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Offline Dr Al

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Re: Modellbahn Union black A4
« Reply #30 on: October 16, 2013, 10:01:07 PM »
- Kato make lots more of the same model so their cost per model is lower (or to look at it the other way around they can spend more per model making them at the price the market will bear). If your tooling costs $30,000 and you sell 1000 then it costs you $30/unit just to cover tooling. If you sell 10,000 it costs you $3/unit to cover the tooling. Volume is king.

- Kato have more clout with their suppliers (as well as being nearer them). They are bigger and they are more important

- Kato can buy/manufacture components in bulk in ways and volumes that small companies can't

- Kato can invest in machinery which isn't cost effective at lower volumes

All of these points are correct and perfectly valid.

BUT....

....I still feel a model locomotive is a ridiculously simple mechanism as mechanisms go, and it's amazing that such problems still seem so widespead (sure occasional failures of anything will occur).

As for catching fire - was this hyperbole? Or real fire? If so it definitely warrants some more bringing up with Dapol as a safety hazard - they need to address that promptly.

From my own experiences it'll almost certainly be a capacitor on the PCB that's burnt up - have seen that before on a standard Dapol A3 - smoke but no flames... snipping the capacitor out of the suppressor circuit cured it (and duff running).

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Alan
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Re: Modellbahn Union black A4
« Reply #31 on: October 16, 2013, 10:34:31 PM »
Here's a simple solution, get Kato to manufacture British locos!  Or stick to Union Mills. ;D
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Re: Modellbahn Union black A4
« Reply #32 on: October 16, 2013, 10:45:02 PM »
Here's a simple solution, get Kato to manufacture British locos!  Or stick to Union Mills. ;D

Kato do much larger runs (10,000) so would be unlikely to be so interested in the British market.

UM are not immune to problems either - had plenty of adjustments needed to mine. Also concerned with the soft metal used in their drives - there is some evidence of it wearing very heavily with use....

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