Bufferstop wrote:I suspect Hornby's willingness to supply replacement parts FOC is very dependent on who built it and when. If parts had been outsourced in China and then a subcontractor has since disappeared or is now working for a competitor there will be little possibility of finding replacements.
Their enforced departure from a single well established outsourced manufacturing vendor when the Sanda Kan operation was closed, and the present reliance on a fair number of outfits must make this situation potentially yet worse.
That said, the overall mechanism design and build quality has been good proven technique since the move away from Sanda Kan, and my sampling (oriented to a GNR/LNER/BR(ER) interest) has been trouble free so far. Since I run my models a lot by most people's standard's, they get enough of a work out for me to be pretty confident that there's little trouble in store (and the same applies to the Bachmann and Heljan traction I have, even if the Heljan steam loco construction is an awkward cuss!)