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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #45 on: February 06, 2024, 06:38:27 PM »
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Looking at your picture more closely, I suspect something isn't right.  I see light shining through a gap at the front of your fuel tank between the tank and the underframe. I suspect that shouldn't be that way.
That's my suspicion as well. My guess there is something in the fuel tank that is prohibiting the plastic piece from sitting all the way down onto the frame. Mark did already say he has the screws tightened as tight as he can get them. There has to be some sort of interference going on.
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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #46 on: February 06, 2024, 07:44:58 PM »
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Looking at your picture more closely, I suspect something isn't right.  I see light shining through a gap at the front of your fuel tank between the tank and the underframe. I suspect that shouldn't be that way.

Could be. Unfortunately, the tiny screws that hold the fuel tank to the chassis came screwed on so tight that I can't even budge them, so no way to assess what the problem might be.

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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #47 on: February 06, 2024, 07:57:40 PM »
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Could be. Unfortunately, the tiny screws that hold the fuel tank to the chassis came screwed on so tight that I can't even budge them, so no way to assess what the problem might be.

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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #48 on: February 06, 2024, 09:50:54 PM »
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More like on my "did hours ago" list.

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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #49 on: February 06, 2024, 10:17:35 PM »
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  Scott Teague did a small video on YouTube about his.  I wish I checked the BN number I ordered because Kato did the same number on the BN version.

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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #50 on: February 07, 2024, 12:29:57 PM »
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Received mine this morning, two days ahead of the delivery estimate. Slight trepidation in taking them apart to add the LokPilots - that's a bunch of detail itchin' to get broken off during handling.

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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #51 on: February 07, 2024, 07:41:13 PM »
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My CSX is quite jerky at speed steps till 5 (of 28). The motor or gear hum is very audible with the sound turned off. Details look great and ditch lights are nicely done.

Sound is disappointing, I find IM SD40-2s to be a lot more clear and crisp, especially at higher RPMs. Dont know if the SD40-3 has a different sound file than the IMs.

With the exception of the truck detail and the ride height, IM SF40-2s are every bit as detailed as ST. Pulling power is quite low - struggles to pull 10 ESM & BLMA box cars on level track and 15 inch curves. The RI locomotive in the picture is an IM unit.

First wheelset on the front axle is out of guage. Not going to tinker, have to get ST take a look. Overall, not too impressed.

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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #52 on: February 07, 2024, 07:50:00 PM »
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Scott Teague mentioned same issue with jerky motion in the video posted above

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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #53 on: February 07, 2024, 08:47:43 PM »
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Mine have yet to ship.   I'm starting to get buyer's remorse before I even have a tracking number.   Thankfully I didn't place a preorder for a tunnel motor like I was considering.
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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #54 on: February 07, 2024, 09:17:39 PM »
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My CSX is quite jerky at speed steps till 5 (of 28). The motor or gear hum is very audible with the sound turned off. Details look great and ditch lights are nicely done.

Sound is disappointing, I find IM SD40-2s to be a lot more clear and crisp, especially at higher RPMs. Dont know if the SD40-3 has a different sound file than the IMs.

With the exception of the truck detail and the ride height, IM SF40-2s are every bit as detailed as ST. Pulling power is quite low - struggles to pull 10 ESM & BLMA box cars on level track and 15 inch curves. The RI locomotive in the picture is an IM unit.

First wheelset on the front axle is out of guage. Not going to tinker, have to get ST take a look. Overall, not too impressed.
The SD40-3 is a different sound project than the SD40-2's. It also has a different start-up sequence.



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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #55 on: February 07, 2024, 09:34:22 PM »
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Mine have yet to ship.   I'm starting to get buyer's remorse before I even have a tracking number.   Thankfully I didn't place a preorder for a tunnel motor like I was considering.

Ha, why was that downvoted?

EDIT: I'm reciprocating the upvotes for ek2000 and peteski.   Not sure what's going on...at least two people are downvoting for sport at the moment.
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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #56 on: February 07, 2024, 09:35:02 PM »
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Hmmm, jerky low speed and struggles pulling. I'm curious if they had a batch of bad motors with these. As for the sound, Scaletrains hasn't figured out that cramming the largest speaker they can without a sound enclosure into the fuel tank results in a weak sounding locomotive. A properly sized and sealed enclosure produces exceptionally better sound than what they provide stock.
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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #57 on: February 07, 2024, 09:41:30 PM »
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Ha, why was that downvoted?

Likely same person that down voted me. I upvoted your post. Down votes are to be a strike against uncivil or rude posts, some just seem to use that when they disagree

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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #58 on: February 07, 2024, 10:14:58 PM »
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Likely same person that down voted me. I upvoted your post. Down votes are to be a strike against uncivil or rude posts, some just seem to use that when they disagree

I have also been nullifying those unwarranted down-votes. Someone needs to be educated on the forum etiquette.  I'll see if I can get admins to look into this.
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Re: Well, I just paid for my ScaleTrains SD40-2 Preorder
« Reply #59 on: February 07, 2024, 10:31:43 PM »
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I have also been nullifying those unwarranted down-votes. Someone needs to be educated on the forum etiquette.  I'll see if I can get admins to look into this.
Probably the reddit effect, where downvotes have become a "disagree" button.