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Author Topic: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.  (Read 45519 times)

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Offline johnlambert

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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #45 on: July 22, 2015, 01:34:33 PM »
I hope the review is good, I've just ordered a Grange.

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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #46 on: July 22, 2015, 01:37:39 PM »
Well it's certainly the best ready-to-run N gauge Grange I have seen to date!

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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #47 on: July 22, 2015, 01:51:58 PM »
I have mine on order and I should get it in the next day or two. Hattons have put some better photos up which I have borrowed for a review. The good news is that they look like Granges with the overall proportions well captured. The livery finish looks good and both liveries released so far are correct for the loco/tender combination in question. This last point is a bit of a minefield with Granges as the class were paired with at least 4 different patterns of tender so a bit of research is necessary to check if a particular combo is correct.









After a promising start, Dapol's bugbear of attention to detail seems to have let them down again.

1. The route indicator discs are blue and should be red (easy fix with Fox transfers).

2. The Fire-iron tunnel is missing from the left-hand side of the firebox. A small detail but one that is present correctly on the Manor.

3. The black version is missing the reversing lever on the right-hand side of the firebox. I am hoping this has just been knocked off the sample they photographed as it is present correctly on the green version so is not a design error.
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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #48 on: July 22, 2015, 02:01:36 PM »
3. The black version is missing the reversing lever on the right-hand side of the firebox. I am hoping this has just been knocked off the sample they photographed as it is present correctly on the green version so is not a design error.

Looks like it's present on the Rails example:

https://railsofsheffield.com/dapol-2s-019-003-class-6800-4-6-0-6809-burghclere-grange-in-br-lined-black-with-early-emblem-2s-019-003-JJJA28122.aspx

So presumably has fallen off or not fiitted correctly to the Hattons example.

HTH,
Alan
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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #49 on: July 23, 2015, 09:30:54 AM »
My Grange has arrived and the good news is that the reversing lever is present and correct. Running in will have to wait until tonight but first impressions are good (apart from the noted issues with the fire iron tunnel and indicator disc).

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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #50 on: July 23, 2015, 09:39:08 AM »
My Grange has arrived and the good news is that the reversing lever is present and correct. Running in will have to wait until tonight but first impressions are good (apart from the noted issues with the fire iron tunnel and indicator disc).

Any chance of a mini-review and better pics when you have time? There has been a spectacular lack of comment on the release of this model on this and RMWeb!

Cheers,
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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #51 on: July 23, 2015, 09:40:41 AM »
Any chance of a mini-review and better pics when you have time? There has been a spectacular lack of comment on the release of this model on this and RMWeb!
I am writing a review for the next issue of the NGS Journal so provided they do not mind me posting it here too, I will be happy to oblige.
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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #52 on: July 23, 2015, 12:07:46 PM »
Mine is currently running in.
The first impression are:
 - that it is noisy, particularly at lower speeds.
 - it would crawl straight from the box.
 - motion is smooth.
 - the over sized white lining is far less noticeable on the real item when compared to the photos.

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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #53 on: July 23, 2015, 01:16:51 PM »
My Grange has arrived and the good news is that the reversing lever is present and correct. Running in will have to wait until tonight but first impressions are good (apart from the noted issues with the fire iron tunnel and indicator disc).




Looks like a very nice model Karhedronuk.  My only observation is that the "white" lining looks quite heavy/bright.  Might just be the photo lighting of course.

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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #54 on: July 23, 2015, 01:19:55 PM »
The white lining is a little on the heavy side but the flash makes it look worse in the photo than it does on the model.
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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #55 on: July 23, 2015, 04:48:05 PM »
I've now been running the Grange for much of the day.
 
So far all most all is good. The slow speed running from the word go has been good and the loco is smooth at all speeds. The only real downside is the noise, it's a noisy loco, not quite as noisy as when first run, but still massively noisier than the Farish N class. The loco does run better on DCC than on DC.
 
Haulage is good. I have had it hauling 14 Dapol colletts and it pulled them with ease, even when introducing a gradient of about 2% on a 12" radius curve. It would have hauled more but I ran out of space on the test track. Once I get the main layout out we'll see what it will really haul then.

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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #56 on: July 23, 2015, 08:44:30 PM »
Thanks, Kris. You might, just might, have convinced me to part with some wonga :help:

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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #57 on: July 23, 2015, 08:46:02 PM »
I just know that I shall find it hard to resist one of these !
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #58 on: July 24, 2015, 07:17:17 AM »
I will resist!  :angel:

I will resist!  :)

I will resist!  :worried:

I will resist!  :(

I will resist! :'(

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Re: Dapol Grange...maybe sometime soon.
« Reply #59 on: July 24, 2015, 07:28:34 AM »
I will resist!  :angel:

I will resist!  :)

I will resist!  :worried:

I will resist!  :(

I will resist! :'(

Dave G
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