWS

    You could try Peter's Spares - https://www.petersspares.com/ Chris
  14. All the points have now been wired up for DCC, modifying them so that they are live at all times. This is a fairly simple job to do and prevents stalling from locos with short wheel base etc. I've also removed the spring from the point. I've managed to add some Cobalt IP Analog point motors which are working well. These slow action point motors really are some of the best around and I'll be constructing a control panel using the Alpha Switch soon. I'm quite particular about slow speed prototypical running and therefore taking the time to test each piece of rolling stock over the entire layout to ensure everything is working well. Going forwards, I've got some yard lights to add in and wire up to the accessory bus, lay the trackwork for the fiddle yard and make a start on the tree line at the back of the scenic section.
  15. Thanks all for the advice, I'll let you know how I get on.
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