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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2017, 07:55:07 pm »
Ben and I got to have a look at the Dapol 68 as well at the weekend at DEMU Showcase.  As Robert said it was an impressive looking thing and the quality of the PCB looks like a step change improvement in Dapol's PCBs.

I really liked it and am looking forward to it being available.

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #31 on: August 02, 2017, 06:43:46 pm »
Hi
class 68 was seen at DEMU no pics but it looks lovely with a PCB to die for - built in speaker machine soldered parts with only 6 manual wire joins, LEDs on board with light guides. Certainly streets ahead of the boards in any previous loco.

The body captured the look of the prototype well with sensibly moulded grills over etched overscale affairs that would turn to dust if handled. Nose looked the part and the glazing whilenot polished was very nice but some changes there to improve.  Some refinement  on one side but very good progress.
Also like the 4mm version it hefts a good weight.

As livery is a case of reducing vector files which will shrink in all directions with out loss of quality - its what I use in the Warley club graphic as seen on the guide mag and the "you are here boards" with no loss of clarity I a sure all the 4mm liveries will work just as well - I know the DRS livery had a placement issue but as we are second runners we get right first time. Another benefit of modelling in N gauge I guess !

As an aside I do wonder if we will ever see one or two to replace the 57 on the Northern Belle - just saying  !!
Robert     

The online Dapol catalogue states that it has a Next-18 decoder, and is 'sound ready', although it's not stated whether all models come with the speaker ready-fitted or just those with sound decoders. Anyone know for sure? Robert's post above does imply that it's all of them.

As regards Northern Belle, they aren't going to have that many spare once the TPE contract starts - by my reckoning 11 in total remaining for DRS' own use, once the Scotrail contract ends. 8 with Chiltern, and 14 to go to TPE - although of course there might be one or two of the locos from the two TOCs available for DRS use, depending how many are on exam / repair. Will be interesting to see whether they carry on using the 68s for general work such as flasks, or whether they take some 57s out of store for that and use the 68s for Northern Belle and other passenger work.

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2018, 10:12:26 pm »
Any news on a 'hit the shops date' .

Anything I've read seems to mention a release date anytime from Jan to March.

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #33 on: January 16, 2018, 06:34:52 am »
Any news on a 'hit the shops date' .

Anything I've read seems to mention a release date anytime from Jan to March.

Ron

Straight from Dapol last evening.

https://digest.dapol.co.uk/forum/n-gauge-models/diesel/class-68-aa/project-managers-blog-ab/6760-shipping-update-n-gauge-class-68
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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #34 on: January 16, 2018, 01:44:17 pm »
Hi Hattons have just emailed with a around /after 26/2 date - nice birthday pres (24th)!

£118 for DC as it comes, other versions available !

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #35 on: January 16, 2018, 04:54:33 pm »
Seems rude not to add a DRS one to the stable! They certainly look the part.

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2018, 08:54:21 pm »
Decisions, decisions, decisions.....do I do a pre order or wait till Model Rail Scotland and hopefully it's released in time for the show.

I've got a 8 X twin Tesco Express needing hauled.  Would have got the GF DRS 66, but got a few 66s in other liveries. They can get a bit same old, same old.

So decided to hold of till the 68 was released. Something different.

Just hope it can haul a good rake.

Ron

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #37 on: January 17, 2018, 01:57:03 am »
Assuming you mean the blue IKA Megafrets then you should be fine, mine is 8 pairs too, and even a Dapol 66 can manage them they’re so light! Sure the 68 will surpass that.

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #38 on: January 17, 2018, 09:54:33 pm »
Yes that's the ones.

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2018, 10:17:00 pm »
Okay I've pre ordered Defiant (DRS) and Valiant  (Scotrail)

Should be nice additions to my fleet.

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2018, 10:44:04 pm »
Dapol announced in a post on Facebook that the class 68 are due within the next few weeks with DCC and sound fitted comming shortly after the DC examples go on sale.

I don't do sound (think it's a bit of a gimmick ) but I am really tempted to get one.
I  think it's because I am use to hearing them.
I usually see or atleast hear one as I walk to work, they are the only passing train I can hear in the office as they pass and despite living a few miles from the station on a clear night I can hear them rumbling in the distance.  :toot:

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #41 on: February 13, 2018, 09:45:24 am »
I was going to resist, as I really should try and reduce my spending a bit, but that didn't last, as they look excellent. Can always sell it on!

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #42 on: February 13, 2018, 05:06:22 pm »
Failed to resist many months ago, very pleased to hear they’re on their way

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #43 on: February 14, 2018, 02:01:06 pm »
Oh dear :doh:

It's one of those, I don't really need one, but I really want one :smiley-laughing:

Totally not my era, but I do rate the class 68. Hopefully I'll bag a 68002 Intrepid. Be nice to add a little subtle weathering and add it to the stock box.

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Re: Dapol - Class 68
« Reply #44 on: February 14, 2018, 06:53:30 pm »
Do you think Dapol or anyone will do the 6 no mark2 coach rakes in DRS and

Scotrail Livery to accompany them in the future.

That would be good.

Freight one minute, passenger the next.

Ron

 

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