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Kernow Model Rail Centre has just announced that it is ready to start taking pre-orders for the 2-car Class 205 Thumpers - in BR (S) green, 2 models in BR (S) green with yellow end + black triangle, BR blue, NSE, & Connex liveries, at £149.99 each, delivered in spring next year.
Good news for Southern modellers. What do you think about the £150 price tag?
The BR green with yellow end + black triangle liveried version is likely to be most popular, hence the two versions of that - but that will make this version less collectible for the investors. I'll still go for that version because they were around for a long time. Or should I wait for the 3-car version? Decisions, decisions.
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QUOTE (Purley Oaks @ 24 Jan 2009, 08:51) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>What do you think about the £150 price tag?

People WILL pay it. After all how much is a DC kits one once you buy all the bits? Then there is the build time. If someone asked me to build one for them I would charge £100 per vehicle as an absolute minimum. Professional model builders will charge a lot more than that.

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That's about the same price as the Hornby HST isn't it? Also a power and a dummy car. In which case the 205 represents good value, as it's a more specialised model so bound to be a shorter production run and you get a bit more train for your money.
 

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It is made by dapol however and not Hornby so whether you get more for your money will be an interesting debate. Dapols N gauge honeymoon is over judging by comments on the Yahoo N gauge group where the quality of construction and finish of a number of models has been severly criticised recently plus concerns over the quality of motors used (and the wide number of different "improved" motors).
 

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For Spring 2010? MD George Smith reckoned tooling took Dapol six weeks, and then a month at sea after production to get the parts to Chirk for final assembly, which is how they were able to turn projects round from announcement to sale in about four months. Sounds rather like they are collecting orders to assure sufficient demand before going ahead.
 

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I think it is good value when you look at some of Heljans Ltds.
I have ordered the BR blue one.
Just hope they do some more numbers in this livery.
 

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Its a fairly obscure prototype (not to Southerners but for us north of the Thames , of very little use), its not particularly glamorous (like a 395 Javelin) and so frankly I don' t think its bad for £150. Hornby are getting away with charging £148 for the much more widespread , and therefor popular, HST .

Kernow are to be congratulated for commissioning this model . I just hope they don't get caught out as it was launched pre credit crunch and economics in the country are now very different. Now how about a commission of a Swindon 126 dmu or a 303 blue train?

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