Thursday, 14 August 2014

Off on a Summer holiday!

Right here is something a little bit different instead of having to read posts based on my opinions and thoughts on things (something this blogs been used for recently)

But here we have an announcement! Ooooh

Next week i shall not be here as i will be away for a week in Tenby in South Wales for a weeks holiday so there shall be no blogposts or any new videos from me during that week.

However i plan to still plan to keep in contact with you lot during that week via Twitter using the Nokia Lumia 520. However theres no guarantees or promises as it all depends on WiFi connection so its basically guess work.

I do plan to bring back some content with me to upload to YouTube. During the holiday i will be visiting the Vale of Rheidol Railway and Dean Forest Railway two preserved lines i've been meaning to visit so that will be good.

I MAY  also do a Vlog or two but if i go ahead with the idea it won't happen everyday and they will only come around when theres something interesting to talk about and if they are done there will be no editing software so there will be simple and basic videos.

Plus when im on holiday i will be visiting a model shop called The Albatross and i will be purchasing a Hornby Premium class 43 HST

As a matter of fact i've got one reserved for me at the said shop. I'll be purchasing the Virgin Trains one originally i considered the Intercity livery but i never grew up with the executive version as it was a 70s - 80s livery and i wasn't born til 1994 almost putting me in my early 20s (as i will be 20 this year) the only of two Intercity liveries i would have seen is the Swallow livery which is not a colourful livery by all means. The reason for the Virgin one is because its a livery i DID grow up with when i was little i even have footage of them from my dads old camera from those eras lying around somewhere (will have to dig em out) Virgins Red and Grey is probably one of the best liveries of HSTs out there just a shame it faded away once they were withdrawn. And besides the Virgin HST would look ace with the Virgin 47 and MK2s i have and to see them running round the layout passing by each other would bring back nostalgic memories indeed.

I also hope to find some MK3s whilst im down there too to go with the Powercars.

So with all that said i'll see you all in a few weeks time in terms of blogposts

Tenby here i come! 

Until next time................

Saturday, 2 August 2014

class47peter on: The Hornby Northern Belle Trainpack

 :Warning: The opinions and views in this blog are soley that of my own and don't affect Hornby or anyone in the community

In 2012 Hornby first announced the Northern Belle Trainpack along with a class 47 in the RailRoad range and a coach pack to go with the trainpack itself. Whilst the RailRoad 47 was released last year (2013) due to factory problems the trainpack wasn't released until 2014 (the year it is as i right this as you could be reading this in 2015 or 2025) and that is 2 years after it was announced.

2 days ago the Northern Belle trainpack and coach pack were finally released but what do i think of the items or in this case item as this is focussing on the trainpack.

During the year it was announced i was excited about this and was considering to get it but now im glad i didn't as i changed my mind drstically why you may ask well.... where do i even begin?

First off theres barely any pictures of what the trainpack actually looks like in the flesh (if you get what i mean) This is the only pic i could find to do with the pack. Not sure what the coaches look like but they've been released before in the past in a trainset and the coaches look half decent. My problem with the pack is to do with the locomotive.

However the reason why i have a problem with the loco is well HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICE OF THE TRAINPACK? Its not a very good value for money!

The price on Hattons is £134 other shops have it listed for £140 including Hornbys website and one or two places are asking for £108 this pack by all means should not be either of those prices as its a ludicrous amount of money as everything you get in the pack is basic and that includes the class 47 that comes with it.

At the prices of £132 or even £142 and £108 we expect the model to be super detailled because then it is worth it for the locomotive even if the coaches aren't premium ones. But the fact is the locomotive is not super detailled and what annoys me is Hornby stated on their website in the year it was announced they said it would have extensive detail and i see nothing anywhere that looks like any extensive detail of any sort.

Okay they have not used the RailRoad tooling which is poor tooling compared to newer models now as for one thing with the RailRoad 47s is not only do the bogies hang when holding it in the air but the bodyshell is too thin. The Lima tooling they've used is abit better than Hornbys but its still not a perfect model.

