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OK there's limited production runs,
more detailing,
two motors,

But material costs wouldn't be vastly more, and labour costs depend on where it's made.

So.......double the cost of OO, triple the cost??
No it's between 5 and 10 times the cost of your average Hornby or Bachmann model!


I'm surely missing something?
 

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All good stuff, I had hoped to open up this sort of discussion.

Obviously, economies of scale (forgive the pun
) are the largest cost factor.

As for material cost, OO versus O, even if materials used were x4 or x8, this is still neglegible. The manufacturing costs and the development process (design, tooling etc), costs more than the plastic or metal itself.

I wouldn't know the figures but a guess would be, for eg. a typicall OO diesel retailing (discount) @ £ 54 ....materials £3 to £5 ??? or is that too high ?

4x £5 = £20 not a a lot in a £400 loco !

There are consumer products out there selling at £100 'ish where the materials cost £1 to £2 !!! But they sell tens of thousands of them.

Maybe someone in the industry could give a little help here ?

Best forget the material element then ?
 

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You will often see a big price difference between 2 models of the same car.

Take the same "trim" level, and the same engine model, but available in 1.8L and 2.0L capacities. Price difference £800 to £1200 more. Everything else the same.

What do you get for your money ?
Less material (metal)....and some fresh air (less than a tin of beans).
 
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