Thursday, 23 August 2012

"You cannot be serious!"

One of the reasons I have been reluctant to post more Thomas review videos for a good while has been done to some of the YouTube comments I get on a daily basis. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, and it would be a pretty boring life if everybody did (!) but some of the things which get thrown at me are, to say the least, incredible.

This for example, from "Thegodsrighthandman" on YouTube this week, regarding the Diesel VS Diesel review:

 Sorry but how did Bachmann win?

Hornby had Much better detailing through and and through, engine covers, rivet lines etc . . . The cab was hollow allowing for drivers to be sited, the side rods were finer quality and the face was correct. It had equal pulling power and better speed.

Did you fail it just for being discontinued? What about ebay prices?

There's summat not quite right about this . . . .

How Much Did Bachmann Pay You????

So to clarify (once again) the two brands, Hornby and Bachmann, are marked on different criteria. For Hornby it's adherence to the prototype, for Bachman it's to the TV series model. Bachmann's Diesel model nailed the criteria I was marking it on. Hornby's didn't. The side rods are incorrect compared to the prototype, it's not scale length, there are many incorrect details including engine covers, exhausts, and so on and so forth. If Bachmann had paid me I wouldn't have taken the mickey out of the Bachmann Diesel's face!

So to remove any doubt, I only get paid by YouTube for my videos. There is absolutely no commercial arrangement with either Hornby or Bachmann.

However, that wasn't the end of the story from Thegodsrighthandman this week...on the Edward video, this is what was said:

I'm sorry. I've watched several of these vid's an' I'm not gonna watch any more.
You are obviously Payed by Bachmann.
The Bachmann Models are based on the Dreadful US-made Thomas series. Rev. W Audrey is turning in his Grave at what they have done to it. The faces of the Loco's have little individuality so they have become Bland. The story teller is Bland. The stories are Bland. The characters have been changed to be so PC they are Bland as well.
D/L the Ringo Starr series. So Much Better!!!

I can't tell if he's being serious or not...

To clarify a few points: Awdry is spelt thus and not Audrey.  The two models are (like in the Diesel VS Diesel review; like every review in fact) marked on different criteria.

Hornby's choice of the D49 as a basis was an odd one and the wrong one in my opinion.

The current storytelling of the TV series isn't down to me I'm afraid, so not quite sure why I'm getting the blame for it. Incidentally, the TV series is not US made (up until this year it was made by a Canadian company called Nitrogen Studios, prior to that it was all filmed in the UK) and the Bachmann models up to Bill & Ben have been drawn from the UK made series 1-5.

So you imagine my frustration with having to deal with this sort of nonsense. I'm not paid by Bachmann. If I were, I'd give much better reviews. I wouldn't have completely undermined the Bachmann Percy's design (which is still very poor compared to the high standards set by Edward, Bill & Ben and Donald & Douglas) either.

I am however (against my better judgement) working on several new videos, including Murdoch, Oliver and Mavis, so Hornby VS Bachmann will return around September time.

Until next time.