EasyBuild Class 101 Met Cam DMU build

Discussion in 'Workbenches, including workshop techniques.' started by Muddysblues, 6 November 2019.

  1. Muddysblues

    Muddysblues Western Thunderer

    Hello, I am in the early throws of putting together an EasyBuild 2 x car Class 101 Metropolitan Cammell DMU set.

    It won’t be a step by step by instruction build, as the instructions with the kit are pretty well thought out, but there are 1 or items on the build, that I may try other techniques to see if they can ease the build another way.

    For those of you familiar with the kits, EasyBuild is a name that seems far from it in some parts of the build, but I do like them, and Shawn Kay is one of the most accommodating proprietor’s to deal with.

    Anyway it true WT vein, here are some pictures, please feel free to ask any questions, or give me pointers, or constructive criticism, or add in your own pictures, it’s all welcome.

    Best regards
    Craig

    I wasn’t happy with the quality of the marker lamps, so I experimented with some styrene rod, to see if I could get a better shape to them.
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    The sides, cabs and inner ends all prepped.
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  2. Muddysblues

    Muddysblues Western Thunderer

    The instructions tell you to leave all other etched parts within the cab window etched whilst fitting, this does aid the handling of these fragile surrounds.

    Then cut away the inner sections once the glue has dried, as in the second picture below.
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  3. Muddysblues

    Muddysblues Western Thunderer

    Last night saw the sides have all the door bumps, middle and lower hinges fitted, the top hinges have been left off as per the instructions.

    The reason for that is, it stops them getting damaged later, in the roof fitting process, which can be a bit of a wrestle.

    I wasn’t happy in getting the cab glazing to in on a dry test fit, so I am going to mull over that today, and have a go tonight.

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  4. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer

    Although my layout is crying out for some DMUs I have decided to wait it out until Heljan or Dapol finally bring an appropriate one out.
    A friend did build a Craven 2 car DMU which after a a great deal of effort is a lovely model, so I wish you well and will be following avidily.

    Richard
     
  5. Suddaby

    Suddaby Active Member

    Thanks for starting this Craig, as I have been considering buying one for a while now,probably the Cravens, as that what was most frequently seen in my home area of theEast Riding.
    Just one quick question, what sort of glue do you use to stick the brass bits to the plastic?

    Cheers,

    Kevin
     
  6. Muddysblues

    Muddysblues Western Thunderer

    Hi Kevin, thanks for the interest, the holes for the hinges and bump stops, are meant to be drilled at 0.7mm, I did them at 0.6mm, so they are a tight push fit in, then and dab of superglue on the rear, then clean off the excess material.
     
  7. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    I've looked at acquiring one of these kits to finish in BR blue as I remember travelling on them on the Harrogate - York/Leeds 'Paytrain' services in the 70's.

    What are the sides and cabs made from - styrene, ABS ?

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  8. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Talking of Met-Camm cabs, I had the pleasure of riding in 'Daisy' up and down the north Wales Coast with Rail editor while interviewing Regional Railways bosses. DMU's had never meant much to me previously, but if one only remembers DMU's then obviously they mean a lot to those people. Watching this thread with interest.
     
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  9. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    I remember the introduction of early DMUs on the North Warwickshire Line only because the windows behind the driver’s cab gave an excellent view of the line ahead. They were a significant improvement, I am sure, but to a young teenager I did find them just a little boring. No offense to the young ‘uns on WT who didn’t enjoy some of the trains I saw.
     
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