Posted By RP3 on 02/04/2009 6:04 AM
Dave I don't have the exact price in my head but it is more than the GN S2! - kit or factory built. One has to pay dearly for the extra two cylinders.
I think that that comment is over-simplfying the matter. The Castle is a lot smaller than the S-2- and has correspondingly a great many more smaller parts, even excluding the 'extra two cylinders' that you note, seemingly disparagingly.
Smaller does not necessarily mean cheaper - sorry, more economical. But it IS
a case of 'small is beautiful' and it is without doubt the most beautiful model of any Great Western locomotive I have ever seen.
So please feel free, as I did many years ago, to try and build from scratch, a four-cylinder locomotive with four sets of valve gear between the frames, and do it 'cheaply'.
I did it in 00 scale, four millimetres to the foot, in nickel silver, and it drove me bats. It also costed out as the most expensive 00 scale model I had ever built for anybody before or since, but I was very torn about actually letting the new owner take it off me, even for the disproportionately large amount of money he paid me. Three months later, it was advertised in the 'Railway modeller' by the guy who had bought it, for three times what he had paid, and with a claim that HE had built it for a client who then could not afford it. Grrrrrr.
As I only know the UK prices for a kit and a built-up model, I'll not say any more.