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4.0 out of 5 stars You will need a strong coffee table to store these books.
Part 3 of a 'Trilogy or is there more still to come?

Early days yet but so far I feel the index is incomplete and finding my way through one section at least is a bit of hit and miss. Major problem is that after only a few days the cover is separating from the book spine, perhaps the binding is not strong enough. I'd better get a stronger Coffee table. Content...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly unsatisfying addition to the Rovex story
This is the third volume in Pat Hammond's magisterial survey of the products from the model railway empire which today is known as Hornby. Volumes 1 and 2 established a 'house style' and a reputation for exhaustive research, clearly and eruditely presented. Sadly volume 3 has not maintained the level of excellence.

In summary, this volume provides a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly unsatisfying addition to the Rovex story, 1 April 2008
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This review is from: Tri-Ang - The Story of Rovex: Pt. 3: 1972-1996 (Hornby Railways) (Hardcover)
This is the third volume in Pat Hammond's magisterial survey of the products from the model railway empire which today is known as Hornby. Volumes 1 and 2 established a 'house style' and a reputation for exhaustive research, clearly and eruditely presented. Sadly volume 3 has not maintained the level of excellence.

In summary, this volume provides a collectors' compendium of high standard and little else. Three stars and nothing more!

I've had this book around 2 months, but felt dissatisfied from first touch. The binding is of lower quality than previously: mine is already warping and revealing deterioration to the case lettering. It occurred to me that this is symptomatic of a lack of sub-editing of the volume as a whole. Whether outsourcing production to Thailand is the cause, it is ironic that that outsourcing should reflect the history of the model railway system with which the book occupies itself.

The previous volumes covered 15 and 7 years respectively. Volume 3 covers 25 years. Pat Hammond's research remains peerless, but there is simply too much material to be covered. It would have been better to have split the volume to cover the period up to the mid 1980s demise of Hornby's contemporary competitors, Airfix and Mainline, with a further volume to bring the story up to 1996 when Hornby production moved to China. As it is, the contents are not as clear as previous volumes and less-comprehensively illustrated.

For the (Tri-ang) Hornby collector, the volume is undoubtedly required reading, but volumes 1 & 2 had wider appeal which Volume 3 fails to match. In particular, anyone with a more general interest in the model trade or British business will miss the excellent summaries of the business environment featured in introductions to Volumes 1 and 2. The equivalent section in Volume 3 is peculiarly badly set out: it is unclear who Hornby's competitors were at a given time and there is no exposition of why they succeeded or failed. Again, splitting the volume or better sub-editing would have helped greatly.

I do wonder if, given the relatively recent end date of 1996, concerns of commercial confidentiality or personal sensitivities intruded. Pat Hammond is, rightly, a figure of considerable respect in the model trade given his work, but perhaps he is now just a touch too closely acquainted with some of the personalities about whom he is writing?

Among the questions not answered: (1) how did Hornby survive the 1970s with models that were of appallingly low quality both comparative to foreign manufacturers and in absolute terms? (2) was the decision to move to a more down-market ("toylike") position in the 1970s justified? (3) how did Hornby survive the UK OO-gauge onslaught from Mainline and Airfix in the 1970s/80s when, again, Hornby products were demonstrably inferior in most respects? (4) how did Hornby react to and manage to continue beyond 1990 when the Bachmann brand started in the UK and rapidly established itself as the permier model railway product line? Is it due to sustained success at the 'toy trade' end of the market, to the quality mouldings acquired from Airfix and others or simply to good business sense over the years?

Whatever, Hornby is a survivor and deserves repect for that alone: what a shame the story has not been told in this book. There is an MBA thesis waiting to be written!
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4.0 out of 5 stars You will need a strong coffee table to store these books., 8 Jun. 2014
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Part 3 of a 'Trilogy or is there more still to come?

Early days yet but so far I feel the index is incomplete and finding my way through one section at least is a bit of hit and miss. Major problem is that after only a few days the cover is separating from the book spine, perhaps the binding is not strong enough. I'd better get a stronger Coffee table. Content wise it so far appears to be all that one expects from Pat Hammond, Comprehensive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Bible" for anyone with an interest in Tri-ang Railways., 30 Jan. 2013
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Along with Vols 1-2 this makes compulsive reading for anyone interested in Tri-ang railways and model railways generally. Goes through the evolution of Model railways in Gt Britain and Commonwealth. Nostalgic, very well written and illustrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended reading, 9 May 2014
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Having just received this volume, to complete my set of vols. 1, 2 and 3, I can't agree with any previous criticism of this book, I found it absolutely brilliant. The illustrations, text and information are excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story so far...., 15 Jun. 2014
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Enjoyable and comprehensive. Details of the items and the wide range of illustrations are a collectors delight. Can not wait for volume 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 Mar. 2014
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Nothing more to say - it's brilliant and very nostalgic. If you ever had a Triang railway set, this is a must!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy, 19 July 2014
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It is what it is but cheaper on Amazon than elsewhere
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 July 2014
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Well up to Pat's previous 2 volumes in this series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of Rovex Pt 3, 3 Jan. 2010
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I bought this for a gift so I was a bit disappointed to find a slight stain on one page. However, the person I gave it to was pleased with it. I let him decide whether or not to return it because of the stain, but he decided to keep it.
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