The bogie wheel shouldn't be too much trouble, there should be enough dead
Jubilees around to allow you to pick one up easily enough. Try Model Spares
in Burnley or one of the other retailers that specialise in breaking models
The Warship gear is another matter. I would say out of the last 24 'used'
Mainline Warships which have been through my hands around 22 had the
split/broken gear issue to some extent or other.
I generally reckon you can make one good Warship out of three, so if you're
looking to acquire another one for spares be careful you don't duplicate
your existing problem.
Indeed, except the Bachmann Jubilee is discontinued and in the process of
being completely re-tooled. I doubt they will have any/many spares for the
old model, but it's certainly worth investigating.
Granted , but then -- the parallel boiler scot chassis fits all of
those 4-6-0 models. I have been buying individual spares from Bachmann
for all kinds of "oldies" at very respectable prices. It takes just
an email to make the enquiry.
Hum, I didn't think that you were. It was not obvious that Bachmann
would and could support so many discontinued lines. On the contrary
it seems that Hornby body spares will never be available by commercial
policy. To me, this is a poor decision as profit is greater in this
field. This type of mistake was made by the UK car industry back in
the 60's and they never recovered from it after the japanese stepped
into the gap.
I'm not so sure they were quite that altruistic. Spares were provided for
their then range of products some of which happened to be developments of
the old Mainline range. Some parts were common to both ranges, others like
the complete chassis were direct replacements. I'm sure it makes more
financial sense for a manufacturer to sell a complete chassis rather than
mess around with individual components.
In the case of British car marques and their spare parts departments of
which I have personal knowledge you are mistaken. When I queried the cost of
parts at the time, a friend who worked at Stanpart (later Unipart) assured
me they made far more from the sales of spares than they ever did from
selling complete cars. Apparently, if you were to assemble a complete
vehicle from the parts supplied by his company, it would cost you ten times
what it cost in the showroom. I could bore you to death with stories of what
was wrong with the British car industry but an ability to make money from
their spares departments was not one of them. Also in "Motoring Which"
surveys of the period, British marques came head and shoulders above any
foreign import with regard to the costs of repairs and parts.
I remember back in the days when I owned an old Morris (c1970), the main
agent didn't have a part I needed in stock and informed me that their
policy was to only stock spares for vehicles up to eight years old. (all
their current designs were at leat eight years old at the time)
I stopped buying BMC vehicles from that moment on.
W hen I spent a short while under training at GEC (ex BTH) at Rugeley
they took in two Generators from India for repair. The oldest dating
from 1908 and the pair were pre WWII.
Whilst based at Portland Naval Base I was presented with a Norwegian
U class submarine (ex UK circa 1936) and a Portugese loch class
frigate ( unchanged in any way since 1940).
The expectation (and sentiment in general) was :- It is British,
please mend it!
It was our function and we never let anyone down.
Modelling to me is an extension of this and rarely do I bin things ---
if I am brutally honest, the empty boasts of the guys with newly
financially acquired perfection tend to irritate . You cannot buy the
kind of pleasure I get from my models.
Greg, living in NZ ( don't know his era) would have parents or even
grand parents who like my Kiwi friends thought of cars in the 1950's
as being new if they were under 10 years old, as unlike salt ridden
UK, their road vehicles never rotted away.
In 1970 the average age of cars in NZ must have been about 12 years,
with plenty of 1950s and even pre-wars around.
As far as my models go, I have steadily upgraded my (European) rolling
stock as better models have appeared. The oldest items in my model
collection (as opposed to "collectors items" HD/TTR/Triang) are now 30
years old. I'd happily replace those with better detailed items if they
existed, but meanwhile they represent prototypes required. While British
models offered have gone through vast improvements in recent years I'll
bet there are still 30 year old models in use with no modern
And still do! Average time in our workshop waiting for LR or Rover
(yes, still available - in fact one of our suppliers is setting up
new supply chain!) really obscure spares - 24hr. Average time for
Jap 4x4's (often for trivial spares) 3 weeks. Jeep win hands down
though - often months.
Jap cars are ok, but only as most stuff is available from the
aftermarket. Spares are still available for 1948 Series I Land Rovers
too - try getting anything for a 10 year old Land Cruiser!
I have become... comfortably numb
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