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by GWR_fan
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues
Replies: 42
Views: 3998

Re: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues

Many thanks, plenty of room for thought, however, should Dapol release their model or maybe sometime in the far distant future Bachmann actually update their model then any money spent on mods is futile.
by GWR_fan
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: VAT versus GST
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: VAT versus GST

Australia is much the same as the goods and services tax is imposed on manufacturers, service industries, transport companies, distributors, wholesalers and finally retailers. Each service provider or business requires to be registered with an ABN which is a specific business number for that company...
by GWR_fan
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: VAT versus GST
Replies: 6
Views: 188

VAT versus GST

I need clarification please as regards VAT. I presume that it is a value added tax based solely on the sale price of the item and does not include a tax on items such as postage and insurance. Downunder we have a GST that is a goods and services tax and is a 10% surcharge on the item sold plus any s...
by GWR_fan
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Alex3410 - My Railway
Replies: 294
Views: 32296

Re: Alex3410 - My Railway

- getting the mix between track and scenery balanced has been tricky as i tend to try and fill any empty space :lol: One of the mistakes I've made on past layouts. :lol: Is not easy getting a fine balance for this. My plan is highly detailed station, coal mines and viaduct scenes connected by unsce...
by GWR_fan
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Alex3410 - My Railway
Replies: 294
Views: 32296

Re: Alex3410 - My Railway

With a soldering iron if not soldering circuit boards you need a large capacity very hot iron. The trick is to apply maximum heat in minimal time. Many hold the iron on the area waiting for the area to heat enough to melt the solder. What this does is heat the surrounding area as the iron is not pow...
by GWR_fan
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Black 5
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Black 5

There are two versions that have been released in loco drive. One is a full detail model and the other the Railroad (ex-tender drive model) with shorter loco body. The Railroad model suffers from a heavy die-cast chassis plus more importantly very draggy power pickups. If you do as Bufferstop has st...
by GWR_fan
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?
Replies: 61
Views: 945

Re: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?

When people think model trains they think Hornby. When they think track they think Peco. Both names have become generic terms to describe a product, like Biro and Hoover. As stated Peco has been slow to innovate and only recently branched out into bullhead rail and as far as I know still do not make...
by GWR_fan
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?
Replies: 61
Views: 945

Re: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?

Given the current market dynamics with most modellers seemingly of advancing years then the current standard of detail seems to be the preferred choice. Yes, there is a market for Railroad type "quality/detail", but if manufacturers thought that a mass market existed for this product then ...
by GWR_fan
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby in the news today
Replies: 160
Views: 3575

Re: Hornby in the news today

Keiron, remember a couple of years ago when some bleeding heart importer got into the ear of a particular model railway manufacturer complaining of the impact grey imports were having on his business. The company's response was to implement a ban on distribution outside the UK and continent for the ...
by GWR_fan
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby in the news today
Replies: 160
Views: 3575

Re: Hornby in the news today

....... so you do wonder if there's some collusion between the manufacturers and the shops along the lines of "We'll do a big RRP and then you can heavily discount it to make it look like people are getting a bargain!" The idea of a cartel works fine for large volume box shifters, however...
by GWR_fan
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby get financial lifeline
Replies: 33
Views: 546

Re: Hornby get financial lifeline

Keiron, 100% correct. I have only spent a pittance recently and only because they represented fantastic value plus they were at least 10 - 15 years old. I do not buy new any more and only will if it is a must have. Nearly went for a Heljan "night owl", now glad I backed away. No interest a...
by GWR_fan
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby get financial lifeline
Replies: 33
Views: 546

Re: Hornby get financial lifeline

Mountain wrote:GWR Fan. I've been thinking that. I recently saw a deltic from the old Lima moulding and it retailed at a huge price.......


I believe I also saw that and was stunned, unless like every other Lima release it was a "limited edition".
by GWR_fan
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby get financial lifeline
Replies: 33
Views: 546

Re: Hornby get financial lifeline

The Hattons Hornby Warship has been GBP39.00 for a long time and has the skew wound motor in the drive bogie as it is an updated drive. I like the Lima Warship but never purchased one. Was criticised for insufficient detail as is the Hornby model but at half the price of a Bachmann model most likely...
by GWR_fan
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Lima can motor locos
Replies: 10
Views: 546

Re: Lima can motor locos

In my experience the earlier release models tend to run better. I purchased several models released not long before Hornby took over ownership and while they looked better with their plated wheelsets, the motors were amp hungry and the locomotives were very tempermental. The class 20 always surprise...
by GWR_fan
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby get financial lifeline
Replies: 33
Views: 546

Re: Hornby get financial lifeline

Quote: "Today’s refinancing lays the foundations for what is understood to be a flurry of future announcements." To me this means asset shedding to get rid of legacy items that were acquired a few years ago, like some European brandnames. Quote: "In an April trading update Hornby said...

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