Manufactures of Gauge 1
Live Steam Locomotive Model kits
and accessories in 10mm scale

Director Mr S.Barrett     Company Reg No. 8391616

Length              :-682 mm  (2’2 7/8”) (over buffers)
Track radius     :-2.6 m  (8ft 6”)  minimum
Weight,             :-dry. 10 - 12 lb (5 - 5.5 Kg) Approx. (Current estimate)
Fuel                  :-Alcohol  (Methylated spirit) supplied by constant  level feed
                          system to a multi-tube ‘strand wick’ burner.
                          Coal, sitting on traditional stainless steel grate and ashpan.
                          drop down fire door on backhead, Shovel & poker
Boiler                :-Internally fired, multi flue, with safety valve and superheater
                           Built from copper and bronze, silver soldered throughout.
                           Tested to   13bar (200psi)
                            Maximum safe working pressure 6.86 bar (100psi)
Controls            :- l oco: Regulator, blower, pressure gauge.
     Spirit Boilers:-  low water level test valve
     Coal boilers :-  Water gauge with glass
     Tender         :-  Water pump bypass,  fuel valve.
Cylinders            :- Two, Outside, 12.7mm bore x 24mm stroke (1/2” x 15/16” )
Valvegear           :- Slip eccentric, slide valves
Lubrication         :-Displacement (Rosco) type.
Water feeds        :-Tender carries water in rear tank containing  hand pump.
                            Loco has axle pump driven from driving axle.
Main loco axleboxes individually sprung.
 Bogie axleboxes individually sprung.
 Buffers and coupling hooks sprung.
             SPIRIT FIRED

             COAL FIRED

This kit can be paid for  in 12 monthly instalments add £9 to each instalment to cover cost of posting  in 4 deliveries

Production :-     kit complete
3 spirit kits
Coal sold out
Technical details

Select technical detail to view a description of our steam kit design.



      These kits produced for those whose machining facilities or skills are limited or whose modelling time is at a premium.

         The boiler is built, tested and certified. The cylinder units come as a ‘loose assembly’ with pistons and valves in place ready for you carry out the final assembly and seal it up. Items such as hand and axlepump bodies are pre assembled. The kit includes  laser cut steel items, etched brass components, all machining done, pressure gauge, screws, nuts, rivets, ‘O’ ring seals, springs etc. to complete the assembly.

           You will require a bench and vice, some hand tools, a drilling facility (which could be an electric drill on a stand) and a small gas torch for soldering. The work includes bending sheet metal, drilling piloted holes out to size, tapping threads in holes ( in many cases nuts could be used instead), soft and hard ( silver) soldering of small items.

          The model making hobby is littered with part built projects which have been abandoned because the modeller has hit a problem. Included in the price are two hours of our time, a ‘get out of trouble’ service. It could be advice on the phone, a practical soldering training session in our works, correcting a mishap or setting valve timing. Apart from phone calls, a modest charge will be made for time spent over your two hours.

         We can also supply replacements for individual components providing they are returned for us to identify. For etched items there will be charge depending on the size. Whitemetal returned with stamped addressed packing are free. Laser cut steel may be a problem as there are minimum order quantities involved and we shall only order a limited number of spares.

The Construction  Guide comprises over  30 pages of photographs, exploded diagrams produced on 3D CAD and text, together with identification diagrams and drawings. It takes you through each stage, including jigs and methods, settings and adjustments, finishing with operation and use.

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       Collett followed Churchward and in 1924 produced the Castle Class developed from the Stars. Widely proclaimed as the best locos Swindon had ever produced, it would take many years for their performance to be surpassed. Collets original Kings were initially only slightly better than the castles - but better enough for 29 to be built. It was not until the late 1940’s, under British Rail ownership that the Kings received small, but very effective design changes that truly set them at the top of the locomotive performance tables.  

         The King was to some a ‘Super Castle’. Initially, a slightly bigger boiler and modified front bogie were the only apparent visual differences. Cylinder diameters, smaller wheels (by 3”) and super heaters element quantities gave the rest of the changes. It was in 1946 that an ‘oval’ sided double chimney was tried, and the results lead to the straight style adopted by BR.

 3 of this class have been preserved, namely:

6000 King George V,   6023 King Edward II,   6024 King Edward I