I agree - models end up being so compromised that it makes me wonder what the point is. I really don't understand the obsession with R1 and R2 - they should be scrapped as far as I'm concerned as they don't encourage good, realistic practice.Most current locos are designed for a mimium radius of 438mm (UK 2nd radius) but even then issues can arise and supplied detail add ons are usually not fittable or need significanyt trimming.
Kris, this is what 'Railroad' is for. If people want to use R1 and R2, that's fine, they just need to accept that if they make that choice, then it comes with all the compromises inherent in a Railroad models designed to accomodate such curves.Graham it's all very well scrapping R1 but there are a lot of modellers who would give up including dare I say it - those terrorised into minimum space constraints by the house gremlin - who simply have minimum space and Hornby Railroad models will make the R1 even if they never use this on the Hornby TV programme. R2 is the standard for settrack points
Now just think all those people buying this R1/R2 railway are in fact keeping the larger product we buy alive because it is all turnover of funds with a well worked out product, bit silly looking at a P2 tackling R1 but hey if that's all you can do I'll take it well in fact in OO9.
So good luck to them and consider how fortunate we really are.
Are the smaller loco models older designs? Hornby have perpetuated their Dean goods, pannier and 0-4-2T with very dated mechanisms; should all have been at least brought up to the standard of Bachmann's current 56xx and 57xx, which are knocking 25 years since introduction. Hornby so like to squeeze every drop out of the old stuff......The smaller loco's seem to be a little more noisy...
You shouldn't have much trouble with the 'newly tooled for Chinese production' models; owners with GW models can doubtless point out any weaknesses to look out for....in general my point is there is not much between them it will be interesting once the layout is running to see just how they run and last...
Roco have a site in a Vietnam. They publish a full list on their website - Roco Modelleisenbahn About us Roco sites: Bergheim / Salzburg, Gloggnitz, Banská Bystrica, Arad, Ho Chi MinhRoco (or Piko ?) is making some of its models in Vietnam.