It’s good to see Hornby (with ARM) producing a NSW steam loco. However, I’m wondering whether there might be a possibility to produce two versions as Hornby does with some of its UK models. Then we could have the current base version along with an upgraded version at slightly higher cost with additional detail, bogie tender with power pickup and an operating headlight. Just offering this as an idea to possibly further widen the appeal of the model.Hornby haven't learnt or cared anything about Australian trains for the past 60 years. Remember that Transcontinental rubbish they used to pass off as Australian/Canadian/NZ/whatever outline back in the sixties? This is just a continuation of that effort.
It is really not that hard to produce a plastic model that's pretty close to the prototype nowadays. Why didn't they?
APW, from the beginning of the announcement of this model and the understanding at that time was that it was from an Australian source, my biggest issue and primarilly still is the terrible oversized extreme rivet detail on the model, that included some other areas that drop the model down in correctness. It would seem that the idea was to make sure stuff, even incorrect stuff was able to be obviously seen. I put in that original comment the following with the belief that those producing the model would readily have been able to go to Thirlmere to capture photo's of the non streamlined 38's especially in regards to the clean lines that were very much part of the 38's design and look.
When the news came out that it was a Hornby/Lima branded model from England, a comment I made was still on those same lines but asked the question would Hornby have produced a model of any of their Express passenger locomotives such as the Gresley pacifics and others? The answer really would be NO!
This week I had a chance to view the model & as I reported here it did not look as bad as I originally thought, thing is though that there are still too many errors on the model for me. Some of those errors are very much repeats of other models in the past, so those behind the model could or should have ensured the noticeable ones such as rivet and course boiler bands, along with other oversized issues with the model. Its now been how many 38cl models have come out over the years that have had correct, firebox cladding, rather than running parrallel to the footplate its in line with the washout plugs? Interestingly I read where the original Lima 38's actually had that correct (I stand to be corrected on that).
Modellers have jumped at the cheap price of the model, and I would like a black one when they come out, thing is the cost to replace various items that at least are replaceable, but the price of the model soon goes up and by how much ? The other aspect is that I would need, how many hours trying to removed the errors and fix them, if they are fixable?
I worked on enough of them, but have more photo's of the 38's and none of them show the heavy & wrong detail of this model. I have a DJH streamlined 38, that has some of the same errors, but no where near to what is on these models, I would even say that even the Eureka ones are somewhat better but not for the cost of them though.
Finally, from what I have seen over the years of models coming out for the Oz modeller, we have really done well with the huge overall improvements in models in the world of plastic models, starting with the Austrains 36cl which is in need of some work but a good start, likewise with the early TOR diesels, but even there things have moved forward. Over the past decade most new models have also had pre production models on show prior to them being put into production, the idea/concept being for input from the companies to go over the models so corrections could be made prior to the final mods being done and then produced.
What happened in this area for this model? Was their pre checks to get things right?