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QUOTE Well said - it may be a trend that will be more common in the future & as a trader I welcome anything that levels the playing field

The examples given of fairness was Rails of Sheffield and Hattons. Would you still welcome it given that its the smaller trader who attends model railway shows? I'm sorry but I see it as sucking up to the big boys and small traders should be allowed to have an opportunity of some ready sales at a show to help them compete and survive. If I was a small trader doing the show circuit I'd be cheesed by this "new" fairness idea.

The Class 56 should have been at Warley!

Nuff said!

Happy modelling
Gary

PS if new items now make their debut at Ally Pally or Glasgow then eyebrows will be raised...

PPS it was the first Warley I have attended where there has not been a hot new loco available. Do Hornby and Bachmann want people buzzing at shows or not?
 

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Ravenser is making a valid point about the model sneaking in under the radar as Hornby have not advertised this model at all in any of the magazines. It has simply appeared without any fanfare and before any magazine has had the chance to get their hands on a review sample. This could be a new low cost marketing strategy that Hornby are trying to see if marketing money actually needs to be spent promoting new models. If it is seen that there is no percieved benefit in spending ££££ to promote a new model then Hornby will chanel the marketing budget into other areas. I consider Hornby are experimenting and who knows, they might even try a few of the tricks mentioned here in due course!

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You are right. The new kid on the block did offer the first review and basically said it was Hornby's finest D & E loco and maybe even the best ever UK D & E loco!

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Gary
 
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