I've enjoyed others construction threads so thought I'd write this project up - it may motivate me, we'll see.
My modelling interest is the BR Blue era, circa 1981/2, a period of time when I spent an inordinate amount of my time sitting on my bike at Horton Road crossing in Gloucester and, when funds allowed, getting around the network. However, the grass was always greener elsewhere and it was the Eastern Region that really caught my interest. I certainly remember the Cravens units and their curved backed seats in particular when on trips to Norwich/March and Doncaster/York.
The Easy-Build Kit comes complete expect for paint and transfers and any extras you may want to add such as lighting, passengers etc. Here are the components for the DMBS vehicle (there is a load of straight wire and misc plastic rod/section too). The DTCL is similar but only the DMBS is motorised.
The instructions for the kit come on a CD and updates are available from the Easy-Build website.
My chosen prototype is DMBS/DTCL E50381/E56426, a BG based set. There is a photo here: http://www.flickr.co...phy/3702734462/
Needless to say research wise, you can spend hours (and I have) trawling fotopic and Flickr for prototype pictures. There is also an excellent thread here on RMweb relating to the introduction of the Bachmann 4mm Cravens model that covers alot of the history and build differences. One other essential source of infomation for DMU modelling is the Railcar Association website www.railcar.co.uk
When I start a project I need to have some little challenge to get me going so I'll pick up with the instructions (which I have read!) once I've got the cabs sorted. The cab as supplied in the kit:
A few jobs here. The 2 digit headcode box and louvres on the front need to be removed and I need to sort out the destination blind box and fit some lighting.
If anyone has already built one of these kits and has any timely advice then I'd welcome it!
Hopefully, I'll report back soon.
Edited by TimC, 25 April 2012 - 15:03 .