Hey 506 you might be onto a thing or two here, the huge price for a Fairlie probably reflects the air freight costs.
The price is what the manufacturer thinks they can get for it. As what is clearly the best steam model ever produced for UK RTR OO9, I would have gone for 'as much as we can' pricing. And if they sell out rapidly, and then start being sold on for more...... the huge price for a Fairlie probably reflects the air freight costs.
They will have done on occasion. May not have returned home, look pretty much ideal for pigeon lofts, hen coops, whippet kennels... (The common 'foreign' NPCS up North in BR days were the long wheelbase SR vans. The thought has occurred to me that this may been because they were either or both of the right size for the typical load, and small enough to enter rail served industrial premises with tight clearances.)Now here's some Accurascale rolling stock I might actually buy if I could convince myself that a crimson or maroon example might have escaped from the Western Region on a day trip to the West Riding ...