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  1. Well, it is a lovely looking loco, I know it is a converted 56, but it now looks the finished article. The prototype will be a powerful loco and makes good use of available engineering. As far as the model is concerned I believe it will be quite popular. There are those who despair about long waits for models, and rightly or wrongly Bachmann seem to get the most stick. It would be nice if it came to the market sooner rather than later. But hey! I’m still waiting for the Dapol 59, so I can wait for this beauty.
  2. Is this the 18000 thread or a debating society regarding tools?
  3. I must confess I have had no problems with my warships and in practice do not notice the length of the couplings (I use Kadee 17). If this bothers anyone there are plenty of fixes available. To say you are disappointed and considering selling what was the model of the year 2020 is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The D6xx warship is a superb model, the only letdown is in the eyes of the owner, and the solutions are there if you want them. Okay nobody wants to cut and mess about with new models, but this is only the coupling, not a major piece of bodywork.
  4. They may want a rethink in the light of the Hitachi 800 debacle
  5. One thing that baffles me is which speakers to use with which sound chips. I am referring to the Ohm rating of speakers and should I use an 8ohm or a 4ohm with a particular chip, and if i am wanting to use two speakers how do I work out which ones to use. For instance could I use 2x4 ohm speakers instead of an 8ohm. I am sure it is one of those things that is easily understood when it is explained or there is a reference guide. I have a Heljan Cl52 with a loksound v4 Howes sound, but the speaker is not particularly good, however I do not know what to order as a replacement? Would th
  6. That is the most authentic sound for a 68 I have heard. They are frequent visitors to my home town and they can be heard a long way off with that distinctive rumble. Were you able to fit the EM2 without any milling?
  7. I have not purchased any Bachmann locos for a while, not because of price, but more a case they do not produce anything I want/need. However that said I have three Bachmann Class 37s, two have earlier chassis that take an 8 pin decoder, the other slightly later that takes a 21 pin decoder and has switches on the bottom for tail lights and cab lights. All three locos run beautifly, are nice and weighty, and can pull a really heavy load. They all have sound fitted, and it really brings them to life. Must be one of their better locos.
  8. I dont think we should get too uptight about this, of course people purchase according to what they can afford and what their expectations are. But I think aspiring to get a better version of a particular model is not unreasonable.
  9. My only Hornby 66 (Captain Tom) is ok on even track, give it something a bit awkward to negotiate and its limitations are exposed. It is too light, and having a free centre set of wheels does not help. I have retired my model and will keep it in memory of that great man it was named after. I spent money on this loco to support a good caus, but agree with rob D2 spending money on poor models is tnot to be recommended
  10. Have just taken the plunge and prized my body/chassis apart, a bit un-nerving to start with but came away quite easy. I have put some lead strip under the existing weight to keep the centre of gravity low. Each wagon now weighs in at 83 grams and are so much more stable on my layout. I had already put Kadees on, now they are excellent wagons istead of very good.
  11. It is very early days yet and already its being consigned to history. I remember that a similar view was held when DCC first started and it was seen as a flash in the pan and would never catch on. If it develops and brings new people into the hobby using a system that is cheaper than DCC then lets embrace it and encourage it, not sit back in our metaphorical arm chairs smoking our pipes grumbling it will never catch on.
  12. With the track construction of my layout complete this was the first opportunity I have had to give my 66 a really good run. Slight wobble initially but that largely disappeared after a bit of running, such a superb loco that looks and sounds the part. Interesting to compare the Hatton's 66 with my other 66 (Hornby Captain Tom Moore). It's not until you put them together that you see the gulf in quality. Captain Tom will join my 'collectors' loco stable in memory of that fine man. I have a Hornby 60 and a Dapol 59 on order so they will more than make up for Captain Toms retirement.
  13. I wonder if Kernow will do another run of these superb models, I missed out first time around, so would like to add at least one to my heritage stable.
  14. Just finished wiring 6 of these into my layout, care has to be taken and patince is the by word. However once set up ( very simple with the control units) they work really well, throw length is easy to adjust, programming is simple, and they can easily be disguised. Very happy with these.
  15. I have two locos with Corless motors, One worked fine wthout any adjustments, I believe i switched the back EMF off on the other, but I cannot swear to it as it was a long time ago.
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