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Started today.

 

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Steel rule used to keep the bodyside panels straight during assembly.

 

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Note to future builders of this kit:  make sure you cut off the correct part of the roof...

 

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Coach bodyshells completed and fitted loosely onto the chassis.  I fitted a Bachmann DMU motor and bogies to the motor coach chassis, fitting the kit-supplied bogie sideframes to the Bachmann motor and trailing bogies.  I used Bachmann Thompson bogies for the driving coaches in place of the kit bogies.

 

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That was quick, you'll have it painted and glazed by Tuesday!

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Whoops - just spotted that I had fitted the motor coach sides the wrong way around.  Now corrected.

 

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Hi Darius

 

Edit....cross posted....I hope you haven't glued the MBS roof in place, the pantograph well is above the brake van.

 

The DC kit 3 car isn't quite right. 3 car 305/1 had large windows between the doors, like a 117 DMU. The DC kit has the window arrangement for a 305/2 which was a 4 car set. Now before anyone jumps up and down shouting "The 305/2 were three car sets when they ran on the LMR", very true but then they had been refurbished with gangway connectors, first class was moved into the DTS(L) coach and there was only one loo, the space of the other one was converted to a luggage rack.

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1 hour ago, Clive Mortimore said:

Hi Darius

 

Edit....cross posted....I hope you haven't glued the MBS roof in place, the pantograph well is above the brake van.

 

The DC kit 3 car isn't quite right. 3 car 305/1 had large windows between the doors, like a 117 DMU. The DC kit has the window arrangement for a 305/2 which was a 4 car set. Now before anyone jumps up and down shouting "The 305/2 were three car sets when they ran on the LMR", very true but then they had been refurbished with gangway connectors, first class was moved into the DTS(L) coach and there was only one loo, the space of the other one was converted to a luggage rack.

 

Thanks Clive.  I managed to correct the motor coach before the glue had set too hard.  Photos on Google show the units mainly with the large windows but I am building this as best as I can with the bits in the box so it will be a rule 1 LMR unit.

 

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Underframe trusses now installed.  No more unsightly sagging chassis.

 

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Underframe equipment boxes etc. added.

 

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I bulked out the etched boxes with plasticard and replaced the half relief cylindrical tank with one made from plastic tube and plasticard.

 

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Individual etched hinges added to the passenger doors of both sides of one driving coach - a really fun task!!!

 

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Roof ventilators and piping added to BDTS.555742C7-83F5-4FC6-AC9E-A41313F9A09E.jpeg.83d58df077a9d76597ecfe32fc403af0.jpeg

 

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3 hours ago, Darius43 said:



This and your 501 unit are coming on great guns.

I must admit the task of adding the door hinges is one I put off and pretend doesn't exist in the hope that it will somehow magically get done while I am not looking! :jester:

I have a nearly complete class 206 'tadpole' and a disintegrating 4 EPB to finish from DC Kits kits (the EPB suffered a minor fall and the sides separated on one of the coaches).

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Roof ventilators and door hinges added to the motor coach.  I have lost a couple of vents to the carpet monster so now have just enough to do the remaining coach.

 

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Edit.  Just noticed that a few hinges have dropped off.  They have been replaced - fortunately there are spares aplenty.

 

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Darius

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Door hinges and roof vents added to the remaining driving coach.  Thank goodness that job is over!!!

 

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Primed.

 

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Underframes painted - individual door floorboards created from the continuous footboard by carving away the gaps between them - making sure to keep checking not to carve away the wrong bit...

 

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10 hours ago, Darius43 said:

Door hinges and roof vents added to the remaining driving coach.  Thank goodness that job is over!!!

 I feel your pain, I have a DC Kits 2-Hap to do. Whose door hinges did you use?

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12 minutes ago, Geep7 said:

 I feel your pain, I have a DC Kits 2-Hap to do. Whose door hinges did you use?

 

Hi Geep,

 

I used the DC kits etched hinges as supplied with the kit.  Not strictly accurate as the upper and lower hinges should stick out proud of the coach side a bit more to allow the hinge pins to line up vertically.

 

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Darius

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48 minutes ago, Darius43 said:

 

Hi Geep,

 

I used the DC kits etched hinges as supplied with the kit.  Not strictly accurate as the upper and lower hinges should stick out proud of the coach side a bit more to allow the hinge pins to line up vertically.

 

Cheers

 

Darius

Ah, i've used the etched MJT ones on previous projects. I might just give the DC Kits ones a go this time round, they look good.

 

I have seen people suggest using turned brass door handles instead, which allows for the vertical alignment, but in 4mm scale, i'm not sure if it would be that noticable.

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Carriage roofs painted and masked.  Rail grey airbrushed onto carriage sides.

 

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Coach bodies painted.

 

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Darius

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Test fit onto chassis.

 

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Looks the Bees Knees if you ask me!

 

Regartds & More power to your elbow

 

Ian

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11 minutes ago, Ian Smeeton said:

Looks the Bees Knees if you ask me!

 

Regartds & More power to your elbow

 

Ian

 

Thanks Ian.  I’m enjoying the build.  I have moved it out of the dining/modelling  room as it has a glass roof and it’s a bit warm in there at the moment!!!

 

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Darius

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12 minutes ago, Darius43 said:

 

Thanks Ian.  I’m enjoying the build.  I have moved it out of the dining/modelling  room as it has a glass roof and it’s a bit warm in there at the moment!!!

 

Cheers

 

Darius

If its sunny go and play outside !

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