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Hornby are knocking out shed loads of rolling stock at the moment - a lot of it being from the toolings aquired from their purchase of Lima.
The choice is great but Hornby are definately skimping on attention to detail. It seems nearly every model has a livery error or some silly mistake which could have been sorted before production had they done their homework properly. It might seem like 'nit-picking' to some but if you are going to produce something and replicate it many times you'd think they would at least try to get it right, surely!?
To get details correct on my rolling stock and layout, I simply look at the many quality pictures on the internet or in magazines and even actually look at the real thing if it is current. If I can do it I'm sure Hornby can too!
And that goes for all manufacturers.
I think most of us can forgive a rivet missing here and there (or maybe some of you can't?!).
But basic 'bread and butter' detail and livery should be looked at and checked before production begins.
Come on Hornby 'Put The Detail Back' - and your quality control - and stop making so many silly mistakes while you are rushing out all these models.
Quantity at the expense of quality is not good. If our models are going to have 'detail' then it should at least be researched properly and be correct.
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QUOTE (alibuchan @ 28 Dec 2006, 01:22) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yes they should get things right but hornby did say that they would only be producing these quickly so as to get some return on the lima deal. They were always going to be a Hornby Basic range until they could find time in the production to fully update them.

I am pretty sure that on the detail side of things Hornby have used pictures and most probably 1:1 stock and it just happens that on these examples this is how they looked.

It was the same with the Bachmann Limpet in Dutch livery with the intercity logo that wasn't believed to be true until they released the picture of the wagon with the logo on it.


Alistair, the main difference is that a lot of these models have very silly mistakes - no matter how quickly they were produced. The BR blue 121 - Hornby's photographic evidence was a photograph of a 122! The NSE 121 has incorrect warning flashes and the wrong shade of NSE blue, the class 67 has missing air horn (I think) grilles, whilst the class 73 bodies are on the chassis the wrong way wrong (not to mention the underscale buffers - despite Lima having tooled up correctly-sized larger buffers for the 73/1). These mistakes are pretty inexcusable - how could a design team (or designer) mistake a 122 for a 121, given his or her job? NSE Blue has been correctly replicated by Hornby on the Class 50, so why not on the 121? Lima managed to print the horn grilles on 67, so why not Hornby? Who authorised the 73s for production with the bodies the wrong way round, or, alternatively, why was the opportunity to correct this passed up by the factory? There would have been no need for Hornby to mould anything anew, just to remove and refit the bodyshells.

Now, I would be amongst the first to admit that Hornby have produced some quality stuff (particularly for SR modellers like myself) but some pf the Limby releases just smack of sloppiness. Perhaps a different factory or design team (novices?
) produced them?
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