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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 12 Feb 2008, 21:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I contacted my dealer yesterday and he said that he stuck it in the post yesterday morning. Rather coincidental I thought.

Thanks Neil. I guess that that was the HO one; I'm waiting for the N scale one. Oh well...........

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No sign yet of any of my 2007 Marklin Insider orders, the wagon, the year book, a metal fire engine model.........


All ordered months ago from Gaugemaster, and in previoous years always delivered well before Christmas.

I did recently receive a German language version of the year book with my TEE Gotthardo unit, so maybe all the English stuff has just been delayed.
I will contact Gaugemaster later on today. I guess they are no longer 'Best Friends' with Marklin after being dropped as UK distibutor for MArklin/Trix in favour of The Hobbby Company.

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Thanks Ashley.
QUOTE (ashleyh @ 15 Feb 2008, 06:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>No sign yet of any of my 2007 Marklin Insider orders, the wagon, the year book, a metal fire engine model.........


All ordered months ago from Gaugemaster, and in previous years always delivered well before Christmas.
Oh well, at least I'm not alone!

QUOTE (ashleyh @ 15 Feb 2008, 06:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I did recently receive a German language version of the year book with my TEE Gotthardo unit, so maybe all the English stuff has just been delayed.
I will contact Gaugemaster later on today. I guess they are no longer 'Best Friends' with Marklin after being dropped as UK distibutor for MArklin/Trix in favour of The Hobbby Company.
I agree, that might explain the delays. I always found Gaugemaster to be very helpful I've never had dealings with The Hobby Shop.

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Ahhh..don't confuse The Hobby Company with The Hobby Shop (Nice friendly retailer in Faversham).

The Hobby Company are just a wholesaler, who up to now have handled LGB and VITrains. What this means is that, if your local model shop have an account with The Hobby Company, then they should now be able to order up Marklin and Trix items for you. One supposes if Gaugemaster are to carry on stocking Marklin and Trix, then they will now have to buy their stock from The Hobby comapny like every other retailer in the UK.

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I was advised by the Australian Maerklin/Trix handler Noel of Nathan Trains N Toys yesterday that the reason that we got it quickly was because the goods were airfreighted in. This resulted in a cost of Aus $2,800 to him which was not borne by Maerklin. This has been passed on to the club members. I paid $30. Maybe you're better waiting if you want it for free.

Hows your Gothardo Ashley? It looked very nice in the catalogues.
 

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Ahh, the Gottardo, yes well where to begin.........

I love it to bits, it is a superb metal casting, wonderfully decorated and runs superbly with very good lighting and a few sound effects.
However it is possibly one of the most controversial models ever to be released by Marklin. It is a long story, best understood by reading a very long thread on the marklin-users.net forum.

The basic issue is that Marklin have not provided any flexible corridor connections between the coaches, so on sharp curves, as the coaches swing apart, you see an exposed circuit board connector on one side of the link, and a black plastic lug on the other. follow some of the links from the thread to see some pictures on the Swiss forums.

Basically, because of this people seem to either love it or hate it. To me it is the engineering that is important, and I feel sure it will not be too long before an after market solution appears. All it is going to take is some flexible rubber connectors. Maybe Marklin will even release them themselves, as apparently they are currently receiving a barage of criticism over the model. Looking at it from an engineering point of view, I can see how it has turned out like it has, but I think some latex or material connectors should have been included as sold.

I might be tempted to put a review up on this shortly if there is enough interest.

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QUOTE I might be tempted to put a review up on this shortly if there is enough interest.
I'd be interested to read it. The combination of Swiss, passenger, multiple unit and mountains is almost irresistable to my other half.

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QUOTE (ashleyh @ 16 Feb 2008, 15:19) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ahh, the Gottardo, yes well where to begin.........

I might be tempted to put a review up on this shortly if there is enough interest.

Ashley
I'd love to see a review of this Ashley.


As for the flexible corridor connectors, they managed to make these before for the Flying Hamburger so why not anything else? Maybe because the Gottardo is a five car unit rather than a two. The Hamburger came already linked with the flexible corridor connector fixed. This would not be possible with a five car unit unless the box was a metre or so long. A possible solution was to do the same as they did with the ICE3 and have 8 pin plugs connecting all the coaches. This enables power pick up from the end coaches, motor in the centre coach and all coaches to be lit.
 

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The Gottardo does have multi-pin plugs connecting each unit, I think they are the same ones used on the previous VT11.5, but turned into a verticle position. The train would be too long and heavy to be permanently coupled. The individual cars are much longer than those on the VT11.5, for example.

The basic problems is that the unit really needs some flexible rubber/latex covers to fit in between the coaches. Without it, it does really look like an 'unfinished symphony' !
The other issue people are having with it is that it has movable skirts fixed to the bogies, much like the Flying Hamburger. I really cannot see how this could have been avoided without ruining the profile of the model though, there is almost no swing for the bogies within the confines of the deep skirted body.

By coincidence there is a review of the Kato N gauge version of the Gottardo in the March Continental Modeller. Kato have raised the entire skirt height so that the bogies freeely pivot. To my eyes this looks much worse. Anyway, I am getting ahead of myself, time to start working on that review.........

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QUOTE (ashleyh @ 17 Feb 2008, 19:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The Gottardo does have multi-pin plugs connecting each unit, I think they are the same ones used on the previous VT11.5, but turned into a verticle position. The train would be too long and heavy to be permanently coupled. The individual cars are much longer than those on the VT11.5, for example.

The basic problems is that the unit really needs some flexible rubber/latex covers to fit in between the coaches. Without it, it does really look like an 'unfinished symphony' !
The other issue people are having with it is that it has movable skirts fixed to the bogies, much like the Flying Hamburger. I really cannot see how this could have been avoided without ruining the profile of the model though, there is almost no swing for the bogies within the confines of the deep skirted body.

By coincidence there is a review of the Kato N gauge version of the Gottardo in the March Continental Modeller. Kato have raised the entire skirt height so that the bogies freeely pivot. To my eyes this looks much worse. Anyway, I am getting ahead of myself, time to start working on that review.........

Ashley
They used the movable skirts compromise on the Henschel Wegman train too. I agree it is better than raising them. Look forward to the review.
 
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