I can't quite see the point of a 44xx. BR commenced withdrawing them straight away and they were gone by 1955,, so unless one is modelling pre-nationalisation or the very first few years of BR, they are out of period. They had long gone by the halcyon BR steam years of the early 1960's.Also from Rapido;
Presumably, Rapido will be modelling the 44xx with its different sized wheels ?
I agree that £170 is a lot for a pair of coaches. Once OO coaches start topping the £100 boundary, you might as well go just a little bit further and get O Gauge versions which are significantly more detailed: Review of Lionheart B Set
And get an O gauge 45xx to haul them: Review of Lionheart 45xx
I have a Bachmann 45xx and Hornby B Set. They are nice, but the O gauge versions are way better!
As for a Y7, I can't see the point at all. Looks like we are scouring the dregs for something to manufacture.
A 40 does make sense, but I would have thought that Bachmann's relatively low key approach to them indicates that they probably aren't as popular as some might think. Personally, I find the 'whistling' of the prototype incredibly infuriating and annoying. Does my ears in!
Hornby's Coronation makes sense too. The loco has been part of their catalogue since the 1980's and given current calendar events, it makes total sense to apply a timely name.