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*** I am not sure of the motivation or purpose of this thread.

Reviewers are simply modellers with writing experience. Editors are the same. POLICY of the magazine will rule the results. We should all be aware of that.

I too have seen a weakness in the loco in its choice of pin diameter for its 21 pin DCC connector (another thing not even thought about by the reviewers) but I simply posted that as a comment to inform, with the action needed to make it work better, because criticism without substance to validate it has no value.

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I think Rapido should be encouraged as traditional larger suppliers are massively under-achieving and under-delivering new projects all round at the moment to the detriment of the hobby and the industry as a whole.
If it was me, and the model was one I had the knowledge to comment on, I'd probably be sending them a helpful email. Something like:

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Dear Rapido

It's clear you really do care about what you create. Your XZY model is really nicely done in many areas but when I look at it, there are a couple of places where you probably were not supplied enough information.

I know that you have a well deserved reputation for going the extra mile to get it right, so in order to add to your knowledge here is what I have noticed: Perhaps it will give you a basis for later improvement.

* the underframe as you have made is correct for version x, but your numbering is for version y unfortunately. It should be 1234 to 1256 in your chosen version
* The gizmo under the whatsits was actually like this. (drawing attached)
* Your chosen variant should have this whatsits positioned just behing the drawbar (see this photo)
* Next comment with supporting reference
* Next comment with supporting reference

I am hapy to discuss any oof these issues if you wish. Please keep the new UK prototype models coming!

Kind regards, xxx

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Anyway - from my point of view:

* The UK needs a new, quality supplier to chellenge the establishment and lead to, hopefully, even more improvement.
* Rapido should be encouraged
* We should not underestimate the long term risk of constant criticism without commensurate support - Those who create our models are only human.
* We also should not dismiss the positives that may come from supportive activity. The more we inform, the better they will become.

And... we really should keep the hobby positive.

regards, Richard
 
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