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  1. Many thanks for your help; it’s really appreciated!
  2. Excellent! Really helpful. Isn’t RMWeb just brilliant!
  3. Yes, bit of a shame as Dapol's 'Technical' part of its website is silent on almost all instructions. I suspect it would save them a lot of time answering enquiries if they popped PDFs up (how hard can that be?). Mr Red box does that, which probably reduces calls allowing them to get on with something else....
  4. To clarify, it's just the instructions I'm after, rather than a copy of the actual booklet
  5. Although this topics appears to be dormant, I'll try a post anyway... I've got a secondhand Black Label A4, but it doesn't have any instructions. I contacted Dapol for a spare, or even just a PDF and they responded: "Sorry but there were only 1 booklet per model produced and, as we are now out of the Black Label Models we do not have any Booklets left, sorry." Does anyone have an instruction book, if so, would they be prepared to scan/photograph it for me please? My model doesn't have smoke (it's been binned by the previous owner). And no, the seller didn't ha
  6. Slightly off-topic, I know, but this seems to be the only active thread? I've got a secondhand Black Label A4, but it doesn't have any instructions. I contacted Dapol for a spare, or even just a PDF and they responded: "Sorry but there were only 1 booklet per model produced and, as we are now out of the Black Label Models we do not have any Booklets left, sorry." Does anyone have an instruction book, if so, would they be prepared to scan/photograph it for me please? My model doesn't have smoke (it's been binned by the previous owner). And no, the seller didn't have the instructi
  7. Going back to the original question, just in case somebody falls over this topic in the future like I recently did, I have had experience with both electronic and relay-based systems. I’ve just installed a hex frog juicer to control a return loop, where the polarity is reversed. It’s a DCC layout and elsewhere I’ve installed Megapoints relay systems. The hex frog juicer is brilliant!. It’s great if you have a number of frogs you want to control in a short area. And it’s also brilliant if soldering isn’t your bag! You simply connect power in from the track to
  8. May I add my heartfelt thanks to the Poll team for their hard work and friendly attitude. It’s been a blast!
  9. It's hard to tell from the pictures, as they are not quite close-up enough, but the cab rain strip looks to be on the heavy side which doesn't help its looks. Yes, it does look like a 25/3, but for those obsessed who care about the finesse of the look may be disappointed. And that's a great shame.* Big question, how much better than the Bachmann version will it be, and how will actual (not RRP) compare? Sales will be hard to tell, but if It's stuck in the Hatton's 'Best Sellers' list, then it's probably bombed (I still can't believe that for months the ICI 'Janus' has been in the top 10 best s
  10. Most industries, and model railways are little different, show that when the founders retire they either sell the business or pass it on. Growth by acquisition is a common method. Most recently we've seen FTG Models' SPA wagon pass to Kernow, and DJM tooling pass to Kernow. We've also seen this in the 'cottage industry' sector where volumes are relatively small. Smaller suppliers aren't mainly motivated by profit per se, but by a passion to produce something that won't otherwise be produced - generally due to the risk and perceived small market volumes.
  11. And in Australia Accusion Models is doing a nice line in high quality items too (modern traction)
  12. Had an interesting afternoon with a BR black example which resulted in a complete strip down as it had multiple issues. It was obtained secondhand but stopped working. Then, orange smoke appeared! Removing the cab revealed a slightly fried decoder. Popping it back on the track was spectacular A previous owner had removed the DCC plug and hard-wired a decoder With the decoder removed, it still didn’t work Opening it up ( a challenging in itself) revealed that the heat shrink on the black terminal was slightly too short, causing an occasion
  13. Yes, very helpful. A bit more detail below. The pannier support brackets are a very tight fit and have a touch of glue. Pull them down and away. Also, when you slide the tank body off you need to prise the sides apart slightly as the tank drain cover catches on the front support bracket. If there’s someone else to hold the chassis while you do this it’s a help. Putting it back is easier Finally, the long screw that goes through the weight forces the front of the body up near the chimney upwards. Look carefully and you can see the witness marks. Pictures below
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