Hitachi Javelin

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Hitachi Javelin

Postby Campaigner » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:12 pm

Had an email from Rails of Sheffield today to announce that the Javelins are now released, not really into these modern bug units but it does look good and I can feel more expenditure coming on :?

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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby Campaigner » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:14 pm

Having just been on their website, it says forthcoming release, so I guess not yet. :(

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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby ChrisWV10 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:20 pm

They're available from hattons....

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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby ASFC » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:59 am

They have been released, unless I imagined the two on the shelf at work the other day.
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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby Campaigner » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:49 pm

ASFC wrote:They have been released, unless I imagined the two on the shelf at work the other day.


OK then, are they any good, i.e. worth the money? :)

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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby Bushey Troughs » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:17 pm

Rails of Sheffield, have sent me an email saying they have it in stock. I'm not really into modern stock, but I have to say it does look rather smart.
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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby egroeg93 » Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:10 pm

They are on ebay at buy it now.. Anyone out there got one/considering!?

Its over £150 on the hornby website.. I've seen it for 107..

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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby ASFC » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:14 am

Campaigner wrote:
ASFC wrote:They have been released, unless I imagined the two on the shelf at work the other day.


OK then, are they any good, i.e. worth the money? :)


It looks like a nice model-no idea how well it runs though, as no one is brave enougth to test run it because of how tightly packed it is!
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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby Metadyneman » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:16 pm

I think Hornby have dropped a "you know what" by making this model... It runs in a very small section on one line in the South East and has no appeal other than it will whisk people from St Pancras to erm.... Stratford Rochester & Ashford? Woo Hoo whoopee! I can hardly contain my indifference. At Least Bachmann look to fair better with a good old "Slammer" which was seen all over the system in the South East from Kent to Dorset!

Yes the Javelins are nice and the model looks impressive and people might buy one for the sake of it but I don't think it's going to be a blockbusting seller. Hornby's Eurostarhas more appeal simply because more people from across the country are likely to go on one to get to France & Europe.
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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby 60007 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:59 pm

Metadyneman wrote:I think Hornby have dropped a "you know what" by making this model...


I can see where you're coming from, but I think I read somewhere that they're trying to get more operational by next year. Also, Hornby may be 'biding their time/get it out before bachmann can' as the javelins will be used for the 2012 olympics, by which time many more should be in operation. I think what they've done is see how many sales they can get over the next 2 years, where at 2012 their sales should rocket, as foreign people who have come to the uk to watch may want a "souvenir"/ hornby will release a special set
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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby Campaigner » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:43 pm

I've been told today thatthese things have the same motor as the Eurostar :( what on earth are they thinking about :evil:

Does anyone know if the Pendolino has the same motor?

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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby DIRTY DIESEL » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:18 pm

Campaigner wrote:I've been told today thatthese things have the same motor as the Eurostar :( what on earth are they thinking about :evil:

Does anyone know if the Pendolino has the same motor?


Yes it has and iv sent 2 of my Javelins back for a refund, very dissapointed if Im honest, does n't seem to like points unless level and stalls on frogs just like Pendo. Also has traction tyres which I don't like.
Does look nice though, sticking with non traction tyred locos from now on.

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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby Campaigner » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:37 pm

When are Hornby going to realise that these cheap out of date drives are not acceptable in todays models. :evil:

On the bright side :idea: that's just saved me quite a few £££ :D Probably end up spending it now on a Bachmann 4 CEP :wink:

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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby DIRTY DIESEL » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:28 pm

Campaigner wrote:When are Hornby going to realise that these cheap out of date drives are not acceptable in todays models. :evil:

On the bright side :idea: that's just saved me quite a few £££ :D Probably end up spending it now on a Bachmann 4 CEP :wink:



Thats is exactly where my money has now gone B/G CEP.

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Re: Hitachi Javelin

Postby Metadyneman » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:59 pm

Bimey that is bad news. I thought Hornby had done away with these awful motors and traction tyres on new models. My 4-CEP arrived this morning so needless to say it's been out on the garden layout all day. I'm well pleased with it and will definitely be getting another as time and money allows.

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