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  1. Out of curiosity...what were the capacitors supposed to do and why are they expendable?
  2. Yes, you are right. More or less the same weight as a Bachmann Small Prairie, and apparently the new Hornby Prairie. So the question must be whether an extra 100g makes a significant difference (assuming it can be added in appropriate places). If it does then I am sure that would be a modification that a number of people would be happy to make.
  3. On slow running, and knowing now that my 'main' controller is unstable at low values, I have knocked up a yard of test track fed by another controller. This has allowed demonstration of steady slow running at about 5mph. Which is good enough for me, because low speed is primarily going to be relevant starting and stopping. Certainly does not seem any worse than other locos I have.
  4. I managed to get some wheel slip with 13 coaches (11 Hornby - 4 Hawksworths, 4 Colletts and 3 Bulleid + 2 Bachmann Autocoaches) but I only have 'microgradients' to contend with, the transition from trestles to bookcase support in a simple attic layout originally built for my son when he was 4, 20 odd years ago.
  5. 100g seems a lot! I have (in the spirit of experimentation) added 10 g to the boiler and 20g to the tender and there is a slight improvement in slow running.
  6. I am happy with both of mine and look forward to buying more to reflect the different designs and liveries around in the late 1950s. It may not be perfect but for £135, and with the probability that you can model any prototype in the range 5390-7321 there is more going for it than against it. On slow running... despite what the Dapol instructions say my two both improved with some additional lubrication of the motion and running in. But in an effort to test slow running to its limits I think that I may have identified a fault with my DC controller (an elderly Gaugemaster).
  7. Which period are you interested in? The steam pipes look to be a separate component so as such they should be removable. But they are not listed as a spare part, so it may require 'minor surgery'. Yes there would be small holes to fill. In addition because boilers could be swapped around by the late 20's early 30's some locos would have small patches covering the gaps where outside pipes had previously been. Depending on chosen prototype and period these might need to be modelled rather than just filling the holes. The other thing to watch is the height of the wash out
  8. 7304 remained unlined green until withdrawal, and there is a good photo of it in ex works unlined green at Swindon in May 1961. So it is possible that 6372 was 'delined' at a similar time, to save money on the additional work of lining out. For variety I intend to duck the issue by having 6372 in 1956 Royal Train livery, as that must have endured for a few years. In addition, at that time it still had Churchward buffers. But in due course I think I may also model a dirty lined loco/unlined tender combination.
  9. Yes. 6372 was one of the first moguls to be repainted in lined green, for the Royal Tour of West Country in May 1956. At that time it had the original style double lining at the top of the tender. (There is a good colour photo of it in that condition on page 130 of Maidment, taken in July 1956.) On p159 of Maidment 6372 is described as being in unlined green in the summer of 1961. I am sceptical that the loco would have been repainted in unlined green, but there are photos of it with an unlined tender in 1962-63 - the clue is the larger version of the late crest which would not have fitted bet
  10. Perhaps. But if you place them side by side the Bachmann version shows its age in terms of the thickness and size/presence of moulding detail. But on a positive note whereas Dapol has accurately modelled late moguls - so approx 63xx numbers - the Bachmann version has the characteristics of earlier batches in the series - thinner motion bracket, the earlier side splashers, and a tall safety valve cover. So it still has value if you are after the earlier versions.
  11. Looks excellent. What did you make the weather sheet out of?
  12. Considering the things that are not listed as 'spares' Dapol appear to be generating an impressive range of potential body shell combinations for variation amongst the (approx) 63xx Moguls, covering: high/low wash out plugs - outside steam pipes/no outside steam pipes - long/short safety valve covers. It will be interesting to see how many different variants they do produce.
  13. Are all the 'grumpies' on here Hornby shareholders? The bodywork is a thing of beauty and execution. The mechanics need some bedding in, maybe some gentle 'fettling'. Hardly surprising for a small piece of machinery that is going to get a lot of scrutiny. There are compromises in the design - not surprising given that this is RTR, not high end finescale. We should be encouraging diversification and risk taking in the hobby - no one benefits from a monopoly.
  14. The booklet you get with the model has a list of spares covering 4 pages - looks like you can get virtually the whole thing in bits!
  15. I may be wrong but on my 6324 the upper slide bars look straight and you have to look quite hard to see a bend on the lower ones - I doubt that i would have noticed if it hadn't been pointed out.
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