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Lifted from the 108 DMU thread, to avoid derailing it further.

QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 21 Jun 2007, 00:03) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Have you guys considered writing your own reviews?
Very much a newcomer here, but have taken part in what might be called the 'reviewing process' on rmweb, and before that similar activity on the BRM site. Now here is the strange thing, and it was what attracted me to reply to Maas' post: there is relatively little interest from most UK forum participants in the mechanism, unless some aspect makes it an immediately problematic runner. The 'screaming' Hornby 08 perhaps the foremost example recently, and before that the difficulties in persuading the Bachmann A1 to pull well. My pet gripes about Hornby steam loco mechs: mechanically inept motor mount; the use of flat surface contacts and the chassis block in the current path, (instead of wire soldered to the pick-up wipers keeping the chassis block dead); the outdated loco to tender coupler; none seem of much interest. Similarly Bachmann's often poorly aligned pick-ups, and use of 3 pole motors. Strange in my eyes, but there it is.

The other problem is that I rarely buy anything newly introduced immediately after release, (although the Bach 9F/BR1F was an exception) and even then there was a delay: by the time my local retailer had the item it wasn't convenient to visit for a week, and then I had no time to really get to grips with it for another week or so. And by that time Doug had his fine review out as I recall - it was a link to it that was my intro to this site - and he had got it pretty much right, and in any case this is a most satisfactory model. Lets wait for the Super D, the only announced model that really has me excited at the prospect; maybe I will have some input to throw into the pot.

So, is there any interest here in a 'mechanisms' focus?
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QUOTE (sandringham @ 22 Jun 2007, 02:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Talking about reviewing problematical loco mechs, any opinions about the Hornby type 7 motor?

I have stuffed my "Lorna Doone" with 40 grams of lead to increase the traction. But this horrible motor... Just 3 long clerestory coaches and 4 with great pain.

This motor is the very weak (it's just too cheap) spot of a few Hornby items and I think it's the reason why they have reverted to rubber tyres in 1 or 2 cases.

By the way, does anyone know of a good replacement motor that is a direct fit?

I really wanted the new Caledonian single but it's the same loco as Lorna Doone with different paint on. I am reluctant to get it after hearing this and other similar stories. Hornby do seem a bit hit and miss with their steam models.
Roco used to have three categories like this. At least you know what you are getting.
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