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  • capri_sam
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    Hi Joel Dapol , do you have a likely ETA on the remaining new liveries and DCC fitted versions? Thanks!

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  • Mark Ellis
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    Indeed, I'd heard that there's a new batch of Schools coming

    Have Dapol addressed the issue with the flimsy conrods, and gear jamming behind / smashing into the rear wheel of the pony? The issue was of cause caused by the assemblers/packers in China accidentally squeezing the valve gear inwards, and inappropriate material.

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  • capri_sam
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    Very excited to hear the Schools are on the way. Is there any chance of some livery shots? I'm curious as to how the sage green differs from Maunsell in particular, but there's at least three from the new batch that interest me!

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  • Richard Dapol
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    Thank you and Bob for your suggestions, we are working on the next batch as Joel says, I notice the wartime black is of interest, this was not in our initial thoughts but we shall look at this as a possible production.
    Thanks again, Richard

  • Southernlad86
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    Good to know they are selling well I'd like to see 928 Stowe in SR Maunsell or Malachite pre war green if possible, 900 Eaton in SR olive green, or a War time black schools or perhaps a southern schools train pack, like what you've done with flying Scotsman recent train and coach packs just a thought I found a colour art pic from OS Nocks book of pocket encyclopaedia of British Steam locomotives which has a picture of a Wartime black schools class No 930 Radley.

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  • Bob G
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    As a BR modeller I would like to see:

    30929 Malvern in BR Green early emblem - which I think it wore until scrapped in 1962 (there are much better historians on the Schools class than myself!). I have certainly seen a early crest Malvern photo alongside green 33s in 1962, and to my knowledge only this and 30908 Westminster wore BR green with early crest

    30913 Christ's Hospital in BR black or Green late emblem
    30936 Cranleigh in BR Black early emblem - which I think it wore quite late, at least to 1959
    30937 Epsom in BR Black early emblem or Green late emblem

    My choices for the last three are of course personal reasons due to living and working in the Horsham and Epsom area. I am sure everyone will have similar personal preferences and you won't make everyone happy.

    Bob

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  • Joel Dapol
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    Hello Bob, yes they have sold quite well and we are working on a second batch for release towards the end of the year. Do you and other members have any requests?

  • Bob G
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    Any news on the next issue of Schools class locos? They seem to have sold well.

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  • Hailstone
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    The use of a black plastic packing piece between engine and tender has been part of the packaging for several Dapol tender locos (Manor, Hall, Grange Britannia) and as far as I know has not been the cause of problems up until now

  • Joel Dapol
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    Foam would not be that easy to fit though Mark as something rigid is required once the shaft is in place.

  • Mark Ellis
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    I was quite surprised at the method used by Dapol to pack the gap. The bit of black plastic is really not obvious, is it. A bit of foam is a more obvious method

  • kjiwizard
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    I finally managed to complete the running in of my schools class with the 30 minutes in reverse at club last night. Blow me down a derailment did cause the wheels to lock in the valve gear. However thanks to the contributors on hear I knew that they needed to be loosened off and they became free. It was my fault as I had forgotten to remove the small rectangular packing piece from between the engine and tender before setting it on its way and of course it wouldn't negotiate the curve

    Silly old me!

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  • Elvinley
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    The metal used on Farish steam is stronger than Dapol and doesn't look any more bulky.

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  • Andy Dapol
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    Please re-read my posts Mark. We Recommend R2 or greater.

  • Andy Dapol
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    Just to add that my comments only apply to tender locos, not to small tank locos and I'd like to clarify that we have not imposed a <new> radius restriction. We "Recommend the model is run on R2 or greater", having same meaning as the phrase my colleges at Bachmann prefer (which was pointed out by Mark). In fact, all N gauge tender models have used this criteria since Dapol have produced such models. Its been poorly advertised in the past, but that's fixed now. Designing specifically for R1 would compromise the design of the model, whilst laying R2 track adds 2" 6/8ths to the overall width of the layout. I realise many people are under space restraints, and/or have already built layouts, which is why we are publicising our R2 recommendation enabling folk to make informed choices.
    I have run this and other of our products on R1, and as you state, with care they run OK, posters on this and other forums have also indicated success, but many factors can influence running, particularly over turnouts.

    We to are sympathetic when things go wrong, hence the provision of our manufactures warranty.
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