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Hi Nigel.  The models in question are " 21st Century Models". And still under Hornby guarantee, and sold in the U K.If these models were more than 5 years old, let  alone 10 or 20 years old I would not be worried.
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Hi KEvin,

I wouldn't worry about something that hasn't happened yet. Do an internet search every 6 months or so to see if there have been any reports of chassis problems. Most of my locomotive stock is 10+ years old, I never give it a thought. If you are tempted into buying an older model, check the various sites. Especially if it's a model where problems have been reported. Avoid those.

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BCDR wrote: Hi KEvin,

I wouldn't worry about something that hasn't happened yet. Do an internet search every 6 months or so to see if there have been any reports of chassis problems. Most of my locomotive stock is 10+ years old, I never give it a thought. If you are tempted into buying an older model, check the various sites. Especially if it's a model where problems have been reported. Avoid those.

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Hi Nigel. Thank you for your reply. Your Locomotive Stock are they Hornby ? And do you have any/ many Class 31 in your MPD? Because as SRMan Jeff reported "the Mazak rot problem only applies to a few particular releases". Therefore unless you have these "few" in your stable you would not experience the problem.  Kevin 



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Hi Kevin,

Yes. No. No. And no horses either. If you are concerned about that particular model get the shell off and start looking at the chassis, especially around the boogie gear mounting where there is the least metal. Efflorescence in the form of light grey powder on exposed alloy, crumbling or paint bubbling will be indicative of the "pest". If the ends break off under light lateral pressure you definitely have it. MAZAC is tough, drop the chassis on the floor and it will not break (coupler mounts excepted), although not a recommended test for the "pest".

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Edit: This is not just a Hornby class 31 issue. My two examples were from other manufacturers. If you are still in warranty I wouldn't worry, out of warranty I would test the chassis (including scraping the paint) every 4-6 months when you service the locomotive.



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