Duplication is only ever a waste if two very similar models are made at the same time, otherwise leave a gap of few years and European standards will have moved on so the new model will have DCC sound space inside, or a sinus drive, or tail lights and super detailing, or chrome-molybendium metal body etc. or smaller wheel rims etc. etc. Endless variations in livery, running number, smoke deflectors, bells and whistles etc. mean the scope for variety for just one class is huge. Add a budget model from e.g. Piko and a range-topper from e.g. Roco and you can see that 'exact duplication' just doesn't happen! The market is bigger then UK but model railways are a challenging business environment for all manufacturers so there won't be four versions of the 232 unless the manufacturers think it will sell. Also, if the 232 is a very popular model then even if A makes it, if B makes it then people may buy more of other things from B at the same time in starter sets / train packs / digital etc.
please! As an arbitrary example, you may desire a BR44Kst Wendler a great deal but I might not give a hoot whether it was ever made or not! I agree there are many gaps and several gaping holes but who should plug which gap first and with what level of model?
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