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All Bif's doing on the sound front Jack!

 

Coach two, the MBS now 'sided' -

 

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The two driving cars have also now got one side each too. Progress is accelerating! Kev.

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Loved the vid of the 323; very impressive indeed.  I also enjoyed the guard's whistle at the start - raised a welcome chuckle as I sit here , tapping away.  Thank you.  :D

 

Best wishes and stay safe, 

 

Paul

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Progress is continuing at a good pace -

 

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It turned out that the kit instructions are mostly a work of fiction as far as the underframe goes. I was able to use the air tanks, some small box castings and one box front etch, the rest had to be modified or fabricated. A good job I took some photo's back in the day!  A delivery also arrived from fox, the 305 transfers and something else! -

 

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The top two sheets are to go with this kit which has also arrived -

 

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A Bratchell 319/1, to be converted to a 325. Yes Donny Rovers at last! The black plastic is a new chassis under construction for the motor car pictured.  This will use the Bachmann 158 mech left over from the 323 built.  What do you mean it looks like it was planned!  Kev.

 

 

 

 

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While bits of the 305 are setting some more tinkering with the 325 -

 

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The new PMS mechanism assembled, now just needs oiling up and wires connected ready for its first test.  Behind is a  chassis as supplied; this was used to set the correct height.  Behind both of these is the first body shell assembled, again the PMS, just to get a feel for the technique and fit before the other three are started.  Kev.

 

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Nice work Kev, I’ll be following the 325 build with interest as I’ve got 4x Bachmann 150s to make 2x 325s from. If we string them all together it’ll be a nice 12-car rake as seen daily on the WCML!

 

Thanks,

Jack.

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2 hours ago, kevpeo said:

While bits of the 305 are setting some more tinkering with the 325 -

 

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The new PMS mechanism assembled, now just needs oiling up and wires connected ready for its first test.  Behind is a  chassis as supplied; this was used to set the correct height.  Behind both of these is the first body shell assembled, again the PMS, just to get a feel for the technique and fit before the other three are started.  Kev.

 

What will you make the 325 ends from? Hornby Networker ends or something else?

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Hi Kev,

 

Seriously good progress with the units and I’m amazed to see a 325 started as well as I thought it was all just banter lol!

 

You know it will great hauled by my 66  up the WHL. I must remember to get that bus to you once the borders reopen!
 

Hope you are all well

 

Mark

 

 

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Cheers Mark, all is well here apart from being furloughed!  Although being paid 80% wages to built EMU's isn't all bad!  I will keep the 325 well away from 66's when finished!  All the best. Kev.

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Well I'm glad thats over -

 

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Thats a lot of vents, and I'm sorry to say the instructions were a work of fiction on these too!  It took many hours pouring over pictures to work out where they went!  I'm still not convinced its 100%, but you have to stop at some point!  And after all that, my eyes are no longer up to threading handrail knobs for the water pipes either, even with a magnifier!  More news on the 325 tomorrow maybe. Kev.

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And then there were four, part two!

 

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Not the best photo but it shows the first time all four 325 cars have been assembled. Couplings to sort out next.  Most of the underframe detail is also sorted. You will not be suprised to find out that 325 underframes are not all the same as 319's! Kev.

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The Bratchell 319 kit is very easy to put together quickly Mark. 

 

It's the mods to turn it into a 325 that will take the time! Kev.

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The 305 is now ready for its pre 'paint job' bath. The last bit of fabrication, seats, lots of them -

 

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Not much to show for a days work!  The 325 has been left alone today to let the glue joints harden but last night I did a practice run on window filling -

 

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Three pieces of plasticard for each window, one behind and two to fill, I may be some time! Kev.

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As a treat to myself on reaching the halfway mark with window filling, I gave myself a break and had a play with the buffer beam area -

 

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Turns out there are a lot of subtle curves to produce!  No filler on yet but she's starting to look the part,  the buffers,  22" Oleo from Inter-City models are just loosely pushed in for now.  All the buffer beam and obstacle deflector area are part of the chassis, while the side fairings are part of the body.  So painting should be much easier, but back to windows tomorrow!  Kev.

 

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