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Author Topic: Dapol New Releases 2016/17  (Read 9532 times)

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Offline Cape Town Trev

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Re: Dapol New Releases 2016/17
« Reply #90 on: January 15, 2017, 10:55:46 AM »
I would rather that manufacturers actually announce their new products when there is actually something tangible to show, as Realtrack have done in 4mm with their 156.

Dapol still have a massive amount of previously announced models to appear in N - Class 50, Pacer, 68, Light Pacifics, etc, etc. Surely enough to keep a small company busy for 2017 without any new announcements?

I agree with Adam.

As fillers (in lieu of new locos) Dapol (and GF) could produce private owner wagons with new owner details.  Similarly, HSTs / loco hauled coaches could have new liveries.  I appreciate that such runs have what us economists would term "marginal costs".  Dapol, et al would need to be assured that the runs cover these costs.  Polls on Dapol Digest! to gauge interest?  Yes I know a "I like that one"  may not translate into "here's my cash".

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Re: Dapol New Releases 2016/17
« Reply #91 on: January 15, 2017, 05:35:53 PM »
They do that. The range doesn't consist entirely on new models, lots of deliveries, weathered versions etc.

People will moan either way. Dapol do have a monstrous back catalogue to deliver on, I think it's reasonable to have a year consolidating and delivering, rather than heaping on more pressure to deliver.

On the one hand it's great for a manufacturer to say "we're releasing this, it's out now", but people want to (and manufacturers I'm sure like) feedback on CADs to correct errors and so on. The problem is that that happens right at the start of the development cycle.

Where I think Dapol are bad is that delays can occur so close to an ostensible delivery date. I get that it's really hard to say "this product will be available in 2 years" from conception, but to say "these should be out in 2 weeks. Actually, no, sorry, another year yet", as has happened with the 142, 50, mk3s, and I'm sure many other models.


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