Loco KITS in PRODUCTION
GAUGE ONE STARTER KITS
These are ideal for those whose forming and soldering skills are limited or whose modelling time is at a premium. They are a good stepping stone from the 4mm and 7mm kits into the world of gauge one live steam, before tackling one of our more advanced designs.
All machining is done. The loco kit is assembled using nuts and bolts and glue with no soldering required. The soldering will be done by ourselves where needed. The boilers are built, tested and certified in house. The steam chests and cylinder units come part assembled with pistons and valves in place ready for you to carry out the final assembly and seal them up. Laser cut steel frames, rods etc will need a little cleaning up and some piloted holes opening out to size with a drill. The etched brass components are supplied as flat sheets with only the simplest of bends left for you to do. Where these bends are required there is a fold line etched half way into the brass, allowing a neat, sharp bend. The boiler wrapper, the cab roof and other complex forming will be done by us. All essential pipework will be formed with the fittings soldered in place. The wheels will be on square ended axle for easy quartering. Detail castings are in brass, nicklesilver or if only cosmetic, whitemetal.
Pressure gauge, screws ,nuts, rivets, ‘O’ ring seals, springs etc. are included to complete the assembly. You will require some hand tools such as some fine files, small screwdrivers and spanners. Small pliers and tweezers are essential to position screws and nuts where fingers cannot go. A drilling facility (which could be an electric drill on a stand) may be useful.
The model making hobby is littered with part built projects which have been abandoned because the modeller has hit a problem. We offer 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.
Spare parts for all kits are available to purchase separately.
GAUGE 1 ADVANCED KITS
These kits are produced for those whose machining facilities or skills are limited. All the major machining has been done for these locomotives.
The kit includes tender as well as the loco parts. The main frame, buffer and drag beam are laser cut steel. The chassis detailing, body work, and tender body come as a flat brass etch ready for forming. A comprehensive instruction pack provides you all the information required to build your kit.
The inside port block / cylinder unit come as a ‘loose assembly’ with pistons and valves in place ready for you to carry out the final assembly and seal it up. For the outside cylinder locos, the cylinders come as a machined cylinder and piston with etched frame work providing the detail. Items such as the hand and axlepump bodies, safety valve units, clack and boiler controls come pre assembled.
The kit includes, all your screws, nuts, rivets, ‘O’ ring seals, springs, wires, copper pipes and pressure gauge etc. to complete the assembly. The boiler is built, tested and comes with a construction certificate.
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 brass 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.
We will supply replacements for individual components providing they are returned for us to identify. For etched items and laser cut steel there will be charge depending on the size. Whitemetal returned with stamped addressed packing are free.
The Construction Guide comprises of 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.
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 we offer, 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 helping you in the works.
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