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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2015, 03:52:02 PM »
i have a new oliver Cromwell, and it runs a treat, much better detail etc.

Since i model heritage/ preserved an emlem change will be required i think.

the biggest difference i noticed is when i put Britannia and Cromwell beside each other, is the paintwork is totally different!

Britannia has a glossy look to it, and lighter shade of green while Oliver Cromwell is non glosses and darker!

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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2015, 08:57:12 PM »
Any chance of some photos?

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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2015, 09:01:08 PM »
Also any one know why Britannia and Oliver Cromwell have the original style product code (ND...) whereas the others have 2S-... codes?

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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2015, 09:14:09 AM »
Also any one know why Britannia and Oliver Cromwell have the original style product code (ND...) whereas the others have 2S-... codes?

Presumably as the first two are re-runs of previous releases; whereas the remainder are new names and numbers that haven't been released before?

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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2015, 07:33:43 PM »

....waitin' for mine that is flying from Hattons to here... it's still not landed..
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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2015, 09:39:43 PM »
Just had an e-mail from Hatton's that my "Apollo" is being despatched tonight.

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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2015, 10:05:17 PM »
Give us your thoughts on Apollo and a photo Ron.

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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2015, 04:57:31 PM »
Give us your thoughts on Apollo and a photo Ron.

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Paddy


Paddy - as requested.

The loco was despatched from Hatton's some time after 17.30 on Thursday 26th Feb and arrived at 10.45 Sat 28th Feb. (Royal Mail 2 day tracked.) Excellent service!

Unfortunately I didn't have time to have a good look at it yesterday as I was otherwise engaged visiting Preston MRE but when I looked at it in the box, too be honest, I was a little disappointed. The valve gear looked like cheap plastic painted silver with the paint peeling off and nameplate looked at bit too orange. Perhaps I had let my anticipation of this model get the better of me as the "Brits" were one of my favourite locos as they were built when I was a young child. I remember being taken to the Ideal Home exhibition at Belle Vue, Manchester as a child where British Railways had installed a replica (what would probably now be called a Driver simulater) and I was allowed to have a go. As you looked through the front cab window there was a film running (in black and white) of the line ahead. I remember being chastised by the Driver for yanking the regulator too hard. I loved it and it laid one of the foundations for me to eventually become a Railwayman. I digress but ever since I have had a soft spot for the "Brits."

I chose Apollo because I believe it was a Manchester engine all its life as its first shed was Trafford Park. My research indicated that it was latter allocated to Newton Heath which was my local shed when several were sent there to replace Jubilees on the Scotch expresses. I have also seen a photo of it towards the end of its working life when it was on a Parcels train when it was based at Stockport Edgeley. By now you will see that I was expecting something special.

This afternoon I took it out of the box for a closer look and the valve gear and motion looked a bit better but a comparison with the 9F I bought last year shows that it is inferior but I can live with it. Otherwise she looks an excellent model. Dapol do not provide any running in instructions and it is already DCC fitted so it went straight onto the layout for a few light engine runs. No derailment issues like I had with the 9F but it is very noisy and there a lot of "twanging" sounds like I had with the 9F but I can't identify what is causing it. I think it might be the brake gear linkage which sits very low and is catching on the Kato track. I know this is an issue with the Ivatt 2MT i have. After a few runs I then gave it a train to play with and attached it to my Stanier "Blood and Custard" set and now it looks the part. Unfortunately at one particular point on the inner loop it keeps uncoupling and it seems that the tender coupling is a bit droopy. On the outer loop everything is fine. Apollo has also found a couple of clearance issues with the tunnel portals which no other loco has, even the 9F and Duchess.

All in all I realise that it is unrealistic to expect perfection in every loco I purchase (although I do have some that are in that category.) I am quite happy happy with Apollo at the present time and I think I will grow to love her once she has settled down and is properly run. After all my 9F was a pain at first but now runs like a dream after a few adjustments on the advice of Dapol. Having said that I do think that my Farish locos are superior.

Here are a few photos to show the loco in her new operating environment:


Sde view showing motion and valve gear


Comparison with my 9F

Two pics with the "Blood and Custards."




Apologies for my camera skills (or lack of.)

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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2015, 05:33:28 PM »
Hi Ron,

Thank you for taking the time to post a great review.  Your anecdotes from the past are very interesting.

Like you the Britannia is one of my favourite locos - there is just something I find fascinating about the BR standards.

Glad you like Apollo overall but it does sound like Dapol still have room for improvement.

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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2015, 09:28:36 PM »
Hi Ron,

I, too, like the Britannias.
One thing I have found helps the later Farish/Dapol steamers is to very lightly oil the motion.

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Re: New Dapol Britannia Releases...
« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2015, 12:24:19 AM »

This is my Britannia just arrived on Monday from Hattons, DCC Fitted
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