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1 hour ago, Pmorgancym said:

 

Also maybe its my age but I don't get the die cast fetish, it used to be plastic mean high fidelity moulds and die cast meant crude.

 

The casting alloys available now allow detail comparable with injection moulded plastic with the bonus that they can be denser than the old mazak material, and offer extra weight which benefits traction on small models. The new generation of Arnold N steam locos use cast metal for many body parts.

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3 hours ago, Pmorgancym said:

Seems to be a major failing of the Sam's Trains concept, if he has a duffer he doesn't return it he just accepts it.   If manufactures srarted getting significant rejections consistant QC would be a priority.  They already have it too much their own way as the limited production run way in which most ooerate now means people are unwilling to return a model knowing they're unlikely to get a replacement.

Also maybe its my age but I don't get the die cast fetish, it used to be plastic mean high fidelity moulds and die cast meant crude.

Diecast

 

Its following the weight obsession of a few, who must  have a heavy Loco , so they can then pull large trains . It maybe cheaper to make, than a plastic mould as well.

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1 minute ago, micklner said:

Diecast

 

Its following the weight obsession of a few, who must  have a heavy Loco , so they can then pull large trains . 

 

You make it sound like it's a bad thing! ;)

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1 minute ago, micklner said:

It is if you want to modify or drill a diecast Boiler = good luck.

 

Ahh!  Having never known of such a thing, I defer to your experience.

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Just now, 'CHARD said:

 

Ahh!  Having never known of such a thing, I defer to your experience.

As @micklnersays modifications to cast components can be a pita. I’ve one to do imminently, moving some footsteps. The removal no problem, the replacement will be a bit of an challenge. The same with a Bachmann Derby lightweight, to fit sprung buffers. Still scratching me head on that one! Combining separate materials across the model is the way to go I think, and Bachmann and Hornby with steam prototypes have done some excellent recent releases. For example the HJ 128 doesn’t need to be as heavy as it is, the same I feel with the 1st gen Bachmann DMU’s, the weight could have been smaller without significant effect to performance and allowed more internal details. 

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9 hours ago, Pmorgancym said:

Seems to be a major failing of the Sam's Trains concept, if he has a duffer he doesn't return it he just accepts it. 

 

The fact, if the video is in the correct order, he dismantled it before running it would have broken any warranty; wonder if did he put back together right. He got it from Derails who normally test before despatch.

I've been through the thread on the original release by Dapol and the only critical comment I spotted was to do with the moulded coal load. No one remarked over the full width splasher

Price wise the original release in 2012 was £91.19 which was considered expensive then; which becomes £108.39 today on a direct inflation calculation but in the same period wages paid in Chinese manufacturing  have increased close on 90%. 

 

 

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