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Based on Dapol's own announcement Q2 is nothing more than a hope they are trying to negotiate. I think I would bet on September....

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8 minutes ago, Chris M said:

 I think I would bet on September....

Which year??? :lol:

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These look remarkably like the Hornby 00 class 50’s - does Dapol have an arrangement with Hornby to share development costs maybe?

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2 hours ago, nickb4141 said:

These look remarkably like the Hornby 00 class 50’s - does Dapol have an arrangement with Hornby to share development costs maybe?

 

It is a model of the same locomotive, so one would expect it to look somewhat alike.

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2 hours ago, nickb4141 said:

These look remarkably like the Hornby 00 class 50’s - does Dapol have an arrangement with Hornby to share development costs maybe?

This has been asked before and the answer was no.

 

I think Dapol went after a number of similar models to Hornby safe in the knowledge that Hornby weren't venturing into N anytime soon so wouldn't be up against Bachmann whose strategy was to duplicate much of it's range across the then main scales of OO and N.  The 50 and West Country were the first models in Hornby's range that were also Farish items, Bachmann did the Merchant Navy in response to the latter and which may have had some bearing on Dapol delaying their items but the 50 was left to Dapol (perhaps Bachmann thought Dapol had lost interest in N, I think we did)

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The Dapol 'coming soon' advert in the latest N Gauge Society magazine does not mention the class 50 so I wouldn't think they will be arriving before August.

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All the talk is that they're only just going into production in the last month or so - August suddenly seems a very sensible bet

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We're into July now so this post will bump the thread.

 

Is there any recent news (or even rumours) or have they been forgotten about and people given up on them?

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G

 

 

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Hatton's have them due August...

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Since the post on the digest in March about them being allocated a “projected date, which is unacceptably long”, the silence has been deafening! 

 

That either means they were able to bring production forward and we’ll see them soon, or they weren’t and we won’t! 

 

Tom. 

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Back in May (at the top of this page) I suggested September. I'm now feeling it might just be mid August. The word I heard was that the production run had been completed. Could just be a rumour though......

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I think I’ve had my second credit card expire they’ve been on order for so long.

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For those who are not on Facebook

50 Testing.jpg

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Interesting - is that a large space for a speaker at the left hand side of the chassis on the test track? If so, that might be utilised for a stay alive unit for those not interested in sound.

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2 hours ago, jamespetts said:

Interesting - is that a large space for a speaker at the left hand side of the chassis on the test track? If so, that might be utilised for a stay alive unit for those not interested in sound.

I imagine so, that's where the speaker space is on the 68.

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49 minutes ago, woodenhead said:

Dave Redbourne - Not another Dapol Dave!!

 

 

 

Dave Redbourne is from the ClassFiftyFund

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5 minutes ago, Edward Blue said:

Not an expert, but I expected more sophistication in  factory qc department? All clutter and bits of tape, what's that about then?

 

Most if not all factories in China look like that....I've never come across anything cleaner or more sophisticated than that.

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Thanks @MGR Hooper! I suppose I was expecting something similar to this factory, but this one is owned and managed directly by Rapido. Image is from Revolution trains.

IMG_6445-1.jpg

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Still not very sophisticated though is it? A fan by each work station rather than aircon. I would want a full-on aircon system with dust extraction for that sort of work.

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35 minutes ago, MGR Hooper! said:

 

Dave Redbourne is from the ClassFiftyFund

ClassFiftyFundDave - just doesn't have the same ring to it :jester:

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4 hours ago, Joseph_Pestell said:

Still not very sophisticated though is it? A fan by each work station rather than aircon. I would want a full-on aircon system with dust extraction for that sort of work.

If you want to pay even more for your models they could have air-con, but just imagine the furore on here if the manufacturers said that prices were going up £x per item so that their workers could enjoy that....

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12 hours ago, Edward Blue said:

Thanks @MGR Hooper! I suppose I was expecting something similar to this factory, but this one is owned and managed directly by Rapido. Image is from Revolution trains.

http://www.revolutiontrains.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/IMG_6445-1.jpg


Note that Rapido's factories are relatively "brand new".... The Rapido Factories aren't running at 100% capacity, by this I mean with regards to their floor space, the amount of work-stations is far lesser than compared to the older factories that have been around for atleast 2 decades if not more.

 

Anything new is more likely to look much better than something that's been around for over 2 decades.

 

Also back to your original post, it's an image zoomed into one table, there's no telling what the rest of the factory looks like. If this factory produces models in multiple scales, then it's quite common to have temporary layouts set up just for testing. Hence the tape and glue marks and what looks like a quick layout put together. 

Edited by MGR Hooper!

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