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Dapol Announce O&K JHA Hoppers in OO gauge


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10 hours ago, rembrow said:

Yes, I think so, I finished putting the springs back about 11pm last night so decided to leave attempts to fix the spring until today. Will need to be careful as will need to avoid getting glue into the coils, as that will affect it's ability to flex.

Have now fixed the springs on 3 of my 4 inners. I found that it helps to take the bogies off to give more room and to push the buckeye to the right using the cam that is under the bogie. Then applied superglue using a pin, running around the base at the 'pip' end furthest from the buckeye. Seems to be working and the couplings are opening ok.

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8 hours ago, ERIC ALLTORQUE said:

I guess this coupling issue may have something to do with the ship hitting the side of the canal,depends on where the container was on ship,just seems strange so many having same issue.

I don't know...the coupling spring pinging out is pretty standard on the N scale Buckeyes from Dapol!

 

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51 minutes ago, Steadfast said:

I don't know...the coupling spring pinging out is pretty standard on the N scale Buckeyes from Dapol!

 

Jo

Agreed. I thought that I might replace the standard couplers with Dapol’s on my narrow gauge stuff but they all fell apart when I opened the packet. I gave up the idea. On the other hand, the couplers seem to be holding together on my JHAs, although they have had limited use.

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On 14/09/2021 at 00:02, ERIC ALLTORQUE said:

I guess this coupling issue may have something to do with the ship hitting the side of the canal,depends on where the container was on ship,just seems strange so many having same issue.

 

I tried to fit a replacement spring from a Kadee but it was just not easy to access. Easy enough to remove and refit the spring on a Kadee off the wagon, but I tried removing the coupler from the wagon but it was a really tight fit into the pocket and wonder weather that might be the cause of the spring issue, dislodging during the actual assembly process.

 

 

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I bought an inner wagon to measure up for sets of decals, seems quite a nice model all in. Has anyone else noticed the relationship between the axle boxes and the wheel sets? They're definitely not aligned, presumably to lower the flanges under the wagon. It looks so odd once you spot it. Most wagons have a recessed floor to allow for flanges, whereas Dapol have gone for a flat floor and lowering the wheelsets. Once you notice, you can't unsee it and it looks like the N model is similarly afflicted

 

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Hi All,

Picked up my rake of these in original livery earlier today.

Very impressed with these & worth mentioning the weight too. If people decide to load these, it will certainly take some ‘grunt’ to get the train moving - just like the real thing I guess.

Now remind me, when is the class 59 anticipated?

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On 01/10/2021 at 23:54, CB Rail said:

Hi All,

Picked my rake of these in original livery earlier today.

Very impressed with these & worth mentioning the weight. If people decide to load these, it will certainly take some ‘grunt’ to get the train moving - just like the real thing I guess.

Now remind me, when is the class 59 anticipated?

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We have been running sets of 8 of these loaded with ‘fish tank grit’ at GETS (on Hoopers Aggregates) and all our locos (Bachmann, Hornby, Dapol) are easily handling them.

 

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6 minutes ago, CB Rail said:

Hi All,

Does anyone have any ‘photographic evidence’ they could share with anything else but a Class 59 hauling these O & K wagons.

Thanks in advance.

60001 7V98 Westbury

 

Here's a 60 for starters. As well as these, depending on your era, you can add 37, 47, 56, 58, and 66s in DB and Freightliner to the list. Best bet is to go on Flickr and search Merehead plus a year that you're interested in. For example put "Merehead 1998" in the search box. There is some chaff amongst the wheat, but Flickr is such a widely used resource it's a damn good place to start.

 

Jo

 

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On 26/09/2021 at 17:03, Steadfast said:

I bought an inner wagon to measure up for sets of decals, seems quite a nice model all in. Has anyone else noticed the relationship between the axle boxes and the wheel sets? They're definitely not aligned, presumably to lower the flanges under the wagon. It looks so odd once you spot it. Most wagons have a recessed floor to allow for flanges, whereas Dapol have gone for a flat floor and lowering the wheelsets. Once you notice, you can't unsee it and it looks like the N model is similarly afflicted

 

Jo

Quoting myself here, follow up time.

 

I put a post on the Dapol forum: https://digest.Dapol.co.uk/forum/main-forum/freight-stock/container-stock/jha-o-k-aggregate-hopper/project-managers-blog-au/7877-jha-o-k-improved-cad-views?p=9731#post9731

 

No response as yet, I don't know if expecting axles to line up with the axleboxes is being fussy? It does give the model a weird tip toes look.

 

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2 years later than planned, but my PHAs finally arrive at Westbury…

Did anyone come up with a fix for them uncoupling? I have to watch it like a hawk and keep stopping to reverse and pick up the wagons left behind. Thinking of a bit of black tape under the coupler so it’s semi permanent. Any suggestions?

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Hi Steve,

 

I’m working on it almost every night now. The curved boards have all now been modified (some quite extensive woodwork required) and track is down on everything except two curved boards. I’ll try to post some updates at the weekend. You need to share progress pics of your ARC JHAs too!

 

Guy

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