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Author Topic: Dapol Standards dropping?  (Read 6966 times)

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Offline Dickydcc

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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #75 on: May 07, 2018, 08:05:51 PM »
Not sure if this is anything to go by but there  is nothing for sale in the DCC supplies Dapol outlet section at the moment. Could standards be improving?

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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #76 on: May 07, 2018, 09:00:13 PM »
D C C didnt have many  rejects on their stand over the weekend at Thornbury show either  .
What does that signify ,Andy had been too busy to check and grade  them or there arent so many now.
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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #77 on: May 07, 2018, 09:44:33 PM »
There was around 25 on their website yesterday as I was having a look at what they had.

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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #78 on: May 07, 2018, 09:59:58 PM »
Fiona's away the mice are at play  :D

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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #79 on: May 07, 2018, 10:06:44 PM »
Dont know if its just me and the bad luck that follows closely behind me as I am a fall into a barrel of roses and come out smelling of Sh*te type of guy, but of all the dapol N-Gauge Locos I have owned

Two, 0-6-0 Tanks both ran like dogs
One, 9F, kept losing its dog bone and the front bogie would never stay on
One, Class 33, Noisy as hell
One, Class 35 even noisier than hell
One, Class 52 this one is actually ok
One, Class 66 issues with one LED faulty out of the box

So out of Seven all but one has issues, don't think I will bother with any more, which is a shame as I fancy their class 68.

Paul

Just as an update to the above, I have been tempted by a few more dapols, results below

Class 68 arrived safe and sound and is a faultless runner

Class 22 arrived safe and sound and its a faultless runner

Class 27 arrived safe and sound and is a faultless runner

Class 66 to replace the one with faulty light arrived safe and sound and is a faultless runner

So it looks like my Dapol luck is improving, hope it holds out for the Class 50

Also an update on the Class 35, the noise turned out to be one of the gears not clipped in place properly during assembly and now it's been fitted correctly it too is now nice and quiet.

The 33 is now a lot quieter after a very long run in session.

Paul
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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #80 on: May 07, 2018, 10:12:22 PM »
The class 35 does not surprise me.  I have fixed a lot of Dapol models and its almost always an assembly fault. 

Having said that there was a lot of three class 68 units on sale as faulty on eBay last night, and one had a melted hole in its roof  :o

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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #81 on: May 08, 2018, 12:28:20 AM »
I have had nothing but good luck on my new purchase Dapol products, however my secondhand purchases have been mixed, some I bought knowing they had issues, it also is unfair to hold Dapol to any standard for these models, there is no way to know if it was the factory or a ham fisted previous owner that caused the issues (not running a model in, not oiling the models properly etc etc).

My class 86 fleet is still growing and I have one with a completely fried PCB, it seems on these they fail more than other locos, but again not all purchases have been new items.
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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #82 on: May 08, 2018, 12:31:48 AM »
There was around 25 on their website yesterday as I was having a look at what they had.

There is nothing today - it's all either out of stock, or nothing showing.

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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #83 on: May 08, 2018, 03:14:38 PM »
I bought 3 Grade B A4s and found loads of electrical problems with them. Reported all to DCC supplies, next day all locos had gone from the website. Coincidence?

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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #84 on: May 15, 2018, 03:10:43 PM »
Oh dear. I took delivery yesterday of 10 x Dapol 20T weathered mineral wagons and 4 (so 40%) couldn't even roll off a railer onto the track. On inspection the wheels on those 4 weren't seated in their axle boxes properly. Even when I wiggled them into the sockets they would not roll more than 3-4" when given a push. At least now I know they won't derail on points which was my concern. :unimpressed:

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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #85 on: May 15, 2018, 10:46:04 PM »
Well my 68 has just completed its run in cycle and its already lost 2 handrails, and no sign of them on the test track, which is a simple oval of unballasted track, so that's £15 for replacements.

Paul
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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #86 on: May 16, 2018, 06:04:04 PM »
Paul

DCC Supplies sent my a replacement set of 68 handrails free of charge, they said they were aware of the issue of handrails falling off and the factory had been made aware

I did call Fiona on the issue first


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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #87 on: May 16, 2018, 06:11:28 PM »
ASA word of warning/advice.  I bought a very reasonably priced class 68 on ebay.  No complaints but on very close examination I could see the tell tail signs of cyanoacrylate fumes where a handrail had been re attached.  Now this is easily fixed with the blunt end of a wet cocktail stick, however, the best glue to make such a repair is a strong pva or similar glue.  I personally use the cockpit adhesive, the one you can also create windows with.

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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #88 on: May 16, 2018, 06:35:26 PM »
I had to fit the most difficult handrail, the L shaped one below the windscreen.

The only way I found to hold it was a thin tube with a little blue tack pushed up one end. As this handrail is fitted on an angle and close to easily damaged detail it is very difficult to fit. Did the job in a large plastic box in case it pinged away. I used normal super glue. The silver paint on the handrail did partly rub off but an easy fix with paint and a small brush.

My 68 was also one of the bargains on eBay and i think the handrail either fell on the floor as I opened the box or was not there at all. I did explain this to DCC Supplies and they still sent me the pack for free. The seller also refunded me £10.


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Re: Dapol Standards dropping?
« Reply #89 on: July 16, 2018, 01:43:42 PM »
Just to put things in context re value for money.

I've just sent back a faulty Continental loco.

What was its cost new?   £357.

In value-for-money terms UK modellers do remarkably well.

Les

 

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