Sorry but I disagree with you here. There is a job shortage in the UK and after reading the article of the botched repairs on some of the new Hornby Class 67's. I am starting to lose confidence in Hornby's offerings. I am in favour of UK production and I would be happy to pay a little more for a British-made model locomotive that is made properly and that has been examined thoroughly by QC rather than something that is "Botched in China" which the consumer will end up returning it for further repair or exchange .martin_l_jones wrote:Yes, that statement is unbelievable.
Now before anyone jumps to conclusions here. I am not against the Chinese or items Made in China in anyway as most of you will know that Bachmann models are also Made in China and I have "never" (touch wood) had a problem with their models. Personally wherever the model is made, it should be made properly - no exceptions! .
I agree with you on the last statement, but I do not consider £96 to £130 for a Hornby Class 67 to be "peanuts" . Roco make their model trains in Germany (As far as I recall) and the wages in Mainland Europe are not too much different to the UK. So going on the basis of the Roco SNCF CC72000 Diesel Locomotives which sell for about £160 (200 Euros thereabouts). The cost of a British made Hornby Class 60 would be around £175 -/+ and the Class 67 would be about £160 -/+ if Hornby brought production back to the UK from China. So not much difference really and there would be no shipping costs involved (apart from exports) . I would be happy to pay around £30/£50 more for a model locomotive made in Britain that I know would be made to a better standard of quality, rather than buying a model that is cheaper to be made in China which can have pitfalls.Bushey Troughs wrote:martin_l_jones wrote:Yes, that statement is unbelievable.
I'm a little unclear as to what statement, was unbelievable.
People pay big money for Wrenn models still. Great runners built to last and made in Britain.
Pay peanuts, get monkeys the same is true of consumer goods.
Its bit of a lucky dip with Chinese-made products because from one factory they can really make some fantastic items. Just look at the Hornby Class 60, Class 56, HST and the Bachmann models which are cracking works of art in miniature. But on the downside, it seems like some factories/workers just could not care of less if the product is satisfactory or not. I am looking to purchase a Hornby Class 67 as I do like the W&S model. But I will thoroughly examine it before I part with any cash .
My question is however. Taking into account the article I have read elsewhere with the 4VEP and now the Class 67 issue is. Can Hornby really afford to keep dealing with incidents such as these? Hornby to me is a name that I grew up with during in my Childhood days and I would hate to see Hornby go out of business because of an overseas factory is not pulling its weight .
Food for thought...................