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Author Topic: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review  (Read 10619 times)

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Offline macwales

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Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:22:27 PM »
Hi

My new Dapol 2884 Class in unlined green with GWR lettering arrived today.

In the box was the loco, a spares bag, two of Dapol's magnetic couplers and two spare traction tyres for the loco.

Appearance

The model model is superbly detailed with vacuum pipes pre-fitted. In the spares bag, along with the usual spanner are spare tender to loco wires, a set of cylinder drain pipes with cocks, the usual buckeye couplers and strangely what appears to be a red loco lamp.

The footplate has some detailing with copper pipes picked out. The rivets and boiler fittings are very detailed and superb.

 

The tender decoration is detailed and to my eye excellent

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The see through spoked tender wheels are particularly distinctive and the GWR lettering very sharp. The etched loco number is the best I have seen.

The loco boiler and smoke box paint finish seems very bland and may seem dull to some as it is without much sheen so will likely benefit from some tarting up followed by some light weathering. The detailing with brass parts and picked out features are as good as any others I have.



Running In (on DC)

The loco ran well straight from the box with the usual (of late) Dapol steamer growl. This was reduced somewhat after a light oil and I was pleased to see the cogs could all be oiled from beneath the loco easily. The loco has the lowest gearing of all my steamers and its slow running was great, even over peco insulfrog points. At full wellie the loco growls and seems to protest and still is not a racer but at scale speeds of 15 -25 mph it rums quietly and without much motor warming.

Operational Performance

The 2884 class smoothly pulls my 15 wagon coal train at slow speeds both forwards and in reverse. It does this around my 1st radius loop (9 inch curves) (see photo below). To do this with no trouble I was not expecting. I will test pulling power out after some more running in with a longer train but I expect it will perform well as there is no sign of slipping.

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When traveling at eye level the space between the boiler and frame can easily be seen.



Value for money

This Dapol 2884 Class is on par with my Farish Austerity for looks and fine detail and it runs just as well albeit with a little more noise. The loco paint finish seems drab (I know not what the prototype was like) but the tender is stunning. The motion looks realistic and the engine performs well. It cost 94 from Hattons so I think I am pleased with it so far and its good value. I think it will improve with running in and the looks will be just the business after a few weathering features are applied.

Cheers

Mac

Updated - 3 days later

Class 2884 now run in and at scale speeds running cold (for a Dapol steamer) and at scale speeds its a lot quieter.

Just done a pull test (please see video link below) where it pulled 50 wagons, some loaded, at a reasonably sedate speed. For the rear of the wagons passing in the video the loco was pulling the train round two 1st Radius (9inch) curves!! I think its impressive.

 http://youtu.be/90e4FgZRBO8

Cheers again

Mac
« Last Edit: February 24, 2013, 02:58:37 PM by macwales »

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 04:38:55 PM »
Thank you for a very detailed report on your latest purchase Mac.
I am sure the other members will appreciate your report and enjoy your photographs.

cheers John.

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 05:13:09 PM »
Great pictures, can't wait for mine to arrive  :drool:  Thanks for posting.

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013, 06:53:31 PM »
Many thanks for that review. Having had "challenges" getting my Dapol Halls to manage 9" radius curves I was waiting to see how they managed.

Order now placed with Hattons.

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2013, 09:27:28 PM »
Thanks for the review, Mac :thumbsup:
Just awaiting my BR version to arrive :bounce:

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2013, 09:57:13 PM »
Can't wait for my BR one to arrive

 :drool:

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2013, 09:58:53 PM »
Certainly do appreciate the review!  Just have to wait for the BR one I ordered to arrive...

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2013, 10:08:07 PM »
Thanks very much for the review.  :thumbsup:

Glad to hear they can handle 9" curves as that will make running in a lot easier. Hoping my local model shop gets them in pronto. I have the same loco on pre-order with them and I cannot wait to see how it runs.

What excuse can I use to find it trundling down my to my quiet BLT in rural Somerset?  :hmmm:
Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2013, 03:02:11 PM »
Hi

My Dapol Class 2884 loco review has been updated today with a video of a 50 x wagon pull test.

Cheers

 :claphappy:

Mac

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2013, 05:09:59 PM »
Can't wait for mine to arrive.

Current ETA Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the Royal Mail.

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2013, 06:09:22 PM »
Well you could have knocked me down with a feather!

I ordered mine over this interweb thingy at 18:50 hrs Friday evening with Hattons. Over the weekend I received various e-mails telling me good things about my order.

When I got home this evening there was a package waiting for me. It couldn't be, could it?

Yup. One very nice loco. Tea was put on the back burner, the loco unpacked, checked, little bit of lube and onto the test track. Yes she runs nicely. Yes she goes around 9" radius curves with no qualms whatsoever.

Later in the week when I have more time I'll start to run her in.

Thank you Hattons and thank you Dapol  :thankyousign:

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2013, 06:14:48 PM »
mine should be here tomorrow :claphappy: :claphappy: :claphappy:
Where our songs are challenged we shall sing them all the louder!!!!!

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2013, 11:45:41 AM »
Well I'm going to blame you lot  :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: after reading all about it and having a similar problem as Karhedron re layout size I thought I could resist, then I had another look at the video felt my part time job cheque burning a hole in my pocket and weakened!! Just hope it arrives while HID is at work  :uneasy:  :uneasy:
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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2013, 01:16:25 PM »
mine arrived and it is stunning :claphappy: :claphappy: :claphappy:
Where our songs are challenged we shall sing them all the louder!!!!!

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Re: Dapol Steam Class 2884 GWR lettering Review
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2013, 10:32:38 PM »
 :)  Yes!!!  Hatton's usual cardboard box has arrived with 2 x 2884 class 2-8-0 locos.  Very happy with performance and appearance.  Incredible wheel detail. After Macwales' great & comprehensive review, I knew I had to raise the haulage stakes higher!!  So loaded one engine up to the 90 4-wheel wagon mark, and set off round the layout.  I can report that forward and reverse was achieved without the tyres popping off, nor couplings ripping out.  Minimum radius for the test was 18" though.  Heat from tender-based motor was normal.  Usual load for this loco will be 40 to 50 wagons which really gives a prototype impression. I'm very pleased after the long wait for this loco, especially as it was able to reverse the long rake over several points and crossings without any traction quiver that often throws off light wagons just waiting for any excuse. 

No, I don't work for DAPOL ofr have any shares therein!   :wave: :)

 

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