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EsPee Rapido B36-7 - Initial thoughts

Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:53 am
by mec_alf
Just in time for Christmas it's arrived! There was a minor panic as the first example was a plain-vanilla (analogue) model rather than the full-fat (DCC sound, lights etc.) one but Rapido shipped the correct one and I picked it up last Sunday.

There are two minor issues with the model - the rear UDE light is a dummy as Rapido couldn't get the circuitry for it, a shame as the ScaleTrains RivetCounter SD40T-2 has the rear one fitted; and there's no stay-alive capability, again a stark contrast to the RivetCounter Tunnel Motor which also uses an ESU Loksound decoder.

But the big issue, at least for me (my fellow Calder Northern members will know why), is the box art which shows a unit operated by the absolute total squad of fraudsters.

On the track the unit runs beautifully right out of the packaging; the instruction manual is typical Rapido and identifies the main functions of the decoder, as well as advising on the correct way to pick the model up (by the fuel tank, with your hand over the long hood).

I'll remap some of the functions to make them more readily accessible and probably weather it - blistering around the exhaust stack, fuel stains, general Southwestern grime/faded paint - before setting it to run with my GP40X's.

Re: EsPee Rapido B36-7 - Initial thoughts

Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:57 am
by z4driver
Thanks for that, I'm currently awaiting a CSX version. Can I ask if you ordered direct or through a UK shop?

Re: EsPee Rapido B36-7 - Initial thoughts

Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:37 pm
by mec_alf
z4driver wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:57 am
Thanks for that, I'm currently awaiting a CSX version. Can I ask if you ordered direct or through a UK shop?
I ordered mine direct from Rapido.

Re: EsPee Rapido B36-7 - Initial thoughts

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:23 am
by z4driver
I've ordered mine through Rails of Sheffield. I may direct next time

Re: EsPee Rapido B36-7 - Initial thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:39 pm
by z4driver
Well after ordering mine on the 9th Dec 2019 through Rails of Sheffield, and checking back regularly, I finally get told today that I won't be getting one as they've all gone!!