The opposite of scrubbed up has been the case for some locos though. A DF200 and this EF510 have got the dirty work treatment
It's funny how divided people seem to be on this when discussed. Half of them loves the realism, the other half wants the stock to be in pristine condition. Can we add a poll to this to see how the Tycooners stand on it?
To be honest, I can see both points - you're basically "scarring your rolling stock for life", but then look at that delicious realism. I've yet to do it myself, but I probably will eventually, when my N-scale track is taking form.
I'll be honest, I'm 50/50 about it myself! Thanks to Japan, I can indulge in squeaky clean passenger trains, maybe a bit of the roof just because that goes a long way on it's own. But even my most prestigious sleeper hauling EF66 on Suisei/Akatsuki and Sakura/Hayabusa duties has it's roof adorned with the telltale dirt.
JR Freight locos are in an easy category, they become the great unwashed.
I love clean stock too, but let's face it, I'm showing off a modelmaking hobby. I believe if my scale surroundings are suitably dressed as they would be in real life, then my stock must also look it's best in recreating that too.
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The majority of us here go way beyond what the average joe would call going to Toys 'R' Us and walking out with a Hornby.
Speaking of the old Hornsterns, I read the other day they're struggling financially. Quite sad, I've got a load of Hornby stuff and despite it not always being too detailed and kinda fiddly with all the loop-stuff (but then again I was spoiled by 3-rail Märklin easy-of-use as a kid) it's a great size to work with - nicer than H0 to me - and Hornby's always been a front runner on this size as well. Anyone else got something on this?
A few factors to consider:
1. Hornby for many years has this reputation for poor hauling capabilities out of the box. A lot of our local club members have given me feedback frequently that their new loco looks fantastic, but has the guts of a dead ant. Kind of tragic, they have been left standing by many of the other Euro, US and Japanese models available, which have all proven to be more capable without modification.
2. As the population has aged, the more discerning modellers demand high detail, sound, multiple loco control, all sorts of bells and whistles that technology has afforded us. With 3D printing on the horizon, there are many more options from smaller and ever more diverse companies that are chasing the very same dollar that the bigger companies are already chasing. The quality gap really is narrowing, there will not be a total standout company that will run away with the suitcase of cash any more. Therefore, making a quid ain't that easy.
3. And hopefully technology will advance so far as to attract some more of the younger potential hobbyists, because that's declining too. Gaming and extreme sports and all sorts of new avenues that are a bit more exciting and attractive to the younger eye. With a few more computery gadgets and inventions of our own, can we sustain this industry well into the future? Or are we going to see a bubble of activity that will burst in the next few years?
I want to be optimistic, but the reality is, I'm struggling to see how. Even our own exhibition just got cut down in space by 40% to save on costs. We're all having a struggle right now.