Tim Hale wrote:As for questioning my motives for agreeing with Jim S-W, I wonder why you didn't tackle Jim, too difficult a target?
My opinion of RMweb is just that. I dont expect or even want people to agree with it and I dont have a problem with anyone forming their own opinions that are the complete opposite of mine. I guess as RMweb (and myself) grow and evolve our focus' change and what I want and what RMweb offers drift apart (I found the same with DEMU too). Thats just how I find it.
Speaking personally my own interest in the actual trains side of the hobby diminishes year on year while my interest in the stuff around them grows. Yes a comet Mk1 is better than a Bachmann one but a train of Bachmann coaches is better than a single comet coach. I don't think RTR is really that good but a lot of it is good enough for what I need. Having said that i'd much rather the RTR guys stopped obsessing about the fiddly little details (im talking diesels here) and other gimmicks like the drivers watch light working or sound effects and focused on actually getting the core shape of stuff right.
Certainly modern RTR diesels have more detail and much better chassis but are they better than what we had before? In many cases the answer (for me) is a resounding no!