Robert Hampton

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6th October 2007

Super model, looks fantastic, finance is atrocious
Posted by at 1.21pm | 2 responses | Model Railway

Interest has been revived in the model railway, partly because Hornby have seen fit to produce an actual Merseyrail-liveried train in their range. Now, I know what you’re going to say: The doors are wrong (wait, you weren’t going to say that?), but it’s still great to see that M logo in 00 gauge.

I logged on to the Hattons web site last week in order to see if the aforementioned model was in stock yet (intending fully to jump on a bus to Smithdown Road to get it in person from the shop). But lo and behold, there was a special offer on: free delivery if you spend over £150. Naturally, I had to spend the extra £102 in order to avail myself of this offer, which means my credit card is hurting, and I am now in possession of a whole host of railway related paraphernalia. IT MADE PERFECT SENSE TO DO THAT.

On a related topic, I wonder if Hornby would have produced this item

Hornby Model Police Box

…if it weren’t for a certain popular science-fiction series?

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2 Responses
  1. Comment by Seb
    6th October 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Hmmm. Do they have a licence to produce that? Are they aware that the trademark of that design is not actually owned by the Met, but by the BBC?

    I’d love to see a Class 508, though. I’d be sorely tempted to buy it and get some track up and running, if that were the case. Or, even better, a 507 in BR blue with the (M) logo on it…

  2. Comment by Robert
    7th October 2007 at 4:01 pm

    I don’t pretend to understand trademark law, but surely that only applies if the police box is being used in a Doctor Who context?

    These nice people do 507s and 508s in kit form, however my inability to glue things together means I won’t be buying one any time soon.