However this is by far not the first time this tooling has been released by Hornby

in either 2007 or 2008 (i forget the year... Typical) the Hornby Blue Pullman trainset was released with pretty much the same tooling of the locomotive and coaches. I forget its exact price but i do remember it being no where near as much as £142 or £132 if i remember rightly it was £50 or £65 its now discountinued but for what you get it was well worth it which isn't the case with the Northern Belle trainpack as thats a different kettle of fish altogether.
What stopped Hornby from using a super detail model? Hornby haven't bothered for whatever reason to retool the class 47 instead they keep churning out the ex Lima ones and the old 1980s 47s. Hornby could've introduced an all new form of tooling for the class 47 to make it fit the price or upgrade the Lima tooling by giving it wire handrails, mesh grills, sprung buffers, working lights etc but no they haven't even attempted to change the model what they have changed is the couplings. The original tooling and when it first came out from Hornby used the big fat chunky tension lock couplings that most people dislike  (me not one of them) and replaced them with slim tension lock couplings.
What im saying is this. If Hornby could change the couplings on the model why couldn't they change the detail?
Infact lets compare it to another pack.
Here is the Hornby Heritage Rail Express pack that features a model of 71000 Duke of Gloucester and three MK3s. The model of 71000 is pretty much super detailed for as its a new model. The coaches are the new Hornby RailRoad range ones but the loco more than makes up for it. For its price it IS worth it. You only get basic coaches but they look half decent and you get a super detailed model.
With the Northern Belle trainpack you get basic coaches (though decent) and a basic locomotive. Given how basic that pack is it shouldn't be at the cost it is. Giving it comes with a basic model and coaches too it should be a RailRoad model.
The RailRoad range has seen a trainpack in it before infact a few i should say.
Heres one example of those said trainpacks. this is the Silver Link pack which is a RailRoad model. Its okay being in the range as the coaches (which are the wrong ones) are basic and so is the loco. Don't agree on the £160 price giving the other packs in the RR range are NOT that expensive but thats just me.
Basic models belong in the RailRoad range. RailRoad models lack detail because they are made for kids so why they appear in the main range (the premium range) is beyond me because they don't belong in the said range in my opinion. The Northern Belle pack in which case SHOULD be a RailRoad model since it lacks detail from the loco to the coaches.
But to those that are wondering how much it should be priced i'd say about £40 or £50 hell maybe £60 atleast that would be a more resonable price for what you get.

Thoughts on: Rapido Trains APT-E

A while back Rapido Trains announced their first ever Model Railway product which will be made in 00 gauge. The product itself has turned out to be the gas turbine APT-E

Warning: The opinions in this blog are that of my own and don't affect Rapido Trains or the community

For one thing im very glad this will be made into model form. The only APT that was on the market previously was the APT-P and that was made by Hornby. I don't and have never owned one but they looked descent for what you got.

Now Rapido Trains have announced the APT-E The experiemental gas turbine ill fated APT that has set a record for the speed of 152.3 MPH. Although i have by all means no plans on getting this i have to ask why its being made an exclusive for the NRM which will be sold at Shildon where the real APT-E is housed.

The model would've been better off as a regular model on the market availble to buy from model shops in my opinion but it looks like Rapidos first model will be an exclusive. I just hope future releases from them won't be exclusives and will be availble to buy from shops.

Re: Hornby Midland Mainline HST Powercars

In the blogpost of the Hornby 2014 Range i said Hornby had released with Midland Mainline livery MK3s without the Powercars Although Hornby at the time strangely didn't have them on their website i realised afterwards Hornby have indeed announced the Powercars to be released.

And so in the words of Homer Simpson theres only one word to sum up that mistake


Until next time viewers.............

Thoughts on: DJ Models 2014 Range

A few days ago DJ Models announced their 2014 Range. Four locomotives have been confirmed and will be in 00 Gauge and N Gauge forms. But what are those models exactly?

Warning: The opinions in this blog are soley that of my own and don't affect DJ Models or anyone else in the community

Firstly was an LNER Q6

The Q6 has been a model people have cried out for a very long time the only models on the market was white metal kits but no ready to run models have been produced of this class until now. It will be in both LNER and BR liveries. I may get one but i'll wait to see how they look once released.

A Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST has also been confirmed

I dare say this is another model people have been waiting for to be released in ready to run for ages. Don't really plan on getting one myself but it will be interesting to see how they turn out.

For Diesels they firstly announced a class 59


class 59s have already been on the market made by Lima and Hornby though im rather hoping these models will be super detailled. Limas was basic and Hornbys are okay for what you get but to have a super detail one will be a popular seller indeed. Its a shame Hornby didn't make the NP livery one seen in the photo above but depending how it turns out i may get the one in NP livery.

And lastly is the class 71

I think the only model of this class of loco on the market was the Silver Fox model though that model was basic by looking at it in photos. Having this on a layout certainly will make it interesting. Im interested to see if it will be super detail too.

As for the N Gauge models.... well theres no point in giving my thoughts on them they are the same locos as the 00 Gauge ones.