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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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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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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!!!:confused:

she looks a little beauty. is she dcc ready/fitted ? no dought she will get a belt of weathering!

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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!!!:confused:

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.

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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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[

]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'...

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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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It was £75 inc p&p for me.

 

Right. I've given it a little bit of a run today and, so that we're all using the same units, I used Cravens as the test loads. On the flat it was still quite happy with five behind it, even with the whole train on a radius 2 curve - I didn't think it was worth finding the limit, as it'll never need to do that in 'real' life. On the 1:40 slope, it started to slip when the fifth coach was added, but it would even start from stationary with four coaches, all on the slope, without slipping - we don't have any sloping curved track. But that sort of perfomance'll do for me, I think.

 

I suspect there's maybe the odd bit of oil on the wheels and the track is in a fairly dusty location - even so, it's better than I expected.

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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

 

What is it with this model? Mine ended up on the floor too!

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tony, are you sure its the model?. the lesson here is dont open any boxes after been out the night before!:ROFL:

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tony, are you sure its the model?. the lesson here is dont open any boxes after been out the night before!:ROFL:

 

There should be a warning on the box. :tumbsup:

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There should be a warning on the box. :tumbsup:

 

practice holding the loco by using a real live baby ,once you have the hang of that then try opening the box and removing the loco.

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thats a mighty big load for a small engine-looks the part doing it too!=D must get one of them!

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I got one of these today. A result of a beer and a browse through model rail magazine! Sort of couldn't resist. Lovely little thing really. Any pics anywhere of the prototype in operation?

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I see from October's Model Rail that the GSR Sentinel has sold out and there are only about 60 NCB ones left now, I believe.

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