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Hornby Steampunk models

Postby Montfort2 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:09 pm

Hello Happy Members !
It seems that Hornby is going to launch a new range of models: The Bassett-Lowke Steampunk models
https://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/news/hornby-seeks-new-market-with-steampunk-models

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby Bufferstop » Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:28 pm

A company founded in Victorian times alright, but I rather think that Wenman Joseph B-L will either be turning in his grave or laughing his socks off at what is to be produced. Short run resin moulding from silicone moulds is a rather labour intensive way of producing models but were the examples shown just prototypes?
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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby muggins » Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:18 pm

Hmmmm. Friends of mine who are still into it reckon Hornby are too late to the party with this, on account of the Steampunk thing having peaked around 4 years ago ...

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby Mountain » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:44 pm

If Hornby don't try, they may not know. So it is worth trying anyway. :)

I love the concept of steampunk because of the creativity, but for me it has to be individual. I watched steampunk gatherings and while most were individual and creative, commercialism had also gined an interest so the individual creativity started to change into buy a certain marketed hat. Buy commercially available goggles and put them on the hat, and then turn up.
So I believe tht it could be the ease of availability of ready made garmets and things started to dab the interests of those who enjoyed the movement.
For most who enjoyed these events, they were enjoying being creative and different.
It is hard to tell if it will take off with Hornby or not, but like I said above. If you don't try you will never know, and someone else will try and corner the market.
If those who buy them will use them and enjoy them then why not if it will make them happy?

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby End2end » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:48 pm

:lol:
So take the range that you already make, stick some random bits of plastic from around the workshop on it and voila!
New range!
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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby Buelligan » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:45 pm

I'm kind of interested in the steampunk stuff, as long as they don't go too overboard with the designs and make it just look tacky and toylike.

As for, will it sell, who knows. I thought they were mad for releasing a whole harry potter range, but that doesn't seem to be doing too bad.

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby alex3410 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:11 am

Maybe they are a little early with their April fools this year? :lol:

don't get me wrong I like the whole steampunk vibe/style but don't really think this is likely to be much of a hit.

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby Bigmet » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:29 am

Buelligan wrote:I'm kind of interested in the steampunk stuff, as long as they don't go too overboard with the designs and make it just look tacky and toylike...

Surely you cannot go far enough in that direction? It's a risible affectation, class 1.

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:51 am

00, 4mm/ft,1/76 wouldn't seem to me to be the best vehicle (there's a pun in there somewhere) for Steam Punk. Apart from the overall shape and design, it's all in the detail, nuts, bolts, rivets, chains, gears, fancy handles in brass and cast iron, all the kind of stuff that is more representational than accurately modelled at this scale.
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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby End2end » Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:53 am

Buelligan wrote:s long as they don't go too overboard with the designs and make it just look tacky and toylike.

Erm ..... too late.
:lol:
As for the buildings, sticking a cog or 2 on the side does not make it steampunk. It just looks rubbish imo.
Same old trotted out renumbered crap from Hornby. At least they'll have something to do with all those railroad range loco's left over in stock for god knows how long.
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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby Swartout » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:37 pm

Bad design decisions by Hornby? Sucks to hear that. Let's hope it's just a phase.

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby b308 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:45 pm

Bit early to jump to conclusions... But, hey, that's what forums are for... Everyone's an expert...

Time will tell... Seems to me quite a good idea and won't be expensive to do either as they are using existing chassis...

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby Bigmet » Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:22 pm

b308 wrote:Bit early to jump to conclusions...

The one person I know who was into this, tells me it is well and truly over. Those who dreamed it up have moved on. But at least it is cheap stuff that Hornby have used as its basis.

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby D605Eagle » Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:30 pm

muggins wrote:Hmmmm. Friends of mine who are still into it reckon Hornby are too late to the party with this, on account of the Steampunk thing having peaked around 4 years ago ...

Bit like their toy story stuff, came out years after the last film was made at the time. Bet they are annoyed another film was made later that's proved to be hugely popular with the associated merchandise. Thing is with fads, you've got to be on the ball. The guy who invented hula hoops lost everything as the craze died suddenly and he was left with millions of what had effectively become junk.

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Re: Hornby Steampunk models

Postby Bufferstop » Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:52 pm

Hornby are the world leaders at coming in just after the deadline. They were late for the Olympics, so late for the Great Gathering that they only just made it for the Great Goodbye! If they want to hang on the coat tails of anything why not some of the animations that appeared in the Great MR Challenge. If they want to add something to the Harry Potter range, how about the Weasley's Ford Anglia on a wire landing in the Womping Willow. On the Sunday every diecast display at Warley had a hole in it where their stock of blue and white Ford Anglias had been.
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