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Author Topic: Dapol A4  (Read 76150 times)

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #90 on: April 08, 2012, 06:57:08 PM »
That duck in BR Blue no use ?

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #91 on: April 08, 2012, 08:49:13 PM »
With a bent wire, I managed to get a little bit of oil onto the shaft just behind where the cardan shaft sits in the loco and it seems to have solved the problem so far.

Update: It hasn't.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2012, 06:13:09 AM by Elvinley »

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #92 on: April 14, 2012, 04:17:26 AM »
I sent my faulty loco back to the seller I had it from and my replacement arrived today. I am giving it a run-in now but it's not looking good. One side of the loco lifts as it traverses any set of points.

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #93 on: April 14, 2012, 07:44:44 AM »
Sorry to hear that Elvinley, it must be very frustrating. I hope you do eventually get a good one.

It's very dissappointing to hear that things don't seem to have improved much, I was optimistically hoping the the A3s and A4s would be more trouble free.

It's an improvement to have a better guarantee but you still have the problem of posting locos backwards and forwards and being without them when they are being replaced or repaired.

I does tend to make you lose confidence in the manufacturer.

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #94 on: April 14, 2012, 10:19:46 AM »
Sorry to hear about this!
My silver fox has fun perfectly since buying it no problems
I have brough 5 dapol loco's in 2 months an A4, Brit, 9f, hall and a terrier and all are perfect!
It's weird alot of people seem to have problems with even replacement loco's yet I buy 5 and they all work I must be lucky!

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #95 on: April 14, 2012, 10:37:24 AM »
This is a real shame for Dapol, and Dapol customers.
The new guarantee from the company must be a comfort for those customers with less than perfect models.
I must say though, just to create some balance, all my Dapol locomotives are fine. Maybe like K-N-Gauge I have just been lucky. My mate GB no 9 is however on his third or fourth attempt at the B1. The motor runs so hot, even after a short run, that the tender distorts because of the heat. Dapol have replaced each one without any quibble, but he is on the verge of giving up.
I am waiting for A3 Papyrus which I have on order, and the valanced A4s, so I'm hoping that my lucky streak continues! (wey-hey)
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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #96 on: April 14, 2012, 10:59:15 AM »
It's the same old story that some are lucky, but there is obviously still a big issue here. I am just going to stick to my Farish A4s as they are good enough for me and run very well.

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #97 on: April 19, 2012, 04:38:26 PM »
 :wave:
Hi Folks
I must be another of those lucky ones.
I have both of the green A4s from Dapol and I am really pleased with both of them. They look superb! They were a little noisy to begin with but I oiled the tender axles (which seemed to be where most of the noise was coming from) and after about 30 minutes of running they have quietened down nicely. I am very impressed with the haulage capacity and they run well over my mixture of Peco track and Kato points.
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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #98 on: April 19, 2012, 04:59:28 PM »
:wave:
Hi Folks
I must be another of those lucky ones.
I have both of the green A4s from Dapol and I am really pleased with both of them. They look superb! They were a little noisy to begin with but I oiled the tender axles (which seemed to be where most of the noise was coming from) and after about 30 minutes of running they have quietened down nicely. I am very impressed with the haulage capacity and they run well over my mixture of Peco track and Kato points.
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Glad to hear it :)
Mine was abit noisy before being run in but like you mine has quietened down nicely, the metal chassis's on these are a real good base and weighty it outpulls all my other loco's including minitrix stuff

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #99 on: April 19, 2012, 05:09:32 PM »
but I oiled the tender axles

Remember these are pickups, so you need to use a conductive lubricant or it'll reduce pickup capability.

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #100 on: April 25, 2012, 09:42:13 PM »
hi all  :thumbsup:

after seeing one of the A4s in the flesh on monday i just had to get one  :angel:  :smiley-laughing:

the loco was oiled as per the instructions and i started to run it in and found that yes the tender wheels make a right racket so i put some power-lube on the bearings as suggested above and hey presto no more noise  :)
then after another 30 mins i started to get a screeching noise coming from the loco but it was difficult to tell just where it was coming from
so i placed it on my new wheel cleaning gizzmo and could tell right away that it was coming from the driving wheels  :-\

so i removed the keeper plate to have a look and found the factory applied grease everywhere apart from on the gear train  :o
so i removed the excess grease and applied a small amount of oil and tried again
still there was the screeching  ::)
so i thought to myself if the tender wheels could make a noise what about the driving wheels
so i applied a small drop of power-lube to the driving wheel bearings and tried again

that solved the problem no more screeching  :thumbsup:

i now have an A4 that runs extremely well the tender barely gets warm even after a 15min run with 10 coaches in tow at 3/4 power

so i have to say with a bit of TLC i now have a loco that i am totally happy with and it looks like Dapol are onto a winner
it may not be perfect but i'm happy even if my layout is supposed to be based in the NW so it will be running railtours and Football specials  ;D

dave  :thumbsup:

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #101 on: April 25, 2012, 09:49:56 PM »
Hi Dave :wave:
Glad you sorted it and are pleased with it :thumbsup:

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #102 on: April 25, 2012, 10:14:01 PM »
glad you got a good one like me :D
powerful little things!
which one did you get?

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #103 on: April 25, 2012, 10:22:53 PM »
i got Late crest Wild Swan

yes they are powerful it's currently going round my layout with 13 coaches in tow 5 Pullmans and 8 Mk1s

everything on the A4 looks to be build to a much higher standard than the Brit that i had to return  :thumbsup:
even the wire connections between the loco and tender look like they are made to last (touches wood)  :smiley-laughing:

at this rate i may have to spend some more money when Flying Scotsman is released  :angel:

so when my layout built to represent lancashire in the mid-late 60s is finished it looks like plenty of railtours will be running  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  ;D

dave  :thumbsup:

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #104 on: April 25, 2012, 10:38:16 PM »
i got Late crest Wild Swan

yes they are powerful it's currently going round my layout with 13 coaches in tow 5 Pullmans and 8 Mk1s

everything on the A4 looks to be build to a much higher standard than the Brit that i had to return  :thumbsup:
even the wire connections between the loco and tender look like they are made to last (touches wood)  :smiley-laughing:

at this rate i may have to spend some more money when Flying Scotsman is released  :angel:

so when my layout built to represent lancashire in the mid-late 60s is finished it looks like plenty of railtours will be running  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  ;D

dave  :thumbsup:
i got the silver fox :D and i agree the connections seem abit thicker on these
the flying scotsman should be a treat  :thumbsup:

 

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