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Dapol A4
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:33:22 PM »
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Hi Folks

I particularly like the images of the Dapol Member's A4 2509 'Silver Link' in LNER Silver Grey livery. The images appear to be final pre-production or even initial production images. Either way it looks the business and with only 200 being produced I am going to bite the bullet and order one despite the odd reservation about ordering a new, untried, model.

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 03:34:08 PM »
Sounds good, Ged, but will they do the coaches to go with it?
http://www.lner.info/locos/A/a4.shtml

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2012, 04:22:45 PM »
Sounds good, Ged, but will they do the coaches to go with it?
http://www.lner.info/locos/A/a4.shtml


Somehow I doubt it given that the train is pretty much unique and has various unique components like bogies to it.

There are drawings available so you'll just have to make your own !
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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012, 08:59:06 PM »
There are a load of errors on the model, so I'd assume it's an early prototype:

- no side valances
- front numberplate (never present until BR days)
- speedo drive (again not on the locos until BR days)
- holes for namplate (Silver Link originally had only painted names)
- printed numbers are certainly wrong (size and font) and they were actually metal in real life
- not sure about the tender lettering but it looks wrong also.

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012, 10:09:21 PM »
There are a load of errors on the model, so I'd assume it's an early prototype:

- no side valances

If I understand the literature that came with the details about the Dapol Silver Link, they say that they are making their version without side valances as they haven't finished the valanced ones yet, and they have a picture of Silver Link without side valances.  ???  The trouble is, what I can find about Silver Link, she was repainted in LNER blue in 1938 - and I thought that the valances were removed during WW2 to make maintenance easier...

So where Dapol found this photo I have no idea!
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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 10:17:54 PM »
I like the look of this model and have just ordered one :-)  I can't wait for it to arrive around April time :-)
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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2012, 03:07:35 AM »
I left my order by phone today too.  :thumbsup: 8)

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2012, 10:46:35 AM »
There are a load of errors on the model, so I'd assume it's an early prototype:

- no side valances
- front numberplate (never present until BR days)
- speedo drive (again not on the locos until BR days)
- holes for namplate (Silver Link originally had only painted names)
- printed numbers are certainly wrong (size and font) and they were actually metal in real life
- not sure about the tender lettering but it looks wrong also.

Cheers,
Alan

The irony is that the errors may make the model even more valuable on the collectors' market.

Remember when diecast and stamp collectors used to go crazy for factory-produced 'mistakes'?

Thanks
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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2012, 12:09:33 PM »
The irony is that the errors may make the model even more valuable on the collectors' market.

Remember when diecast and stamp collectors used to go crazy for factory-produced 'mistakes'?

Thanks
Neil

Maybe, but why can't they just wait until the correct body is tooled and then do it?

Feels to me like they are rushing it as usual......

Even I'd purchase one if it was correct - but this is too riddled with errors as it is for me.

Cheers,
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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2012, 12:25:27 PM »
I've been known to buy locos on colour alone so the errors wouldn't worry me too much. I just wish I felt more confident about getting a good runner.

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2012, 06:01:27 PM »
I have still ordered mine, even despite accuracy; I too am hoping that the picture is of a pre-production model - and I just hope that Dapol are getting them to run better than my B17 (still with BR lines - they did say 14 weeks at least for repair... :()
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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2012, 08:03:10 PM »
There are a load of errors on the model, so I'd assume it's an early prototype:

- holes for namplate (Silver Link originally had only painted names)
- printed numbers are certainly wrong (size and font) and they were actually metal in real life
Originally Silver Link had both a metal nameplate and numbers (there is a pre-launch photo showing these).  Apparently, Gresley's daughter disliked this & convinced him to have them painted only, and so it was ...  SL never ran with them.

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2012, 08:13:43 PM »
Sounds good, Ged, but will they do the coaches to go with it?
http://www.lner.info/locos/A/a4.shtml

To the very best of my knowledge, no-one has done the articulated sets in N - but (after some research) I've found a very nice kit of all 7 (or 8, for the 1938 set) coached in OO, and am about to start buying them (slowly !) in articulated sets.  If people are interested I am happy to ask the designer (it turned out I already knew him but hadn't twigged he had done this !) if he would be willing to scale down to N & what he estimates the cost to be ? 

Either post here or PM me ... 

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2012, 08:46:21 PM »
There are a load of errors on the model, so I'd assume it's an early prototype:

As stated on Dapol's Facebook page the picture shown is the First EP and i do believe it is the same one they had on display at Warley last year.

Personally i won't be getting this one as i only collect preserved examples so here hopes we get a Number 9 sometime soon :D

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Re: Dapol A4
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2012, 08:50:10 PM »
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