Was a spectator on the early tussle as to who does a Blue thingy, but now its serious with LMS twins ! If it was just Hattons then would swallow something and go for it, but now its Hattons with Dapol or Rails with Bachmann. Now Dapol are due Feb 2011 but Bachmann early 2012. Then again this is Bachmann we are talking about so it could be ..... Bachmann price is reasonable but assume Dapol is similar. Unless either do something daft - not unknown - then quality/accuracy equivalent but dont know till arrive. For me will be Rails of course, but how would others decide ? Should it be pre-ordered allowing for wanting the LMS one.
As an aside, it does seem with so many limited editions of new types the development costs of new locos has dropped even if its only for boxes (ok diesels), the numbers produced seems very low. realise that some locos are only with original seller for short while, but manufacturer is having to wait extra time before getting development costs bac.