Posted 29/5/23: The NGS is very conscious that some members still have not received their Hunslet models and work is ongoing to rectify this. The issue is that insufficient functional PCBs were supplied, and the PCB supplier is no longer working. The NGS is pursuing multiple options. These include exploring whether the failed PCBs can be repaired and, if that is not feasible, sourcing replacements from an alternate supplier. The NGS would like to apologise again to those members still waiting and thank them for their ongoing patience and understanding.
The latest is that Ben Ando (Vice-president) has a visit to China that is imminent. He will take with him, from the Shop, a number of Hunslets selected from the slower-moving liveries. The Factory will then re-body these in either Port Authority or Undecorated versions and arrange for them to be shipped back to us in due course.
Please note that there will only be enough of these to satisfy the pre-orders, so it’s unlikely any will subsequently go on general sale to members.
As you will be aware we have had numerous issues with the batch of Port Authority and Undecorated versions meaning they have been severely delayed due to the non-working PCB’s. After many months of trying to get a resolution we opted to send some other versions (that we had stock of) back to the Factory to change them to both of the outstanding versions for those members that had pre ordered them.
The good news is that the Factory are due to ship these changed Hunslets in the next few weeks so we will finally be able to satisfy all those members that have been patiently waiting for their pre-orders to arrive. I would expect receipt of this shipment late February or early March so they should be sent to members by the end of March hopefully.
The ‘changed’ Hunslets referred to above (Port Authority and Undecorated liveries) have now arrived in the UK and, logistics permitting, we should be able to commence sending them out to those members who have pre-orders still outstanding quite soon, hopefully by the end of the month.
Members who have already paid the balance owing will receive further confirmation by email in the next few days, while those members who have yet to pay will be sent a request for payment before the end of this month all being well (please don’t try and pay before you get it!). If you consider yourself to be in either category but haven’t heard anything by early March, please contact the Membership Secretary (preferably by email if possible).