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by Meister
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 00 gauge layout
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: 00 gauge layout

Could be 'Victoria Park', but was this layout not O gauge?
by Meister
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19
Replies: 83
Views: 4238

Re: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19

A better programme than the previous one. The same narrative remains though, i.e. the previous management messed up, everything was rosy before that and just in the nick of time the dynamic duo of LD and SK rides in to save the day. Not really true but good for PR. Corgi yet again did not receive a ...
by Meister
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19
Replies: 83
Views: 4238

Re: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19

Rather disappointed with this programme overall. Too much filler material and the message seemed to be that the previous management is entirely responsible for Hornby's current woes. There should have been more of a focus on the long-term issues that the company has faced and turning around the 'toy...
by Meister
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby's poor build quality
Replies: 42
Views: 2352

Re: Hornby's poor build quality

Thank you for highly detailed response Bigmet. This confirms my impression that Hornby have gradually improved in recent years and largely caught up with the competition, in some cases surpassing it. It seems to me that getting the basic design right is the most important issue and Hornby seem to be...
by Meister
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby's poor build quality
Replies: 42
Views: 2352

Re: Hornby's poor build quality

Looks grim. From reviews on YouTube there seem to be a few individuals out there who are of the opinion that Hornby are actually better for motors and mechanisms/running than the competition, particularly with large steam locomotives. It may be that they are referring to design more than quality con...
by Meister
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby's poor build quality
Replies: 42
Views: 2352

Re: Hornby's poor build quality

Build quality/quality control issues were evident with Hornby in the late 70s/early 80s when I was a youngster. Not sure what quality control measures were in place by this time but faulty items were definitely slipping through. Today's finescale models are more intricate and fragile so problems are...
by Meister
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Lima can motor locos
Replies: 13
Views: 1408

Re: Lima can motor locos

Believe it or not, some of us actually like Lima! As a young modeller in the early 1980s I would never have stuck with the hobby had it not been for Lima's modern image range which was by far the best available at the time. Never had any running issues with them and they were rarely if ever faulty f...
by Meister
Wed May 09, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Model number needed please.
Replies: 10
Views: 529

Re: Model number needed please.

Definitely a Thomas item from around 6/7 years ago. Found a Hattons link for R9691 and the price was £14 when they stocked it.
by Meister
Tue May 01, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 109
Views: 5877

Re: Financial Woes Continue

I would say that 1980s Mainline hit the sweet spot with regard to detail v. price. Excellent models then and still are today - 40 years on! Today's expensive finescale models have now gone too far IMHO, but having got this far down the super detail route are manufacturers ever going to backtrack? In...
by Meister
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 109
Views: 5877

Re: Financial Woes Continue

I think that there should be a place for Railroad. As my main interest is diesel, I am not bothered about expensive finescale steam locomotives when all I actually want is a few basic ones to add variety to my layout. This is where Railroad steam locomotives come in very useful. They can be weathere...
by Meister
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 109
Views: 5877

Re: Financial Woes Continue

Moving the conversation away from Thomas, I wonder what the future holds for the Railroad range? If low volume, high margin is seen as the way to return the company to profitability will there still be a place for these cheaper (and less profitable) legacy models? There do not seem to be many new re...
by Meister
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Real model prices?
Replies: 26
Views: 1877

Re: Real model prices?

And many retailers are offering it for significantly less - under £35 in some cases. So why are the J94 and Terrier ~£75 RRP when they should both be in the Railroad range at a similar price to the 14xx?
by Meister
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Where have they gone?
Replies: 44
Views: 3183

Re: Where have they gone?

Checked yesterday and it looks as though all the pre-owned stock has now returned to the site.
by Meister
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Frizinghall Models & Railways
Replies: 20
Views: 2622

Re: Frizinghall Models & Railways

Their original shop had a lot more atmosphere than the current one, though clearly less practical. I do not know the precise location of the new unit but from my general knowledge of the area am not convinced it will be much better from the point of view of passing trade. I wish them good look in th...
by Meister
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Frizinghall Models & Railways
Replies: 20
Views: 2622

Re: Frizinghall Models & Railways

The website says the shop is relocating to Baildon at the end of March, so the sale must have gone through. Looks to be the same address as John Ayrey the model car wholesaler, so the latter could be the new owner or maybe this business is moving again or closing. Model car collecting is certainly i...

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