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Bachmann Europe Plc has today (30 June 2008) commenced distribution of the outstanding OO gauge Scenecraft buildings announced last year. This completes the initial programme of OO releases with the N gauge items due later this year.

New items include the Provender Store, signal box, modern office block and extension, platelayers hut and a range of buildings for a colliery including the pit head lift.

The models now being released are as follows:

44-004 Provender Store £19.20
44-010 Hampton Hill Signal Box £24.00
44-018 2 Storey Office Block £24.80
44-019 2 Storey Office Block Extension £24.80
44-025 Hampton Heath Colliery Pit Head Lift £28.00
44-026 Hampton Heath Colliery Winding House £28.00
44-027 Hampton Heath Colliery Fan House £28.00
44-028 Hampton Heath Colliery Tram Circuit £12.00
44-029 Hampton Heath Colliery Explosive Magazine £11.20
44-030 Hampton Heath Colliery Pit Head Baths £22.00
44-031 Hampton Heath Colliery Woodstacks £8.00
44-032 Hampton Heath Colliery Saw Mill £14.80
44-033 Hampton Heath Colliery Blacksmiths £24.00
44-047 Hampton Hill Platelayers Hut £9.60

Other Bachmann news:

Bachmann Collectors' Club attending Train Collectors Society Exhibition

The Bachmann Collectors' Club part of Bachmann Europe Plc will be attending The Train Collectors Society Exhibition this weekend. The Bachmann Collectors Club is again sponsoring the 2008 event, which has the largest single gathering of historical operating layouts under one roof in the UK.

The 2008 event is to be held in Sandy, Bedfordshire on Saturday July 5th and Sunday July 6th 2008 and brings together train collectors of all marques. Since it was established in 1999 it has become the leading exhibition of its type in the UK.

Encompassing a wide range of models produced over the past 100 years or so, the exhibition features operating vintage layouts in all scales, specialist traders and is supported by leading collectors clubs including those devoted to Bassett - Lowke, Hornby, Kitmaster, Tri-ang, Trix Twin and Wrenn.

Dennis Lovett, Public Relations Manager for Bachmann Europe Plc said "we are delighted to support the 2008 event, our second year of sponsoring this premier collecting event. This exhibition provides the opportunity to see all the famous names of model railways under the same roof and is attracts people from far and wide. The Bachmann Collectors' Club stand will again feature operating layouts and will display the latest products to visitors".

The event is open on Saturday 4 July from 1030 until 1700 and on Sunday 5 July from 1030 to 1600. There will be 30+ layouts and some 20+ trade stands.

Sandy station is served by First Capital Connect services from both London Kings Cross and Peterborough, which offers connecting services to many other parts of the country. The Train Collectors Society offer a free vintage bus link between the station and the venue. The venue, Sandy Upper School offers substantial free parking and Sandy is adjacent to the A1 trunk road.
 

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Interesting that the UK seems to have gone down the road of ready to plonk down buildings whereas the europeans seem to prefer kits, also that the H & B market buildings & generally FLM/Roco don't !

I'd agree with Neil that between H & B there is now a considerable range of buildings making UK "modeling from boxes" a distinct possibility, which used to be an objection to modeling european in the UK !
 

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 2 Jul 2008, 00:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Interesting that the UK seems to have gone down the road of ready to plonk down buildings whereas the europeans seem to prefer kits, also that the H & B market buildings & generally FLM/Roco don't !

I'd agree with Neil that between H & B there is now a considerable range of buildings making UK "modeling from boxes" a distinct possibility, which used to be an objection to modeling european in the UK !

*** Such buildings have low tooling costs and are relatively low investment.... which is why they can come in many new forms in a single sales season.

I'm aware many will welcome them and that is OK as its their choice - I'm not overly positive to them though...

While I think some from both B and H are quite nicely done, I think that they are exensive compared to the quality and the result of yet more on the market will be lots of sameness in railways across UK - just a new generation of the "superquick look".

Personally I think its also a shame that they give yet another reason to not learn hands on skills and really learn to be a modeller.

I find it an interesting contradiction that UK model loco's are getting better and modellers gnash their teeth and argue over minute detail while these model buildings which are are distinctly "average" in quality and detail will like the H ones pass without much comment.... Overall they are a great encouragement to the new or train set modeller but not a great contribution to the hobby as a whole.

Richard
 

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 2 Jul 2008, 04:51) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think that they are exensive compared to the quality and the result of yet more on the market will be lots of sameness in railways across UK - just a new generation of the "superquick look".

Personally I think its also a shame that they give yet another reason to not learn hands on skills and really learn to be a modeller.

I find it an interesting contradiction that UK model loco's are getting better and modellers gnash their teeth and argue over minute detail while these model buildings which are are distinctly "average" in quality and detail will like the H ones pass without much comment.... Overall they are a great encouragement to the new or train set modeller but not a great contribution to the hobby as a whole.

Richard

I have to agree here - I wonder how many "Jubilee Clock Towers" will end up nowhere near the sea !
 

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Another way to look at it is that we all have aspects of the hobby that we enjoy and other aspects we are not very good at or not interested in. Personally I like ready to run locos and have not built a kit but on the other hand like to make a good job of buildings and scenery as I enjoy doing this. The H and B buildings may be just the ticket for kit building enthusiasts who have no time for making buildings and wish to focus on the what they see as the more important modelling.
 

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I would love to see an alternative to the Wills Ratio style of kits that go together reasonably well but do create a little bit of sameness about a layout. I wasn't impressed with the Dapol ones that didn't seem to fit as well as the Wills Ratio offerings. Would love to see something new out there with new tooling. Too much money for the tooling for a new manufacturer I would imagine.
 
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