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Re: First DCC ready model
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2018, 05:27:54 pm »
The early Farish catalogues (2005, 2006) don't even tell you what models were DCC ready or were not. It is like they are testing the water.

Then (2007, 2008) they tell you if a model is DCC ready, which could be either solder points or DCC6 Chip ready.

It is only around 2009 that they start to specify DCC ready using tags or DCC6 Chip ready.

At the same time, the Peaks are being advertised as Blue Riband models, alongside all the newer ones with DCC, so again DCC ready is not seen as an indicator of quality.

And looking back at those ten year old catalogues, the kettles with tiny front bogies are everywhere. This is long before the GWR became Dapol's domain, and the quality of the models looks frankly awful in some cases. We forget we have been spoilt by developments in the past ten years.

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Re: First DCC ready model
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2018, 05:32:59 pm »
Thanks! So do the pre-2007 Farish 66s not have circuit boards?

Not sure about Farish. The Dapol ones did not. Split chassis affairs with switchable on/off lights, IIRC. Very noisy too.

And Dapol dummies (66 and later 35s) definitely didn't have lights early on.

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Re: First DCC ready model
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2018, 05:48:06 pm »
The haulage power of early Dapol 66s was excellent, but they were a bitch to convert. As Iíve said though, Farish 66s were always DCC ready.

Very few Dapol dummies have had lights, 86s about the only ones which have, DMUs/HSTs aside.

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Re: First DCC ready model
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2018, 10:50:38 am »
Very few Dapol dummies have had lights, 86s about the only ones which have, DMUs/HSTs aside.

Think it was the newer tooling models which had them - the dummy Class 27s do as well as the 86s. It makes sense on dummy DMUs where they would be used along with a powered one, but seemed fairly pointless with locos as they would mostly presumably be used for static scenes or as the second loco in double-heading, neither of which would need the lights. It must have added to the cost, and perhaps contributed to Dapol's decision to stop making dummies.

I had a dummy 67 apart recently. The chassis is mostly the same as the powered one, with the bogies missing most of the gears and  plastic plate glued in across the top where the motor would go on the powered one. Not sure whether the same was done with the 66s, 35s, 86s, etc.

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Re: First DCC ready model
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2018, 11:02:05 am »
The 86s have a full PCB, decoder socket etc, just no motor. The 66 is like the 67.

 

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