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philiprporter

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  1. Give Youchoos a call - they are always hugely helpful and give objective advice in my experience.
  2. Ah sorry my mistake - if its the photo I used then it is 55 (as I had the TOPS 55007 numbers). Will check later when I get home.
  3. I'm 99% sure its Pinza - I rebuilt and re-sprayed a Heljan Deltic based on what I think is this photo (found online) and I used it because I had a Railtec Pinza TOPS transfer pack good to go, but wanted a Deltic that had made it into the TOPS number era, while still possessing twin wipers, alpha-numeric headcode and sandbox filler covers (so I didn't have to do any filling and sanding on the Heljan model). PInza was one of the Deltics that fortuitously ticked all those boxes.
  4. Yes agree with this - double iPhone sounds great in a 47 and pretty poor in a Deltic, whereas EM2 sounds incredible in a Deltic and less than great in a 47.
  5. Yes it does look much more like a 141 from the front. It's a shame that Dapol didn't make a better job of this, especially given the massive gestation time (wasn't it something like 7 years?). Must have sold well enough though given this second run.
  6. Agree the 1 inch mega-bass is a really decent speaker but I always feel the EM2 doesn't acquit itself well in online recordings/videos - you don't pick up the really bass rumbling sound of it, in the same way that iPhone speakers always seem to come across more shrill/treble than they do in real life. I have an EM2 and a 1 inch mega-bass in a Heljan class 25 (O gauge) and it is monstrous!
  7. Hi Fran I'm not sure if its there on the prototype as light always seems to fall in this area on photos, but is the seam line above the nose side grilles (and it looks like it may continue across the front of the nose in a slight curve in a couple of the photos?) there on the real thing or is it a snagging list issue? Cheers, Phil.
  8. Yes I'd thought about that but I then realised that the OO chip probably wouldn't have the power for an O gauge twin motor loco?
  9. Thanks for all the clarification - much appreciated. Hopefully one day this sound project may become available as it sounds marvellous - the LB Deltic project is superb, but the only other decent option at present for O gauge that I've heard (and tried) is the Howes project, but it just doesn't have the drivability/control that the Legoman project does and it would be good to have more than one decent Deltic sound for O gauge.
  10. Oh that's great news! Thanks very much for letting me know!
  11. I'm wondering/hoping if the Deltic sound project will be made available so we have a second decent sound project for installing in O gauge Deltics?
  12. Many thanks indeed Paul that's very helpful.
  13. Does anyone know if these are the tanks that used to be seen at Kings Cross diesel stabling point in the 1970s/early 80s or would those have been TTAs? Thanks, Phil
  14. Very strange - glad you managed to get hold of one though. Cheers, Phil.
  15. That sounds odd - it was sold out at Heljan some time ago I understand (i.e. sold out in terms of pre-order supplies to retailers) and because of a large number of returns due to the locos shifting in the packaging and causing damage to buffer-beams and other delicate areas (the plinth spec was not what Heljan had specified to their factory apparently and securing bolts have been pulling through the plinth and allowing the loco to move in transit), the blue version is now sold out everywhere I have looked. This applies to the non-refurbished version (3105), not the refurbished version pictured
  16. Thanks Trevor - I was just wondering if he air brushed it or if there was some other method - will drop a comment and see what comes back.
  17. Thanks Trevor that's very useful indeed. I'm guessing this guy gloss varnished the tender and loco before applying decals?
  18. Thanks guys - all very interesting indeed. Having never been inside an engine room I had no idea how this would all work. I shall look under the bonnet of my car with renewed interest now! No sunroof fortunately!
  19. As the title suggests, I'm wondering if this is the dumbest question ever posted here, but I'm going to risk public humiliation and ask it! On the roof of all diesel locos is a big twirly whirly ventilation fan which is located beneath a very large hole in the roof. How is rain water prevented from entering the gubbins below and/or prevented from ending up on the engine room floor and accumulating wherever it lands? Same question for cant rail grilles, body side grilles and vents on the front of locos (e.g. the vent on the top of class 47 cabs) - I can appreciate that
  20. And now a short video with the body on - which makes it sound even better despite a small echo effect. Just need to figure out how to make it run smoother at low speed (I read somewhere about wiring the motors in series on Heljan O gauge locos to help this?), but that can wait - for now I'm just enjoying the Napier noise! So in sum total to get this sounding right it was a switch from NCE Powercab to MRC/Gaugemaster Prodigy Advanced 2 that reduced the weird high frequency noise (but didn't get rid of it completely), EM2 speaker at one end which muffles the high frequency noise even
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