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Peter Herzl
AHJAY wrote:
Its not really a relevant discussion unfortunately.  Coronavirus is an exceptional issue for world consideration, and no business plan could have prepared for it.

Anyway, so many of the components are not available within the envelope of "UK manufacture" that it would only be physical assembly, not true manufacturong, that moved.

I can tell you that it is almost impossible to get anything done manufacturing-wise in the UK. Unresponsive and unreliable suppliers, poor communication, lack of modern facilities and skills and silly pricing make it near impossible, and we have tried very hard several times. Cost wise - doubled at least would be the start point.

I wish the answer were different, but it is, unfortunately a simple reality.

Ahjay


I can fully understand RJ’s frustration. If he could manufacture here then I’m certain he would BUT we have a poor reputation for getting off our backsides. My Austrian cousin, whose company manufactures precision engineered electrical components, has stopped coming to the UK due to the poor quality of response from UK company personnel. He prefers to spend his time visiting countries where they have a more enthusiastic approach, so it is not always cost that determines where a product is made.
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fj29a

Why not consider servos?  Very compact, VERY versatile, I would say as powerful as any ‘point’ motor.  Very precise and Easy to control, AC, DCC RC or however.  And most importantly to me, unbelievably well priced ie. £2.50 - £3+ each.  Get several for the price of one Cobalt motor.  

They work really well for me, and IMO they will become popular as Railway modellers learn they are there.  I can’t think of any point motor function that they can’t duplicate 

I started using servos in RC model aircraft in about 1967.   They were good then but very expensive costing a fortune (£50+ EACH in 1967 money).  Goodness knows what that is/was in 2020 money.  


Think about it.  You could be glad you did and discover not only a new aspect of modelling but also be able to afford several engines you thought were going to take a lot longer to purchase. 

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newbryford
fj29a wrote:

Why not consider servos?  Very compact, VERY versatile, I would say as powerful as any ‘point’ motor.  Very precise and Easy to control, AC, DCC RC or however.  And most importantly to me, unbelievably well priced ie. £2.50 - £3+ each.  Get several for the price of one Cobalt motor.  

They work really well for me, and IMO they will become popular as Railway modellers learn they are there.  I can’t think of any point motor function that they can’t duplicate 

I started using servos in RC model aircraft in about 1967.   They were good then but very expensive costing a fortune (£50+ EACH in 1967 money).  Goodness knows what that is/was in 2020 money.  


Think about it.  You could be glad you did and discover not only a new aspect of modelling but also be able to afford several engines you thought were going to take a lot longer to purchase. 



Comparing a servo cost against a Cobalt is like comparing apples and oranges.
Add in the mounting bracket, control board - DCC or otherwise, frog switch and general faffing (difficult to cost) about mounting them and then come back with a true comparison.


For various reasons, I have servos with Megapoint controllers, Tortoise with ESU Switchpilot  and Cobalt Digital IP on my layout. I know which are the easiest to use.

Cheers,
Mick
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