Mountain wrote:...What I see is a mishmash approach where really Hornby are aiming for adult collectors which is a different market than the people who want to daily run their trains...
I don't think Hornby's aim is that good, 'mishmash' (a term I last heard from my late mother!) is on the money. Hard to know what you are going to get when a model is announced. Sometimes it will be really good in all respects: dimensions, appearance, mechanism performance; and happily I have a good number of these running really well on the layout.
But then there is the recent persistent BR green livery error which is a bind, and a tendency to cut corners like the clumsy mounting of the flangeless trailing truck wheelsets on pacifics, very poor; and Hornby are going to demonstrate yet another way to foul up on the new 9F. This last could have been a knockout model, but re-using the existing mechanism layout with compromised wheel spacing makes a muck of the appearance: one of those 'once seen, cannot be ignored' faults.
Mountain wrote:... Fun!
Happily, there's enough good stuff from Hornby, other brands, kits etc. that this remains a very enjoyable hobby.