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hood-portraitSome companies in the world of model trains are very aptly named such as Extreme Etches (Masokits is another one).  The above example is Hood’s crest which is a 3 part etch for something only 3.5mm high!  (I think i need to buy a magnifying glass if im honest)

That said just because something is small and fiddly doesn’t mean the design or thought process that goes into it is poor, quite the opposite in fact.  There are many examples of add on bits that are, on the surface, easier but in reality due to poor design are a struggle.  Things that don’t fit, are not the right shape or are nigh on impossible to put together (or stay attached to the model).  Those who were around in the 1990’s will remember the craze of hacking great big holes in their models to stick on etched bits that if you took a step back and look at properly were worse than the molded stuff you had just sent to the bin.  Sadly there are still companies producing stuff like this but at least we have a choice that if we are going to do something, we can do it properly!

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Colin Parks
Colin Parks
7 years ago

Hi Jim,

I’d agree with your comments on after market etches for things like grills. The class 73 is a case in point, where there was a craze for fitting etches which looked less prototypical than the Lima tooling!

All the best,

Colin

Simon Glidewell
7 years ago

Lovely looking Hoover Jim; the best I’ve seen from the Hornby model. I remember them fondly when they were first introduced on the WR in the mid 1970’s in original form (with the hoover sound and the unusual recessed lower roof ventilator). They had a real presence in those days and were impressive performers on the west of England main line. Exeter St. Davids was a great place around 1976 when the class 52’s and class 50’s were working alongside each other.

Jonathan Hughes
Jonathan Hughes
7 years ago

Very well said Jim. Brian is doing a cracking job with his products and whilst I think he’ll probably have to take part of the blame for my ever-failing eyesight, my models (and all of ours to be honest) looks so much better as a result of his skill and diligence.

Jonathan Hughes
Jonathan Hughes
7 years ago

… oh and you know why Brian called it Extreme Etchings don’t you? Any excuse to use those initials e

Jonathan Hughes
Jonathan Hughes
7 years ago

… well, maybe not 50s exactly, but yes that’s the general idea. Now, if you stuck a pair of D-18-27s in it.. then yes, that would (have) turned some heads… hmmm, should I do that with my 50
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