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Old 10-10-2014, 11:32 AM   #1
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All credit to Hornby for producing an excellent model and having the courage to dabble in N gauge again.
But their attention to detail fails them again.
The complete train should consist of three coaches, an unpowered power unit and a powered unit.
Guess what, they sent me two powered units, both No.88.
Email to customer services sent, which they expect to respond to in five days. No help to me as I'm leaving the country at the weekend for a week or two.
Time to pick up the phone.
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:30 PM   #2
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Hornby agreed to replace the 'Belle' but couldn't do so before I start my holiday and I really don't want this kicking around in the post for a couple of weeks.
However they did offer to get one to the Visitor Centre in Margate for today once I'd offered to collect it. It does seem they were more interested in getting the original back rather than rectifying the mistake.
Either way a quick dash to Margate and it is now firmly in my grubby little hands.
It really is a great model, smooth running and will 'crawl along' at virtually a standstill if required. My only criticism is the couplings between coaches, which incorporate three pin plugs and sockets to feed power to the interior lights. They really are fiddly to click together and automatically line up. In the end I had to lay all five units on their sides, connect them up, then lift the lot on to the track. Is this normal for Arnold manufactured items I wonder?
But to prove I did it, here's a picture
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:53 PM   #3
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I like that a lot, lovely looking model and layout.
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Old 25-11-2014, 12:20 PM   #4
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I have the blue version of the 'Belle' and it is a stunning model...working table lamps in 'N'...fantastic !

Agree with Steve it is a bit of a fiddle getting everything connected, did it the same way, just laid all the coaches on their sides on a cloth near the track and slotted the connectors together then lifted them onto the track.

The model runs beautifully, with excellent slow crawl.

I hope we see more superb models coming from Arnold/Hornby soon. I don't mind paying the price if they are as good as the 'Belle'.

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A Fine looking model and nice to see Hornby came to the party.

Reminds me of my days living in Brighton as a boy, we used to travel on the BB to visit family in London.
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Lovely model, makes me wish I modeled in British N gauge.
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We have bought one ourselves and like the previous modeller said it is a lovely model. The only thing that scares us as one person says,its coupling it up as the connections seem a bit fiddly or flimsy. But saying that it is a lovely model as we are modelling on the big four 50s,& 60s,
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I have both oo, and N gauge in blue. The n gauge if you lay them on their side, connect fine,and then lift whole train. The oo, is too long to lift like that, but i made a little wooden support to go under coupling. They then connect fine. john
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I haven't tried to put mine together yet, i had an idea of making an "L" shaped board fitted with track, when it's laid on it side i can connect them together then turn the board upright so that it sits on the track,
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