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Bill7437

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Bio: Ex Medical Rep, collector of French HO scale models

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Hardly surprising - although AC has a following amongst dedicated Marklin fans, in the greater scheme of things it is all but dead Makers are concentrating on where they can get sales, difficult enough these days as interest in the model rail hobby seems now confined to those of a certain age !!!!

 

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A programme like this does nothing for the hobby apart from placing it in the realms of  " silly old men playing with toy trains". If TV companies need to produce this kind of garbage to attract audience there is no hope - the only folk gaining are the highly paid and fairly stupid presenters. Complete dross !!!!!!

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Sommerdeldt did indeed come up trumps, delivered from Germany two days after order placed. Item was in metal, same shape as original but fractionally longer. After some filing of the cover to allow the pantograph to be lowered and locked into position, a touch of grey paint to match the other parts - Gottardo now as good as new. Well done Sommerfeldt. !!!! 

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bill7437

54 posts

Yes one does have to be very resourceful these days trying to locate suitable parts - the age of repair now seems to be completely elluded whatever the initial cost. Although models are far more detailed than ever there are far more add-on bits to fall off. Thank God for Superglue.!!!!!

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bill7437

54 posts

Have now after looking at the Sommerfeldt website and their SBB pantos that they may be able to supply the missing part. They have replied saying it is available for 5 euros including postage so it is worth knowing that they can supply pantograph parts even if the maker cannot supply. Fairly costly having said that but completes an otherwise immaculate model.

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bill7437

54 posts

Many thanks for your info, looked on Lendons before posing question. Although the panto from Rivarossi HR 2039 ( part 14 ) is listed as available on the French parts site Details Trains Service. Simon Kohler tells me not available from them.The cover per se is not listed as a separate part but included with the panto. Have managed to make one from some scrap Lima plastic in the same colour but it does not look quite right and it "spoils the ship" etc. Panto itself is OK. Regrettably small bits for this model seem now to be pretty unobtainable.

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bill7437

54 posts

I am trying to obtain a grey plastic pantograph cover for the power car of my Gottardo set. The item appears to be part of the pantograph assembly clipped on to cover the spring. Hornby no longer have this pantograph part although it was remade for the Rivarossi version. Can anyone help??

 

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bill7437

54 posts

Although these are an HO scale model of a French OCEM 4 wheel tanker I am sure that Hornby and their enthusiasts would find them much too toy like for the likelihood of their further production. This Jouef tanker WAS in fact remade by Lima as their track cleaning wagon even being included in the Lima Hobby Line range made in China by Hornby. For those interested in these wagons there are always a good selection on ebay at pretty reasonable prices.

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bill7437

54 posts

What a totally misleading statement re Wagons-Lits sleepers!!!!  There were very many variations of these sleepers built over the years for European use by a whole host of companies but only one type of "Night Ferry" sleeper the F class built to UK loading gauge. Jouef used to make an HO scale model of the F class complete with blocked off doors at one end and to scale length although a simplified toy like item.These can be found pretty easily on ebay - for a more superb model LS Models in Belgium now produce this item.

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bill7437

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I am reliably informed that from 2019 the International Brands will revert back to the annual catalogues instead of the two catalogues and new item booklets released this year. Presumably these will be released after the Nurnberg Toy Fair next February.

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