I see that Bachmann has now added a note on their web site to say that the nameplate on this loco is not incorrect. Have Bachmann or dealers had complaints? I'm surprised that this information was not included in the paperwork with the loco, as my first response on seeing the loco was that Bachmann had indeed made a mistake. Looking on the prototype nameplate
has Bachmann made the colour too dark, or failed to allow for the effects of scaling?
When I first opened one of these the apparant omission of the 'o' in 'F rth' was very obvious, but closer examination revealed a dark blue 'o', and although the 'o' is very definitely finished in 'Blue Circle' blue on the prototype it should be much lighter on the model.
John, I noticed that you reported this new arrival as "F rth Raider" on this newsgroup, so, as you say, there is a general problem that, on the model, the "o" is not visible without a close examination. Have you had complaints or lost sales? Whether the colour of the "o" on the model is prototypical or not, depending on size, angle of viewing, individual colour perception and daylight vs artificial light etc, mail order customers at least may have a legal case for a refund, given that the current Bachmann catalogue features etched nameplates as a feature of the model, and the picture in the catalogue shows the name as "Forth Raider" without the near-invisible "o". What otherwise differentiates 32-728 from 32-726? Unlike a questionable colour scheme or some dimension that may be a millimetre out, this error is noticeable to any casual observer, not just the specialist. Why don't Bachmann just admit that the nameplate could be improved and offer a free replacement of all original nameplates sent to them?
The nameplates for mine were in a little plastic bag, and there were also detailed instructions on where they should be placed - rather than just saying "stick them on top of the nameplate transfer".
Have Bachmann pulled this item from sale, or is it a best seller or a very limited edition? It is shown as sold out in their web site today, although was only released in late November -John T announced it to this group on 24 November and one trader at the Falkirk show assured me on 26 November that it was not yet released - although another, local, trader, had one on his stand!
Mine just arrived today, and I could see straight away that the "o" was blue. Those who model the Scottish scene will no doubt go for it. It was named at the La Farge (Blue Circle) plant at Dunbar just off the ECML.