QUOTE I said thickness, i.e. the lateral dimension. Look at any proto 08 pic to see. Stands out a mile to me, but I guess we all see different things.
If you mean depth I agree that the prototype spring is deeper. The Hornby spring is marginally deeper than the Bachmann spring so clearly Hornby have thought about this. How could Hornby have made it any deeper without compromising the strength and increasing the complexity of the chassis?
To use metal in this area would have increased costs. One day we will get a model with working springs but not today.
QUOTE If you are basing the review on trying to guess the 'best compromise' reached by the designers, on what basis was the comparison and attention to detail between the Bachmann and Hornby derived in your review? Sounds to me more like a typical disengaged brain model railway review when it comes to matters below the footplate.
There is an image comparing the chassis of the two. The images highlight the differences. This seemed to be the fairest way to enable visitors to make up their own mind.
QUOTE Reckon you must be living on another planet. There is no vertical movement allowed in the Hornby 08 axles.
We will agree to disagree on what constitutes vertical movement. Ask yourself why the rods are jointed in the middle? However you have made a good point and this is an area overlooked by reviewers.
QUOTE Well that puts your 10/10 into a better perspective. At least we know for future reference.
I am not one who believes in never scoring 10/10 and our continental cousins must be crying in their beer (lager/wine?) when they see what Hornby are offering for the money being asked.
Ratings are always subjective and it is something I believe in offering. I start at 10 and work down rather than start at 0 and work up. There is not really anything seriously wrong about the Hornby Class 08 to take the score below 9.5 and a lot that is right so it gets rounded up to 10.
How about doing a review for us Flangeway of one of your favourite locos?
I suspect it would be a good read!