So what models out there match the Ixion models exactly and are truly better than them ?
Seems there has been a lot of attempts to doi the model but none have been 100% correct, actually no model can be 100% correct, even many reckn full size locos are nor correct tot he originals etc etc. The degree of accuracy is the aim every manufacturer strives for. Yet many factors act. Be it cost, if it was a cast or etched kit, be it metal/plastic etc - information resources, time - and other factors all add ot how good a model is.
So historically Ixion realeased their version of the low framed 32 class in 2016.
Ixion asked for input, many sent in their input & supported with photo's & other helps, I know I did anyway & know the response I got.
James at one point has said a target or something at the 99.5% accuracy for models, I would be stocked to see that level of accuracy. I got abused by another modeler for suggesting that I would be more than happy & accept a 5 - 10% toleration in accuracy, but primarily in the major areas of a model though.
What I am seeing these days is some of the companies are not accepting near enough models & prepared to take a delay in order to their product right, which I agree with, although in some cases we have had to wait near on 8 years for one specific model, hopefully when it arrives & I get mine the wait will have been worth it. (likely my last locomotive addition anyway)
Some years ago John Eassie when he announced the 2nd run of the 36cl made the comment the funnel would be corrected on owing to the pedantic B's out there, when the model arrived the funnel was not fixed & old one came with it. Along with a couple of others I asked him if he would still get the corrected funnel & bring it in, & he said no, as he pushed the factory & took a refund of what he paid for the correction.
Move to the Ixion 32cl, When the last post was put on their blog site about the model going into production it was said that Phil Badger was going to China to ensure the model & corrections notified to them was correctly done, a specific mention was made regarding the water delivery pipes on the non preserved models. The same or an earlier post said that Phil had made a list of corrections needed & that Ixion was not desirous of any further input.
So, despite the input by others & myself, also the aspect that Phil was in China to supervise the models, why is it that the preserved style of the water delivery pipes has ended up on all models? especially with preproduction photo's shown on this thread clearly shows the correct pipes on the non preserved models? As I am not purchasing one of the models for the reasons stated before, that include the errors that I have also noted along with others I have not mentioned, surely the modellers who purchase the model expecting to see the model arrive as they expect, such as with the water delivery pipes being correct on the models they purchased should be at least have them replaced by Ixion as a sign of good faith or something?
If one wanted to replace the other items, & if they were readily available in correct form, which some are others, not so readily available the cost to replace them would add up to a not too insignificant amount, likewise the replacement by the modellers in dealing with the water delivery pipes may be a bit beyond many modellers.
But being realistic, for a product & I am not just aiming this at the Ixion 32cl either but to other models out there as well, the 32cl is not overtly cheap really, at least for many modellers. $595.00 plus P&H of $20 is something that I don't have readily available & I suspect I'm not Robinson Crusoe on that front either, why shouldn't we get the model as advertised, with the promises or assurances that are given by the companies when paying up front, sight unseen of the final product.???