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@34C you've summed up the problem well. In my industry, the equivalent would be good designs not being documented and/or properly handed over to new staff and the management not following/mandating the recognised good design practices. It is a management problem.

Totally agree with you on separate bodies and chassis - that's how I have always constructed locos. It was a tried and tested approach way back in the 1960's with K's, Wills, GEM etc. Not saying we should bring these back as by today's standards, they are crude, but the principals apply.

Regarding Dapol fixing the gear ratio on their 21/29, that's all well and good, but what about those of us who purchased class 22's before they took a corporate decision to fix their standard gear ratio ? Do we get an opportunity to have our models fixed properly ? I thought not. So we are stuck with £100+ models which are sub-standard that we can't fix and really don't run very well.

Just out of interest, which company did you work for doing mechanism design ?
 
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