Bigmet wrote:mahoganydog wrote:As a side note why on earth would any manufacturer with common sense go for a split chassis anyway? ...
This, and the coreless motor, and the gear coupled wheels and floating rods, and the glued together construction, are all because he is N gauge oriented. That's the mechanism technique he knows, and it works in N where there is far less weight and therefore load on the mechanism; and the customer expectation is that three years regular operation and then fit only to go on a display shelf is well established.
I lost all interest in his potential OO product the moment this became clear. It just isn't a fit construction for OO steam, as done to 'current commercial standard. (Executed to a suitable standard it is a first class technique, and I have a number of current split chassis models that prove this: diesels with Hornby mechanisms, DMU's and coaches by Bachmann. All superbly reliable. Neither manufacturer advertises these products as having split chassis pick up, such is the poor reputation this technique has gained due to a weak commercial implementation on RTR OO steam models.)
I must tell my hundred or so 30 yr old n gauge locos this. They all work too.