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On 28/09/2019 at 11:26, kevpeo said:

Its been a while, but I've not been idle -

 

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The first time all three cars have been assembled and coupled together, on Loch Dour in this case. The front car seems to have a little ''list''!

 

Once I collect the 323 v5 decoder from Bif at Wigan show and can get that wired in, the unit is then ready for a test run on Coppell at Workington show in November. I'm now at the end of the ''distruction and reconstruction'' faze. She will get another coat of primer this afternoon (the third) then she should hopefully be ready for adding the detail and window bars to the body and all the underframe gear. I photo'd both sides of a unit at Liverpool last Saturday ready for this. Kev.

that a funny looking class 325 lol

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1 hour ago, donny rovers said:

that a funny looking class 325 lol

 

you can fall out with people you know! :D

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Now that our show is out of the way I can crack on with the 323. The underframe details are as close as I can fathom from the photo's, a mix of scratch and re-used 158 bits!263308860_323undergumings.JPG.2afbac7ae6995337ad9fb10952d09178.JPG

 

Ignore the 158 gearboxes as they are not visible when the right way up! It's not perfect, but mostly somewhere near, that probably sums up the build! The bogie sideframes may also get swapped for something more accurate if I can get some, but will do for now. I also picked up the sound decoder from Bif at Wigan show so the interior of the power car is also done and sounds lovely! -

 

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Much black paint required I think!  The 'leaning over' speaker is under the pantograph well, so will not fit vertically. Attention has now turned back to detailing the body shells.

 

In other news I was chatting to Mark D (MRDblue) about busses, and how I would like a GMPTE coloured Leyland National on PH, and guess what, he has one!  I few beers may have to be heading his way!  This may arrive with me in time for, or at, PH's next booked appearance at Railex NE, 18/19 July 2020. Kev.

 

 

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I'm really looking forward to seeing this 323 unit.

I wish I had the skill and patience to do what you've done as the 323 units are my favourite the first type of unit I've driven on the mainline.

If you need any photos of the underframe I can do that no problem at all as we have two units that stable in Coventry North Yard every night. And I prep them for service most mornings.

 

Keep up the great work.

 

Cheers 

 

Colin

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Thanks Colin, I managed to get photo's of both sides of the underframes at Liverpool Lime St a few weeks ago. Its the shadows that are harder to fathom! But I think I got most of the visible bits.

 

I also forgot to mention, for those a little further south, PH has also been invited to Canterbury in Jan 2021. Kev.

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Hi Kev, 

 

That new unit is going to look really good. Is that you using those round speakers already too.

 

The bus will look quite at home on PH and by Railex will hopefully have a nice T Brady lorry you can borrow and will need to sneak one onto Bere Banks too! 

 

Cheers

Mark

 

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21 hours ago, MRDBLUE17 said:

Hi Kev, 

 

That new unit is going to look really good. Is that you using those round speakers already too.

 

The bus will look quite at home on PH and by Railex will hopefully have a nice T Brady lorry you can borrow and will need to sneak one onto Bere Banks too! 

 

Cheers

Mark

 

 

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On 19/10/2019 at 20:31, MRDBLUE17 said:

Hi Kev, 

 

That new unit is going to look really good. Is that you using those round speakers already too.

 

The bus will look quite at home on PH and by Railex will hopefully have a nice T Brady lorry you can borrow and will need to sneak one onto Bere Banks too! 

 

Cheers

Mark

 

 

Yes Mark, they are two of your speakers in the 323! Thanks again for them. Only 1w ones, so two will not be too big a draw on the decoder I hope. I'm not sure what Kev was going to add to his quote, but I bet it had something to do with Brady's!  Thanks, Kev.

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On 27/10/2019 at 09:43, kevpeo said:

 

Yes Mark, they are two of your speakers in the 323! Thanks again for them. Only 1w ones, so two will not be too big a draw on the decoder I hope. I'm not sure what Kev was going to add to his quote, but I bet it had something to do with Brady's!  Thanks, Kev.

It was and we had a chat via messenger about them. We will see what models appear soon.

 

Thanks

Mark

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Still on the wrong layout, and no wires, but -1953950530_323nearlythere.JPG.6161ea5b7501432d6a9b37fe49da8157.JPG

 

A lot more detail on now though! Main jobs now are the window bars, which are defo the last (!) and interiors. All ready for it's test run now. If anybody wants a look at Workington it will be around somewhere. Kev.

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Do you fancy making another one purely for display as that is simply stunning. 

 

Cheers 

Colin 

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4 hours ago, kevpeo said:

Still on the wrong layout, and no wires, but -1953950530_323nearlythere.JPG.6161ea5b7501432d6a9b37fe49da8157.JPG

 

A lot more detail on now though! Main jobs now are the window bars, which are defo the last (!) and interiors. All ready for it's test run now. If anybody wants a look at Workington it will be around somewhere. Kev.

that a funny looking class 365 

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If you want a 365(ish) Kev you will have to supply another couple of coaches to chop up for the pan car! Kev.

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That looks great Kev, it’s really coming together well. 

 

now if you build that 325 you dont need to put wires up and I can lend you a nice blue GM to haul it on your layout. A pair have been to Fort William after all lol!

 

cheers

Mark

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On 05/11/2019 at 18:07, kevpeo said:

If you want a 365(ish) Kev you will have to supply another couple of coaches to chop up for the pan car! Kev.

think we need to have a chat about this and see we need lol

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I always find the pub is a good place to chat. Your round!

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23 hours ago, kevpeo said:

I always find the pub is a good place to chat. Your round!

next time up in barrow or if i ever get a invite to play with my stock on  Coppell

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The 323 makes its first call at Coppell!

 

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All went well, so now it can be finished off.

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tidy up, now not on phone!
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On 26/08/2019 at 19:51, kevpeo said:

After a break since showcase doing Coppell stuff and stock boxes, the nice weather got me out on the patio with knife, chisels and files -IMG_0237.JPG.7edafaff4a00cb5aa967dea71117232c.JPG

 

Two more 323 sides filed out, two to go. Of course the patio is now covered in bits of plasticard and dust, but no doubt the wind and rain will be along shortly to clean up after me! Kev.

Great!

Where did you get the plans and dimensions from to craft this?

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I did find some very basic drawings online Muddy, but it was as much checking with photo's to see what looked right, or not!  100% correct it is not, but I got fed up waiting for a kit or RTR. Kev.

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