The 4EPB is now complete, after the receipt of a package from Replica Railways. Ordered by phone, I had the items two days later. Excellent service. The motor bogie is a 5 pole Hornby one, fitted with their excellent coach wheels. The gear wheel clips off of the original wheels so it is just a matter of adding spacers and fitting to the new wheels. Here are some pics.
Overall it has been an enjoyable and quite relaxing conversion to do. I will probably
First Blog entry so please bear with me. Went to the Peterborough show with the intention of buying some bits for my Replica MLV. Ended up coming away with enough bits from Replica to make a 4Epb!!. Hopefully here are some pics of the conversion so far. .
First two cuts.
Score and snap, using a new blade in your knife.
The EPB is finished bodywise, still waiting for the motorbogie so I can finish the chassis. I still have the interiors to finish but I need to contact Replica to get them. Here are a few pics,
I will post some better pics tommorrow, when the light is better. Comments welcome as always.
Cheers for now, Ian.
Some more pics of the 4Epb. The underframe bits are from Replica for their MLV. The dummy motor bogie are MJT castings on the Southern Pride bogie shell. Wheels are the excellent(and cheap) Hornby ones. It will be powered by a Hornby ringfield power bogie. This has enough power to pull an eight or even a ten car train. Just a few holes to drill for the handrails at the front then painting. This one will be BFYE. I also intend to model one of the units fitted with B5 bogies as an expe
A few photos to show the latest progress on the EPB. The Replica glazing really is easy to fit, and the effect is far and away above anything I could produce without it.
Now it's on to the transfers, final detailing and still waiting for the motorbogie. Comments welcome as always.
Cheers for now, Ian
Now I am up and running with the blog, I will continue with the conversion pics. The conversion uses 2 BS shells, 3 SO shells and two of the large MLV driving ends. Replica print a conversion guide for this, but I have done the DMBS differently.
BS body showing removed sections.
This is what you need for the new brake sections of the DMBS.
Window cut into door of new brake section.
Starting to cut sections out of donor SO bodyshell.
Parts needed from the dono
Some more progress with the EPB. The spray painting has been completed and I think it has come out well. To my delight (and surprise!) you cannot see the joins in the MBSO. It needs a bit of tidying up around the cab areas and it's bufferbeams painting black. Then it will be ready for glazing and transfers. Still waiting for the motorbogie to arrive which is frustrating, but that gives me time to work on other things I suppose. Here are some pics.
Still waiting for the 5pole motorbogie. Went in the loft and found a 3pole version I didn't realise I had! Added some brass ultrascales from a dead 25. The bogie sideframes are the MJT product, designed for the incorrect Hornby wheelbase. I have given the bogie extra pickups so it runs on its own, but will also put pickups on the trailing bogie. Here are some pics of the bogie.
The 5 pole bogie when it arrives will go into either a DC kits 4 Cep or 6s. Can't decide wh