at least the brittish get a catalouge evry year. i think the chinese range is still using the 2003 copy! and even on their web site there are no pictures of any of the things that they are producing this year.
the trouble is that many of us chinese modellers find that apart from the bachmann diesels, finding even the steamers at a decent price is quite rare. and when we do we tend to buy them all and then tell other people about the place!. i recently found a small supply of brass loco's, i bought them all then told other people where i found them!
if you know which one you want i can keep a look out. but prices vary wildly. my QJ was purchased for the equivalent of about £100. modelzone has one at the moment for about £200!
that loco was a limited edition and i seriously doubt you will find it anywhere now. its the one i got and it was bought buy my freind in beijing. i have seen a couple in the uk but they have long since gone.
i think the last one i saw was going for £210
The decorations are great though. its decorated like a concubine!!
i would actually quite like a plain one. iron bull is great but its not a good representation of a typical QJ.
For goodness sakes. if it has a "Terrible noise, all squeaks and grinds" TAKE IT BACK. on another part of the forum the brittish are accused of making do with poorly running models!!
mine is silky smooth and is on a par with either of my BLI loco's.
the loco is a plesure to own. i have never had the body off and i dont intend to. parts of the chassis may well be common with other models but it was a new design for the QJ. my only criticism of it is that it is a tad weak. but then so are the real things! (and it wont go under the bridge on my mates layout!)
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