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KFS's FV432

Convert FV432 to a Royal Signals Ptarmigan Radio Relay FV439.

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Tony Mousley13/09/2017 22:42:27
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The resistors/capacitors were based on the 5v solar panels & when I set it to 4.5v the blinking LED's started to play up & then stop working. I've now put it to 5v which now reduces it to below 1 amp & 1 is now blinking again & 1 is permanently on.

This ain't over by a long shot but I'll get there in the end.

As for another build, yes my next project is a Bedford RL, Bruin, Radio Relay with the C70 Radios hooked up to a wrecka (go back to page 13), I'm replicating that. I've got both kits (Curtesy of H at KFS) & have already started, my stumbling block here is info on the inside of the pod with the C70 radios & what was inside the pod? They weren't as busy as the Ptarmigan RR's but I can't find anything on the C70's & can't remember what the blowers looked like as the sets were valve driven & the blowers kept em cool but I am talking over 30 years ago, all I can remember is when you started to tune em....6AK5W1 followed by 6AK5W2 & they were a bitch when they went out of track lol......Hold on.....both LED's are blinking now, the circuit board has a mind of it's own at the mo lol


Stephen Manson14/09/2017 17:37:33
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Well when you get to the museum, you might find some C70 kit knocking around

and no thats not me in the photo


Wayne Cox30/01/2018 22:52:02
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Hi Tony, as an ex Radio Relay Op this brings back some memories outstanding build

I was thinking of having a go at one, can I purchase the accessories that you have made to replicate the 432



Clive Chapman31/01/2018 11:32:08
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Hi Wayne, I served with Tony as a RROP & have seen his models up close. I can tell you that he scratch builds all of the interiors, from TRC471s to Gennys to the masts, band heads & everything else. He just buys the basic wagon & goes from there. A level of skill I do not possess. The bloke is a psycho! 😂😂😂

Cheers Clive

Lee31/01/2018 15:07:44
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Hi Tony

Really up among the best of them. Attention to detail is superb. A true master class.

Regards Lee

Stephen Manson31/01/2018 17:22:35
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I can't wait till June to see them!!

I'll let Tony fill in the gaps


Wayne Cox31/01/2018 21:29:17
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wayneHi Clive,

Great skills and appreciated by us.

I was also a RR Op in 78 lol.


Tony Mousley03/02/2018 11:04:25
103 forum posts
240 photos

Hiya guys

Yes, as Stephen mentioned, June will be the unveiling of both projects, complete & it has taken 8 years to get there, fitting it in with the normal daily grind.

Lee, again, thanks for positive comments.


Don't listen to Clive, he's a psycho too, takes one to know one lol.

​As for the builds, both Bedford MK & FV432 are from 'H' at Kit Form Services (1/24 scale) & I scratch built everything from there with shed loads of photos n measurements.

​PM me if you need any pointers/help?


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