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QUOTE (34C @ 6 Jan 2020, 13:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hornby Duchess with a diecast body. I won't go for the limited edition, but will wait in hope that this is to become a
regular range item...
Glad I made that call, I note irritation that the orders placed by retailers have not been fully met.
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 6 Jan 2020, 13:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hornby...Another attractive item is a Duchess with a diecast body. I won't go for the limited edition, but will wait in hope that this
is to become a regular range item...
Which I won't buy, as Hornby have gone for a 'retro' look of oversize rivet heads, instead of making it to the current standard of
the diecast body steam models already in their range. Let's hope that doesn't catch on anytime soon...
 

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And catching up with 'other doings', Bachmann have a new marketing operation EFE Rail selling a selection of OO items tooled
elsewhere. For OO the RTR offerings are:
Motorised version of the EFE 1938 tube stock, four car set. (Eye watering asking price.)
Kernow origin JIA hoppers.
Heljan origin Hymek.
DJM origin J94.

An interesting and eclectic mix. The 'explanation' for the Heljan item's inclusion is that some retailers do not stock Heljan, and this
appears to be a probe to see if wider distribution would be advantageous: good choice of one of their best liked models for such a
test of the market.
 

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Heljan announce the Yorkshire Engine Company 0-4-0 DH shunter, TOPS 02. Very small indeed, and a neat design with the feature of
a centre rear door cab exit onto a handrail protected platform, which is different.

Think this should be popular, very good for minimum space layouts and confined locations on larger layouts.
 

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Cavalex with a range of HAA MGR hoppers and at least one derivative. The excitement among the BR diesel contingent is very
evident at this prospect. There's every class of traction that dragged them around available...
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 21 Aug 2020, 15:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hornby... the BR Std 2MT 2-6-0 ...
Looks pretty good, but the best part of a year away, (June 2021) the model railway business clearly getting increasingly tight for capacity. My feeling is that as China has pushed up wage rates to stimulate internal demand, the result is the need for more production capacity to satisfy it: and we are not talking models, but household hardwares, motor vehicles and the like, as ever more of their population gets mains power, decent roads and a shot at a more comfortable lifestyle.
 

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KR models offering sets of RTR BR 56T side door iron ore bogie wagons, used on the Tyne Dock to Consett workings.

https://krmodels.co.uk/collections/oo-gauge...-iron-ore-wagon

(Caveat. Proposed delivery date looks incredibly rapid to me, and the price extremely tempting. Has to be said, as yet this outfit hasn't supplied any product to the crowdfunders, and the product list has grown steadily since they stepped out into the sunlight coming up 2 years ago, so there's no evidence of what any of the product will be like, based on customer experience. Perhaps I am lucky in that nothing of what has been offered so far interests me, but should this outfit ever dangle something I want, then satisfactory fulfillment of a number of earlier projects would be required before my money went in...)
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 12 Nov 2019, 14:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Whining your way, the 'Kerosene Castle' 18000, the GW's experimental gas turbine electric. Commissioned by Rails of Sheffield from
Heljan. It will be interesting to see the solution to getting it around curves, because there are deep fixed side panels around the wheel
sets which are 'a problem'...
Heljan appear to have made brisk progress, Rails showing a decorated sample with target availability Q1 2021, pandemic effects permitting.

https://railsofsheffield.com/news/articles/...ine-18000-class

Looks decent to me, but that's on the basis of comparison to photos only. Anyone buying? I'll be interested in the minimum radius question...
 

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That's disappointing. I have one on pre-order.

David
 

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Not greatly surprised, I recall some comment regarding the announcement that the proposed price was steep for the immobile jib. Extending, elevating and turning - and thus poseable - would have been more attractive. Than again, Hattons clearly had some insight into the likely trend of prices, it looks in line with the general picture for a well detailed bogie wagon.

I expect that there may be more such announcements from various parties, as present reality begins to bite, and potential customers start making choices between food, rent/mortgage, keeping the car on the road, etc.
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 26 Oct 2020, 20:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Not greatly surprised, I recall some comment regarding the announcement that the proposed price was steep for the immobile jib. Extending, elevating and turning - and thus poseable - would have been more attractive.
The price would no doubt have been a lot higher for those features.
 

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The A2/2 and A2/3 are of interest although most of all I would like an A2/1 very free running locos and the final version of W1, I would take a streamlined Bugatti style P2 but no one has offered this although Hornby have the mechanism. The rest is not for me but perhaps the only Heljan I'll try is the Baldwin L&B 2-4-2t and if that is naff I'll give them a pass evermore.

There are still others outstanding of course and some OO9 models including a double Fairlie so maybe that'll be better and a Quarry Hunslet.but I have given up on the V2, revised J39 and sundry others, the 78xxx 2MT will be worth a try I suppose as I recall seeing loads of them so I am finding the OO scale scene going stale right now which given models sales are doing well in the lockdown is a bit of a shame.
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 23 Sep 2020, 19:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Cavalex with a range of HAA MGR hoppers and at least one derivative. The excitement among the BR diesel contingent is very evident at this prospect. There's every class of traction that dragged them around available...
And it appears that Accurascale are also adding HAA MGR hoppers to their range. So that makes two 'coming soon'. Between these two there should be enough production to enable every OO freight diesel traction enthusiast to operate full length trainloads: if they have a layout, or access to one...
 

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An outfit that has been trading for a while increasing its presence, Planet industrials.
https://www.planetindustrials.co.uk/

Majoring on complete conversion kits based on small RTR OO industrials, to enable modellers to produce variants relatively simply from other manufacturer's products.
Now have a running mechanism of their own in development, so stepping toward the RTR arena.

I believe there were pretty much as many small industrial steamers operating in the UK, as BR inherited from the four groups in 1948, 20,000+, and a great many diesels types too. No shortage of potential prototypes then...
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 14 Aug 2020, 14:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>And catching up with 'other doings', Bachmann have a new marketing operation EFE Rail selling a selection of OO items tooled
elsewhere. For OO the RTR offerings are:
Motorised version of the EFE 1938 tube stock, four car set. (Eye watering asking price.)
Kernow origin JIA hoppers.
Heljan origin Hymek.
DJM origin J94.

An interesting and eclectic mix. The 'explanation' for the Heljan item's inclusion is that some retailers do not stock Heljan, and this
appears to be a probe to see if wider distribution would be advantageous: good choice of one of their best liked models for such a
test of the market.
They have now added the Heljan 58 along with the Dapol/DJM/Kernow Beattie Well Tank, DJM/Kernow Gate Stock and Heljan Cargowaggon.
 

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Rapidly expanding selection. There's obviously a large potential range of product from Heljan, if this broader distribution programme succeeds sufficiently to justify further additions. Also potentially the 02 0-4-4T and NBL Warships from Kernow. Might there be product from further souces? Olivias, Rails, commissions by magazines, any more for the skylark?.
 

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Planet Industrials have announced their first OO RTR loco - a Kerr Stuart Victory 0-6-0T, a class 10 of which none survive which does to me seem a strange choice as the ability to offer a loco in possibly numerous liveries / names carried by preserved examples obviously does not apply.
 
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