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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #60 on: March 28, 2015, 07:53:28 pm »
I've gone & bought a second class 31 in blue  :help: Removed the bogies to remove the grease & lightly oil before running in & noticed on one of the bogies it was missing a 16T gear on one of the axles at the coupling end, the centre axles don't have any gears on them either which I believe is correct, so this bogie only has one driving axle! Maybe worth a check for anyone else who has bought one of these models.

Cheers, Stu.

As I understand it not only are the centre axles prototypically not driven but the wheels are also correctly of a smaller diameter. I wonder if they have put a wrong wheelset in by mistake...

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Yes I suspect that is what has happened to it during assembly. Thought I'd let other forum members know in case the same has happened to their locos.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #61 on: March 28, 2015, 07:54:23 pm »
One thing I did notice when I took the body off the one I had (now sent back to the shop due to it dying!) is that there are four spring contacts at each end of the chassis for powering the lights, but only two at each end are used. Where the wires from these connect to the main circuit board, there are two solder points at each end which are likewise not used. This suggests to me that the circuit board and contacts have been designed to allow for future models with a high-intensity headlight.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #62 on: March 31, 2015, 02:10:01 am »
Or maybe for those earlier ones with disc headcodes - I'm hoping that they will produce one with no yellow panel

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #63 on: March 31, 2015, 10:48:54 am »
Hi all,
I was about to post a question but looks like Stu has answered it for me. My br blue 31 arrived last Friday and tonight I finally got around to unpacking it and showing Nicole what she bought me for Easter.
I put it on the rolling road and noticed that the forth axle from the numbered end was not running.
I took it off and yes the axle is free. I know the centre axle is free.
Looks like I got a Friday build :veryangry:
Back to hattons via our expensive postal service
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #64 on: March 31, 2015, 11:12:28 am »
Just contacted hattons via their great live chat service. Loco has to go back to them,was thinking maybe they could just send out a new bogie.
Worse is that they have no br blue in stock :'(
Can't win
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #65 on: March 31, 2015, 12:13:29 pm »
Just contacted hattons via their great live chat service. Loco has to go back to them,was thinking maybe they could just send out a new bogie.
Worse is that they have no br blue in stock :'(
Can't win
Bart

It's a shame they couldn't just send you a spare axle with a gear on so you can replace it. Makes me wonder how many locos sold have this problem & it hasn't been noticed  :hmmm:, it may be a common problem with them as the middle axles are unpowered & axles are getting mixed up on assembly.


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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #66 on: March 31, 2015, 12:19:12 pm »
Meh, that's one less 31 sold then... assuming blue ones are still available. I'm not risking having one sent all the way here (Japan) if it might be defective.
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #67 on: March 31, 2015, 12:19:56 pm »
Meh, that's one less 31 sold then... assuming blue ones are still available. I'm not risking having one sent all the way here (Japan) if it might be defective.

I think you could just buy one from Zoe Lieu !! - That way it'll come from china direct :D



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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #68 on: March 31, 2015, 12:20:23 pm »
probably just another example of their sliding standards.

a couple of years ago I bought a 1/24? kit for a police Range Rover, and when it arrived one of the suspension pieces had a mould fault which meant it couldn't be used.

rang and spoke to very helpful lady and asked if I needed to return the whole kit, or could I just return the faulty part.

she got another kit, went to the trouble of making sure she had the right part, and said she'd get it in the post, and not to bother returning the faulty one.

it doesn't seem that they have the same attitude these days, which is a great pity as their customer service was one of the main reasons that I made them my virtually sole supplier over the last five years.
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #69 on: March 31, 2015, 12:23:16 pm »
Have sent an email to Bachmann asking if they will send out a replacement bogie and I swap it over myself or if it really does have to go back to hattons. I hope it doesn't as our postage costs here in oz aren't cheap
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #70 on: March 31, 2015, 12:54:48 pm »
Meh, that's one less 31 sold then... assuming blue ones are still available. I'm not risking having one sent all the way here (Japan) if it might be defective.

Rather that not risk it, why not buy one from a shop that tests models before posting them. Osbornes will do so if asked, as will Cheltenham Model Centre and Hereford Model Centre.

There are alternatives to Hattons!!!

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #71 on: March 31, 2015, 01:08:14 pm »
Meh, that's one less 31 sold then... assuming blue ones are still available. I'm not risking having one sent all the way here (Japan) if it might be defective.

Rather that not risk it, why not buy one from a shop that tests models before posting them. Osbornes will do so if asked, as will Cheltenham Model Centre and Hereford Model Centre.

Good point. I almost cleared out Hereford Model Centre's stock of BR blue locomotives last October and would shop there again.
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #72 on: April 01, 2015, 12:29:15 pm »
Meh, that's one less 31 sold then... assuming blue ones are still available. I'm not risking having one sent all the way here (Japan) if it might be defective.

Rather that not risk it, why not buy one from a shop that tests models before posting them. Osbornes will do so if asked, as will Cheltenham Model Centre and Hereford Model Centre.

There are alternatives to Hattons!!!

Happy modelling.

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However, would testing it, have picked up the issue with the one none powered axle?

Cheers

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #73 on: April 01, 2015, 01:06:35 pm »
I supppose it would be possible to ask for a specific issue to be checked - if one's aware of it...

For the record I'd also settle for easy access to spare parts.
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #74 on: April 01, 2015, 01:21:55 pm »
i agree with you Paul
i doubt they would have found it as they would most likely have just put it on the track and check for direction and if lights work
Fingers crossed bachmann reply to me saying they wil send out a new bogie provided it is not too hard to swap over.
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