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    Dapol Sentinel.

    I just found myself with a hundred quid I wasn't expecting and so, rather than waste it on food or heat, I decided to splurge some of it on a GSR(I) Sentinel - at last. I clicked the OK button at 1:30 on Friday afternoon and the postman handed it to me at 9:30 on Saturday morning. Top marks to Kernow for service!

    It's a nicely finished little thing, although I'll do something to camouflage the bit of circuitry that's visible through the windows. It's taken a good bit of running in and is a lot quieter now, but it was fairly noisy to start with. I found that a spot of oil into the sintered bushes on the motor made quite a difference. It's nicely low-geared.

    The body comes off nice and easily, although there is little to deal with inside.

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    Last edited by Broithe; 29-04-2012 at 11:33 PM.

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    The Sentinels were interesting little locos and the Dapol model really captures the feel of the prototype. Have you tried testing how much it can haul?

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    I'm still playing at running it in. I only have a metre test track here. It'll probably have a good run tomorrow or the next day. I'll see what it'll pull on the flat and up a 1:40. It shouldn't be too bad, it's a fair weight, especially considering the size - they've pretty well filled all the spare space with metal - and it's quite low-geared.

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    [QUOTE=Broithe;2202]I just found myself with a hundred quid I wasn't expecting and so, rather than waste it on food or heat, I decided to splurge some of it on a GSR(I) Sentinel -

    thats the sign of a true modeller...starve and freeze to death for the hobby!!!
    she looks a little beauty. is she dcc ready/fitted ? no dought she will get a belt of weathering!

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    [QUOTE=heirflick;2206]
    Quote Originally Posted by Broithe View Post
    I just found myself with a hundred quid I wasn't expecting and so, rather than waste it on food or heat, I decided to splurge some of it on a GSR(I) Sentinel -

    thats the sign of a true modeller...starve and freeze to death for the hobby!!!
    she looks a little beauty. is she dcc ready/fitted ? no dought she will get a belt of weathering!
    8-pin socket. You can just see the side of the blanking plug through the window in the picture above.

    I've already dropped it..! That's a start...

    It seems to have a tractive effort of between 15 & 20 grams - as near as I can tell with the kitchen scales held on edge.
    My best work has been spread over many fields..

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    [
    ]My best work has been spread over many fields..


    including the floor it seems!! was there any damage? i have visions of the buffers flying off or cracked body

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    Quote Originally Posted by heirflick View Post
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    ]My best work has been spread over many fields..


    including the floor it seems!! was there any damage? i have visions of the buffers flying off or cracked body
    No real damage - just a small dent on the edge of the roof, just in front of the chimney, in just the sort of place that there might be one! The start of my 'weathering'...
    My best work has been spread over many fields..

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    be gentle with her in future...and go easy on the weathering! keep us posted

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    I got one of them too, and dropped it straight out of the box! Chipped off half of one of the buffers, but have glued the piece back on.
    I popped an 8pin DCC chip into it, and it works a treat

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    jesus lads, you two shouldnt be let out!! bty what price is she?

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